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 travel spending around the world. I’ve been blessed to have journeyed throughout Europe, China, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Central America, South America, Canada, Mexico, and 48 of the 50 states in the US (sorry to the Dakotas).
The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
For many years I was a marketing executive at a Fortune 10 company. I left a year ago as a result of a downsizing. For a lot of people being laid off can be a traumatic experience and that is certainly understandable. To be honest I was completely euphoric. Immediately after receiving the news on that Monday morning, I called my best friend who was also a former employee of the same company and within the hour she was at my home with champagne and two fluted glasses. We soaked up the June sun while toasting my jumping off of the Hamster Wheel. Now almost a year 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!
My younger sister, Julie, died of brain cancer two 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 traveled more. Julie’s legacy is that she cemented my resolve for living a life full of experiences and not stuff.
Have you ever wondered how to travel more and what it’s like to visit certain destinations around the world? 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 many of my travels with my partner Bruce and my kids Preston and Mackenzie.