A page from my Sketchbook Project
Although this does include a financial investment, it also means investing time in myself as well. Most days after work I really am thinking I should run home and get dinner ready for the kids before I rush off to teach my night class. Now I take time for myself. This often takes the form of working out at the gym. This week however, I felt really sore after a day of running and day of weights. I had to tell myself to lay off a couple of days and not feel guilty about it. Instead of working out on Thursday, I went to the store and bought some Aleve and a joint complex to ward off the arthritis building in my right knee. I then went home and read a good book and got out the sketchbook.
Saturday, I met "A" and her girls K2 for lunch and shopping. I invited Cait along, but she chose to be the almost 15 year old and stayed home. We then went on a hunt for the perfect running shoes. I thought for sure I was going to have to go to a specialty store because of my supination. However, I found the perfect sneakers at Kohl's department store AND they were on sale.
This meant I had money left over to buy a new shoulder bag, one that would really stand out from the crowd.
This one fit the bill.
Something else I have done is relegated cooking Tuesday through Thursday to my husband. This leaves time for me and "encourages" him to take a more active part in caring for the kids. On Sunday when I go grocery shopping, I include three things that he can make/will make so I am not worried that he is feeding them ice cream and pop tarts. In fact, today while we were sitting at the breakfast table, I included him in the grocery planning so he would have ingredients that he likes to use. Now he can't say there was nothing to make.
Despite impending challenges, my goal is to make 2012 a banner year to be bold, and investing in myself will play a big part in that endeavor.
How will you invest in yourself in 2012?