I have been thinking a lot about Christmas gifts this year. Most of you know that I try to declutter, clean out and donate as frequently as possible. In an effort to buy less stuff and experience more in life, I did some deep thinking about what experiences mean the most to me in hopes of being able to focus on those things more in 2018.
Quality time. When I think back to some of my favorite memories this year, I think of trips with friends, game nights, dance parties with my son, girls night out, tailgates, football games, celebrating birthdays, time with family, and being in a small group. All of these times together have strengthened relationships, built memories and brought so much joy to my life!
Travels. Some of the coolest places I have stayed while traveling are at airbnbs. I stayed in someone’s basement in Alaska… doesn’t sound fancy… but you could see the Northern Lights from its window. Pretty damn cool. Or the house that we spent 4 days with good friends in Ireland… that was built over 200 years ago and every inch of architecture was amazing. Traveling makes me have a greater appreciation of others, how small we all are in this big world, and a better understanding of geography/cultures/food/etc.
Sunsets. Anyone who knows me well, knows I love a sunset. You can watch a sunset every day for a week and none of them would look the same. My favorite part is once the sun is down seeing all the colors reflecting off the clouds. The best. And if I can watch a sunset over next to a body of water, even better.
Fishing. This experience is one that I don’t do nearly enough. I love the feel of the sun and the wind blowing as I cast out my line and anxiously wait to see what I may bring in. Fishing at low tide is my favorite. You get to see so much in the water- blue crabs, sharks feeding, stingrays, and occasionally dolphins will swim by.
Tennis. I can’t believe I am this old… but I have been playing tennis for over 25 years. I love the competition, the sweat, the strategy, and the fun. Plus, this year my baby sis has been my partner- so QT too! I love that you can play 42 deuce points in one game and then when the next game 40-0. I love that you might lose today but beat the same opponent tomorrow. And the best part is it’s a lifetime sport- from young to old.
What experiences mean the most to you? How can you fill your life with more of those and focus on less stuff?