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Tell me, have you bought anything in the sales yet? I’ve really surprised myself this year and not bought a single thing. No, I haven’t bought that cute dress that I’ve been coveting for so long or those gorgeous tan leather Chelsea boots on Asos that I’ve also had my eye on.  To be honest, I don’t feel that I really need anything right now and thought that I could better use the money elsewhere.  

My keyword for 2016 is GROW and to help channel this theme, I thought that one of the best ways to do this was to invest in myself.  Today I’m sharing 15 ideas how you can invest in yourself this year to help design a life you love, feel fabulous and make 2016 your best year yet!  

1. Learn something new

This is something that I’m looking into and feel that it’s so worthwhile.  Taking up a new class can open up your mind, alight new passions and allows you to discover new opportunities. 

2. Indulge your creative side

Many of us have a creative side that is yet to be explored. Whether its cooking, crafting, writing or creating music being creative allows us to grow in many aspects of our lives and is definitely an investment worth pursuing.  

3. Keep your mind active

Soduko was a massive craze at one point and it’s still very popular.  Games and quizzes that exercise the brain are a great way to keep your mind active so that it doesn’t become subject to today’s reliance on modern technology. 

4. Take up a new hobby

How long have you wanted to take up a new hobby?  Do it!  Bringing something new into your life that you enjoy is going to make you fee happier and fulfilled.  Plus, it’s a lovely way to get some time to yourself, which is something that I make sure that I do everyday. 

5. Discover your strengths

Find some time to write a list of your strengths, which is something that we don’t think too often unless we’re going for a job interview.  Knowing our true strengths will allow you to develop your weaknesses more and making you, even more, awesome than you already are!

6. Read a book

Reading is so underrated these days, but it’s so important.  You can learn so much from reading a book and it brings a real sense of escapism from your own bedroom, without requiring yo to book a flight to the tropics. 

7. Nurture your mind, body & soul

Taking the time to work on yourself now means that you are well equipped and have even more to give in the future.  Not only will you feel stronger, wiser, energised, mindful and reconnected, but also healthy and happier too.

8. Travel

It’s a big world out there and flicking through the holiday brochures just isn’t the same.  Travelling is so much more than taking a holiday it’s about opening your eyes and heart to new experiences and cultures. 

9. Explore your local area

On the back of the point about seeing the world, it’s just as important to explore your local area. There are so many hidden treasures around you that you probably walk or drive by everyday but don’t get to see them.  Make the effort to get about your stomping ground more, you might be surprised by what you find. 

10. Go to the theatre or a concert

We can all watch music shows or our favourite soaps on the TV, but there is something special about seeing a live show.  Exploring culture and the arts is a wonderful way to try something new and you can make a night of it by going out for a meal or for drinks too. 

11. Take a class

Use this year to learn a whole new skill, there is plenty on offer at your local college or courses that you can take online.  I went to my first photography class last week and really enjoyed having the time to myself and investing in something that I really enjoy. 

12. Plan out your week

This is more of a time investment, but planning out my week on a Sunday night has become a ritual of mine.  It allows me to see clearly what I want to achieve in chunks and gives me a sense of clarity that I find that I always need. 

13.  Book a spa treatment

Let’s be honest, we often neglect ourselves and looking after your health goes far beyond eating well and exercising.  It’s all about feeling great in all aspects in life, so treat yourself to a spa treatment big or small.  A little self-indulgence will make you feel special, relaxed and like a million dollars. 

14. Go for regular check-ups with the doctor, dentist and opticians

We find ourselves in the doctors surgery when we are ill.  How about going for regular check-ups to make sure everything is ticking over nicely to prevent a build up of issues that could have been spotted much earlier.  We’re all guilty at some point in our lives for not going for a check up, but try and make it a priority in 2016. 

 15. Book in some ‘me’ time everyday

During our hectic daily schedules more often than not we forget about taking some time out in our day to relax.  I like to make space in my day whether it’s 2-minutes or 30 minutes to relax. I may have a tea break, meditate, close my eyes for a few minutes, anything to find that moment of calm that we all need to reconnect, rebalance and regroup. 

So, there are some ideas on how to make 2016 your brightest year yet by investing in yourself.  No matter how great or small, it may be the best investment that you every make.

How are you investing in yourself this year?  Have you taken up anything new recently?