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"How I Invest on Myself"

Hello everyone! Today I want to talk a little about self investment. I define it as "the art of being confident enough that you will help yourself be better and show the world that you are worth it." Sounds kinda cliche? Well, maybe because it is. I am pretty much telling you to love yourself and do everything you can to better yourself.

"Never underestimate the investment you make on yourself"

There is no better investment in the whole universe than yourself. Learn a new skill, buy those cute shoes you've been dying for, or simply, work toward your goals. No matter what you do, investing in yourself is ALWAYS a great move.

Here are 8 ways in which I invest on my personal growth, I divided them on 3 categories: health, body, and mind. Even though, if you really think about it, they are all linked ad one can't work without the other.



 Health 
Going Vegan
There are many people that say "eating vegan is expensive" or "veganism needs so much preparation," and depending on which diet you are following, this can be true or not.

For me, it is worth it, the money and time investment. I mean, I love cooking anyways...

I feel my best when eliminating dairy products from my diet. I don't get bloated, I feel more energized, and I maintain a healthy weight (even when indulging a little too much).

Now, depending on what you are eating, it can be super cheap. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This are all pretty cheap stuff. Get a couple bananas, grapes, brown rice, and hummus, and leave out the superfoods and expensive substitutes. Also, try to cook most of your meals.

If you had never tried it, I invite you to go vegan for a couple days and you will be surprised by all the positive outcomes.You can find the whole story about my vegan journey here.

Reduce Caffeine Intake
Oh, I looove coffee. There are few things better than a delicious vanilla latte to start the day, but you got to be careful with that caffeine intake.

First semester in collge, I would have a venti latte every single morning. My blood was pretty much 70% coffee back then. Last semester, I tried to reduce my (Starbucks) coffee spendings and bought a 24 cans Monster Energy Drink box. As an engineering major, late nights study sessions and early morning classes are a thing... I would drink two or three cans a day. I know... really bad. 

I decided to change that bad habit, and stop running on caffeine and actually get some quality sleep to not feel like dying every single day. 

I bought a super nice coffee machine in which I can make lattes and cappuccinos and I don't think I can be happier. I usually just drink coffee on Friday mornings, which is when I usually get all my homework and projects done. 

Don't get me wrong, I love a good cup of coffee, but I just don't want to depend on it.

Healthy Breakfast
Probably you have read this a thousand times, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is the meal that literally breaks the 8 hour of sleep fast.

During weekdays, I have early classes most of the days, so I usually just make a good old oatmeal bowl with peanut butter, granola, and some banana and berries yum. I really like starting my day with a combination of fruits, whole grains, and some healthy fats. Currently I am using PB2 and I am loving it.

Another go to meal is a smoothie. I usually put berries, bananas, kale, orange juice, and some chia seeds. So good! On the weekends, I try to get a little fancier and a bit less healthy ooops. Vegan french toasts whaaat.



 Body 
Going to the Gym
You all know I am a sucker for working out. 

I see working out, not only as a way to treat my body, but also as a way to take care of my mental health. Life in college can get real stressful, and I do get caught in the study a lot and get (real bad) test anxiety routine.

I am one of those person that get so stressed about everything that just can't get stuff done.That is why I love going to the gym and canalizing all those feelings while squatting.

Check out my Quick Tips to get Fit in College and My Ultimate Guide to Become Fitter and Stronger this Semester.

Rowing Club
What would I do without rowing?

Even though I have a love/hate relationship with this sport (it is hard dude...) I don't know what or where would I be without it.

The rowing club not only introduced me to amazing people that I know I can count on when my whole life is falling, but it also helps me channel all the stress and frustration and anger my classes generate.

So, i guess without rowing, I would be in a mental health institution by now... Jk, but it would be bad, 5 mental breakdowns a day kinda bad.

Waking Up Early
I bet you were not expecting this, but I do wake up a little too early everyday. I just can't help it. Even though I sacrifice precious sleeping time, I feel like it is a great investment on myself.

I wake up early to do something for me, not for anyone else. It is a productive version of "me time." Sometimes I go lifting at 6:00 am, other times I just read a little, watch some TED Talks, or even do homework. 

It is so nice to do something (productive) just for you. The best part is that you feel powerful and accomplished by the time everyone else is waking up. You tackled something from your daily to-do list and that is amazing!


 Mind 
Books
Omg i looove reading! 

I was one of those girls in high school that would have a new book in her hands every week. I was reading young adult romance books back then. I love all the super cliche books... The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent... You name it, I read it. 

Lately, I had been reading some pretty good books Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.

As an engineering student, I don't have much time to read (for fun), so I decided to take an American Literature class. So now, I have an actual excuse to read and omg I love the class. We are talking about all these amazing books and short stories and how they relate to what was going on in the society back then. Should I change my major? Not gonna lie, this class >>>> Calculus III...

Me Time
As an engineering student, my classes can get really stressful. All those Calculus formulas and Physics problem can build up in your mind, and suddenly you are binge watching Gossip Girl (best show ever) and you find yourself thinking about how to solve one of the problems. Or is it just me?

Well, I had found found that dedicating half a day for me time, and a couple hours a week for quality time with friends (yay for brunch!) is a really nice way to keep myself from going crazy.

On my "me time" I like painting my nails, doing facials, and watch a romantic cliche movie while eating industrial amounts of popcorn and chocolate. 


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