I love shopping as the next person but lately I haven't felt excited or been craving that shopping rush. I know it's Christmas but even the Mr hasn't received a wish list from me - that's crazy right?! It's not all bad as I like to think there's more to life than new things. I don't want to look back and think what have I done with my life, as it's passes by way too quickly. I'm not an adrenaline junkie by any means, so you won't find me jumping out of a plane anytime soon (!) but I want to look back at the moments I've collected and not so much the things. Here's my thoughts on making the most out of life.
Just say yes!
We can always make more money but we can never have more time. Time to try something new, experience new places, do things that you always dreamt of doing. I used to make excuses whenever someone asked me to go somewhere or do something - I'm busy, I'm tired or it'll cost a lot. As much as I love being a homebody there's a part of me that has been saying yes to more things this year. Even if it's meant going to certain events alone and being out of my comfort zone, I've had the chance to meet interesting people, experience different surroundings and take advantage of living in a great city like London.
We all work hard for our money so I don't want to this to sound preachy but lately I've just been consuming a lot less stuff. I don't find myself getting excited by new clothes or makeup. It's probably just a phase....I'll be raiding Topshop next week I'm sure! I've just been enjoying life without the shopping bags and it's been pretty good. Also with the Wedding next year my focus has been on saving, so that contributes a lot to my disposable income. I even spent less on my wedding dress than I planned, so we could spend more on our Honeymoon :) Obviously it's nice having new things and to treat ourselves, who doesn't like that but I also want to enjoy more experiences when I can.
Earlier this year I said to the Mr I really want to go to Thailand but it's not cheap, can we afford it? So we started looking at cheaper city breaks but then I thought you know what, I'll be kicking myself if we didn't go to Thailand so we booked the tickets and it turned out to be the best holiday of my life! You can read about my Thailand trip, which is where we also got engaged :) I'm so glad we didn't just take the cheaper option, of course not everyone has the luxury to jump on a plane but with every trip I think of it as an investment to yourself, it makes you rich in culture and experiences that money can't buy. I've also been on several stay cations in England this year, which haven't broken the bank. There's so many great places out there and I really want to make the most of it!
Treasure the moments
Life passes by even faster every year as we get older. Didn't time feel like it stood still when we were younger? I really want to treasure happy moments, make more time to spend it with people that matter to me and really appreciate what I have. My friend said 'you can't take money to your grave so best to just enjoy life!' that's so true, I want to look back over the days, months and years and think yes there were great moments - so lets make the most of it!
How to you feel about collecting 'moments'?
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