We’ve always been a family that values experiences over things. We love traveling, seeing new places, and eating at fun restaurants. Each year for his birthday, we gave our son an experience rather than a gift. As he got older, he got to choose between a gift or an experience.
I’m not sure what it is about doing something rather than getting something that is so special. But even in my own childhood, I tend to remember moments more than things. So with that in mind, I decided to make a Friday list of 5 New Experiences for 2016. These are either things I’ve already experienced, or I’m looking forward to this year.
1.) Our Home – Lord willing, 2016 will be the year that we move into the first house we’ve ever owned. Buying a home was a new experience for sure. It will be even sweeter once we are able to finish renovations and actually live in the house that we bought.
2.) Gardening – Along with the new house comes our homestead. I’m quite lacking a green thumb. I can’t keep houseplants alive. However, I really feel strongly about eating well and I love the idea of eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably and it doesn’t get much better than growing your own food. So now it’s just a matter of, you know, doing it. Definitely a brand new experience!
3.) Chickens! – Keeping in line with what I’ve already listed, we are also hoping to have our coop & brooder house up and running. This means that I won’t have to travel to Kentucky for my fresh eggs or pay an arm and a leg for chicken. Blessedly, my husband knows all about this and all I have to do is cook.
4.) Making my Own Health & Beauty Products – This time last week, we were pretty deep into some snow. I’ve lived in New England so I know how this normally goes. But it was quite different to be experiencing it in Middle Tennessee. One fun thing that came out of it was that a friend & I spent the afternoon making homemade, all-natural toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorant. It was so fun and easy and a great way to spend the afternoon while the kids played out in the snow.
5.) Asking for Help – Now, this isn’t specifically new to 2016 or even 2015. However, this is something that I continually struggle with and each time I have to ask for help it’s like a new experience. I’ve never been one to ask much for help. It’s been quite a learning curve. But here I sit, at a friend’s house while they let us stay with them during the tough weather. Two years ago, this wouldn’t have happened. I would have done everything I could have to keep from having to ask for help in any way. It’s amazing how much you can grow once you admit that you aren’t nearly as self-sufficient as you pretend to be.
What are some of your new experiences that are coming up this year?