2020 has been a wiiiild ride. Now that the year is winding down, many of us are reflecting on the many twists and turns that occurred this past year. I still can’t believe the year is almost over. I remember when 2019 was coming to an end and how amazing I thought it was that it would be 2020 soon. Just the sound of a new decade sounded so new and almost mysterious! Now that the year has gone by, I realize my feelings were spot on! This year has brought many new experiences to the world. My perspective and the way I live is different than it was in 2019. Although there were many lows, I am grateful for this year and the opportunities it provided me with. The challenges of the year resulted in major growth that I am eternally grateful for.
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I am seeing gift guides galore. Everyone is sharing their wishlists and their must buy gift ideas. I have written some and I have definitely taken note from the ones that I have read. While all the Amazon, Best Buy, and Anthropologie (my personal favorite) gadgets are great, there is one gift you should be investing in this holiday season:
This year has been hectic for all of us, and many of us are still trying to catch our breathe. Give yourself credit for making it through a difficult time and for navigating through it the best way possible. None of it is easy and there is no guidebook for getting through a pandemic while simultaneously battling a recession. While it may be your instinct to use the holidays as time to give to others, remember to give to yourself as well. Practice self care and fill yourself with love and light, when you do this you will be able to give ton others and live a more happy and fulfilling life. Investing in yourself does not always mean giving yourself a physical gift, like clothing or a new tech toy. Your investment may be something like a course that you have been neglecting to take, or finally take the plunge to start that business you have been dreaming of for years. Maybe your investment will just be carving out more time for yourself, giving yourself the opportunity to really embrace the season the way you have always wanted to.
Here are 5 ways you can invest in yourself:
- Treating yourself to a spa day (at an actual spa or at home)
- Exploring a new city
- Reading a book
- Taking yourself on a coffee date
- Treating yourself to a therapy session
You can even invest in yourself by allowing yourself to have a difficult conversation. Sometimes we hold ourselves back and end top hurting ourselves when we try to hide from confronting someone and having those difficult conversations. Although it may be hard in the moment, in the end it will set you free. I find that these conversations start out awkward but end in such a loving, freeing, and confident way. You will respect yourself and others will respect you more when you have the courage to stand up for yourself. You never know, maybe you will add “boundaries” to your Christmas list.
Investing in yourself may seem like a frivolous, first world country thing to do, but you will find that this some habit can make the largest difference. You cannot show up in the world as your best self if you are not pouring into yourself. Whenever I neglect myself, I find that all aspects of my life seem to dwindle. Everything is connected so even if you pour into other areas, you will not be fulfilled if you do not also pour into yourself.
It has been a long, stressful year and the best way to end it off is by showing yourself some love and self care. Remember to go with gratitude and show the world your greatness this holiday season. You will not regret it.
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