On Making Memories… February 24, 2019 by Megan ShaughnessyEver sit down at the end of a week or year and wonder where all your hard earned money went? Or Marie Kondo your house and watch as you throw countless things away that you spent good money on? On the other hand how often do you look back on a vacation, or day exploring with your family and think…that was a waste of money? Never. Funny how that makes complete sense when you say it outloud, but we do the complete opposite in our day to day life. So I thought I would make a list as a reminder to me, and anyone else who may need it! Top 5 reasons why you should collect moments not things. 1. Material things tend to get boring quickly Let’s say you just bought the latest technology gadget and you’re excited to play with it and tell all your friends. By the next week, that excitement may have dropped down a bit, and within a few months, that new technology gadget becomes insignificant. Now,If you signed up for a series of cooking classes, each class becomes a novelty experience. The memories and things you learn will last forever! 2. It’s more fun to look forward to an experience than a thing You may initially feel excited when you first order the latest favorite pair of jeans, but that excitement quickly turns into feelings of impatience as you wait for it to finally arrive. Unlike waiting for a material item, waiting for an experience (like a vacation) elicits pleasant feelings of anticipation. You plan and prep for months with excitement! 3. Moments are priceless We tend to put values on what we buy such as a new car, which we may value at $30,000.However when it comes to experiences, it becomes harder to put an amount of money each memory is worth! 4. Moments allows us to connect with others Buying an experience helps create a social connection with others. When traveling, it’s easy to create a bond with others that you travel with along with many people you meet along the way. Being closer to other people tends to make us happier! 5. Moments are a part of your identity Having a material item doesn’t contribute to who you are as much as your experiences do. Experiences are the sum of your identity, isn’t that FUN! Now go out and book a trip, take a drive, or have a fun experience with the ones you love! It is WORTH it!!