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10 Brilliant Ways to Invest in Yourself

It is so easy to become wrapped up in day-to-day life. We often spend our time investing ourselves in other people (example: our friends, children, parents, siblings, partners, etc.). Invest in others is one of the most important things we do, however, we often overlook the only thing probably more important than that, which is investing in ourselves. I know it sounds selfish, but, unless you invest in yourself, you will always be struggling with the means to invest in others. Investing in yourself is essentially investing in your happiness. There are so many enriching ways you can invest in yourself and there is no better time to start than the present. Keep reading to discover financial and non-financial ways to invest in yourself, that almost guarantee to make your life better.

*There some of the links are affiliate links, meaning I’ll get a little piece of whatever you spend if you buy something (at no extra cost to you). Also, I only advocate for stuff I like*

Hobby

Hobbies are both healthy ways to release stress, as well as potentially lucrative opportunities. Pursuing something you are interested and passionate about leads the way to a bunch of potentially self-enhancing things. Gaining skills such as knitting, sewing, sports, etc., presents opportunities for you to possibly gain money, friendships, and happiness. I started my blog as both as a hobby, and as a way to make some extra cash. Writing helps me to release my thoughts and stress. If you’re thinking about blogging as a hobby, there is no better time than right now to start. Hosting is super cheap right now, which makes it a perfect time to start.

Subscription Box

I absolutely love subscription boxes. I discovered them a few months ago, and I have been basically addicted ever since. Subscription boxes are a great way to invest in yourself monthly or bimonthly. You sign up and every so often (the time period you select) you get something new delivered to you. I don’t know about you, but I love finding packages at my door. There are so many great subscription boxes out there, and a little investment goes a long way. These are some of my favorite subscription box companies.

Nature Box – Nature Box is my favorite snack food subscription box. It’s healthy but doesn’t really taste like it. I had a referral where I received a box for free. I was planning on canceling the subscription, however, I liked the snacks so much I actually kept it. If you use my link to sign up, you can get a free box to try it out too. Allow me to recommend the garlic plantains and Kung Pao pretzels.

Degusta Box – Degusta Box is another food subscription box that brings all kinds of snacks and delicacies to your door. It offers snacks plus pantry upgrades for cooking ingredients. You can use my link to get 50% off your first box, as well as free shipping.

Hello Fresh – Hello Fresh box delivered as often as you would want filled with ingredients and a recipe for you to cook that night. If you like to cook this is a great thing to treat yourself to once in a while. You can use my link to get $30 off your first order. It never hurts to try it out at a super discounted price and then cancel if you don’t like it. That’s what I do ALL the time. This honestly isn’t a box that would be good for me to invest in, because I would much rather spend that money to go out. However, if you love cooking and want a fun activity to do with your family, this may be good for you!

Stitch Fix – Stitch Fix is a really popular subscription box where you take a survey and then each month based on the survey a stylist creates a box filled with clothes, jewelry, and shoes you might like. A lot of people choose Stitch Fix as a way to treat themselves. You can get the styling fee waived through my link.

Finances

I’m not talking about the stock market either. Investing in your personal finances should always be a priority. Spending some time getting some extra cash is a great way to invest in yourself and invest in your future. I’ve spent the better part of my 20-year-old life searching for a get rich scheme, and have consistently come up empty. However, I have discovered some ways to get some extra cash for a rainy day (or Black Friday). Here are some of the most lucrative ways I’ve found to make extra cash.

Survey Savvy Survey Savvy is by far the best survey website that I have gone through (trust me I’ve gone through a lot). I’ve personally cashed out over $50 and I honestly haven’t even used it that much, especially after starting my blog. If you’re going to spend time filling out surveys for money, do it for Survey Savvy.

Ebates Ebates is wonderful for all online shopping. I’ve tried out Honey, which is always annoyingly advertised on Facebook. But Ebates is so much better. If you ever shop online, sign up for Ebates, and before shopping go to Ebates and find the store you plan on buying through. Click that shop’s link on Ebates and watch as you save money each time you shop. They truly fulfill their promises. I’ve gotten several checks from them and even a Walmart gift card.

Shopkick Shopkick is another one the easiest ways to make money. You just download the app, turn on Bluetooth, walk into stores (like Walmart, Target, A&E, etc.) and get cash. This app literally supplies the funds for my Starbucks addiction. You can use my referral code WIN941209 to get 250 points, which equals about $1. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but Shopkick points add up super fast.

Swagbucks Swagbucks isn’t exactly my favorite way of making extra cash. But a lot of other people love Swagbucks. I’ve made around $50 off of Swagbucks before turning other methods. But if you are looking for a basically mindless way to invest in your finances, try Swagbucks.

For more ideas, check out my post explaining my favorite apps for making money

Posture

Honestly, posture I probably one of the most overlooked beneficial things in America. People simply just don’t care a lot about their posture. You know it’s true because almost every movie with an American traveling to another country makes sure to shove a jibe in about American posture. Standing up straight is more attractive, more professional and healthier. Having better posture is also a major confidence booster. Invest in your self by investing in your posture. The best way to get better posture is to use a posture brace. Posture braces gently restrict you from slouching until it becomes muscle memory. At first, they are not super comfortable, but they do work. For a little discomfort for a little portion of the day, posture braces are truly a worthy investment to make.

Taking Time for Yourself

This is literally one of easiest, yet most important ways to invest in yourself. Plus, this one is free. Taking time for yourself is an important way that you can care for yourself. Take 15 or 20 minutes a day to relax and plan your day, or read a book, or take a bath, or drink a cup of coffee. Or maybe even start a tv show. Do something for yourself. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. It’s beneficial to both you and those you are responsible to care for. Even as a college student, I’ve noticed that when I take time to take care of myself, all the other areas of my life get a little better too. You have to water the roots of a plant for the fruit and flowers to bloom.

Education

Education is one of the greatest investments to make. Learning new things opens up a world of possibilities. Invest in yourself by learning a new language, or by finding good and mentally enriching books to read. Learning new things will open up doors and possibilities you would never think of. Education is quite possibly the investment with the most ROI.

Health

Dedicating extra care and commitment to your health not only affects your short-term quality of life but also your long-term quality of life. Investing in your own health is a great way to invest in yourself. Little things you do and small changes you make today could greatly impact your future. Invest in your health by habitually taking walks, drinking more water, and consuming more fruits and veggies.

Goals

Goals are an important way to invest in yourself because they help you to determine your overall desires for life. The first step in investing in your goals is determining what they are. You must spend time discovering what your long-term goals are and then spend time developing short-term objectives to make them come to pass.

Spiritual Life

Whether you claim a certain religion as your own or not, you cannot deny the golden nuggets of wisdom that certain religions give to you. Proverbs, for instance, is a wealth of information, even to those who are not Christians. Investing time in reading wisdom from the Bible and developing characteristics recommends like: Love, Patience, Kindness, Self-control, will make you a better person. I have friends from all religions,  backgrounds, and cultures that agree with many of the wise principles in the Bible and even study them.

Appearance

Looks aren’t everything, but they certainly do account for something. It’s as good as a universal fact that when you look better you feel better. One of the best ways you can invest in yourself is to invest in your appearance. You can get a haircut, buy a new pair of shoes, use teeth whitening strips, use face masks, or get your nails done.

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of ways to invest in yourself. Is there anything else that you normally do to invest in yourself? If so, please share in the comments!

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather McMechan
    January 5, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I just realized I don’t really have a hobby now that my blog has turned into a few time job. I need to work on that and my posture for 2018. Thanks for the tips!!

    • Reply
      Gabriella
      January 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Heather, thanks for commenting! I’m glad you were able to get some ideas!

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    Leah
    January 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    This was the perfect post to start my 2018 is my goal was to add more self-care this year. Two kids, work, two dogs, and a busy husband for years I made up excuses not to invest in myself that honestly, I forgot how!! Thanks for the help!!

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      Gabriella
      January 6, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Leah, I’m glad you liked the post! It sounds like you have your hands full! But never forget to invest in yourself. If you don’t give yourself what you need, it makes it a lot more difficult to provide for others. Thanks for commenting!

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    Sina K
    January 6, 2018 at 2:28 am

    I think my favorite way is financial. I learned the hard way you should “pay yourself first”. I’m still working on the hobbies. As a mom, I feel as if my hobbies are always last on my priority list!

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      Gabriella
      January 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Sina, priorities are definitely important when thinking about investing. I can see how hobbies would be low. My goal is to make my hobby a piece of work. However, I can see how that might change when I add children to the equation. Thanks for your comment!

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    Rosemary Davis
    January 6, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    All great tips! Awareness of all these characteristics is a first step. Thanks for the reminders.

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    Susannah
    January 6, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I need to get back into some of my hobbies that aren’t side hustles. The side hustles are fun but not always relaxing.

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    Elise Ho
    January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I love the subscription box rage. There are so many amazing things to discover.

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    Edith Cecilia Moreno
    January 8, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Enjoyed your post! I will definitely be following your suggestions.

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    jehava
    January 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

    These are all really great and helpful! Awesome tips for sure!

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    Porcelain Doll
    January 8, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    This is such an inspiring post, I loved it! 🙂 This year I’m very motivated to eat healthier and cook more at home – that’s my investment for myself. I won’t have fast metabolism forever, so I might as well get used to cooking and eating healthy now.

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Girl, I’m cheering for you all the way! Thanks for sharing!

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