I save my conference badges. It looks neat to me to see this heaping mass of badges that mark some really incredible life experiences. Every badge holds a memory of a new place I got to visit, new people I got to meet and each serves as a tiny monument to slowly overcoming the enormous fear of public speaking. Each marks a place that has allowed me to tell a personal story about something I really care about, something I learned, stumbled through or otherwise adventured around in this crazy life. I feel I've been really lucky in being able to share those stories.
I hope to keep collecting badges for a while longer, still. I enjoy the experiences and I still have a lot of work to do in overcoming that fear of public speaking. <3