Monday, 16 February 2015

Collect moments, not things


Would you rather spend £20 on a new top, or on a train ticket to see an old uni friend? Would you rather have that fancy new iPhone cover you've had your eye on for a week, or pop the cash into a holiday fund?

The title of this post is a quote that has been following my around a lot. On Pinterest, on Instagram, on blogs... it's been everywhere. It seems fairly appropriate, especially seeing as right now I'm at a point in my life where genuine spare time and a decent cashflow are in short supply. 

We've just booked a little holiday to Marrakech in June, I'm journeying to see two good friends in two different places this month, and while my bank account isn't thanking me for it, and I can't really splurge on anything material until my next pay day, I couldn't be happier. Afterall, research has repeatedly found that spending out on an experience rather than physical things creates greater, longer lasting happiness. 

It's also worth bearing in mind that while some experiences do cost money, so many don't or are incredibly cheap! Take a long walk with a loved one in a picturesque park, spend the day people watching in a local coffee shop, volunteer at your local library or elderly day centre, possibilities are limited only by your imagination! You can even get journeys across the country and into Europe for as little as £1 using services like Megabus so what are you waiting for? Get out there and make some memories! 

And most importantly, try not to spend every trip you take or experience you have thinking of what angle would make the best shot for your Instagram - get out from behind your camera or device and live in the moment. Even better, invest in a Polaroid style instant camera like the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 for instant, candid shots you can keep forever. You'll thank yourself later for the amazing memories you've made.


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