Girl Power: Invest in Yourself!

 

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Invest in YOURSELF because you WANT to

The other night we were in the kitchen making supper when I casually mentioned that I’d been thinking about saving up and doing a part time course.  

“Don’t you want to be a writer anymore?!” Geoff asked, not looking the least bit amused. 

“Of course not!” I said, shaking my head. “Just because I want to study something else doesn’t mean I want to stop doing what I’m doing.” 

I couldn’t blame him. I’m notorious for chopping and changing my mind, but it’s taken me a good 10 years to get here, so I think I want to stick it out a while. But lately I’ve just had this overwhelming urge to study. Strange, I know. The last time I studied was nine years ago when I did a correspondence Interior Decorating and Small Business Management course through Intec College. Such a great course and even though I’m no interior decorator, I don’t think any education is a waste of time. Well, except for trigonometry and equations…

Why should women UP their skills?

I’m no big time feminist, but let’s be realistic: it’s a mans world out there – mostly. So there’s that.

I also think it’s a good idea to continuously grow your skill set, learn something new, and just basically invest in yourself. Invest in YOU – whether you’re treating your body like a temple and being healthy, or whether you’re feeding your brain with infinite knowledge “power.”

As much as I detest the internet and all this technology some days – don’t you ever wish you could just “switch off” or go into hibernation for a few days? – it has a lot of benefits. One of them being this incredible unlimited source of information. You can learn to speak Russian online, you can start a small business online, you can study online.

The options are endless..

10 Ways to Invest in Yourself… Starting Today

Whether you’re a student, a housewife, an office worker, or you run your own business, there are so many things you can do to invest in yourself.

Things to increase your knowledge of something, things that can make you happier or feel more fulfilled, things that will energise you and make you want to take on the world. Here are a few ideas…

  1. Start a hobby. Whatever tickles your fancy: gardening, painting, decoupage, knitting, or making jewellery.
  2. Learn a new language. My friend Cynthia has an awesome online Spanish course you can check out here.
  3. Give yoga a try. I took a free yoga class at Virgin Active the other day and I still can’t believe how incredible it was. Yoga is fantastic for focus, fitness, and finding yourself. (Shew, those were a lot of f’s!
  4. Volunteer. Giving back is a great way to invest your time and energy and it will make you feel good about yourself.
  5. Start a blog. This is a fun way to be creative and interact with like-minded people.
  6. Do an online course. Business management, counselling, event planning, IT, marketing… the internet is your oyster!
  7. Get a little selfish. Learn the art of saying ‘No’ to things that you don’t want to do. Block off a few minutes of “me time” every day (even if you have to lock yourself in a room like Charlotte did in Sex and the City 2). Or better yet, take a “me day.”
  8. Move your body. Take up running, join a dance class, or buy a couple of workout DVDs to try at home. Exercising combats stress and releases a ton of feel-good endorphins,
  9. See a psychologist. These days visiting a therapist doesn’t mean you’re crazy. In fact, most people I know have been to a therapist. I’ve been to two and it did wonders. You could also see a Life Coach.
  10. Let go a little. None of us are robots, so don’t try so hard to be the ultimate perfectionist at home or the office. Your body, and your partner or family will thank you.

Have you done anything to invest in yourself lately? Share below!

P.S. This post is going to be part of a new Girl Power series, so if you’re a regular male reader, please don’t feel offended – pass it on to the lady(ies) in your life.  😉

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  1. After being mums for a while, women forget to pamper themselves. well said, Mel.
    Michelle Liew recently posted…A New FriendMy Profile

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Exactly! I’m not a mom, but have a few friends who are and can see they desperately need some “me” time. 🙂

  2. I can highly recommend studying. Look at courses, they offer free online courses 🙂
    Tandy | Lavender and Lime recently posted…Org De Rac, PiketbergMy Profile

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Tandy, going to check that out right now! 🙂

  3. Ya know…I’m getting ready to head to school, finishing up some coursework, and I decided to procrastinate a bit and log on to FB. I saw this post over there, came here to read (I often do that, but don’t often have time to comment) and this whole thing made me smile!
    Invest in yourself. That’s powerful stuff. I don’t think education is ever a bad thing – it’s a way of improving the mind and helping yourself become even better. 🙂
    And thanks for the shout-out! That’s a pleasant surprise – the last few months I’ve all but been able to engage that much with my online community and on the one hand, I’m enjoying the freedom from being chained to the computer, but on the other hand, I miss the interactions terribly. 🙂 So, it’s even more special that wonderful friends like you who lend a hand – you’ve made my day! So many hugs!!
    On my end…well, things are chugging along. Got a few developments going on through the pipeline. Going to see what the results will be very soon. 😛 I need to send you a message and check-in. I hope you’re doing well and keep up the awesome work! You’re incredibly inspiring and frickin awesome!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      We are way overdue for a catch up and I can’t wait to hear what all you’ve been up to. Sounds like things are AMAZING… exciting times my friend, and I’m so happy for you! Hugs from across the pond xx 🙂

  4. I hope you don’t mind me saying this, Mel, but I love you. I love the person that you are. I love your spirit and your gentleness, and your desire to better yourself and not stop growing. You go, girl! Keep growing…keep investing in yourself. I’m proud to call you my friend.

    bill

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Bill, thank you!! That comment MADE my day – my week actually. You know I love you too, and you know how much you inspire me. You’re half the reason I started running, and if I were to start on the topics of writing and humanity, we’d be here a WHILE! 🙂 Have a great spring day and I hope the sun is shining again that side because it’s been raining all day here – but I can’t complain, autumn is my favourite season!

  5. Love that you are doing more girl power type shares here and will say that starting a blog is great start (yes I love blogging) and also love the “Let It Go” mantra, because I truly trying to do more of that each week and shake it up a bit as I go. Great tips and Happy Wednesday now!! 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Blogging is amazing, isn’t it? So glad I started a few years ago – it’s opened up so many doors. And so glad because I met you! Have a stunning day 🙂

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