GUEST EDITOR: Jaharn Giles from Your Creative Start.
It doesn’t matter what stage of work and life you’re in, you should never stop learning. Cultivating your life skills and career skills are so important because investing in not only stimulates your creativity, it makes you more interesting around the dinner table.
And I truly believe that if you are looking to invest in something that will result in a great return, you should start with yourself. It will be the best thing you ever do! Now, the wonderful thing about investing in yourself is that it doesn’t always have to be career driven. So, what are some ways you can start investing in yourself this week? Read on to find out.
Invest in your creativity
When it comes to investing in yourself, this tip is my absolute favourite. I value creativity highly – especially what I can do to feel more creative, how it makes me feel motivated and inspired, and how it helps me overcome roadblocks. Investing in my creativity also clears my mind and makes me more present, you know, those ‘living in the moment’ vibes. And the best news is that it doesn’t matter if you’re an accountant, a student, an artist or a graphic designer, we all benefit from investing in our creativity. You just need to know how. And lucky for you, it’s so simple. All you need to do is find a creative outlet that suits you. For me it’s hiking and cooking. For you, it could be pottery or sewing. If you’re not sure, have a look around in your city or town to see what workshops there are on offer. This is such a great way to invest and boost your creativity. In fact, Beck and I are hosting our very own “Organisation and Wine Workshop” in Sydney on Friday 4th May. It’s a very intimate workshop with limited tickets available, so head over here for more information. Now, the beautiful thing about investing in your creativity is that you’ll not only learn some new skills, but you’ll feel refreshed, re-energised and ready to take on the world!
Invest in your work
At the end of the day, we all have to do the work. And sometimes, those fraudy feelings pop up and you begin to feel like an imposter, and not confident in the work you are producing. And usually, this is when self-doubt rears its ugly head. It’s the worst! It’s actually something that has recently been affecting me; being a solo business owner can get quite lonely, especially because I work from home. Because of this, I have recognised that I need to start investing in my work by attending work related workshops and events. We can all get stuck in our roles, whether we work for ourselves or someone else, so the best way you can invest in your work is to find a workshop, course or event where you can skill up and learn the latest in your industry. And why not see if your boss (if you have a boss) would be happy to pay for you to attend a workshop or a course or an event? If it’s work related, they should be bending over backwards to help you invest in yourself, and your work. If you work for yourself, remember you can claim any workshops, courses and events if it’s work related. Win win! So touch base with your accountant and get some more information on this.
Invest in your health
Often or not we are so busy investing in our careers that we forget to invest in our health! This is something I recognised myself a couple of years ago, and have since been investing in my health more than ever. Am I buying the latest fashion trends? No. Am I going to more pilates classes? Yes. I no longer eat sugar, I have cut out gluten as it was making me feel very bloated and sluggish, and I have stopped eating red meat. These are all decisions I made that are personal to my situation and because I invested in getting a nutritionist to help me out with weekly meal plans, my health has never been better. So how can you invest in your health? Easy. Go for daily walks. Jump into the ocean a couple of times a week – no matter how cold it is brrrrr. Invest in regular massages (something I need to get way better at). Eat well 80% of the time. I promise, by making small tweaks you will feel incredible and have so much more energy!
Invest in your education
Never stop learning. That is my life motto. But I admit, even I have been a bit slack this year. And that’s about to stop. I have signed up to do a sewing workshop and I am going to a social media seminar in a few weeks. And the beautiful thing about investing in your education is that it doesn’t matter what stage of work and life you’re in, you can start today. Cultivating your skillset is so important because this sort of investment will stimulate your mental wellbeing. Now that’s a win!
Invest in your spare time
My spare time has never been more precious than it is now, and I think that is because I am a new mum. Spare time doesn’t look like it used to because it revolves around my nine month old baby boy Dusty. But lately I have been noticing I need my own spare time, so I have been investing by taking hot baths, reading before bedtime and planning our upcoming honeymoon. I also realised that I haven’t been hiking in months, and that’s something I hold very dear to me. So that’s all changing. I have organised a weekend hike with one of my besties and I am the most excited person in the world. So for you to find out how you can invest in your spare time, be selfish and think about what you love. It could be having a breakfast date with your best friends, it could be going to the movies by yourself, it could be online shopping for a whole hour without any interruptions…! Plan if you need to and set time aside to do all the things you love. You won’t regret it. And remember, don’t fill your spare time with heaps of activities. It’s totally ok to relax and indulge in a Netflix binge on the couch with some chocolate.
Written by Jaharn Giles
Your Creative Start www.yourcreativestart.com
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