It’s been picture-perfect here in New Jersey. Warm days, cool evenings, and low humidity have almost fooled me into thinking summer won’t be the normal soup ladleful of mugginess. I know it’s a trick, but I’ve chosen to embrace it instead of worrying about the dog days ahead.
Now is far too beautiful to sully with tomorrow’s worry.
Besides basking in the perfection of these May days, I’ve recently done a bit of investing–in myself.
You may already know I’m working on my first novel. I do my work on a Chromebook and was using Google Docs as the platform for the manuscript. Once I hit about 100 pages of text (around 36,000 words), it became clear that Docs wasn’t up for the challenge.
I wanted something web-based that would allow me to better organize my work and wouldn’t require a new computer. I found it in the form of a subscription-based program called Dabble. Glad to pay a modest price to improve my writing life.
I also attended an online writers’ conference last week. The She Writes for Him Conference was held via a Facebook group with live videos and the ability to go back and watch if you couldn’t attend all sessions in real-time. I was spiritually and professionally enriched by it. A new resolve and excitement welled up in my heart.
Between the conference and my subscription to Dabble, I got to thinking about how important it is to invest in yourself. Whether you’re a writer, want to improve your health, or learn something new, self-investment is a critical practice.
Most of us spend a lot of time serving others in our jobs and homes. Investing in ourselves helps fill us up after we pour out energy helping people. The great fringe benefit? Others benefit too when we invest in ourselves.
Think about ways you would like to invest in yourself. Whether by investing a bit of time or money as you are able, you’ll be sowing into a future where you are better able to influence and encourage those around you.
Here are more thoughts on the matter from an article I wrote on investing in who you want to become. I hope it encourages and inspires you. Thank you for reading. Have a beautiful week!
Tracy is a New Jersey writer who loves Earl Grey tea, spending time outside, and painting. She lives with her husband and children in a home where birdsong and rainstorms provide the soundtrack for her creative life.