Invest in Yourself

  1. “There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
  2. “Every penny NOT spent on investing in yourself (after basic needs of course) may be a wasted future opportunity from missing learns and connects.” Richie Norton
  3. “An investment in self-development pays the highest dividends.” Debasish Mridha
  4. “Are you prepared to put in the time and energy to create change in your life? Are you prepared to make and keep that commitment? If not you, then who? Invest in yourself.” Akiroq Brost
  5. “Invest time and energy in your well being. Create an atmosphere of emotional safety for yourself.” Amy Leigh Mercree

Do you invest in yourself? Do you value your present and future quality of life?

Do you want to age gracefully and slowly. Do you want to look great throughout your life? Do you want to continually feel great the older you get Do you want to be there for your loved ones as you age or be a burden to them by forcing them to take care of you because you can’t take care of yourself because you didn’t take care of yourself growing up?

People often talk about how important health insurance is (I am not saying it isn’t) but give no attention or concern to the food they put in their body, what they fill their head with, the people and the environments they spend the most time with and in, exercising the body, and making sure to get enough sleep through the night.

Why do I bring this up? Because health is everything. Not just health of the physical body but health of the mind, mental and emotional. They are all important and all related to one another and all need to be tended to on a daily basis.

I hear people complain a lot about how expensive “healthy” food is and that they don’t see the importance in buying quality food to eat.

Buying quality food for your health and wellbeing is a present and future investment of yourself. The foods you eat have a huge impact on your current and future state of health and how you function. You are what you eat and how you live is greatly determined by the quality of the food you ingest. One way to look at this as a huge investment on your health is the better you eat, the less you’ll have to pay in hospital bills as you age. I am not saying if you eat “healthy” you will never have issues or sickness but your chances for sickness/ill health are much lower if you eat quality food and manage your stressors.

I never hear people complain about all of the money they spend on going out to eat, buying their one or two cups of coffee every single day, or the constant beer/drinks with friends every weekend. In all actuality, when you prepare more of your own food, you save a ton on money versus going out to eat all the time, most of which the foods are pure crap at most restaurants.

There are always deals at farmers markets and you can save a ton of money when buying at markets versus stores like whole foods, trader joes etc. I got 30 plus gala apples for just 10 dollars, around the same amount of big potatoes for just 15 dollars and two decent sized watermelon and cantaloupe for no more than 10 dollars. I buy foods from a couple different stores as most of the foods I buy can be found at multiple stores but the price varies so I buy them where they are the cheapest. So I don’t want to hear that buying “healthy” food is too expensive.

You also save a ton of money because you do not have to buy all those bullshit supplements. I do not recommend them at all. You can get most of all the nutrients/vitamins you need from real delicious food. Food is always first and has to be the foundation. Say goodbye to buying whey protein, fish oil, multi vitamin, etc etc etc. Not needed and not healthy!

Developing the body and living a healthy life is more than just eating good quality food as I mentioned above so while nutrition and movement are greatly important they need to be accompanied by self development of the mind through reading and continually learning, evolving oneself and growing.

On top of self development, having healthy supportive relationships that foster our growth and offer support and challenges us are necessary to life and growth. If you are hanging around the wrong people who constantly bring you down, instead of lifting you up, this can be a major hinderance in your ability to grow and healthy. Get around the right people with similar standards and values who appreciate the need for self development.

Stress! You need to manage and adapt to the stressors in your life. I do not care how perfect everything else is. If you cannot manage stress (mental, emotional, financial, under eating) regardless of what the stressor is, you will never be fully healthy and it will slowly kill you. Taking care of all the areas above greatly influence your ability to handle stress.

I ask you, what is cheaper…spending a little more now on your health with good quality food, books and relationships that encourage growth and healing so you won’t have expensive hospital bills down the road and you can live a fulfilling life where you can move, function and keep up with your kids and grandkids or living how you been living, always go go go, never “having” the time for yourself (I’ll have time when this is done or when that is over etc), eating in a way that does not promote health and will most likely cause you to slowly develop problems the older you get where you will be paying a shit ton of money for your “sick care”? and you won’t be able to play with your kids and grandkids because you will be in bed all the time, having no energy, can’t sit up straight because of joint issues and constant trips to the doctors office for every issue.

Landscape in Red Light, Emile Nolde
Image: Emile Nolde, “Landscape in Red Light”

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