How to Invest in Yourself

by Julie Morse on July 11, 2017 · 1 comment

investing in yourself tips, how to improve yourself, improving yourselfYou are your biggest asset, so what’s stopping you from investing in yourself? Setting goals for yourself and honoring your passions are the best ways to build ‘self-worth.’ Sometimes we just get too caught up with chasing professional and financial aspirations that we forget to spend time on ourselves. There are millions of opportunities in life to take advantage of that will make you a stronger, happier, and more successful person. These are just a few to consider:

Find and develop a skill. From programming to knitting to taekwondo, there are skills that can help educate yourself and your community. Your skill set doesn’t have to be strictly business-related, it can be based on your personal interests. Here are some ways to discover your skills.

Education: Look through your local university or community college’s course catalog for degree and certificate programs in areas that you’ve always wanted to explore. Maybe you grew up speaking Farsi, but never learned to write and read it. Taking a few courses can advance your aptitude for the language, and soon you could be working in translation or teaching.

The arts: We are all creative in some way or another, it’s just a matter of how we discover our creativity. No one wants to drop hundreds of dollars at the art store if your greatest artistic strength is drawing stick figures. However, there are lots of ways to make art that are inexpensive or free, such as:

Watch life drawing tutorials on YouTube, and then go out to the park and practice sketching what you see.

Read an Ernest Hemingway or Joyce Carol Oates novel to gain an understanding of how narratives are created, then grab a pen and paper and start writing your own story.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, check out your local newspaper’s entertainment calendar for when musicians are playing for free. Listen to different genres to figure out which one ‘speaks’ to you the most, and find out what instruments are used to play it. If find that you love samba music, look for the cheapest berimbau and start practicing.

For people who like manual labor, trying out a pottery or sculpting class is a great way to use your creative energy to craft something with your hands.

Join a group: Pursuing your interests requires motivation, and inspiration is usually always found within the community. Once you’ve identified what personal interest you want to invest in, find a group that revolves around that skill. Meetup.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great platforms for connecting with like-minded people. Start by searching with a #hashtag to identify individuals who can help you grow your skill set, and then reach out to those who you think you’ll connect with best.

Prioritize your health. You’re only a worthwhile investment if you’re treating your body with respect and self-care. Eat high-quality food that will give you energy. Relax and rest when you’re feeling tired, and make time to regularly exercise. When you’re feeling sick, go to the doctor and take preventative measures like daily vitamins and regular check-ups.

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1 Mrs. Picky Pincher July 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

So much yes to this! I’ve started taking baking classes whenever they’re available. It hurts because they cost $60, but I get out of the house, learn a new skill, and can pick the mind of a professional. As an added bonus, I can now bake things that would cost a pretty penny at the store. No need to buy anything special around here. :)

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