My name is Christy and I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have always loved to travel for the thrill of discovering new places and people. Whether for work or pleasure, I travel light with only a carry-on and never check luggage regardless of where I’m going or how long I’ll be there. Here’s the deal I also like to LIVE LIGHTLY too by owning fewer, nicer things and instead of spending money on stuff I prefer to spend money on experiences.
Experiences over Stuff
A friend of mine once said you learn a lot about what someone truly values by looking at where they spend their money. Couldn’t agree more. As for me, my checkbook has a trail of spending on experiences not stuff. My wardrobe and home furnishings are minimalistic by choice so that I can attend concerts, live events and travel. I’ve been blessed to have journeyed through Europe, China, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Central America, South America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and 48 of the 50 states in the US.
The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
For many years I was a marketing executive at a Fortune 100 company. One of the best things that ever happened to me was the opportunity to leave with a buyout package. Now almost three year’s later I couldn’t be happier with my life. I’m healthier, more relaxed, living a fuller life, my relationships are better and the icing on the cake is that now I love Mondays! I’m doing next generation career coaching, marketing consulting and blog writing. I’m also a Wish Granter for Make A Wish Colorado.
My younger sister, Julie, died of brain cancer several years ago. Losing a sister is like losing part of you. She was given 2-5 years to live although she lived only 8 months. In hindsight, those 8 months were a gift and we spent a lot of time together. One day we were in Golden Colorado for a fundraiser her employer was hosting for her and her 13-year-old daughter. She needed some fresh air, so we rolled her wheelchair down several blocks of this quaint western town and all the while she shared through tears that her deepest regret in her 46 years of life was not having experienced more. Julie’s legacy is that she cemented my resolve for living a life full of experiences and not stuff.
Have you considered how to live a simpler life? Are you interested in creative ways to find money to travel and have more life experiences?
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My home is in Fort Collins, CO and I share my life and travels with friends and family.