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Get Happier! Buying Experiences Not Things

Get Happier! Buying Experiences Not Things

Did you know that buying experiences not things could be the first step to achieving more happiness in your life?

 

While things can be helpful and enjoyable, I rarely light up again after the initial opening of the thing I bought. On the other hand, when I go experience something amazing, I light up every time I think about it and retell the adventure.

 

Continue reading this article to learn more about why you should spend money on experiences instead of things to experience more happiness.

 

 

The Trend of Less is More

 

I read this article about Millenials choosing experiences over things and I started feeling a little less like a freak of nature.

 

When my family and I decided to hit the road and live the full-time RV life, some of my friends were not super supportive because they didn’t understand how or why I would do this.

 

How dare you uproot your family and travel around the country.

 

After we started this lifestyle, I started realizing there were a lot of people out there like me that were ready to live with less. Around a million people actually live in their RVs full time.

 

Here is a video of our RV tour and this is after we upgraded a little bit from our previous space. And btw, we are going to upgrade a little bit more. We are glad to live with less but sometimes you find out your current less is a little too little. hahah

 

 

When we lived in our house with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, we barely used the thing and I was always working so hard to pay for it.

 

Now that we live a life of less, I feel much happier and healthier and I am able to enjoy my kids.

 

Nothing Can Replace an Experience

 

I have to say that one of the biggest reasons to spend money on experiences instead of collecting things is because experiences can’t be replaced.

 

It makes sense to me to rent things that you don’t use regularly and only buy things that we are going to use on a daily or at least weekly basis.

 

Since we can work anywhere that we want to and more people are able to do this, why would we want to buy a house when we hardly ever stay there? All of the repairs and upkeep and — bleh!

 

I would rather spend all of that money on doing things like going to the Grand Canyon or going up Skybridge in Gatlinburg, TN!

 

Less Stress When Things Are Simple

 

When you keep your life simple and don’t own a lot of things, it’s much less stressful.

 

I watched these guys below and while I’m not planning on going that far, it was very eye-opening.

 

 

When something I own breaks or there is some problem with someone, it’s super stressful.

 

I have to pay someone to fix it or figure it out myself.

 

If I don’t own it, I let the person that owns it take care of it because that’s the deal.

 

Easy.

 

Focus on What You Value Instead of Buying Things

 

If you’re like me, you value family — a lot.

 

I would rather do things that are simple and enjoy everyday life than spend years of my life traveling for business and never seeing my family.

 

While I don’t judge people that do that, it’s not the route for me.

 

I’d rather homeschool my kids and work as a writer and internet marketer doing what I love.

 

When you own a lot of things that you have to pay for, you don’t get a choice. You have to work work work to pay for all of the things you owe on.

 

Debt can be a very harsh master.

 

Check Off Items On Your Live List

 

 

While most people call it their bucket list, I really don’t like that. I call it my live list.

 

Creating a list of things you want to do and looking at the list stay the same year after year can be very depressing.

 

You’re saddled down to all of your things. You can’t possibly do anything because you have to work weekdays and weekends just to pay for everything.

 

When you focus on buying experiences not things, you’re going to be able to check more items off your live list and that gives you an amazing feeling of accomplishment and excitement.

 

And don’t worry — you won’t run out of things to do when you’re buying experiences not things. The world is so big and you are going to continually find new things to do.

 

Expand your live list, go out there and experience the things that matter to you most and watch your level of happiness soar.

 

Buying Experiences Not Things – For the Win!

 

Now that you know more about why you should be buying experiences not things to live a happier life, what can you do about it?

 

You are likely tired of the lack of money ruining your life and don’t even notice all of the things you have that are draining your finances.

 

Think about how many times you’ve had to have something fixed or spend money on maintenance.

 

Do you want to learn more about living a happier and more fulfilled life? Read through the rest of my blog and you might want to check out this article specifically – How to Live on a Budget Without Being Miserable if you want to start budgeting but don’t want to hate it.

 

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I Feel Useless: How to Overcome Feelings of Worthlessness

I Feel Useless: How to Overcome Feelings of Worthlessness

I feel useless.

 

Have you ever said this? Or maybe just thought it to yourself?

 

I can tell you that I’ve felt this I feel useless way more than a few times. When I was feeding my family Ramen noodles for lunch and supper every day going after a goal I believed in at that time, I felt useless. Totally useless.

 

When our electric got cut off because I couldn’t bother to look at the due date because I was afraid that we weren’t going to have the money to pay the bill — I felt useless.

 

If you’re feeling useless, it’s not abnormal and there is a way out. Continue reading this article to learn how to overcome feelings of worthlessness.

 

Start Your Morning Off Right

 

If you don’t win your mornings, the rest of the day is going to be a runaway train. You’re going to get to the end of the day and feel like you didn’t accomplish anything and that’s when that worthless feeling really creeps in a lot of the time.

 

Wake up a little earlier in the morning and give yourself time to breathe and think about the good things you want to happen.

 

Practicing self care in the morning is a great way to start showing yourself that you care. If you don’t take care of yourself, that feeling of worthlessness is only going to grow.

 

Your self care plan might be different than mine and that’s okay. You have to decide what is going to work for you in the morning.

 

I like writing out morning pages and letting all of my demons out on paper or on my morning pages app on my iPhone. I also have a cup of hot tea which I find very soothing. Sometimes I also meditate which is very calming.

 

Even if you can only take 10 or 15 minutes for yourself — do it. Just try it for a couple of weeks and see how you’ll start to feel better about yourself.

 

Help Someone Else

 

One of the fastest ways to feel good about yourself and stop the feelings of uselessness is to help someone that is in a worse situation than you.

 

It doesn’t have to be anything big.

 

Say something nice to a stranger and make them smile. Hold the door for someone or find a volunteer opportunity in your community.

 

For me, this blog is one of the ways that I give back. I want to share hope with you and anyone else that takes the time to read these blogs. My heart goes out to people that feel helpless, hopeless, useless and worthless.

 

If you’re a writer then you might consider sharing your journey and your steps out of these feelings to help other people.

 

It’s great for accountability.

 

Do Mirror Work

 

I watched this great video by Marisa Peer and I am going to share it with you below. I was going through such a terrible time and feeling so down about myself when I saw this video and it was super helpful.

 

I wrote “I am enough” on my mirror in the red lipstick like she said to do in the video. And I told myself how amazing I was and it felt stupid for a really long time but then I started feeling better and things in my life started changing.

 

It may not have been all due to this but it definitely did have something to do with it. Give it a watch.

 

 

Create an Evidence Book of Your Awesomeness

 

When someone gives you a compliment, when you accomplish something that you’re proud of or if you can think of anything else that makes you feel good about yourself, write it down in an evidence book.

 

When you’re feeling low and you’re feeling useless, open the book and remind yourself who you are. Remind yourself how amazing you are.

 

This evidence book can be your lifeline when no one else is there to tell you how amazing you are. You can read this book to keep your awesomeness fresh in your mind.

 

Set a goal to have so many things written down in your evidence book and set appointments with yourself to sit down and read through the book to keep yourself feeling good.

 

Practice Gratitude to Stop Feelings of Uselessness

 

An attitude of gratitude will help you start to feel the goodness of your life. You’ll start to see there are good things in your life and you’ll start to focus on them because you’re practicing gratitude.

 

Practicing gratitude just means to sit and feel grateful. You might even write down what you feel grateful for in your gratitude journal.

 

The more grateful you feel, the less useless you’ll feel. You’ll start to see that you’ve done a lot, helped people and brought good into the world.

 

Stop Saying I Feel Useless – For Good

 

Now you have some tools that are going to help you stop saying “I feel useless.” It’s time to live your life and feel happiness and wholeness again.

 

You have control of your life and you can start your first steps toward feeling good about yourself. Maybe you’ve never felt good about yourself before. If you haven’t, it’s an amazing feeling — I guarantee it.

 

If you’re feeling good now and you’re out of the I feel useless stage, why not drop a comment of encouragement for someone else that’s feeling down?

 

Also, if you have seriously bad feelings and want to hurt yourself, please contact the National Helpline and talk to someone that can help you. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. The world needs you here, so make the call and get the help you need.

 

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It’s Time to Go! – 9 Eye-Opening Reasons to Travel

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It’s Time to Go! – 9 Eye-Opening Reasons to Travel

Analytical people like you and I need reasons to travel. We have to have a little extra push to get out of our cozy comfort zones and live our lives.

 

While we know we only have one life, it can be easy to keep putting it off until something happens. But we have to stop that — it’s time to go now!

 

Continue reading this article to learn about the reasons to travel and how it can benefit your life.

 

1. Gaining New Perspectives

 

When you travel, it is an opportunity to see yourself and other people through different eyes. If you’re always in the same place talking to the same people, it is easy to develop a bias and think that’s the way things are everywhere.

 

One of the biggest reasons to travel is to learn about the world and to learn about yourself. Even if you’re just making your way to the next state over or a connecting country, you’ll be able to learn so much about your fellow man and who you really are.

 

2. Having New Experiences

 

Having new experiences is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. If you only do the same thing over and over again, life can get very boring and I believe that’s why a lot of people get depressed.

 

Is this all there is to life?

 

No! Go out! Travel and see that there is much more to life.

 

3. Enjoying New Foods

 

If you love food the way that I do, you have to travel. You’ll be able to learn about different recipes and what is normal to other people.

 

When we were in Maine, it was crazy how many signs I saw with lobster, lobster, lobster. That was one of my favorite places to visit and I know we are going to go back.

 

The scallops were definitely a favorite when I went there but I probably wouldn’t have ever tried scallops had I not been traveling in Maine!

 

4. Bond With Your Travel Mates

 

If you’re traveling with a friend or family member, this is a great way to bond. You’re getting to experience these new foods, places, and people together. For years, you’ll have so much to talk about and remember and the more you experience together, the closer you’ll become.

 

5. Develop an Open Mind

 

Staying in one place is the best way to develop a closed mind. Traveling opens your mind by allowing you to see and experience what others see and experience as a normal part of their lives.

 

What you might have seen on television or heard from a friend might not be true after all. It might just be their take on things.

 

You’ll notice differences in cultures even if you’re traveling within the US and if you venture outside the US — get ready for some real shockers if it’s your first time.

 

6. Travel to Make Massive Memories

 

Traveling allows you to create memories that are solid. When you travel somewhere to do something, it is easier for you to remember it.

 

Remember the time when we were RVing and visited Florida and we saw Lu the Hippo at Homosassa Springs near where we stayed in Crystal River, Florida? I do! That was February 2018.

 

Since you’re learning new things and seeing new places, these memories are going to be vivid and will stick with you for years to come.

 

7. Connect With New People

 

When you stay in one place, you’ll likely keep seeing the same people and talking to the same people. When you travel, you may have some travel mates that come along for the ride but you’ll also meet new people that live in these locations.

 

It’s a lot of fun to meet new people while you’re on the road. You never know what you might run into.

 

8. Meet People With the Same Interests

 

When you’re traveling, you’ll meet other people with a love of travel. It’s so fun to share travel tips and talk about the things you’ve done. You’ve likely seen a few of the same places which will give you something to talk about.

 

9. Learn New Languages

 

Depending on where you’re going, you might need to learn a new language to make it easier to navigate. When I went to Mexico, I did my best to learn some Spanish quickly but — I’m honestly just now really working on Spanish seriously and learning it.

 

While you might want to get yourself to learn a new language, if you plan on staying put and never going anywhere that you can use it, you likely won’t be motivated enough to make it happen.

 

These Reasons to Travel Are Enough

 

While these reasons to travel are enough, give yourself your own reasons. Think of things that are going to keep you going when you want to stop.

 

Traveling looks glamorous when you’re watching it on the travel channel and it can be glamorous! But on the other hand, it is also a lot of work. You’re going to need some reasons to keep traveling and feel free to bookmark this post and come back again when you’re needing some inspiration.

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