Article by Janella Virrey
Since we are now three months into 2018, it is important to stop and contemplate about it—how enriching has the year been to us so far?
Investing does not always concern money. For those who think they haven’t done much in the past three months, maybe you should ask yourselves: “what are things worth investing in this year?”
INVEST IN YOURSELF
Investing in your own personal growth and development is a great way of giving yourself some self-love. Investing in oneself has one of the most promising returns—not only is it profitable and beneficial in the future, but it offers present payoffs as well. Be it improving on a newfound talent, or engaging in interesting activities, there are plenty of ways to invest in yourself for the better.
Pursuing your education is one of the most important investments you can make for yourself. It can serve as a huge stepping-stone in helping you attain your main goals and aspirations in life. When you commit yourself into learning new things every day, it’s saying yes to a life with more prosperity and opportunity.
As they say, health is wealth! Hydrate yourself. Give yourself enough hours of sleep every night. Go on walks. Eat well. Make your skincare regime a regular thing in your daily routine. Basically, take good care of your wellbeing.
- Hobbies and interests
Look for something that piques your interest and allows you to improve your potential as an individual.
They say that experience is the best teacher. When an opportunity presents itself, go for it! Go beyond your comfort zone and make the most out of life. Instead of investing in material possessions, try and shift your resources into experiencing more out of life.
It doesn’t have to necessarily be in a god. Find your guiding principle. Find that one thing that will give you a reason to wake up every morning—a reason to stay rooted with your own commitments.
- Rest and relaxation
We live in such a fast-paced, nonstop world. As students, an R&R every once in a while, is very much needed most especially when you’re on the verge of burning out. Sometimes, you have got to stop and pace yourself. Life’s not a journey, not a race.
INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS
Aside from yourself, you should also invest in your relationships with others.
- Family & friends
Spend more time with your family and friends. After all, they are the biggest support systems you could ever have.
Establish new connections. Meet new people! Who knows, your soulmate may just be around the corner somewhere.
INVEST IN FINANCIALS
- Financial literacy
Take the time to learn more about what it means to be financially literate. Before venturing towards financial facets that are difficult to handle, it is important to go back to the basics. By equipping yourself with the fundamentals of financial literacy, you are able to make more informed money decisions for yourself.
Learn how to invest your money in order to make it grow. Even those who are adept in investing now started out not knowing a lot of things initially too. Look for people who are willing to help you out—seek for help from financial advisers and professionals, or ask your peers. Look for possible opportunities to learn more about investing.
One example of which, happening on the 20th of April, would be IMP (Investment Mentorship Program) Open Session. This MEcO project is a great avenue for those who want to gain basic investing knowhow.