Money & Art | Why Investing in yourself is essential.


April 22, 2021

Christy & Susanne connecting this week over $$ mindset and the effects it has on artists. Come join us with no judgment. We are holding space to learn, laugh, and downright pointe at ourselves.

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Money & Art | Why Investing in yourself is essential.

Why Investing in Yourself is Essential

Get off the hamster wheel

The hamster wheel can become so much the norm and something that we’re so used to that we are not even capable of asking the question, “What would it look like if I were to change what I’m doing or who I am?” Is there actually such a thing. The answer is absolute. You do not have to stay who you are today. You do not have to do the same thing for the rest of your life. Please don’t because it’s going to be so boring and so unfulfilling. You have to think of what’s next. Even if you’re stepping out of the performing arts circle or you have reached a title of team captain or you are the principal dancer of a company. What’s next?

It’s so easy to settle. If we’re looking from the outside, that’s the highest title you can get. But who are we becoming after that? If you’re chasing that title for your own validation and love, is there a more pure, peaceful way to find that love instead of through recognition?

Know who you are on the inside

When we’re looking at investing in oneself and why it is so important, I believe that the very first selling point here is that never-ending need to be seen from the outside. That game of trying to be good enough for somebody else will actually dissipate by finding your inner strength and finding yourself and who you are, not thinking of who you have to serve in order to be good enough, but see yourself first. Everything that we’re seeing right now particularly in the arts always looks on the outside, who to blame, who to chase, what to get from where, and how to react to certain situations, versus actually going back to the bar, putting yourself into first position, and finding your play again. Stop creating this lack mentality because anything on the outside will always create lack if we don’t know who we are on the inside.

All about service

Let go of the “Oh, my gosh, I didn’t have enough comments on this one,” or “This coach didn’t see me,” and “Why am I not being shouted out?” If we’re going back to our first position, it is about serving people. It’s about touching that one soul. It’s about making a difference in the world. That’s for you and me, and the same is for the arts. When we are learning and understanding that back to basics, back to our own power also means financial stability, then we’re talking. All of this starts actually with the understanding that we are worthy of growing, that we are worthy of investing in ourselves, that not one penny spent on ourselves is a waste.


Energy is contagious

Energy is contagious. There is a ripple effect, and you become an example of an energy state that people maybe do not even understand why they want to be drawn to you, but they do. Just like gossip and pettiness can spread easily through a green room, so can the opposite. It’s not just about ourselves. It’s about the type of people that we will help ourselves become to help others.

When we invest in ourselves, we are inherently also investing in the people that we surround ourselves with. Even if that means that they’re no longer are our people or that there are new people coming into our lives, whatever that looks like. You cannot hold other people accountable for your own misery. Everything you want, everything you need is right at your fingertips. That’s inside you. It’s a decision, a choice away. That’s really as simple as it is. We can talk about the mountain 400 times in different ways, but what it really comes down to is making a choice, choosing you over the drama, choosing yourself over the addiction to judge others and make yourself feel better, choosing you over finding fault in everything else. As artists, we tend to only look at ourselves, and we think the least of ourselves. Point at yourself. That’s where it starts. That’s where it always will start.

What does investing mean?

The very first investment is listen to podcasts on a daily basis. Sit down and read 10 pages of a book every day. Go move your body not only in a studio. Move it to have fun to. Go sit by the ocean. Go into nature. Put your feet into the green grass. Anything like that is an investment. Go sit down for half an hour and free write. Invest in your future self because you want to become more. That is how we get there. It is happening, just slower. You can speed up the process by being more consistent about it.

The same discipline that particularly dancers showcase in a studio, that discipline comes in so handy, you can redirect it so beautifully into other activities. That’s going to take a while. It’s not an overnight process. It’s a new habit and new habits take time.

Your network is your net worth

Go find Facebook groups. Find communities that you can associate with and set aside maybe 20 minutes a day, pop your nose in there, see who you can connect with. The saying your network is your net worth is a true story. Look at your network. Look at the people that are in your circle. Look where they’re at. Is that really where you want to be at? Do you know yet where you want to be at? Maybe you have to start on a different spectrum. These are the first questions.

Everything rises or falls with the people that you are surrounding yourself with. You can have the best goals or the best ambitions, anything like that. If the people around you are not elevating you to where you want to go, then you don’t have to proceed. These people will be your anchor. When it comes to the people in your life, that is where you need to be really particular on where you’re going, who you’re hanging out with. Finding groups on Facebook or Instagram or God knows where, Meetup groups. Pointe to Rise is a lovely community that raises the vibration, where you can find a different way of thinking because that’s what it’s about. If you want to level up, we are encouraging you to level up.

You need to look at things that you have or have going on and who you are and your emotions from a different perspective. These groups definitely give you the opportunity to do so. These are all for free. It’s not going to cost you a penny. What it requires is commitment and consistency.

Things to take action on

Sit down, get quiet with yourself, get a little nook, and look at every aspect of your life and just see if it’s your ideal life. See whether every aspect, no matter what you’re looking at, is exactly the way you would want it. If not identify which areas don’t feel like that for you first. Then you can reverse engineer of how to get you to that point.

Second would be either to reach out to Susanne or Christy, reach out to the Point to Rise community or any other community if you’re not currently in a Facebook community. Find one. Find people that resonate with you and see if you don’t know where to go and how to improve those areas. If somebody can direct you to a book, a podcast, another person to help you start to implement. We’re meant to be here to be happy in every aspect of our life. We’re not necessarily presented a world that looks like that. We can make that choice. Everything is a choice. We can make that choice where regardless of how the world has been presented to us, we can decide what we want our world to look like. It is our own responsibility to take whatever the story is about what the world looks like and how good or bad or cruel it is, and change that story to the one that’s ideal for us.

Your past is a stepping stone

Be okay where you’re at. Your past doesn’t define your future. Your past is just your stepping stone for what’s coming next. Every dot will always be connected. You can only connect them backward. You can’t really look ahead and do that. Everything that you’ve gone through and will go through will be serving you. It’s not happening to you. It’s happening for you.

So much ❤ Susanne

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  • About Christy Little

    PTR 31 | Personal DevelopmentFormer professional dancer turned entrepreneur who is passionate about living in purpose and assisting people to see the greatness inside of them to live their ideal life.


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