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This week’s topic was tricky for me because I’m a minimalist. I don’t own a lot of physical stuff, and almost everything I do own is used regularly and heavily.
When I go on a trip somewhere or want to treat myself, I don’t buy knick-knacks to commemorate it. Instead, I do things like:
- Take lots of photos.
- Try new experiences.
- Order delicious dairy-free meals and snacks that are either unavailable at home or a bit too expensive to indulge in regularly.
- Create vivid memories by soaking in every moment of the experience.
- Buy a rare t-shirt, hat, socks, or some other article of clothing I happen to need that will also remind me of the good time I had there since all clothing wears out eventually.
Case in point, a few months ago I splurged on a box of vegan Boston cream donuts.
The bakery that makes them goes out of their way to source ethically produced ingredients and pay their staff fairly (which is wonderful!)
When you add all of those increased costs together, this place has to charge more than a typical bakery in order to make ends meet. So I view getting treats from them as a delightful detour from my typical diet.
The cool thing about that is how much more I appreciate them than I would if ate sugary donuts every single day of the week. And it makes my dentist happy, too.