There is no greater reward than what results from investing in yourself!
The Berry’s view on investing in themselves.
Have you ever taken the time to find ways to invest in yourself? Maybe it is an online class or learning a side hustle. By investing in yourself, you no longer have to go through life waiting for things to magically happen. Instead, by taking action, researching, and studying, these actions can bring you closer to be the best you possible. It can result in greater investments, a happier life, success, and professional growth. I’ve recently spent a lot of time investing in my own self. By praying, researching, learning to journal, and exploring creative avenues, this has led me to this new world of blogging. However, this investment not only effects me, but it is taking my whole family on a new adventure.
Ways to invest in yourself
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Practice self-care
- Expand your knowledge
- Set goals
- Discover your creative side
- Improve a bad habit
- Improve your health
- Take time for you
I’m a firm believer that chapters in life can develop in various ways. But, even more so when you take the time to invest in yourself. I have recently challenged myself more within my healthcare profession, as well as within myself. I study, listen, and pray for guidance more. I’ve learned more about my passions in life and where I want to be both personally and professionally. And I am seeing more how I can be of service to others. I do believe that by not taking this time of learning and investing, opportunity and growth will never exist.
Where one comes from is the foundation to where they may go.
I am the daughter to a cotton farmer and interior designer, many know them as Dinah and TA. They both taught me to work hard, stay focused, and to never settle for second best. And education was always key to them. I remember my mom once saying that a man without a degree is like a lab without its papers. There is no greater reward than what you invest within yourself.
My parents worked hard to provide the best for our family and always teaching my brother and I that there is always something to be learned. This has made us both whom we are today. Sure, there was school work, good grades, and making curfews. But what makes one continue to be better is by investing within yourself. As Richie Norton says, “every penny NOT spent on investing in yourself (after basic needs of course) may be a wasted future opportunity from missing learns and connects”. This is so true!
My husband, Bill, also grew up in a small town, but much smaller than mine. He always quotes Albert Einstein that “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.
His parents, Morgan and Juanita Berry, also taught Bill to not only work hard, but also to never forget where he came from. One aspect I admire most about Bill is that he teaches our children these same attributes. Often times, I hear him telling our son that the main thing to learn in life is to be a gentleman and always invest in you. To make this investment, it may refer to
- investing time in sports to learn teamwork
- reading to be a better write
- becoming a gentleman
- chores to learn responsibility
After all, “best project you can ever work on is you”.
How we try to invest within our family?
Bill is one that appears to never get bored. He runs a successful liquor store business, rental properties, raises cows, is a volunteer firefighter, and coaches as many team sports of our kids that he can. These investments that he challenges within himself is what has molded him into a better dad, husband, and provider. He has a love for adventure, hunting, entertaining, and helping those in need. We love raising our children in church and teaching them to treat others the way they want to be treated. And while there have been times of self-doubt and fear (and yes, these thoughts occur even at age 40 and 49), this eagerness to succeed has always provided us with the determination to learn, grow, and do God’s will.
I’m currently a Family Nurse Practitioner for a non-profit organization, ARCare. I love nothing more than helping and listening to others. I went back to get my masters at 35 years old because I wanted to invest more within myself and for my family. But do I feel that I have reached the top of my career? Absolutely not! There is always room to grow professionally, spiritually, and emotionally. Do I feel like I am the best mom to my 8 year old daughter, Carlyle, and 6 year old son, Campbell? Heck no! There is always more for them to learn within themselves, society, and God’s blessings.
And marriage? We are busy raising kids, going to ballgames, homework, running a clinic, family businesses, rental properties, and a farm that you never know if we are still in wedding bliss or ready to throw punches.
But you know what, we keep working hard and staying focused on being better and laying this foundation for our children..
So, I ask you this today…….how can you invest in you?