Best To Invest
Hello, my beautiful bees! Before getting into the bulk of this week’s post, I just wanted to have a little chat with you. First of all, I want to thank you all so, SO much. I know I am still in the very BEEginning stages of this blog, but I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support from all of you since day one, and I just needed to express my gratitude. Seeing and reading all of your wonderful feedback each week really keeps me going, and I am just so very thankful that we get to experience this together, you all really are the best, and I want you to know that it means the word to me that you believe in me and support me following my dream. I couldn’t do this without you!
With that being said, I would like to now apologize to you for not posting last week. While I never explicitly stated or promised that I would make this a weekly thing, that was my intention from the start. However, last week I went on vacation, and decided that I would take that time to do a little bit of an Internet detox, so I left behind my laptop and iPad… we all need that every once in a while. But fear not! I am back now, and more motivated than ever, so let’s get into it!
So a few weeks ago I was at a job interview (side note- I got the job!!! Bye bye funemployment), and during this interview I was asked the following question:
“Do you think you are worth spending money on?”
“Hell yes I do” is what I wanted to say, call me Tom Haverford because I am a proud advocate of TREATING YO SELF. However, “hell yes” is not typically an acceptable answer to give to a potential employer, so I thought about it more, and told her that yes, I do think I am worth spending money on, however, I don’t think that everyTHING is worth spending money on. Rather than buying everything that I want all the time, I prefer to save and invest my money in things that I feel are worth it, and that’s what I wanted to talk to you about today- ten things that I feel are worth investing in.
1. Beautiful handbags and leather goods
When I graduated from high school, I bought my first big girl bag, the Kate Spade Quinn Villabella Avenue Bow in tan, and I have never looked back. Since then, I have bought several other leather bags and wallets, and have been more than thrilled with every single one. If handled with care, I have learned that leather will last a lifetime, literally. I know these bags are more expensive than similar look alike ones you might find at TJ Maxx or Forever 21 but they have held up beautifully, and I still love them and use them often. I have purchased some faux leather bags in the past, and I can tell you, it’s better to just spend the money upfront for the real deal, because if not, you’ll end up spending the money in the future to buy several replacement bags because they will wear down quickly.
2. Everyday jewelry
There is nothing I hate more than turning green from cheap jewelry, and that’s why I feel everyday jewelry is worth investing it. Now, I’m not saying to drop all of your money on loads of statement bling, but simple, signature pieces are worth spending a little more on. Personally for me, this means my favorite Pandora ring (Rising Star Stackable Ring, Diamond), a new addition, my Alex and Ani bee ring, and my Movado watch, which you can almost always find me wearing. These pieces are great quality, have remained in wonderful condition, and look good with everything.
3. A camera
My camera is the newest member of my investment family, and was the most perfect graduation gift I could have ever received… I really don’t know how I went 22 years without it. I did loads of research to determine which would be the best for me, and found the Canon G7X and fell in love. Yes, most of us have smartphones with decent quality cameras, but I rarely use that anymore. I carry my camera with me at all times, and am seriously obsessed with it. This is an investment, I believe, that is definitely worth making.
4. A Tervis tumbler
You know what’s better than coffee? Coffee on the go. And I take mine with me in a Tervis. I love Tervis because they pretty much have every single design you could ever want in a travel mug, and if they don’t have what you want, they have a customizable option so you can craft exactly what you’d like. It gets better – these mugs can hold hot and cold liquids, are microwave and dishwasher safe, AND have a lifetime warranty. Accidents happen and mugs break (I should know from experience) but when my Tervis broke, all I had to do was send it back, and within a week I had a brand new one sent back to me! While these tumblers are a little pricier than some other ones, I think the wide variety and warranty make this item worth the investment.
5. A backpack
All throughout high school and even into my first two years of college, I carried a messenger bag. I loved the way they looked and was much more into them than backpacks, however, my body did not exactly agree with them. When it got to the end of my sophomore year, I was experiencing chronic headaches accompanied by tension in my neck and upper back (am I a grandma, or am I a grandma?), and I knew this was due to carrying my bag. Junior and senior year, I decided to carry a backpack, and it really helped. After doing some research to find what I wanted, I decided to purchase the Northface Borealis backpack. I like it because it’s comfortable, durable, and very spacious.
6. Just right jeans
I have always hated shopping for jeans. I played soccer my entire life and have the thighs to prove it, so shopping for pants was always impossible. However, a year or so ago I found a pair that looked and felt great, so I immediately purchased them. I think it’s important for everyone to have at least one pair of jeans that fit just right. For me, it’s the JCrew Lookout High Rise. I have owned many pairs of jeans in my lifetime (as I’m sure we all have), and I feel that you really get what you pay for. If you buy $20 pants, they may wear out, fade, stretch out, and only last a year or so, however, if you invest in better quality jeans, you will see and feel the difference.
7. A lifetime warranty glass screen protector
I drop my phone a lot, and because of that, a screen protector is imperative, and I’ve learned that I enjoy the glass ones the best. When I got my phone, I purchased a glass screen protector with it that had a lifetime warranty, and it’s been one of the best purchases of my life. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve shattered this thing, but it’s better than shattering the actual screen of my phone. And while this costs a little more money upfront, each time it breaks I just send it back and am given a new one (and it beats having to pay to replace the actual screen of my phone every few months)… Also, I think I just really believe in products with lifetime warrantees (see number four).
Holding books, smelling books, reading books, it’s an experience. One that I can’t get from reading digitally. Invest in books, beautiful books. Leather bound, hardback, paperback, whatever. Buy them, read them, love them – that is all. (My most recent read was Girl Online by Zoe Sugg- would recommend).
9. Your time
To me, the word “invest” does not necessarily mean spending a copious amount of money on high end products. I think that in life, you should find things that you feel are worth investing your time in. For me, this includes investing time in myself, my family, friends and other relationships, and of course, this blog.
10. Things that makes you really happy
Lastly, I think that you should invest in things that make you really happy. Maybe that’s saving up money to buy dozens of flowers to plant a beautiful garden, maybe that’s investing in your life passions, your education, or something a simple as a Spotify premium account, an Ipsy bag, or a gym membership (all things that make me really happy that I invest in). Maybe you save up to invest in a cat, or to buy a ring for that special someone. Whatever you decide to invest in, be sure that it brings some positivity into your days.
Invest in your life. Invest in your life.