you ever tell yourself, “Some day I will…” ?
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going 16 straight months in my new entrepreneurial life without taking a single
day off, I slammed head first into a mental wall.
sought help from business strategist Alexis Martin Neely. I figured we’d dive
right into my business model, but one of the first things Alexis asked was what
I did for fun. Silence. Terrified that if I slowed down for a nano-second
in this economy I would plunge into the deep dark abyss of permanent career mal-function,
the only word that I could manage to utter was a feeble… “Work?”
asked me what long-term dream I’d fulfill after all this work was done and I’d
finally “arrived.” No hesitation. “Take
a luxury cruise,” I immediately blurted out. That was something I’d
fantasized about for over 15 years but never felt I could afford to take the
time off to actually do. With the encouragement of my wonderful husband
and Alexis, I finally went on a Caribbean cruise.
enjoyment scale I’d give the cruise a 5, but on the life lesson scale it was an
absolute 10. Here’s what I learned and how it can help YOU spend your hard earned money
& time more mindfully.
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Experiences give you the ultimate
bang for the buck. The average age of my fellow
travelers was roughly 75 (by comparison, I’m 40 years old). Many had climbed to
the top of their respective industries. When I chatted with them about the
most memorable moments during their working years – time and again they spoke
of simple experiences: a good meal, a memorable outing, a daily ritual
that brought them joy. Not one mentioned the acquisition of THINGS.