Why I Invest In Myself
So there are things I do, or more like I buy, that I invest in myself. As you all may know (if not, you will know now haha), I truly believe in financial responsibility. You can definitely splurge but also should be able to pay off your splurge and fixed expenses by end of the month. I’m all about using your money wisely.
When people say investment, we think about money growing or getting a good pay out later down the road i.e. 401K, buying a house, etc. But today’s post is a little different. I’m talking about ways I invest in myself. Which means, these are considered a splurge and not necessarily economically wise, but the return on my mental health and confidence outweighs the cost. Which is why I call it an investment in myself.
Putting It In Perspective
Some people are afraid to spend money on themselves. Let me tell you, it is healthy. Just understand your limits. Or know that maybe you can do this at a specific frequency or ensure when you do your budget that you include your ‘investment in myself’ expense.
These expenses really help me just overall feel good about myself and build my confidence. Some I do once in awhile and some I do monthly. I also know other expenses I would have to give up in order for me to afford this.
Here Are My Self-Care Splurges
The 4 Ways
Personal training / Personal boxing
I put personal training and personal boxing together because overall it is a one-on-one workout that requires a specialized fitness trainer. I love working out and I love how it makes me feel. But sometimes I need that push or need to learn new ways to keep my muscles guessing and gain new ones. This is definitely a pricey one and I try to book sets of sessions whenever I can afford it.
I have talked about acupuncture more in my Instagram Stories. I started going this year and now I understand why my oncologist recommended it. It has helped with my cancer treatment side effects, anxiety, headaches, muscle soreness, joint aches and when I’m sick. In order for acupuncture to be effective, I have to consistently go in. FYI, if you are interested in going to acupuncture, I highly recommend checking your insurance if they cover this service. If not, also check with your HSA / FSA account to see if it is an eligible expense. Definitely helps!
I miss my lashes (before cancer). Ever since chemo, my lashes have never been the same. And my eyelashes used to give me confidence. Even if no one else cares for them or doesn’t notice them, having them long and curly for me to see overall gives me a boost of confidence. I can’t do anything about it naturally being long again (none of the stuff works for me) and using an eyelash curler breaks my lashes and I lose them all over again. So I get a lash lift which basically keeps my lashes curled for 6 weeks, and a really good mascara. I love love love ILIA’s limitless mascara. Basically the best thing ever! And they use clean ingredients!
Really taking care of my skin is so important. Unfortunately, I’m unlucky and genetically do not have great skin. I am acne-prone, dry, and uneven skin tone. So my skin requires a little more love. I also don’t really wear makeup much (my makeup routine takes 5 minutes) or I prefer makeup free. So I definitely want to make sure my skin is at its best. Some of the products that are great with skin come at a price. But if I feel good, I almost always perform at my best.
What about you? What are things you do or spend on to invest in yourself?