There's the age-old question: what would you save if your house was on fire? The correct answer should be NOTHING - if you happen to find yourself in a burning building get out of there quickly! But hypothetically it's a good way of working out what you value. Of course, your health, sanity, moral judgement and relationships are the things to value most dearly in life, but we're talking about material possessions here - and for me I know I'd be particularly bereft if my MacBook succumbed to a fiery computer-death. I use it everyday for both work and pleasure, and it has seen me through several exciting moments in my career, including becoming a qualified teacher, starting my blog, and leaving teaching to become a full time blogger and freelance writer. I learnt how to do so much on my trusty laptop; the pre-Mac me didn't know how to edit YouTube vlogs or even photoshop blog photos. Now I run two websites of my own and earn a living from it.
I'd have to say my iPhone 6 Plus ranks highly in the possession stakes, sorry if this is too Apple for your liking. But my job revolves around social media, so I'm always checking it, and it also makes a handy notebook, camera, and calendar for all my blogging needs. Speaking of cameras, I'd put two of them in my most valued possessions. My Nikon (pictured centre above in my Grafea Camera Bag), and my Canon are both great for blogging and vlogging. I also have tonnes of notebooks I'd be sad to see go, they're filled with journal entries, ideas for work, plans and schemes - the ones that worked and the ones that failed to launch. I don't have any diamonds or anything, but the jewellery I do have (like my Alex Monroe Bee above) has sentimental value attached.
If you're laughing at me including lipsticks and satchels (above), bear with me. I have a huge bag and makeup collection, and when I start adding up their monetary value I feel a bit faint. I'm lucky to get given lots of free items to blog about, but I've still spent a fair bit on hand-crafted satchels (my obsession) and high-end cosmetics. If I lost it all I'd be losing items I've invested in, and that have actually helped me monetise my blog over the years with reviews. I've included my NutriBullet to represent all my gadgets, not just the kitchen ones. Every electrical thing from my trusty GHDs to my Chromecast (so I can watch Netflix on the big TV) I use throughout the week, but I never really think about the value I place on them. It really pays to insure your home contents, especially if you need them for work, but also because you've spent money on things to help you, entertain you, to catalogue and record your life, to make sure you lead an easier life - so losing all that with no way of easily replacing it is silly. I'm not just talking about fires and burglaries, but just breaking something by accident - it pays to be covered. Legal & General have made this handy Home Contents Calculator so you can go through each room in your house and work out what it would cost to insure them. Simple! I'm totting up my satchels and bee right now....