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My top non-business investments that help me in my business!

My top non-business investments that help me in my business

Hello SPT readers! So I have decided to keep my little “business lifestyle” section of the blog going as some of you seem to enjoy it (and to be honest, I really love sharing a little bit about my life with you).

I was inspired to share with you my top non-business investments that help me in my business after watching a video from one of my favourite YouTubers, Canna Campbell from Sugar Mama TV, talk about her favourite non-financial investments.

Money management is something that is on my mind quite a lot. For me, one of the best ways for me to gain an understanding of where I am (and where I want to be) financially is to look at where I spend/spent my money and identify what items I love and appreciate.

Canna’s video got me thinking: What items have I purchased that have really helped my business? At this point in time in my life (and in my business) I am in very much a “growth stage”. I want to be investing in items that will help me to take my business to new heights. So upon reflecting, I was particularly interested in items that aren’t usually considered “business investments” but that I knew had a profound impact on my ability to do business.

For me, there are a number of things I purchase that help me to de-stress, bring happiness to my life or simply make life more convenient! Here they are:

My Hairdresser:

Haircut

There is nothing quite like walking into a boardroom completely confident and ready for whatever is thrown at you. While there are lots of things that can contribute to me feeling confident, nothing really compares to having my hair groomed, freshly cut (I wear a blunt cut) and coloured.

It’s a pretty decent monthly investment but I feel as though (while it isn’t a traditional “business investment”) it contributes to my business in a big big way.

Books (non-business related):

Book

OK so I’m fairly certain this one would be common amongst many of us. I used to watch a lot more YouTube and Netflix than I do these days. I don’t always feel like reading but I do try to at the very least, have a few nights per week where I put my phone away and just focus on getting lost in a good book.

Not only does it really help me to wind down and relax after a hectic day (which in turn, leads to a better sleep) but I find that when I am reading more, my writing and vocabulary improves. I also find that through nurturing myself more and giving myself the “me time” I need, I tend to be more creative day to day.

Therapy & Acupuncture:

Therapy

All of us get stressed at times. I tend to get very stressed, a lot of the time. With a combination of an overactive thyroid and just starting a new business I guess you can say I have a lot on my mind (and I struggle to keep it quiet). From a therapy perspective, I just think it’s something every single person would benefit from. There is nothing better than having an outsiders objective perspective. Especially if you’re someone (like me) who is often “in your own head”. Plus, if you find yourself leaning on your friends or partner to vent about your work worries, then perhaps it’s time to pay a professional to hear you out (it will only take a toll on your relationships if you’re always leaning on them too much for support).

Acupuncture is something that I don’t do all the time, but will treat myself if I have achieved a huge business goal or had a particularly stressful week. People usually either believe in acupuncture or they don’t (and to each their own) but I have found it to be an incredible way of centering myself and I know for a fact that the days/weeks following an appointment, I am much more focused and productive in my business (placebo effect or not).

Candles:

Candles

 

Please tell me some of you are as obsessed with candles as I am? I love how calming the warm glow of a candle can be. Candles are an integral part of my nightly routine (along with my favourite Rooibos Caramel tea). More on my relaxing “nightly routine” to come.

A few of my favourites:

Healthy Takeaway:

Healthy Takeaway

So many of you will know as well as I do that it just isn’t possible to always be cooking. I love to cook. It’s one of the only times I actually practice mindfulness. All of the noise in my head quietens and I just focus on stirring a pot. That being said, there are times (especially when a huge deadline is approaching) that it just isn’t always possible for me to get my weekly meal prep done.

It is during these times that I am so thankful for healthy takeaway options (even if they are a little more on the exy side). If you live in Brisbane, Botanica Real Food make the most incredible takeaway salads (and clean eating sweet treats too).

My Kitten:

My Kitten

OK, he isn’t really a kitten anymore (but he will always be my baby). My cat, Smith, is without a doubt, the best investment I have ever made for my life as a whole.

My partner would argue that he started receiving around 80% less love when the kitten came into our lives. I think he is exaggerating (a little) but I definitely do give that cat a lot of love.

I recently listened to a video by Brendan Burchard on How to Relax At the End of Your Day and he talked about the importance of having a “transition” time. This being, a time where you can transition from busy “work mode” into “home mode”. For me, that is spending some time cuddling Smith. He is a very cuddly cat. Especially when he has been left alone for a while, so we’ll have a little purr session on the couch before I start making dinner and starting my nightly routine.

Yoga Classes:

Yoga

Of course, some form of exercise had to get a mention. I will be completely honest and say that I’m not always the best at sticking to a solid exercise regime. I do try to eat very well and I don’t have a car (so I walk absolutely EVERYWHERE) but I do like to invest in the occasional exercise class. Yoga is definitely one of my favourites.

Paying a Financial Advisor:

Financial Advisor

Money = time. If I have some extra cash sitting around and I want to not take on a piece of work so that I can focus on building infoproducts for SPT Blog (yes – coming soon) then I like to have the option to do this. How? Having some extra cash in the bank and making sure it’s working for me.

I started following the beautiful and intelligent Canna Campbell around 6 months ago and she has had a profound impact on my life! I have since been working with a financial advisor who is based where I live and have been able to get my money working harder for me!

Tea. All the Tea!

Tea

Tea is an incredible thing! It tastes amazing, it keeps me warm in a freezing office environment and it’s totally calorie free! I think I’m in love.

My favourites:

Becoming A Minimalist:

Minimalism

It may not seem like it at first but trust me, becoming a minimalist is an investment both from a time and money perspective. I recently decided to do a massive declutter of everything in my home and make a conscious decision to only bring in new items that I loved, valued and appreciated.

This in turn meant that although I was purchasing more expensive items for my home and wardrobe, but less frequently. I’m quite sure it all evens out but it still feels like you’re making a bit of an investment when you’re dropping more cash in one go, doesn’t it?

Despite the added time and financial cost, I have loved every minute of my minimalist lifestyle so far! I created a capsule wardrobe where literally every single piece will mix and match, I left out only a small number of plates, glasses and mugs (the dishes NEVER pile up anymore) and just generally have less to tidy at the end of a busy day.

If you would like to hear a bit more about my minimalism journey and see a little house/desk tour, let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list of lifestyle posts in the pipeline!

 

Well there you have it. My top 10 non-business investments that help me in my business!

[question]What do you invest in that brings you joy or makes you more productive? Tell me in the comments below! [/question]

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kyah
    March 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I agree with the candles and the tea part when it comes to my creativity. I’m also working on my minimalism!
    Kyah / http://www.weekendtempo.com

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      kate
      March 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks for your comment Kyah! Are you loving your minimalism journey so far? xx

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    Murielle Marie
    March 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Dear Kate, I love all of them. I’m a strong believer that our businesses and lives – especially in this new economy – are more connected than ever before. Having a thriving business doesn’t just mean a business that is profitable, but also a business that keeps you happy and fulfilled. And for that, non-business investments are definitely a necessary part of the mix.

    • Reply
      kate
      March 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more Murielle! I used to “live for work” (and I often still do) but I am starting to learn the importance of “working to live” as well! Thanks for stopping by! xx

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    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    March 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’m with you on the hairdresser, books and kitty (mine is a girl called Miss Fleur). Instead of therapy/acupuncture, I try to schedule a back massage about once a month :-)

    • Reply
      kate
      March 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Miss Fleur is simply the most fabulous name! A back massage would be amazing right about now.. I might just have to add that to my list ;)

      K x

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    Melanie
    March 6, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a great list! This would be helpful for many business women!

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    Melanie
    March 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Wow! I love this list. I NEED to get back into reading. Thanks for the push!

    • Reply
      kate
      March 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      You’re so welcome Melanie! Thank you for the kind words x

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    divorcedff
    March 9, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I like the yoga part, I’m traveling in 2 days to India, and I’m going to try to learn yoga so when I get beack home I can use itin life.

    Thanks for sharing

    Sharon

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    Heather Hankinson
    March 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Yes to minimalism. The act of decluttering itself and then later, being able to find things, tidy things, and clear things is an ongoing reward.

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      kate
      March 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Heather! It’s been the best way to “create” more time and peace in my life.

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    Anna
    April 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Becoming a minimalist can be difficult at the beginning especially giving up on things that you once found joy in. But the long-term benefits are definitely worth it. I personally gained more time for people and activities I love, more savings, more clarity.

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      kate
      April 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Anna! Do you live a more minimalist lifestyle too?

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