Challenge: In 10 Years

The other day I posted about This 30 Day Challenge


I posted about Day 26 – What kind of person attracts you

My thoughts on it all as well as some great comments about what qualities you’re attracted to, and what are some deal breakers, are all here.

Today I am going to tackle Day 2 – Where I’d like to be in 10 years

In no particular order:


I will be alive and healthy

I will be strong in mind, body, and spirit

Skylar will be 14 and in high school and college will be looming in just a few years.  Sniff, sniff.  I can’t even imagine her going off to college.  Heart attack right now.

Happily married to Scott (it will be our 20th year of marriage, 10 years from now)

I probably won’t be blogging.   I know, but who among us will be blogging in 10 years? There will be something else that has captured my heart and attention.  And there will be a new wave of ‘things’ to do.   Blogging will be So 2011.

I will be living in San Diego

I will be working in some capacity, but probably not in my current job (for safety reasons I don’t discuss all the details of my life and work here)

Scott will be retired (I hope!).  He’s 17 years older than me so in 10 years he will be retirement age

We will live a house that we own that may be my “forever” house that I plan to spend the middle portion/many decades of my life in

I will have gotten another credential/education.  I am believer in lifelong education and everything from having my real estate license to my yoga teacher credentials to being a lactation educator are examples of my lifelong pursuit of education.  And there will be more things.   I just don’t know what, yet.

We will have traveled lots and shown Skylar the world.  Picture from This Post

We will have spent lots of time at our house in Aruba

I will have a greater understanding of who I am as a human being, always discovering and learning

I will still be eating mostly plants.  I don’t see my dietary path changing that much.  I feel like I’ve finally found my path and don’t see major changes to it.  Tweaks of course, but not overhauls.  Picture from This Post

I will have tried tons of different workouts and exercise and fitness pursuits.  I will still be doing yoga, running, and walking outdoors; which are my true passions.  (See my Popular Posts Tab halfway down for a half dozen popular fitness posts and thoughts, i.e. How to Get Abs and Tough Love)

I will have awesome friends

I will be debt free

Skylar will be my best friend

From my last post, I am glad you enjoyed the Roasted Veggie Dinner recipes and it was great hearing if you’re a fan of the Food Network and what your fave shows are!

Weekends call for muffins Vegan GF Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Cinnamon Raisin anything will make your house smell amazing for hours!

And if you don’t even want to fire up your oven, make a Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cake

And of course, don’t forget to include some chocolate over the weekend.

Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate


1. Best thing you’ve ate or done so far this weekend?

A glorious power walk with my family!

2. Are you amazed at the path your life has taken thus far?

No one can predict how life will turn out.  I can’t predict 3 months from now let alone 10 years.  Sometimes I can’t even get through the day with any kind of predictable schedule or routine!

If someone told me 10 years ago how my life was going to unfold, I would have laughed at them!  Me?  Cooking, writing a food and lifestyle blog, raising a child? I would have laughed!

3. Where will you be in 10 years or where would you like to be in 10 years?

It’s interesting that when I was writing where I envision my life in 10 years, it reminded me of my 2011 Intentions, i.e. my goals or some would say “resolutions”.  The things I want to happen in 2011 and am working hard to achieve are not much different from my 10 year life goals, intentions, and desire.

Tell me about Your Life in 10 Years!

63 comments on “Challenge: In 10 Years”

  1. such a cute post!!! the best thing i ate this weekend were my tofu brownies i just made!!– so fudgy and LOVE EM
    in 10 years… wow… maybe i will be married.. settling down.. wOWW okay this is sounding so WEIRD i dont think i can think that far in advance!

  2. I quite enjoy this challenge. May I borrow it for my own blog?

  3. wow…i’m so loving the design of your blog …so nice! :)

    i think I’ll be doing this 30 day challenge…i may have to skip on some days because the challenges on those days are too personal to discuss…hehe :)

    nicey nice :)

  4. I love your new blog layout!

    Your passion for life and learning shines through in every post.. I love it!

  5. no Skylar is not allowed to grow up, haha

    she is going to be such a beautiful wise girl, just like her mom!

  6. Set your life more simple take the home loans and all you need.

  7. I really enjoyed this post. In ten years I hope to have traveled across Europe, got certified for yoga, found a career that I love and perhaps a someone too. ;) But really who knows!

  8. Hmmm…where will I be in 10 years? Whenever I am asked this question, I think, where was I 10 years AGO? So much can happen in 10 yrs! I have no idea if I will still be in NYC, though I assume so. In 10 yrs I will own a home and a car, I will have the means to get botox and a breast lift if I want it – not that I will because I will age so gracefully via yoga and clean eating. I will still be an active health-nut. And I will be happy. I will have done a lot of things that make me proud. I will have traveled. I may be married, maybe not, but still be with Andrew.

  9. I just found your blog and love it. Last night I made your apple crisp. Fabulous and tonight I want to make one of your sauces for zucchini noodles. And sometime during the week make your cheesy veggie bake sans cheese.

    So far your recipes are great thanks for sharing.

    But my real question is what percentage raw are you? And were you able to maintain your rawness while training for competition?

    My husband wants me to do fitness contests so bad. I would love to be able to do it for him. I want it too but I have never been close to contest ready in my life. Now that I’m 80% raw vegan I have lost weight but unfortunately muscle too. I’m so weak in fact I have severe elbow issues which probably needs surgery but it won’t happen. So lifting is difficult for me.

    I’m sure you answer these questions somewhere in your blog and I’m trying to read it all but time will not allow me read as much as I would like. So thanks in advance for your reply.

    Your an inspiration to me.

    • hi cynthia i am not really concerned about a “percentage raw”. that has never been my thing. I eat things as close to their original state as possible, most of the time. But i dont stress, obsess, count, or track. I have no idea what % i am. Doesnt matter to me to assign a value to things.

      For my show, i ate the way i eat now. Mostly raw, i didnt add lots of protein powders, i just did what i do now.

      Re-read the links in this current post under what I have found for my current diet, that i am not changing it.

      Then, go to my popular posts tab and read the links under the fitness section.

      That will clear lots up for you!

  10. omg. 10 years?! i got asked where do i see myself in 5 yrs in an interview on friday. i hate those questions because life is so unpredictable! i have goals for myself but i try hard not to carve out too detailed a path because life just doesn’t work that way! best thing about this weekend was starting to move some things out of storage into the townhouse we are renting. more about some very exciting things later ;)

  11. Aww what a lovely post! And you’d better still be blogging in 10 years time, or where will I get my Averie fixes and yummy eats from? :P

    In 10 years I want to be married, and to be healthy, happy, and loving life still! :D

  12. Hi Averie!

    What a great post. It’s evident that you put a lot of thought into it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    So far, the best thing I’ve done this weekend was going on a huge walk (4+ hours!) with my husband. We bundled up, put on our backpacks and walked. We ended up picking up groceries (fruits and veggies), which filled both of our backpacks. We’re both so lucky that we can walk to get food!

    I’m incredibly happy about the path my life has taken so far! I’m working in a field in which I obtained my undergrad degree and … I’m really enjoying the work! I’m healthy, my family’s healthy; I’ve travelled; have lots of friends; married my true love.

    In 10 years:

    – still working in the same field, with the same employer (don’t see myself leaving)
    – married for 11 years
    – hopefully at least one sabbatical year under my belt, could be on a second one
    – permanent home in the city in which I presently live
    – likely not owning a house (not the best choice for us, but could be for others)
    – kids? not sure yet! :-)



  13. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! I absolutely love your bloggity blog, and it made my day that you stopped by! :)

    I can’t wait to get on this 30-Day Challenge bandwagon! I love how thought-probing this one is, I think I’m going to surprise myself with my answers:)

    p.s. Don’t worry, your daughter has a great mother, she will be an angel in college!

  14. Great goals in 10 years, I can identiry with still being married, bring debt free and hopefully tackling a new career path. Love the muffin ideas.

    1. Went to a Kings basketball game and actually got to seem them win which is pretty rare these days. :-P
    2. Yes and I feel very fortunate. Maybe I’d like to be making more money, but I really enjoy the non-profit company I work for and their missing – totally worth it.
    3. Making more money, traveling, debt free and who knows. I’d like to be still in northern California close to family.

  15. gosh i can only wonder wehre i’ll be in ten years. hopefully HEALTHY, married (if someone will put up with me) with kids (if I can, I think I’d like 4–eek!), successful in my field and HAPPY.

    blogging will never be ‘so 2011– i have hope!

  16. Loved reading this :) It was beautiful.
    I hope that you get everything you want and so much more

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  18. In 10 years my husband will be retired and I hope:
    1. We will live in the south in a sun-filled house with lots of friends and activities to keep us busy.
    2. We will be near some of our kids and grandkids and be involved in their lives.
    3. We will be content at home but have the freedom to travel as much as we like.
    4. We will both continue to be healthy, fit and very active with skiing, hiking, and every day fitness routines.

  19. I loved reading about what you think your life will be like in 10 years!

    My life in 10 years:

    – I will have a few kids :-)
    – I will be happy and healthy
    – I will be done my master’s degree and working at the University as an evening instructor
    – I will be in my “forever” house

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  21. I love your view on lifelong education. I’m already thinking about pursuing my yoga instructor’s license sometime in the future after massage therapy school! In 10 years I just hope to be loving life even more than I love it now. I know better than to try to predict ANYTHING that will happen… my life is nuts. ;)

  22. That’s a beautiful 10year plan…when i think ten years into the future I can’t help but think where I was ten years ago, and SO many things have changed…I guess I dont’ have a clue about ten years from now. But I think I’ll sit down and think it over anyway, thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  24. Best thing I ate this weekend was a salmon fillet at Noah’s b-day dinner Saturday night. It was pretty much amazing!

    I often think about 10yrs down the road. My kids will be 19 & 22, I’ll be 46. Holy shit!!! I may very well be an empty nester, but I hope they don’t stray too far. And I hope that we are all still healthy and employed with a nice roof over our heads. I also hope that we get lots of travelling in.

  25. Great post on where you will be in 10 years. Loved it!

    Best thing I did over the weekend: snuggle by the fireplace while the furnace was awaiting repairs.

    Always amazed at the paths life places us on. The world is constantly unfolding before us.

    In 10 years I would like:
    – to be working 3 days a week instead of 5
    – to have traveled to Australia, New Zealand and Thailand
    – to be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary
    – to be living in our forever home, on a good sized piece of land where we can garden & grow our own food
    – to be learning new things & skills
    – to still be a geek

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