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The power of experiences

Experiences have always been important to me; I’ve always been one to spend money on experiences rather than possessions. I savour people I’ve met, places I’ve been, events I’ve attended and things I’ve tried. So at the end of 2012 I decided that I would set myself a list of 52 experiences to complete (one a week) for 2013.

So at the end of the year, how did I get on?

I enjoyed having the list as it made me more conscious about how I spend my time.  I made time for things that were new and challenging. I tried things that scared me a little. But most importantly I made time for things that bring me joy and fun. Any time I did something new and exciting I was conscious of doing so, whether on my list or not.

2013 New Experiences

I completed about 60% of the list (all those greyed out ones), but have dozens of other new experiences ticked off too.

From comments I have received from others a list may seem to encourage a tick-box mentality but for me it just helps me focus on doing things that I love. The list is an inspiration not a slave driver. A carrot rather than a stick. It may not work for everyone but it does work for me. So much so I have come up with another 52 new experiences to try in 2014!

2014 Experiences

This year as I look at the list I get really excited.

I can’t wait to get my teeth into some of them. To make time for some meaty goals. To make time for some fun and frivolous experiences. To make time for me and doing what lights me up and gives me energy.

I believe experiences make my life richer and each one helps me learn something, whether about myself or the world as a whole. With each new experience my eyes open up to new ideas and people, new opportunities present themselves and I’m a little changed forever. Experiences help me grow and develop and push boundaries but most importantly, they make me smile and bring me joy.

So are you planning on trying anything new this year? I would love to hear about it.

 



2 thoughts on “The power of experiences”

  • HI Robyn

    I am really inspired by the idea of having an experience list for 2016. I am a bit of a list girl so I like the idea of not being slavish with the list but having it there to inspire me. I attending a Craft Workshop in a couple of weeks and this I could make something inspiring and pretty at the same time. I am not sure of all that I want on this list but ‘buy a Mary Berry Cook Book and bake something with rough puff pastry is going to be on it’

    Carol

    • I love this Carol! Yes, think of it as an inspiration list rather than a “must do” list. On days when you are lacking imagination or inspiration it will be there to pull you through.

      Robyn x

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