what souvenirs do we keep after life?

I’ve mentioned previously that we are traveling in 4 suitcases that are packed to fit our needs not our wants. We have very little room for souvenirs and when we buy a new item we often need to make space by getting rid of something else.


Souvenirs are a big part of travel. It is a fun part of travel too! I’ve been trying to make the focus of this trip about creating new memories and experiences. It has been tough. I really like shopping . . . a lot. My culture has also trained me to be this way I realize.


Acquisition is a big focus of life. We obtain cars, money, social status, and careers. We also attain body image, addictions, and feelings of self-importance. Of all of these souvenirs what do we get to keep with us from our stay on earth?


My personal belief is we get to retain the lessons we have learned, the love we show, our memories and experiences, our education, our skills, the talents we develop, and our relationships.


I’ve thought about both of these lists the tangible and intangible things we accumulate. One category is lasting and the other is not. Both lists are necessary but I am trying to decide which one occupies most of my time. Most of my energy goes into my home, trying to create a haven for safety, education, and love. Next would be my body image. I focus a lot on how I feel, the energy I serve to others and how I am nurturing my spirit. An equal part of my energy goes into my career and comforts of life.


I really want to live life from the inside out and not let things of this world control my thoughts and actions. It is hard, especially with how open we are on social media. I find the world has a lot more in-put into my life and it does end up controlling my feelings at times. I do end up focusing on peoples comments about my situation, a situation they honestly know nothing about but feel like they do. The more of myself I share with the world the more vulnerable I have to be. However, I want to be public because I believe I can add positively to the world. The only way to combat the bad is to create the good.


There are “souvenirs” that I will keep with me into my next life from this whole experience of traveling and social media. I just need to do a self-check and make sure that what is impressed upon me is love, my divine purpose for being here, and the necessary things of life.


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  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 11:07h, 21 November Reply

    The videos and photo mementoes should be souvenirs enough

    But.. Can’t wait to see the little things you consider important enough to keep …

  • Trisha F
    Posted at 16:45h, 21 November Reply

    It’s just stuff. We’re on this earth to gain knowledge and you are doing a great job at that through experiences!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 09:58h, 27 November Reply

      You’re right, it’s just stuff and we can’t take it with us

  • Jesse-Elyse Griffin
    Posted at 06:48h, 24 November Reply

    Thank you for sharing your belief that “we get to retain the lessons we have learned, the love we show, our memories and experiences, our education, our skills, the talents we develop, and our relationships”. I didn’t realize there were others out there that believe that. All those things are what I believe as a Latter-day Saint (Mormon)! Especially the part about taking our relationships with us. We have a strong belief that families are forever and that those relationships will last beyond this life. And it’s cool that you mentioned bringing our experiences/lessons/talents with us as well because there are a couple scriptures that say just that: “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
    And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” Cool to see commonalities in beliefs and appreciate differences too! You guys are great! Thank you for your simple and positive examples. You inspire me and my family! Best to you in your travels.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 09:57h, 27 November Reply

      We are also LDS 🙂

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