Getting back on track: Buying experiences, not things

Today I had one of them moments where you suddenly stop dead in your tracks and think, what the hell have I become and what on earth am I doing?

I will set the scene for you. I was wandering around a gorgeous home store near our house in York looking at all their beautiful grey and white kitchens with their brass handles and incredibly handy draw holders and gadgets and so on. I had the brochures in one hand, measurements in the other and after a month of debating was about to order my new shiny kitchen.

But I wasn’t excited. In fact, I was seriously nervous.

I kept worrying that the kitchen wouldn’t be right. I kept thinking that it was a lot of money we were about to spend on cupboards and draws (we have already bitten the bullet for our new appliances).

I turned to Kyran and told him this and he said ‘thank f*ck’ (sorry for the language there readers). He was feeling exactly the same and that we could be using our bonuses for something we would remember for a long longer, and probably wouldn’t want to change in 5-10 years.

It was at this moment that I had my big, what on earth am I doing wake up call, and we drove straight home, recycled the kitchen brochures, and got on the phone with our favourite travel agents to book the trip of a lifetime!


This isn’t a blog post which says one thing is better than another. If a new kitchen is your dream, then it is the thing you should be investing in. But personally, I know from years’ of trial and error that spending my money on trips, adventures and experiences makes me way happier than buying anything material.

This is a blog post about doing what is right for you.

In my case, I booked an adventure of a lifetime to make so many more memories and have a ton of laughs with my bearded companion because I know that makes me happy. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that two years ago I began to declutter my life of ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ and I have since felt better for it.

Buying a house, reading new shiny house magazines and spending hours in Ikea almost threw me off my wagon. But this trip booking just pulled me right back.

What I have taken away from this experience is that if I am going to spend my hard earned money, I am going to spend it in a way that brings me the most excitement, lasting joy and happiness. And hey, if researchers from San Francisco University found that people who spend their money on experiences over things have an increased happiness, who am I to ignore them?!

So, here is to being back on track. Let the adventures, memories and experiences begin (again!).

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