Hey everyone! I’m back with our weekly post featuring the things I’ve been grateful for this week. I hope you’re ready to join in, as there’s a lot!
Obviously, I have to list this one first. =) If you missed my announcement on Monday, R decided to propose this past Sunday as we were hiking in the mountains surrounding Asheville. It goes without saying that I am being grateful he finally popped the question!
No, I’m only kidding (or am I?). Apparently he had been trying to think of ways to propose since August or so, but he couldn’t settle on a good one. He was afraid of disappointing me. I felt bad after hearing that!
I have to be honest and say I wasn’t completely surprised for a few reasons – one being that we’ve been talking about marriage for the past year, and two, I figured the day trip would be a good opportunity for it. It only crossed my mind for a second, though, and as the day wore on, I didn’t think it was going to happen!
Family & friends
I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support we received upon announcing the news via Facebook (of course, so classy). We told my parents first, and then let the cat out of the bag (even though she’s in a bag here).
It made me so happy to see others happy for our happiness (woo), and I loved reading all of the comments on Monday’s post!
I have to admit, though, it is times like these where I really miss everyone back home. I know if we were still there, we would probably be going over my grandma’s house this weekend, having dinner with everyone. We probably would have went out to celebrate with our friends, and we might be making plans for an engagement party.
Instead, we’re here just celebrating with ourselves, no plans for parties
except a pity party joking, joking. We’re visiting my parents this weekend!
I’m also really grateful that we decided to take the day trip. At the beginning of the month, I wasn’t sure if our budget would really allow for it, but we ended up spending next to nothing (except for gas), and we had a great time.
R used to run in the mountains back when he was on the cross country team in college, and he got a little nostalgic being “back in nature.” It was refreshing, and both of us would really like to travel to more state parks in the area.
My parents were not the outdoorsy type, so growing up, I didn’t get to experience the joys of hiking, or even parks. Now that the weather has finally gotten cooler, I think we’ll take advantage of the fact we’re only an hour or two away from some fantastic places.
My mom has a job!
You might recall that I posted last week about my mom’s interview. It turns out, she got the job! So she is officially out of retirement and back to being busy. Her first day was yesterday and she really enjoyed it. Her coworkers are all very nice and pleasant, and apparently really enjoy baking, as their break room was filled with sweets. Thank goodness I don’t work there!
My plan for this visit is to get them set on a budget, which they both agreed to! I’m definitely not forcing anything on them. I’m grateful they’re willing to listen to my advice, because the income my mom will be bringing in can all go toward debt.
We’re basically going to be formulating a debt payoff plan for them, as well as figuring out where their spending leaks are. My mom was too funny, saying she doesn’t spend on anything outside of groceries (not true based on daily talks I have with her!). They don’t track their spending as they only use cash, so I’m going to try to get them into the habit of doing that.
I don’t know if any of you have heard of Create As Folk, but for the month of November, Laura (the founder) is hosting an Instagram challenge called #thedailybon. It’s focused on being grateful, so I thought it would be perfect for me to join in! If you’d like to join as well, or follow along, then add me on instagram – @journeytosaving.
I’m looking forward to being reminded on a daily basis to seek gratitude in the small things. While I write these weekly posts, it’s often after a whirlwind of a week, and I could do better in enjoying the present moment.
What are you being grateful for this week? Have you enjoyed nature lately?