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4 Ways I’m Investing in Myself this Week

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.

Some of the ways I invest in myself 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). However, there are other areas of my whole person 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 school is out and summer is on, so 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 like 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 ways. 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 only 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?


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Sabrina is a PhD student, yoga instructor, and mindful eating/cooking consultant living in Los Angeles. She’s obsessed with traveling to new places, cooking with whole food ingredients, and hanging out with puppies at her yoga studio.

  • Stella Nadene

    Love these ideas! Funny cause my blog post this week was similar, lol! I’ve found that even though people give advice about relaxation and taking care of themselves, usually it’s so personal that those things totally wouldn’t apply to me–every person has to find their OWN relaxation and self-care methods! (ie–the French podcasts–I totally would just have eyes glazing over since I don’t know French). But you get the idea. I think you’re so spot-on with this article! Even the finances topic–women tend to think of this as a restriction or limitation, and reining in our spending can be, but it’s also like you said–investing in yourself instead of blowing it on stuff you won’t get anything out of. Great article!!

    July 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply

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