I recently attended a lecture on financial wellness and I took away (among many things) one very valuable and interesting idea: investing in things you truly care about. It seemed so obvious when the woman giving the talk said it and yet, nobody had ever mentioned it to me before. I expected this lecture to be all about numbers and figures—to focus on the money and statistics. But the speaker taught us that financial wellness is about more than that (though it’s also about that). Part of being financially well is feeling good about where your money goes. Imagine that. Imagine if, instead of just feeling anxiety about lending your money until that monthly paycheck comes in, you felt good every day about the type of work your money was facilitating. Think about that for a second. Now, if you are in a position to invest a little and aren’t sure how or where (or you’re overthinking it) here are some things you may feel good about investing in.
A local small business
Have you been wanting to see your local economy—like really local, where you personally shop, dine, and live—do better? Do some exploring and see if anyone is seeking investors. Always consult with a financial advisor, of course, to make sure this would be a safe and smart investment. But, why invest in funds that go to mega companies around the world when the mom and pop shop right in your town needs a few dollars for a renovation?