What is your 5 year plan? Tips on building one!


At some point in 2004 I started building and maintaining a rough version of a 1 year / 5 year plan. That doc served an excuse to dream about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to live. The doc has evolved each year, and it has been a huge help in making sure I stay focused and not wandering off the path (or at least trying not too). Right now I keep 3 docs: a 1 year plan that outlines my goals for the current year, a 5 year plan that outlines the next 5 years and what I want to achieve, and a big doc that outlines how i want to live my life as well as a list of past plans, challenges, and adventures. Each year I get a little better at it.

A 5 year plan shouldn’t be as rigid as train tracks where you are stuck going down them no matter what changes. It should be more like a dirt trail going through the woods. You might be two years down that trail and realize it is time to go another direction and reorient yourself.

I highly recommend that everyone build out a simple doc that outlines your goals for the current year, and for the next 5 years. I think you will find it very useful. Need some help getting started in your plan? Here are some recommended articles and books to help you start!

LifeHacker has a really good post on creating a 5 year plan. The book Your Best Year Yet is a bit cheesy but useful. I’ve worked through it with my wife at different points and the process was great for both of us. It will def make you think :). If you want to shortcut try this blog post as they use a similar process. Check out this post by Jeffrey Baumgartner on building a creative 5 year plan. And, the art of simple has a solid post where they share their process as well.

Living life takes a little planning, else you wake up 10 years later and realize life steamrolled you and you are stuck in your own personal groundhog day.

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Vienna Austria & Alps Roadtrip


I love Vienna, it is a beautiful city and feels like a Germanic Paris. I highly recommend a visit :).

What is one of the best things about Vienna Austria? The below is called an ubersterzer newmen or something auf deutsch :). It is a giant ball of real whip cream along with a double espresso. A man in a fancy white waiter jacket will even pour it for you which makes it all the more ridiculous :). If you are in town I highly recommend Cafe Museum (it is our favorite cafe).



Christmas markets!!! They are like a farmer’s market but with only Christmas stuff.

Lindsey’s mom came into town mid December and we did a big road trip along the lower Alpine road. This took us from Vienna to Salzburg to Innsbruck to a ton of German mountain towns. It was a fantastic trip and a ton of fun! Here are some pictures!

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1 Year Anniversary!


Lindsey and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary today! It has been a good year for us, definitely some challenges in the processes, and we have learned a lot! We like to joke that we have spent this year only 18 inches apart due to our close proximity while traveling and living in very small apartments.


This pic cracks me up everytime I look at it :).

This is bwb’s personal blog so he can share his thoughts with the world, however scary or silly they might be. Plus family and friends can track what I am up too, and where I am in the world.

I am pretty simple. I love Mangos. I love the ocean, although mostly at sunset as I’m a ginger. I love to travel, eat exotic food, read, and use my imagination. I love creating and developing ideas into businesses, understanding how all businesses work, and building cool stuff. I am a globalist and see the entire world as my responsibility and playground. And, I am married to an amazing woman who makes life even more fun :)! And, we are now the proud parents of Calico Jack :).