“Experiences are more valuable than possessions”. Simple premise, right? But I had to learn this one the hard way. Like most of you I spend my 20’s working on my education and finding a career. My 30’s were devoted to moving up the corporate ladder and supplying myself with nice things. I had beautiful clothes, shoes, and handbags. I was the consummate shopaholic. The thing is having all those things didn’t make me happy. I felt an emptiness like a deep hole in my life. My solution at the time was to stop accumulating things and concentrate on accumulating experiences. When I traveled, something I’ve always loved, I didn’t shop, I did things. I went to museums, saw performances, hiked or simply wandered on a beach. I hoarded those experiences like candy and used them whenever I was having a bad day to relieve my stress and remind me how good life could be. Travel, even if it’s only to the local zoo can be a real bonding experience.