I’m a bit of a dreamer and have always had a huge case of wanderlust. I would rather spend more on experiences, especially travel, than buying things. My priorities and desires shifted for awhile, especially after I got married which coincided with my love affair with Danish Modern furniture hitting an all time high. It’s not that I wanted to stop having experiences, but my budget (and academia paycheck) didn’t stretch far enough to afford the furniture I was lusting after and the trips I wanted to take. So travel took a back set while Toby and I set up our home.
I reached a point recently where I realized I lost site of my old priorities. I was spending most of my earnings on things, rather than saving them towards a trip. I thought of the vacation I took with my family to Devon and Cornwall last year and I realized all these material possessions weren’t bringing me as much joy as that vacation. I do love buying a new lipstick, some fancy skincare or a lovely sweater, but the bonding experience I had with my family and seeing the rugged, romantic scenery of Western England has stayed with me more than any purchase.
My wanderlust bug is hitting me hard lately. Maybe it has to do with being in my mid-thirties. I’ve been reevaluating where I am at, what I have done and haven’t done. The part that feels unfulfilled and makes my heart ache is the thought of dying without seeing the world and all the places I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Am I going through some sort of mid-30s life crisis?
Yeah, a bit.
How do you balance and budget for all your life dreams and goals? I love to travel and want more of it in my life. But I do also love fashion and the occasional sartorial splurge. Being a blogger there is a lot of temptation to click “buy” when I see something online. Amy from Design Sponge went through a spending detox diet, which sounds like a good idea to try. How do you resist that urge to buy something that doesn’t line up with your saving goal? I feel like I need to figure out a way to trick my brain. It wants that instant gratification, but I’d rather have the travel experience in the long run.