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6 Ways I am Investing in Myself Right Now

Tis the season for holiday celebrations and gift giving! You probably have a big list of people who you’re planning on giving gifts to this year – family, friends, delivery people. In the spirit of gift-giving, why not give yourself a gift that is also an investment in yourself. Maybe something that helps grow as a person, set and reach goals, indulge in a favorite leisure activity, or take control of the chaos of a busy schedule.  

I have decided to share the 5 ways I am investing in myself right now to make 2019 the most productive and best year yet. Some of these investments are brand new investments, but some I have been benefiting from for a few months, or even a year now! 


I first became introduced to Lara Casey’s message of Cultivating your life much in the same way you would tend a garden in the book  Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life. I was so inspired by that book that when I heard about Powersheets I knew I had to try them for a year. 

Powersheets are interactive worksheets for making intentional goals, and an action plan to make your goals a reality. I just ordered mine sight unseen, so I can’t tell you all that much about them yet, but here is the features as listed on the shop page:

  • A signature PowerSheets Preparation process to uncover the right goals for your season of life.
  • Goal coaching on every page so you stay motivated and on track.
  • Seasonal worksheets to refresh and refocus your goals each season.
  • Exclusive access to a free library of downloadable Wildcard pages to help customize your goals, including a meal planner, finance tracker, reading list, monthly calendar, budget, and more!

Check out the Cultivate What Matters Shop

Plum Paper Planner

I have been a faithful Erin Condren Life Planner user for a couple of years, and every year I find I rely on my planner even more than the previous year.  This year I kept finding myself wishing for subtle changes that would make the Life Planner function even better for me. I really wanted notes pages at the end of each week, and while the hourly was closest to perfection for me, I was using a ton of stickers to create lists on days when I didn’t need the hourly layout.  So when I heard about Plum Paper Planners in a Planner Facebook group I was intrigued. 

Plum Paper’s web app allows you to walk through the entire process of building your perfect planner, it is very similar to Erin Condren with slightly more customization options. You first choose your general layout: the size, timescale (daily/weekly/monthly) and orientation (horizontal/vertical). From then on, you can name customized list areas, add, pick your cover, and for me, most importantly,  add optional pages. 

Erin Condren doesn’t allow you to add on any extra pages – you can only choose the weekly spread layout. Plum Paper has plenty of add-on pages to choose from, plus you can choose from a combination. For my 2019 Planner I added the blogging section and the cleaning section. I also added additional dispersed notes pages and checklist pages.  I really can not wait to get my hands on my new planner!  I will definitely keep you posted . 

Stitch Fix

When it became painfully clear my wardrobe was in desperate need of updating, I decided to give the Stitch Fix styling service a trial run. I also decided to document the experiencethat helps can read more about my fixes here.  Every time I wear a Stitch Fix item I always get compliments, I find myself so frequently answering the “where did you get that?” question with “Stitch Fix!”.  Yes, it is just clothes, but let’s face it when you look good you feel good. 

Stitch Fix is an online styling service for women. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed style analysis. You get to pick and choose which styles best fit you, your sizes and measurements, what types of items you want to get, and you can even leave notes about your specific body shape, concerns, and or best features (something I really appreciate, because I have broad shoulders and my stylist has been awesome about choosing items that downplay this area for me). Your Stylist picks 5 items for you, and sends them to you. You have three days after receiving your Stitch Fix box to try out all the clothes and inform Stich Fix on which pieces you will keep, and the pieces you plan to send back. You always receive a pre-paid shipping bag that you will use to send back the pieces you didn’t care for.

Check out Stitch Fix

Carrie Elle Meal Planner

I’ve had a subscription to Plan to Eat for over a year now, but recently I’ve found I haven’t been using it. I am not really sure why I am not utilizing Plan to Eat like I have in the past, but I’m not, and it is time to move on. I still need a meal planning system, and because I am so fond of paper planners I thought I would give the Carrie Elle 8.5 x 11 Meal Planner a tryThe Meal Planner seems flexible in case my planning needs change or I miss a week, and has a perforated grocery list so I could plan out my weekly menu and shopping list and then rip off the list and take it with me to the store. Although I imagine I will take the whole thing with me to the store!   

Each book comes with the following:

  • 12 monthly calendar pages (undated) for those of you who like to meal plan a month at a time
  • 60 weekly meal planning pages, with a place to plan out meals for the week and a place to write your grocery list. The pages are perforated so you can rip off the grocery list to take with you to the store.
  • 10 holiday meal/dinner party planning pages, with space to plan the meals (and even supplies you need to buy) and a place to write out your shopping list. The pages are perforated so you can rip off the grocery list to take with you to the store.
  • 10 lined pages at the back of the book for notes/recipes/helpful websites
  • Space to keep track of your favorite meal planning resources
  • Freezer Inventory sheets
  • Pantry Inventory sheets
  • Spice Inventory sheet
  • Measurement and baking conversions
  • Double-sided pocket folder (keep your recipes, grocery store flyers and coupons here)

Like the Plum Paper Planner, this is a new buy for me, and  I will definitely keep you posted! 

Check out the Carrie Elle Meal Planners here

Gym Membership

Shortly before my 40th birthday I decided to make losing weight,  and getting healthy a priority. I started watching what I was eating and tried my go-to exercise of choice walking/jogging around my neighborhood, but the weather was less than cooperative.

I was pretty reluctant to bite the bullet and invest in a gym membership, but it turned out to so much better than I thought it would be. Living on a farm can be kind of isolating especially when you don’t work outside of your home. The town I live in is small, and at any given time I know the majority of the other people using the gym, it’s nice to get out of the house and to be able to chat and feel like a part of the community.  But most importantly, it all makes me feel good. It’s even – dare I say it –   kind of fun. It’s fun to move in new ways, try new things, and set new goals. It is fun to watch your progress. 

Book of the Month

Book of the Month (BOTM)
 is a monthly reading/book subscription box that offers newly released (often released before anyone else can get their hands on them) hardback books. You are given five choices every month and you select up to 3 books that you’d most like to read. I usually end up paying around $20 a month for a couple of hardcover books and let me tell you I’ve never regretted it. 

I LOVE READING. The Book of the Month Membership is totaly worth it for me.  Indulging in a couple of books a month brings me hours of reading joy. I look forward to the box every single month and this isn’t an exaggeration. Reading is something I will never ever fall out of love with. Treating myself to this small pleasure has been one of my best and smartest acts of self care. It may seem like an added or unnecessary expense, but it has NEVER been that to me. 

Check out Book of the Month

Some of these items are new investments for me, and some I have been doing for months now. I will keep you posted with any new to me products!

How are you investing in yourself. 

Some of the links above are affiliate or referral links which means the link is traced back to me, which means when I share these kinds of resources and you make a purchase, they share some profit or a credit with me.  But I have and will continue to gladly pay money out of my own pocket for these services.

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