Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Here Are 7 Simple Ways To Invest In Yourself Every Day (+ Checklist)

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Here Are 7 Simple Ways To Invest In Yourself Every Day (+ Checklist)
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If there's one thing for sure, it's that investing in yourself — whether it's time, energy, and/or money — is always worth it.


I know, some of you are probably thinking "ALWAYS?!" And my answer to that is simple: yes!

I use the word "invest" because you are not a short-term commitment. Devoting yourself to making "you" happy, enriching your future, and nurturing your relationships is so so important. But, as I've said time and time again, happiness looks different for everyone, so what you choose to invest in will likely look different as well.

For me, I've made it my commitment to use my next few months of "down time" to grow both personally and professionally. I've made it my goal to attend several leadership conferences throughout the summer, travel, stay active every day (which involves a lot of bike rides on the beach), and write every week.

Because... isn't one of the most important investments we can make (if not the most important investment) in ourselves? Whether that means finally buying yourself that domain name you've been wanting for your website/blog for the last year or taking a "lunch break" to go get that massage, I say DO IT. As long as it's within reason, that is...

Here are 7 simple ways you can invest in yourself today and every day (and the things on my wish list for each):

1. Pamper yourself

Okay, so I know I am certainly not the only one who enjoys a good pampering. Whether you have the money to splurge at a salon or not, this is not an impossible task. Trust me, there are options! I know because I have a Pinterest board of hair/beauty inspirations and DIYs. Because no matter what your situation may be, you can pamper yourself. Can't go to the nail salon? Buy a bottle of nail polish! Don't have the money to buy a bath bomb? Make one from the stuff you already have at home! No matter what, you deserve that time to be pampered, even if it means just soaking in a hot bath.

If you do have some extra cash to spend, here are a few options for your spa day (ones I am DYING to try soon):


2. Jot everything down

One thing I find extremely helpful and cathartic is journaling. Though I admit, I normally write down most of my thoughts, questions, and ideas in the Notes app on my iPhone, I have always hoped to one day be organized enough to put everything that's ever crossed my mind in an adorable journal. But, whether it's in a notebook or on your phone, writing down or typing out your daily feelings is really beneficial.

I mean, common, look at all of these options. I've got to kick the iPhone habit:

3. Get up and move

If you're anything like me, the word "exercise" doesn't really get you motivated. But, even though I'm not a gym rat (except for maybe a week here and there every 2-3 months), I do love getting my body up and moving. My personal preferences? Anything active that doesn't feel like "exercise." Paddle ball on the beach, bike riding, roller blading, ice skating, jumping on a trampoline, hula hooping, dancing, walking — you get the picture. No matter what your personal preference is for getting your blood pumping, do it, even if it's for 20 minutes per day.

4. Practice yoga and/or meditate


5. Do something for which your future self will thank you

Yes, I know, this one is very vague, but that's because everyone's future looks so different. If you could do something today that would make your life easier or better tomorrow, a week, a month, or a year from now, what would it be?

6. Make a decision on something about which you have been indecisive

I feel like most of us have those things we have kind of forgotten about or we keep pushing aside because we don't really have to make a decision about it just yet, but it's getting to the point where it looks like it just may not ever get solved. Try to remember one thing you never made a decision about in the past and make that decision. Don't have something you've ever left undecided? That makes one of us! Collect $200.

7. Take 30 minutes to do something you love

In the grand scheme of things, 30 minutes is really not a lot of time in the day, so setting aside half an hour to focus on your hobby is not an unreasonable thing to do. No more, "I don't have time to read." By making it a priority each day, it will become part of your daily routine and feel like less of a luxury and more of a priority.

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Here Are 7 Simple Ways To Invest In Yourself Every Day (+ Checklist)

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How do you invest in yourself? What activities do you find make you the happiest?
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8 comments :

  1. I love the quote "you are not a short term investment!" Reading, cycling, baking, and spending time with my family make me the happiest!

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    1. Aw thanks so much for reading, Maryanne! It's so true, we have to commit to ourselves for the long term! And YES!! I love all of those things! I've recently been bike riding on the beach almost every day and it's my absolute favorite thing! xo

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  2. These are some great ideas, everyone needs to take a few moments and take care of themselves :)

    -Sarah
    www.myfrostedlife.com

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    1. It's so true, Sarah! We have to take care of ourselves!! What are some of your favorite things to do on your own? Thanks for reading! xo

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  3. ALL OF THIS! Yes! Spot on! Love painting my nails.

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    1. YES! Painting my nails is such a great way to relax. I instantly feel better when my nails are done :) Thanks so much for reading, Summer! xo

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  4. I been needing to do some self-care and this is a great list to start off with!

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    1. YAY! I'm so happy you found it helpful, Theresa! ❤ Thanks so much for reading! xo

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