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Experiences not things

I covet things as much as the next person. Who doesn’t? However, I get worn down by the constant drive to acquire something new; the heavy desire for stuff we don’t need. And, even worse, don’t value. Ultimately, things don’t motivate me. Experiences do.

I would much rather use my time, energy and resources to cultivate an interesting and enjoyable experience – seeing / doing / eating / drinking – than collect a thing I don’t need or appreciate.* My life is cluttered enough, so I like to keep it as simple as I can.

At the moment I’m in the midst of an exceptionally nice experience: travel. I’m writing this from Reykjavik, where we’re finishing up a magical week in Iceland. Before that we were in Germany, with an oh-so-brief sojourn into Holland. I have been sharing some of the journey on Instagram#, but not too often, as I haven’t had much internet access. Plus I’ve been happy to disengage for a while.

A few highlights so far:

baden baden

This view

greenhouse pool

Discovering a geothermal swimming pool within a large greenhouse, growing all sorts of delicious fruits and berries.


Natural hotsprings, just a short walk from our accommodation (a cutesy Icelandic farmstay).

I have a few good posts up my sleeve from this trip. On local food and herbal medicine finds, geothermal bathing (something we have, literally, immersed ourselves in while in Iceland) and the abundance of organics (particularly in Germany). However, those will have to wait until I’m back, as we’re about to head to Paris – the whole ‘point’ of this trip – for a big research and practice conference. Plus, you know, Paris.


* Not that my life is stuff-free. Not by any means.

# I’ve been tagging a lot of my travel pics on Instagram using #experiencesnotthings – check it out and start tagging too if it’s something that resonates with you.


About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

6 responses »

  1. Love this Kath! Those images are beautiful.

  2. Wow….love the pics and absolutely agree with your words of wisdom…. I just showed the pics to a work colleague who is heading to iceland and would love some travel tips especially places to stay if you have any time and inkling to share your secrets….enjoy the rest of your journey and knock em dead with your presentation!!! xx

    • Thanks Ann! Yes! Iceland travelling! I’d be happy to offer some advice based on my experience there – we traveled pretty far while we were there and I would probably recommend against this, as it meant less time for walking and bathing 😉 … however, it also allowed us to do things like visiting a remote puffin colony – which made the travel completely worth it. We stayed in farmstays when not in Reykjavik, which I would definitely recommend! Some were quite remote – so only useful if hiring a car – but so beautiful and all very individual as they’re often in / attached to people’s homes.
      The conference was great too, by the way. Will be running in Paris again next year… so maybe see you there 🙂


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