Sunday, November 17, 2013

Five Favorites: Non-Material Edition

It's that time of year when many people are posting lists of things they are thankful for, Black Friday shopping lists, or general wishlists or favorites lists. Many favorites lists are full of things, such as cosmetics, apparel, or household items. I like the idea of favorites lists, but I wanted to do this one a little differently. Below are five of my favorite non-material things.

1. Exploring.
I am lucky enough that I've gotten the chance to do a bit of traveling to other countries as well as some cities in the US, including New Orleans and Key West. One of my favorite parts about traveling is learning about different cultures and ways of life, which can vary even within a single city. There is always something new to learn, even within whatever city you live in. There is a lot of variety in life when you really take the time to slow down and notice the little things. The above picture was taken on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, purposely out of focus.

2. Pets and animals.

What would we do without our pets and awesome wildlife? When we have a bad day, our pets are there to comfort us. When we're bored, they end up doing something ridiculous and silly. And when we're happy, they're there to celebrate with us. Pets can provide amazing companionship and help us forget about any daily stuff we are dealing with. Wildlife can be pretty amazing too. How incredible is it when a monarch butterfly flitters past? Or when you see an armadillo just off a nature trail, chilling. These creatures can be really inspiring in their own way.

3. Photography. 
Photography is a great way to capture special moments, or even relatively normal moments. The thing about photos is that you can freeze feelings. I like to believe each photo has its own mood, and it transports you someplace else. I also like how an ordinary, everyday object can take on a new personality when captured in a unique way. Here, the sun is rising and I captured it through a hole in a seashell. It gives the sunrise a more muted, yet surprising feel.

4. Home.
Home sweet home. There's no place like home. To many people, home is a sanctuary, and that's the way it should be. I am thankful for the environment my parents provided for me as I grew up, and I'm thankful for my current little family -- my fiance and our two kitties, Turbo and Nitro. It's a place where I can always feel safe and comfortable, and it's a place where we can build memories together. It's really fun sharing a home with the ones you love.

5. Weekends.
Woohoo! Unfortunately this weekend is coming to a close, but the weekend always gives us something to look forward to. A break from work and weekly tasks. Of course, being a homeowner, there is always some sort of work to be done, but it is nice having the choice of when you want to get the work done. This past weekend, my fiance and I went out to a beachfront bar for a couple drinks, then tried a new restaurant for dinner. It is things like this that make weekends seem like mini vacations, and those are always fun and appreciated.

What are some of your favorite things that aren't material things?

12 comments:

  1. Great list! I love the weekends too! Photography is my passion and I love that you can capture a memory in a photograph.

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    1. Thank you :) Yes, weekends are the best!

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  2. Photography is a hobby for me but it is so fun to see people's reaction to the pictures I take. I am not a fan of pets but my hubs is so we have a tit for tat all the time because he wants a dog.

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    1. It is definitely always fun to see what other people think about pictures :) They are good conversation-starters.

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  3. I think weekend is mine! Well really all of them! :)

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  4. What a great idea! This time of the year brings out the material side in everyone and a lot of people forget about the simple things. I'm thankful for my crazy kids, handsome husband and our health!

    SGBC

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    1. Those are great things to be thankful for!

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  5. Girl, you've listed out a TON of non-material things that I absolutely adore, too. :) Namely home, pets and weekends. Another thing I love is a slow day spent with my husband where we just get to hang out and have fun. It's the best.

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    1. Slow days with your special someone definitely are great! Slow days can be really nice in general :)

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  6. I love this post! Photography is my absolute favorite pastime! And traveling is the other. In fact, I am traveling to New Orleans next week! I can't wait to take pictures!

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    1. Thank you! New Orleans is such a fun city. There is something for everyone!

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