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Why should you be worried about investing in yourself? I would ask you, why not? You are worth investing in. You are your most valuable asset, after all. As moms, we give and give to other people without expecting anything for ourselves. Not that there’s anything wrong with giving to other people, but you can’t leave yourself out. You have to add yourself to your priority list, Mama.
Investing in yourself can look like a lot of different things. It depends on what you like and where you wanna go. Think about yourself for a second. What do you like? What do you like to do for fun? When was the last time you did something just for you? When was the last time you learned a new skill?
Investing in yourself isn't being selfish, it's quite the opposite actually. When you invest in yourself, other people reap the benefits too. A couple of years ago, I was a mess. I would have considered myself a “hot mess”. Before I had children, I was super ambitious and a high achiever. After I had kids, I was at a dead-end job with no hopes of moving to the top. I hated going to work every day. I felt like a storm cloud hung over me 24/7. I was super negative and felt like my life was spinning out of control. I used to think something was wrong with me. I mean I “had it together- or so I thought” before I had kids, so now what’s the problem?
The problem was, I didn’t take time to invest in myself. I put myself on the back burner.
That all changed when I started to invest in myself. I invested in myself more and more. I went to counseling, I listened to personal development podcasts, I started going back to church, I joined a monthly life coaching program, I started reading/listening to books, and I started to buy courses to help me get learn new skills.
When I started to invest in myself, my life radically changed. I don’t even recognize that person from that long ago. I can’t believe how far I’ve come with the help of God and investing in myself.
It’s so important for you to be on your own priority list, Mama. You have to spend some time and money on yourself too by investing in yourself.
Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, but it will improve the lives of all those around you.
– Robin S. Sharma
So, by now you should be convinced investing in yourself is a great thing you need in your life, LOL!
How do you invest in yourself? There are many ways to invest in yourself.
The main categories to invest in yourself are:
- Physical health
- Emotional health
- Spiritual health
- Intellectual (personal development)
Investing in your physical health can look like many things. It means putting your physical health as a priority. You can start small. You don't have to go big or go home from the start.
Your emotional health is one thing that doesn’t get talked about often enough. Your emotional health is your ability to actually feel your feelings and not react, resist, or avoid them like most people do.
You can learn about feeling your feelings and your emotional health by going to a therapist or getting a life coach. A therapist mainly deals with the past and the life coach mainly deals with the future and your goals.
Your spiritual health is also so important and a great way to invest in yourself. Investing time with God has helped me so much on my journey! You can’t go wrong.
Intellectual & Personal Development
Investing in yourself intellectually & with personal development is so important too. So many people think that when you are finished with the school you are finished learning. You should always be learning and trying to grow.
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein
Learning and growing are great ways to invest in yourself. You will see such a huge return on the investment!
Some ways to invest in yourself across all the categories are:
- Hire a coach
- Take a course to learn and develop new skills
- Start a side hustle
- Prioritize self-care
- Learn a new skill or improve other ones
- Listen to podcasts
- Read/listen to books
- Join a monthly membership
- Drink water
- Create a budget
- Make time for friends
- Create good habits
- Break bad habits
- Get a hobby
- Sleep 7-8 hours a night
- Start a gratitude journal
- Start an evening routine
- Read a devotion
- Go to church
- Study your Bible
- Have quiet time
- Work on your mindset- life coaches are great for this one
- Go to a therapist
- Don’t avoid your feelings
- Exercise (take a small walk)
- Drink plenty of water
- Create a realistic food plan
- Get a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours)
- Incrementally start to eat healthier
- Only eat when you’re actually hungry (aka: don’t eat your feelings)
The choice is yours. There are so many ways to invest in yourself. Some are paid and some are totally free. You can find podcasts, books, and courses on any topic under the sun. Podcasts and courses are my favorite way to learn new things.
Podcasts are great on the go and courses really help you, deep-dive, into a topic. It's like having a teacher right in front of you. You can learn at your own pace. You can rewatch the videos, start, stop, and pause the videos. Courses are a great personal investment.
Today, I encourage you to start slowly investing in yourself. Pick one thing and start today.
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