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Why Every GirlBoss Should Invest in Herself

This blog post addresses why I believe it should be your number one priority to invest in yourself as a girlboss. I hold this close to my heart as this ideal transformed my life, and here’s how.

My parents blessed me with a childhood without gender norms. I grew up competing with friends to get highest round on Kino Der Toten, watching murder-mysteries with my parents and had zero regards for fashion, hygiene and anything pink. That might be alright for some, but I have no idea why I chose to live like that. I hated it!

Fast-forward to today: I’m sitting in front of my brand new iMac, fingers typing away as the sun glints off my Pandora rings. My desk is scattered with tech, succulents, and perfume, and #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso is stuck between Code Girl and two crime novels from Karen Rose; my room is a minimalist’s blue-tinted dream.

I realised I couldn’t just wait anymore for something to happen and flip my world upside down. If I desired change, then I was going to bring it.

How’s this relevant to you? If you’ve heard of the power of attraction, then it’s a similar concept. I stopped investing in things, habits, people etc. who weren’t bringing anything into my life. I’ve focused more time and money on myself, my career and favourite downtimes. It’s a matter of personal growth and it doesn’t happen overnight.

A lot of women actually don’t invest in themselves though. But why not?

  • Guilt: by investing in yourself, you can’t invest in someone else
  • Lack of time: we all do so much – for working women, staying on top of work can be hard enough! If you are a mother, the strains on your time are constant. Carving out time to invest in yourself, whether you are working, mothering or both can be next to impossible.
  • Lack of ‘earned’ income: many women who have taken career breaks in particular, don’t feel that they ‘deserve’ to take money away from the family to invest in themselves
  • Fear: what happens if you invest in yourself and then it doesn’t work?
Why every girl boss should invest in herself

So, Why Should Every GirlBoss Invest in Herself?

Investment into anything is a solid belief that you’re going to get a return. If you truly believe in yourself and your goals, then you’ll be invested in many ways – as you should be! Working hard is the forefront of getting to places but it’s not the only factor. You should be investing in yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Allowing you to become the best version of yourself.

Looking for a new job? Buy a killer outfit for your interview.

Still in college? Set up a side hustle along with your studies.

Aspiring athlete? Take time to learn from your competitors. 

I think you get the point. Whatever your plans, goals and passions, it takes effort to enjoy them. I’m sure you could sit back and imagine the perfect life for yourself, the person you want to be, but are you making the decisions right now to get you one step closer to that lifestyle?

When we invest, we create an internal pressure to show up and commit to the work.

I’m not talking about spending thousands or suddenly throwing yourself into extreme sports every day, but limiting yourself and spending that bit more energy on the things that you’re passionate about. Not every investment is about making money back.

“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

The main reason to invest in yourself is your knowledge and skills stay with you, regardless of your circumstances, the economy and the people around you.

Five ways to Invest Right Now

1. Take action wherever possible., Theorising and studying about self-improvement are all very well, but progression can never be made until we take that first step In practical terms.

2. Ignore competition and comparison. Whilst you could be doing amazing, there are also a lot of opportunities for self-doubt to creep in. Try not to compare yourself to others, that is a slippery slope that won’t be good for your mental health.
3. Write. Believe it or not, you haven’t been working for nothing all these years (I hope not, at least). Start by writing as if you were chatting with your mom or best friend about something you love. Take notes, and use this as a template to further refine your piece each day. Ask someone you trust to review it and then submit it to Huffington Post or Forbes… it might be picked up by Business Insider, Chicago Tribune or Daily Muse – and Voila. You’re published.
4. Take care of your health. Eat right each day, fuelling your body with nutrients. When you focus on eating organic and healthier choices, you will feel better and have more energy. Do something every day to get moving and get your heart rate up, even, if it’s just walking the dog. Exercise gives you the energy to take on the day with confidence because of how it makes you look and feel.
5. Choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice. Happy people choose to focus on the positive aspects of life, rather than the negative. They are not held hostage by their circumstances. They look at all the reasons to be grateful. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”- Abraham Lincoln

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