Development isn't a neat, tidy road. Those patches of calm are only ever peaceful reprieves in which we get to enjoy and appreciate the end results of our experiences. They're an invitation to do more: "Look at how awesome your world is now....imagine if you invested more into it?"
You invest in yourself by doing that work, just as you'd invest into a property by fixing what needs fixing & making the appropriate local connections. I'd consider viewing yourself in the same way, as we're all fixer-uppers to some extent, and while we might have a great deck, we might need to do some weeding in the backyard.
If you've got those unkempt spots that you'd really like to hide from your neighbors, spend some time investing into yourself. Take the time to give yourself the TLC you need, but also don't avoid those less tidy spots. Instead, clean them up and make use of the experience that working through the gunk brings to the table.
In doing so, the house becomes a temple. You turn yourself from a fixer-upper into a beautiful mansion to call a home. After all, our vessels are temporary homes...places of reprieve from within which we get the opportunity to enjoy the splendors of the natural world.
Spirits are a bit jealous of our ability to incarnate for a reason. ;)