By: Abbey Lyn Clark, Regular Contributor
Last week I went to visit some of my closest friends in New York City. My friend’s 21st birthday and America’s birthday all in one week called for a BC reunion of sorts. When I returned to my humble abode on Long Island, I couldn’t believe that I spent two days near SoHo and Union Square, two of my favorite shopping areas in NYC, and refrained from buying anything for myself. This all sounds very shallow so let me explain.
Hi, my name is Abbey and I have a shoe addiction (but that is beside the point). @Uberfacts, one of the most random and thought provoking information sources on the web, tweeted yesterday: “Spending money on experiences, as opposed to material possessions, leads to greater happiness.” While I didn’t buy a new pair of shoes or a cute top in NYC, I did spend money on experiences. Every dime I spent in NYC was on a meaningful experience; I strongly believe that’s why the two days were so fun. We biked across the Brooklyn Bridge, went out for beautiful meals, watched a beautiful fireworks show, and simply enjoyed each other’s company.
As college students we have limited income. I have to admit: I’m still learning how to budget my money like an adult. However, what’s so empowering about spending your own money on such wonderful experiences is that the memories live on forever. Traveling is one of the best things you can invest in. When I look back on my summer, my year, and even my young adulthood, I’m going to remember spending money on visiting friends and doing fun and adventurous activities with them, not what I was wearing or looked like when I did them. Sometimes removing yourself from the superficialities that we encounter every minute of every day can be revolutionary.
Next pay day, next vacation, next road trip invest your money in something you’ll remember and smile about when you remember it. Although you might splurge on a new gadget, outfit, or if you’re me, a new pair of shoes, once in a while, nothing pays off more than spending your money on doing something with people you love. After all, you can’t place a price on personal happiness.
About Abbey: Abbey Clark is a rising senior majoring in English and Human Development at Boston College. Along with being the I AM THAT GIRL local chapter leader at BC, she is also a yoga instructor and the co-president of her all female a cappella group: The BC Sharps. She loves spending time with her friends & family, baking, and traveling. She is an advocate of healthy living, real beauty, and is so proud to be part of such a beautiful organization that is changing the world for women and girls!