As a middle class mama, I know that money doesn’t grow on trees. I earn every dime I make, and I do my best to stretch each dollar.
We don’t go out to eat a lot. We don’t spend money on unnecessary items. We don’t go on extravagant vacations. Things are always just a little tight.
With that being said, I am a firm believer that it is important to invest in yourself and your happiness. There are some things that are worth spending money on and adding into the budget. Items that will truly lift you up and create something of worth for you and your well-being.
Sure, we could go buy new purses and dresses and necklaces, and they’d make us happy. But can we justify that purchase as something that will help us to grow into a healthy being? I know I can’t.
There are so many different facets of what it means to be healthy.
- eating foods that nourish your body from the inside out
- moving your body in a way that strengthens your lungs, heart, muscles, and bones
- creating a positive and loving home for your mind and your soul
- nourishing healthy relationships of support and love
- learning to love yourself as a beautiful and strong woman
See? There is so much more than just eating healthy and working out. And I’m a believer in supporting all these different aspects of health in any way that you can. Often, that means investing in yourself.
In the New Year, I’m resolving to be much more intentional about the way I spend my hard-earned money and choose to take care of myself.
Let’s talk about the ways I highly suggest spending money on yourself:
Therapy / Counseling
I can’t say enough good things about investing in a therapist or counselor. They often get a bad reputation because people think you have to be crazy in the head to need counseling. Absolutely 100% no. A counselor is someone who can help you work through the mess in your head when you can’t seem to make heads or tails of it. It’s someone who can help you to brainstorm ideas when you have none.
Ideas for finding more time.
Ideas for finding your passion.
Ideas for helping your marriage.
You may feel like therapy or counseling is an extra thing that you should really only invest in if you’re in trouble, but honestly, even just going to talk to someone once every couple months or so is one of the best investments I’ve made for myself.
Developing a Hobby
Life is not all about work, the growing to-do list, and chores. There is a ton of value in developing talents, hobbies, and skills that you truly enjoy. They help you grow as a person. They give you a different facet in your life. They use a different part of your brain. They keep you interested. They keep you learning.
Whether it’s learning how to make pottery, taking up singing lessons, or taking some cooking classes, there are so many ways you can develop skills and hobbies to strengthen your well-being.
Hair & Nails
K, so I almost didn’t put this one on here because getting your hair and nails done is such a material thing, but stick with me here.
This goes to the saying that if you look good, you feel good. And girl, when you feel good, you DO good.
This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I’m not talking $50 acrylics. I’m talking about a little pampering and a simple manicure. A trim and maybe a couple highlights in your hair. Just a little something to let yourself know that you matter!
Quality Subscription Box
I want you to think about something. When was the last time you actually bought yourself a gift. Something to show yourself that you truly care about YOU!
There are many different boxes of gifts and clothes that you can set up to show up on your doorstep every month, but most of them are just full of material junk. When thinking about subscription boxes, I want one that will help me to take care of myself, mind, body, and soul.
This month’s Mind, Mood, and Food Babble Boxx has me so excited and fulfills my requirements of being a worthwhile investment. The items inside the box encourage me to be healthy. Let’s talk real quick about what’s included and why it has me singing songs of joyous health.
I wanna start off by talking about the food situation in this month’s box. Have you had a chance to check out Oprah’s new book, Food Health and Happiness? Talk about inspiring and delicious! Not only does it talk about her inspiring journey and struggle with food, diet, and weight, but it includes 115 on-point recipes that I want to make and put into my face right this instant! Thankfully, to quench that urge, Babble Boxx sent me some Made in Nature Tart Cherry Fig Figgy Pops to nom on.
Honestly, at first, this treat had 2 things going against it. First, I don’t like eating pre-packaged treats and prefer homemade healthy snacks. Secondly, I don’t like cherries. BUT I took a bite out of one and woah! These energy balls taste as fresh as though they came out of my kitchen. PLUS I actually really enjoyed the fig + cherry flavor and was ready for more! (from 1/1 – 2/28, use the code “janboosters” to get $10 off your $39+ order from Made in Nature)
Okay, onto the next set of items that totally got me pumped and excited to take my sweet new pup for a walk outside… even in the cold! FITS socks provided me with the softest and most comfortable running and hiking socks that kept my little toesies warm and comfy even in the single-digit temps. These are some of the best fitting socks on the planet, and I mostly love that the short running socks don’t get eaten by my shoes! Pair that with the EQUAL beanie I received, and I was ready to face the elements of Utah. Not only did it keep my head warm, but I really love the message the Equal brand sends. They believe in equality for all people, which I obviously am a huge supporter of. We’re all different, with different beliefs, talents, and desires. Yet, we’re all equal in the fact that we all have needs, hopes, dreams, emotions. And we all deserve acceptance, respect, and rights, which is what Equal believes in and stands for. I challenge you to purchase their merch and share your support for equality for all by snapping a pic and sharing it on social media.
Last but definitely not least, I’ve gotta talk about the beverage situation in my Babble Boxx. First of all, Just Water – have you heard of it? Obviously all water is better than soda and juice, even tap water. But even better than that is choosing a bottled water that is better for the earth. In fact, Just Water doesn’t come in a bottle at all. It comes in a paper-based container that’s smarter for the environment, resulting in a 74% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to other traditional plastic water bottles. Now to warm things up, Tea Forte included the most generous set of luxury teas that I can’t get enough of. Sipping these different teas right from my new Tea Forte Steeping Cup has me feeling all comfy cozy and like I’m definitely taking care of myself and my health. (use the code “WELLNESS” to get 10% off any SIPSCRIPTION through 1/31)
Like I said, I’m not a fan of just buying things to buy things. But with this month’s Mind, Mood, and Food Babble Boxx, I’m actually seeing how this investment takes care of me from the inside out and inspires me to take charge of my health.
This is the type of subscription box I can get behind!
Remember how nourishing your relationships is a part of your health? They are totally worth investing in. Whether it’s your spouse, your boyfriend, your kids, your mom, your best friend. You can have a date night with any of these people.
You can make it a date night in where you splurge on fancy ingredients for a special dinner or bottle of bubbly.
You can take your kiddo to a show, performance, or event you think they’d really love.
You can invite your mom to a musical that comes to town.
These are all events that will strengthen those ever-important bonds in your life and are a million times worth investing in.
This year, my goal is to be intentional, and I mean that in all ways of my life. I plan to be intentional about how I spend my money and really look at what the outcome will be for each purchase I make.
As important it is to be frugal and save money, it’s just as important to invest a little bit in yourself. Surely you don’t have to invest in all of these ways I’ve suggested, but I hope this inspires you to take notice of the ways you can spend money on yourself and your health in ways that are justified and worth it!
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.