4 Ways to Invest in Yourself

As my 20th birthday quickly approaches my thoughts have been largely focused on the importance of investing in yourself. It seems that these late-teen and early-twenty years are often filled with great uncertainties. This leads many of us to begin to question our friendships, intentions, jobs and even ourselves. These are crucial years where investing the necessary time to discover what you want your next step in life to be should become a top priority. If you make the decision to invest in yourself now it will eventually become secondhand nature and may very well be the best thing you can do for yourself.


YOUR HAPPINESS COMES FIRST

Happiness is a choice. It is so easy to get caught in a rut and decide to stay there instead of focusing on a way out. You must make the decision to choose happiness over all else. It is completely acceptable and encouraged to take the necessary time to discover what you need to do to feel the happiness you may be lacking. Don’t allow your circumstances to hold you from finding every reason to be grateful and when you choose to focus on the positive aspects of life instead of the negative, great things begin to unfold. Choosing to invest in yourself in this way maintains great value as you deserve to live your life feeling fulfilled and happy.

“When I wake up in a bad mood, I try not to stay in one. Learn to make the best of what you have.” – Faith Hill

BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE 

Investing time in building your confidence is so crucial. When you know your worth and value others will begin to take notice based on the way you hold yourself. This can be done by working to develop a personal understanding of your worth. When you know your worth you begin to gain the courage needed to speak your truth. The more you understand your worth and love yourself, the more confident you will become when it comes to sharing that love with others.

“Anything is possible once you believe you are worthy of achieving it” – Jason Pockrandt

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND AND BODY

When you are feeling like crap it becomes difficult to invest in yourself. It is so important to take care of your health and one  I struggle with quite often. Focusing on fueling your body with the necessary nutrients to stay energized can be difficult. I try to focus on eating the healthier options, but honestly fried chicken, burgers, and quesadillas are really hard to say no to. It is also important to exercise daily. It is very difficult to find time to do this when it isn’t a part of your daily routine. Take the first step and start small. Working out is not necessarily something I look forward to, however, when I choose to view it as an avenue of stress-relief it becomes less of a chore and more of an opportunity to better myself along with my physical and mental health.

“Your own personal health is your own personal choice, all the way down the line” – Melissa Etheridge

DEVELOP PERSONAL SKILLS

Is there a particular hobby or skill you have always wanted to try? Why not begin to develop that skill right now? Now is the time! Learning new skills or working to further developing and maintain your current skills can lead to incredible opportunities. You may end up meeting new friends along the way, creating beautiful memories, and investing in the things that make you happy. You never know until you try when it comes to working on current skills and developing new ones.

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice” – Brian Herbert


Although investing in ourselves is an effort, I can promise you that when you begin to do so a whole world of opportunities begin to open up. When you invest in yourself emotionally, physically, and more, it will allow you to become a greater version of yourself. Greatness inevitably attracts greatness. What will you do to focus on and invest in yourself?

Xoxo, Lexie

 

 

 

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Focus on Yourself

As humans it is often inevitable that we tend to focus more on other people and things rather than ourselves. As a young adult in today’s society I often feel pressured because certain life milestones aren’t occurring for me. I am only nineteen years old! I truly do not need my sole focus to be relationships, marriage, or children. Although each of these milestones is something I desperately crave for my life at some point down the road, it is deeply important to spend this time by myself to focus on my soul and personal happiness. The summer time is a perfect time to focus some much needed attention on you, your dreams, goals, and aspirations. It is not selfish to make time to make yourself happy and is incredible important to do so.

I decided to come up with a few of my favorite ways to focus on myself and thought I would share with y’all.

  1. Get lost in a good book!

My current top 4 favorite books!

  • Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
    • I am currently reading this and loving every minute of it. It is a continual reminder that we are all destined for a love that can never be taken away.
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
    • It takes you on a journey to find yourself and work towards reaching light and truth. It reminded me that the mind is a powerful tool and if used correctly can provide a create deal of peace.
  • Troublemaker by Leah Remini
    • I have always had an interest in learning about others beliefs and religions. Remini does an incredible job at sharing her journey within the Church of Scientology and left me wanted more.
  • Radical Self Love by Gala Darling
    • This book stressed the importance of determining what makes you so incredible. It taught me one incredible thing: when you truly love yourself, life is limitless.
  1. Unplug.

Whether it is for a few hours or an entire day you would be surprised to see how refreshing being unplugged can be. I try extremely hard to do this; however, the one thing I cannot go without is my music! Instead I just turn off all notifications to all of my apps in order to still feel unplugged from everyone and everything.

  1. Treat yourself.

It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but take a day and focus on yourself. Whether it is doing things you enjoy, sleeping in, making your favorite foods, or watching your favorite movies…make a day of it and relax and unwind.

  1. Experience the outdoors.

Trust me when I say I am not the outdoorsy kind of person, however, there is nothing more refreshing than going on a hike or taking a long drive on a sunny summer day.

  1. Single.

If there is anything I have truly learned it would have to be that it is okay to be single. I haven’t had a relationship for almost 5 years now and it has allowed me all of this time to understand what my passions, dreams, and aspirations are. Trust me, it really isn’t as bad as it may seem.

  1. Appreciate the little things.

Sadly it is a common occurrence for so many individuals to complain about the smallest things in life. It is crucial to take moments and appreciate all of the things surrounding us. Learn to appreciate being able to wake up with breath in your lungs and the opportunity to be on this earth another day. Learn to appreciate the opportunities this life grants you because you never know when they may not be there anymore. Life is a precious gift.

  1. Learn to love yourself.

This is probably one of the hardest things we are told to do for so many reasons; however, it is so very important. When you are happy with who you are you are able to give love without worrying about if your love is good enough. Spend the necessary time focusing on yourself and falling in love with who you are as a person. You would be amazed at what you can accomplish and the happiness it will bring to your life.

 

Summer is upon us and I cannot wait to take some necessary time and continue to focus on myself. What will you chose to do?

 

Xoxo, Lexie

100 LIFE GOALS

Today my post is a little different. I hope you enjoy!

Goals are such an important aspect of life. Creating goals provides you with a place to focus your energy and efforts. Measuring your progress becomes easier because you have a benchmark to compare with. Personally, goals help to fuel my ambition of staying motivated and aiming for dreams that can become a reality.

Those who know me well know I cannot live without my planners, lists, and organizers. It provides a sense of structure and I have been creating lists for years. Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals help me to measure how well I am managing my time and whether I am achieving my goals or not. Trust me when I say that being able to check off goals you have achieved gives you a sense of pride and happiness.

Below are 100 life goals I chose to incorporate into this post. Let me remind you I have WAY MORE than 100 life goals. If I kept going I would never stop and no one would ever want to read this post.

100 LIFE GOALS

Financial & Writing
  1. Be debt-free
  2. Build my own house
  3. Create a budget and follow it
  4. Generate an income from writing
  5. Make conscious choices when spending money
  6. Publish weekly or bi-weekly blog posts for a year
  7. Save $5,000 & then make a bigger goal. (Ex. $10,000, then $20,000)
  8. Save more than I spend
  9. Set aside money from each paycheck for emergencies & traveling
  10. Write a book & get it published
Personal
  1. Get a dog
  2. Attend the CMA’s
  3. Be an audience member of a show taping
  4. Become fluent in a new language
  5. Build my blog
  6. Create a vlog or travel diary
  7. Complete a Spartan race
  8. Exercise regularly
  9. Fill 5 journals about my experiences & adventures
  10. Find a new hobby
  11. Get a new guitar & write my own songs
  12. Graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree
  13. Have a long-term loving relationship
  14. Have my dream wedding
  15. Horseback ride on a beach
  16. Host a Family Dinner
  17. Learn how to increase my photography skills
  18. Learn how to make sushi
  19. Maintain healthy eating habits
  20. Master 20 recipes
  21. Meeting the following people:
    1. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw (Met July 8th, 2018 SD) 
    2. Shania Twain
    3. Lennon & Maisy Stella
    4. Connie Britton
    5. Lea Thompson
    6. Leah Remini
    7. Tina Fey
    8. (I will add on as my list gets longer)
  22. Own a vacation home
  23. Read a new book each month for a year
  24. See a huge concert from the first few rows (07/08/18; 07/18/18 Soul2Soul, 07/28/18 NOW)
  25. Serve others more often
  26. Sing karaoke or in front of an audience
  27. Sponsor a child in need
  28. Take a photo every day for a year.
  29. Watch an NFL football game live
  30. Write every day for a year
Family
  1. Get married
  2. Become a mother
  3. Create family photo books every year
  4. Create family traditions that can be passed down
  5. Have consistent date nights with future spouse
  6. Plan family meals weekly
  7. Raise my future children to know how loved & valued they are
  8. Raise my future children to follow their dreams & work hard
  9. Serve others often
  10. Take annual family vacations
Travel & Adventures
  1. Explore Bora Bora
  2. Explore the Caribbean Islands
  3. Explore Havasu Falls
  4. Explore LA
  5. Explore Nashville, TN (June 1st-June 5th, 2018)
  6. Explore NYC
  7. Get up early & watch the sunrise
  8. Go cliff jumping
  9. Go on a cruise
  10. Go on a mission’s trip
  11. Go on a wine tasting trip
  12. Go skydiving
  13. Go scuba diving
  14. Go to all 50 states
  15. Go to concerts whenever possible
  16. Have a beach bonfire at while the sunsets
  17. Road trip down the West Coast (WA, OR, & CA
  18. Stand on the equator
  19. See the Eiffel Tower
  20. See Mount Rushmore…again (07/07/18)IMG_0467
  21. See Niagara Falls
  22. See Old Faithful erupt
  23. See the Northern Lights
  24. See the Statue of Liberty
  25. See the Taj Mahal
  26. Spend New Years Eve at a big celebration (Ex: NYC, Nashville)
  27. Swim with dolphins
  28. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome
  29. Take a road trip with friends
  30. Take a cruise
  31. Travel around the world
  32. Travel to a new destination each year
  33. Watch the sunset in Greece
  34. Visit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  35. Take a gondola through the canals of Venice
  36. Take a Helicopter ride over
  37. Visit as many U.S History historical landmarks as possible
  38. Visit Australia
  39. Visit Bali, Indonesia
  40. Visit Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  41. Visit Cancun, Mexico
  42. Visit Cape Town, South Africa
  43. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  44. Visit London, England
  45. Visit Paris, France
  46. Visit Saint Lucia
  47. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  48. Visit Turks & Caicos Islands
  49. Watch a movie under the stars
  50. Zipline in New Zealand

I hope you enjoyed reading my 100-lifetime goals. Although this list will change over time I hope to accomplish as many of these as possible. I challenge you all to create a list of life goals. Whether you are 15 or 55 it is never to late to accomplish the things you have always dreamed of. Take those dreams, make them a reality, and allow yourself to find happiness and confidence in doing so.

Thank you for reading!

Xoxo, Lexie