I’m not a serial quitter
I love achieving big goals: I’ve run a marathon, biked over 200 miles in 3 days, started a business, driven cross-country, and traveled to New Zealand to meet my colleague Rachel Cunliffe.
Next on my list was to ride my bike across America. This required a great deal of logistical and financial planning — everything from getting myself and my bike to the starting line in California to saving enough income to cover expenses while I was on the road, plus the first few weeks on returning to work.
Crunching the numbers, I figured I needed $25,000.
I had a goal, but I also had a dream
The problem was, I had this other goal that had been on the back-burner for ten years. It was more than a goal, it was a dream, and a huge part of my overall vision for my life: renovating my classic 1960 mid-century ranch, including completely gutting the original kitchen down to the studs.
I had already gotten estimates for the kitchen work, which also totaled $25,000. (Funny how that worked.)
I kept looking at these two goals, my cash flow, and my budget. In my budget, I had included all the expense categories for my bike trip but no matter which way I moved things around, I couldn’t fit in my house goals, too.
I spent a great deal of time wrestling with this issue, and finally came to realize I made the bike goal for all the wrong reasons (more on this in a bit). So, I cancelled the trip.