As we approach the end of one year and anxiously await the beginning of a new year, now is the time may people reset their lives and make new goals for the upcoming year. As I personally sat and reflected on 2019, and thoughtfully considered my direction for 2020, I decided I want the new year to be a year of experiences.
So what does that mean? This means that, instead of acquiring material “stuff,” my focus will be on acquiring experiences and memories. I know it sounds cliche, but you would be surprised to know that many people do not take the time to have memorable experiences. We often times forget the material items we acquire; they may be locked in a drawer somewhere, or sitting on a shelf collecting dust, or sometimes we get rid of them during spring cleaning to remove some of the clutter. But experiences are different! We live with the memories, and can look back at the pictures or videos that captured the moments. Many times, during our most challenging times, it’s the memories that bring us back to a happy place. Trust me, its worth it!
The good thing is, experiences do not have to be expensive or even cost a dime. If your budget is tight, research free things to do in your area. I am sure there will be many options for you! If you do have flexibility with your budget, look at travel opportunities (local places are acceptable!), or take a cooking lesson, or tour a historical venue, or find anything that interests you. Your memories can be made solo, with a friend or loved one, or even with a group. No one is exempt from having fun.
As you approach the new year, find time to enjoy experiences. You have 365 days, and 365 chances/opportunities. Make it a year you will never forget, and live life to the fullest and be financially responsible.
Happy New Year!