Being Grateful: Blogging Edition

I figured I would change things up a little bit today, seeing as I had my 100th post on Wednesday. I’m not sure why, but milestones like that for my blog aren’t a huge deal to me. My 6 month blogoversary was back in November and I didn’t realize it until after the fact!

In any case, I likely wouldn’t be blogging if it weren’t for the amazing PF community. There are so many of you that have been commenting since the start and I truly appreciate it. Without an audience, I think blogging would be a bit harder!

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Being grateful…to have “met” all of you!

I would like to thank all of you that make a regular appearance here:

KK, DC, Ashley, Sarah, Anna, Andrew, Tonya, Holly, Mr. Done By Forty, Lisa, Matt, Micro, Kali, Hayley, Tara, Brian, Stefanie

A special shoutout to the newer commenters:

Noelle, Rebecca, Connie, Michelle, Grayson, Alicia

And as to try and not leave anyone out, the bloggers that continue to inspire me on a daily basis:

Michelle, Laurie, Melanie, Wendy, Jefferson

I’m sure I’m forgetting some people as there are just too many awesome individuals out there, but I should have everyone under my Blogroll! If you’re not there, definitely shoot me an email =).

I’m going to pay a small tribute to my parents here, because without the financial difficulties they experienced throughout my life, I don’t think I would be as financially responsible. I hate putting it that way, but if anything good can come from their debt, it’s that I learned some valuable lessons. I continue to be happy that their journey of semi-retirement brings them closer to freedom.

Last but not least, I want to thank those of you who may just read my blog. I’ve been a “lurker” many times in my life, and as an introvert, I understand that joining in on discussions isn’t for everyone. I am glad I started this little blog and jumped into the personal finance community, though.

Thank you ALL for your support, comments, shares, emails, etc. It means the world to me to know that you take the time out of your day to stop by and share your thoughts. I’ve learned so much from reading other blogs; I love hearing from people who have different views. What I really love is how personal finance really is, and reading about everyone’s journey, whether it’s to be debt-free, retired early, financially independent or self-employment. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about mine so far!



  1. Girl Meets Debt January 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    You already know you are one of my favourite daily reads E.M! I’m sorry I don’t stop by and comment as often as I used to but life/blogging has been uber BUSY! Keep doing what you are doing because your sweet sincerity really shines through! :)

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks girl! Taking care of things in real life is always more important =). I do miss your witty posts though!

  2. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction January 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I was late to the game reading your blog, but now that I’ve found it, I check it multiple times per week. I love that through blogging we are able to get to know new people from all over the world – and the support we give/get is pretty awesome.

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Thanks Alicia, that means a lot! It is really awesome to be able to be a part of such a great community here.

  3. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial January 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I’m so glad we are blogging buddies, E.M.! Reading your posts is always a treat, because you are so genuine and sincere. Congratulations on 100 posts and over 6 months of blogging!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Thanks Kali, I’m glad as well =). Congratulations right back to you on being so successful with freelancing lately, I’m excited for you!

  4. Dear Debt January 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Aww I love your blog and find it inspiring too. I love your posts on gratitude. Wow you’ve only been around a little over 6 months. I thought you were a veteran! I love the pf world. I don’t blog or comment as much as I want to, because I can’t do it at work, but I try to stay connected with everyone because it keeps me going.

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks! I started blogging in the middle of May last year. It seems like yesterday though! It really can be tough to comment sometimes; I keep telling myself I should probably wake up earlier to do it so it doesn’t take up as much of my day.

  5. Done by Forty January 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Thanks for including me in that list of great bloggers, EM! I really appreciate that you’ve been a regular contributor on my site, too, blogging buddy. You always have something insightful to say, here on your blog or out and about on others’. Cheers!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      You’re very welcome! Your blog is probably one of the more thought-provoking out there, which is refreshing as I like to blog on the lighter side of things =).

  6. Ashley January 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Woohoo for 100 posts!!! And in only 6 months- so impressive! :) I’m glad I found your blog (or did you find me? who knows anymore, haha) .. I love reading your posts!!! And I do have to say, you might be the best commenter I’ve ever seen in the pf blogging community. You manage to read and comment on EVERY post by EVERYONE! And not just little comments- really well thought out and meaningful ones! It’s awesome :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Thanks Ashley! I do try to be a thoughtful commenter; I know I appreciate it when people leave nice replies here. I try to get around to as many blogs as possible, but sometimes it can be a little time consuming.

  7. SarahN January 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Thank you for your link! I’m thankful our long weekend here (we celebrate Australia day on 26 Jan). It’s been a pretty relaxed weekend, so I’m happy :)

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Long weekends are always nice. Of course, the next few for us fall on Monday, which means I just have my normal 2 days off, but I do get paid overtime at least!

  8. Jon @ Our Fine Adventure January 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Congrats on reaching the 100 post mark E.M.! I am happy to have found your blog, I’m really enjoying your posts!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks Jon, looking forward to having you around!

  9. DC @ Young Adult Money January 27, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Congrats on the 100th post! Looking forward to hundreds and hundreds more : ) Thanks for the mention as well, it’s always nice to see your name on a list like that.

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Thanks DC – I actually think you have the most comments here!

  10. Matt Becker January 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Wow, congrats on making it to 100 posts! I’m kind of like you in that I haven’t spent too much time celebrating those little milestones. I recently passed my 1 year mark and barely even realized it. But the fact is that simply sticking with it is impressive, and I really like what you’ve got going on here. I’m looking forward to another 100 posts!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Thanks Matt, and congrats on hitting the one year mark! I do think that one is cause for celebration =).

  11. Amanda @ Passionately Simple Life January 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Congrats on 100 posts! Can’t wait for the many more that are to come! I’ll be looking forward to each an every one of them!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Thank you Amanda!

  12. Pretired Nick January 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Awesome! It’s really good to pause and think about all the good things. Keep up all the great work, EM! I find you very inspiring!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks Nick! It’s comments like these that keep me going =).

  13. Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I’m glad I’ve gotten the chance to get to “know” you EM! I enjoy everything you write. And I agree this is such a great community. It was strengthened even more after fincon and I realized I feel like I’ve known everyone for years. Keep up the great work! And thank you for reading my blog(s) as well!

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Thanks! I would really love to go to FinCon this year, I imagine it’s really fun to finally meet everyone.

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Thank you! Glad to have you here =)

  14. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply January 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Thanks for including me and for commenting on my blog as well. Congrats on the 100 post…I need to be more consistent like you are. I agree 100% that if it wasn’t for amazing pf bloggers I probably would have stopped long ago. I really enjoy comments as I know I’m not just talking to myself. I definitely enjoy reading your perspective, especially since we live in the same general area and can understand the expensive nature of this region.

    1. E.M. January 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      It is nice to connect with people that are nearby! Being consistent is important, but honestly, life and family have to come first. If my parents were still living here, I’d probably have more distractions. Having a baby makes it more difficult to balance things out!

  15. Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt January 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I’m grateful to have ‘met’ you too E.M! Your blog is one of my favourites to read! Thanks goodness for this PF community. Thank you so much for the mention and I look forward to reading the next 100 posts! :)

    1. E.M. January 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Thanks Hayley!

  16. KK @ Student Debt Survivor January 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    You’re so welcome. Love the shout-out to your parents! I know I haven’t been commenting as much around the blogosphere as I’d like, but I’m definitely still reading, just running out of time to comment.

    1. E.M. January 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Trust me I understand all too well =). Commenting is really time consuming; if I don’t have as much time to comment, I always try and share a post at least.

  17. Ryan @ Impersonal Finance January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    EM, I’m both pleased to say (and sad to say) I really just discovered your blog, but it’s pretty righteous, so keep on keepin on man!

    1. E.M. January 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Thanks Ryan! Glad to have you here.

  18. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans January 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Thanks for the shout out!

    I can totally relate to what you said about your parents. I don’t necessarily like saying it that way, either, but it’s true! Watching my parents go through what they went through has absolutely affected how I view money for the better. Even though they had to go through difficulty, something positive came out of it!

    1. E.M. February 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Yes, exactly. I think my parents learned a valuable lesson as well. It wasn’t easy for any of us, but I can’t imagine how I might have ended up had I not seen them go through money troubles.

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