Last week, I came across a few articles about the importance of investing in yourself. While none of them told me anything that I didn’t already know, they did prompt me to consider how I might be more deliberate about promoting my own personal growth. There are some ways that I invest in myself that are so routine that I don’t have to think about them. Most of these fall within the realm of nutritional health and fitness (i.e. making healthy meals, practicing yoga consistently, exercising, doing a morning meditation). There are other areas of my whole person, however, that I’d like to spend more time cultivating. Although I think about these things often, I drag my feet on actually taking the steps to incorporate them into my life. This week, I’m changing that by investing in myself in the following ways…
Reigning in my Spending – I’m literally investing in myself by better managing my finances. Every year around this time, I get a little willy nilly with spending. It’s mostly because it’s the end of the semester and the beginning of summer and I’m being more social. The past month has included a lot of eating out and buying coffee. It’s been great but it’s definitely time for me to recenter myself financially. In a perfect world, I could be about that $7 matcha latte with macadamia nut milk life all the time but alas, that is not my current reality.
Watching a TED talk – I love TED talks! I don’t watch them nearly enough. When I do watch them, I feel live an informed cosmopolitan world citizen. I want to feel like this more often. Keep an eye on the GWHG Facebook page for links to what I’m watching.
Catching up on my French Language Podcasts – I love the French language. I’ve studied it since high school and it’s really important to me that I maintain the skill. I have two great French podcasts to which I subscribe: One Thing in a French Day and Francais Authentique. I love these pods because they’re generally super short and cover a range of topics using interesting vocabulary. Because I subscribe to so many podcasts, however, it’s common for me to skip over these in favor of listening to those that are … in English. This week, I’m investing in myself by taking some time to catch up on these episodes. Maybe I’ll even listen to them with my laptop handy for googling unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar constructions!
Revisiting Yoga Philosophy – Completing the yoga teacher training at One Down Dog was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my adult life. I’m so grateful for everything that I learned over the course of the 200-hour training and it continues to shape my life in important way. My favorite modules of the training were those that focused on the philosophies behind yoga, as it really allowed me to better understand the practice beyond the physical. This week, I’m investing in myself by revisiting some of my notes and books from teacher training to refresh and further my understanding. I’m most excited to reread Eastern Body, Western Mind. If you are at all interested in learning more about non-Western psychologies and the chakra system, I highly recommend it.
Although I have set aside this week to do these things, my hope is that it will light a fire that will help me invest in myself in these ways on a more consistent basis.
How do you invest in yourself?