Experiences, Not Things

Happy Monday babes!

We’re inching closer and closer to spring and summer, even though the weather might not feel like it. I know it definitely hasn’t felt like it to me. My attitude towards summer months has changed since being out of college and in the real world. Obviously, with the exception of a handful of jobs, June/July/August months don’t mean summer break- they just means cranking the AC in the office and trading in your morning cappuccino for an iced coffee.

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That being said, I’ve had a shift in perspective the last few weeks.  I stumbled upon this article that talks about the benefit of spending money on experiences, not things.

It definitely stuck with me. Why save and save and save for things that will never truly satisfy us? Do you really need the newest iPhone (which, let’s be real, isn’t much better than the one you’re scrolling on right now)? Or would you rather spend that money on a road trip with your significant other?

I’ve been really trying to take this to heart. I’m so particular when it comes to saving and spending, especially since getting married. I get so caught up in what other young couples are doing or buying and find myself wanting to buy those things too, without stopping to wonder if I actually ever wanted it to begin with. We’re also hoping to buy a house sooner rather than later, which is obviously no small expense.

But I also know that work hard, play hard isn’t just a fun saying. Whats the point of saving and saving for stuff (even if it’s something worthwhile, like a house) and not taking a break to say “I’m going to take a little and spend it on being able to have this fun experience with this person I love?”

I’m not encouraging you to say “Screw it!” and blow your house or school fund on a luxury all-inclusive resort vacay. Take small steps!

Like I said, summer is coming. And with that, I’m now trying to figure out how to fit small vacations in throughout the summer months. A weekend sightseeing to cross Instagram-worthy spots off my bucket list in LA, a big family camping trip to Yosemite (a fave of mine since childhood but a first-time experience for Carl!), a girls weekend in Palm Springs, etc.

Plan an all-family vacation, à la Kardashian. Grab loved ones and rent a beach house for a few days or road trip to a new city.

None of these trips are going to break the bank, but they’ll do what vacation is supposed to- give an opportunity to disconnect from stress and be able to relax and have new experiences with those you love.

And that, to me, is more valuable than anything I could pick up in a store.

xo,
 M

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”

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