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It is funny how we often give others advice without actually practicing that advice in our own lives. Why is that? Why do I continuously promote self-improvement and self investment to my readers, but since becoming a mother, I have not been implementing my own advice into my life? I know my readers are worth it, I know they deserve to invest in their betterment, but do I not believe I also deserve that? These are the thoughts I have been thinking this past month.
I have been seriously lacking in the personal growth department since having a baby. Caring for a baby is time-consuming for sure, but there are also easy self investments that I can be incorporating into my life, so time just isn’t an excuse, or at least not a good one. Since I have been thinking about this a lot, and really wanting to change my lack of self investment in 2018, I decided to compile a list of personal investments that are always worthwhile. They are also easily incorporated, so even the busiest of people can implement these self investment practices in their lives this year.
1 | Travel & Experiences
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut where I am constantly spending money on material things that I just do not need, rather than investing in memories and experiences. Traveling and having memorable experiences is such a rewarding investment. Sure, you can back pack around the globe, which would be amazing, but you can also plan a weekend getaway or a short road trip if that is more in your budget, or more suitable for your current schedule. Even just planning a night out with friends is a memorable experience and a worthwhile way to spend your money and time. You don’t have to break the bank to have these experiences. When I say “invest” in these experiences, I am not necessarily referring to investing your hard-earned money, but simply investing your time. Go for a hike with your partner or friend. Hiking is free, and can create memories, not to mention it gets you exercising! Even if you are busy, make it a monthly goal to get out and try one new experience or go somewhere new once a month.
When you spend time participating in new experiences you learn so much about yourself, and you create memories that last a lifetime! That is a great investment in my opinion.
2 | Learning & Education (Books, courses, etc.)
You should strive to be a life long learner. Maybe you are not a student anymore, or maybe you skipped college all together. But I am taking about a different kind of learning. I am referring to investing in things you WANT or LOVE to learn about. It could be blogging, cooking, self-improvement, knitting, fitness, whatever. If you have a passion for something, spend the money and the time to invest in that passion. Take that online course you have been eyeing out, buy that book, take an hour every other day to focus on it. Bettering yourself by learning something new, is never a bad investment.
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3 | Anything That Makes You Feel GREAT
I think it is totally okay to invest in things that make you feel good about yourself. Getting your hair done every other months, getting your nails done, buying those new jeans that make you feel confident, going for a relaxing massage once in a while. Maybe it is something as easy as listening to your favorite podcast every week. All of these things make you feel good about yourself, and that investment, whether it be from a financial or time standpoint, is always worthwhile.
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4 | Health & Wellness
This is one I personally struggle with, as I’m sure many others do too. I want to exercise, I want to eat healthy, but it is HARD. This is an easy one to say, I just do not have the time. But, health & wellness should be at the top of your priorities. We only get one body, and one mind, we need to invest in those.
I found planning ahead of time for what meals I was going to make for the week, and prepping what I could was a BIG help in eating better. And I was willing to invest my time into doing that.
As far as investing my time into exercise, it is a work in progress since having Mia. When I have me time (basically during naps), the last thing I want to do is exercise. So, I have been trying to exercise when she is awake instead. I strap in her carrier, and we go for a walk. If it is too cold or weather is not great, I try to get on the elliptical for even 15 minutes. It is a start. I know these are worthwhile investments in my time, but they are the ones I struggle with most.
If this is an area you invest a lot of your time or money (for example in a gym pass) YOU ROCK. And I am envious. But I want to say I think it is such a great self investment. One I am defiantly trying to be better at.
5 | Your Hobbies
Hobbies are important and investing time and money into them is important as well. They give you something in your life that you love to do and are often a form of escape for reality or the craziness of life.
Blogging started as a hobby for me and I definitely invested a lot of time, and a bit of money in it, because I seriously love it. Blogging for me is an escape and something that totally sucks me into my own little world where I can forget everything around me. To have something like that in your life that you feel passion and happiness from, is totally worth spending a little money and time on.
Maybe you are passionate about photography, spend the money and buy that camera you have been eyeing out. Or, if you are passionate about cooking, take that cooking class or buy that cool kitchen appliance. When it comes to doing something you love to do, I think investing in that and making sure it is in your life is important.
So those are my top 5 worthwhile investments for a better life. Those are also the 5 things I want to focus on this year. I will try to do a few more blog posts around this topic throughout the year to let you all know how I am doing and if I am keeping up with these personal investments.
How do you invest in yourself or your personal betterment? What easy things can we incorporate into our life to help us grow and improve? Let me know in the comments below 🙂