Hello everyone! How have you been? It seems like crunch-time is approaching with Thanksgiving being a week away. I still can’t believe it.
Does anyone else feel like there’s no real warm-up to the holidays anymore? Or maybe that was an illusion from being in school…I keep saying, “It doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving/Christmas,” but what does that even mean?
Okay, enough with the pondering. It is what it is. I’m just looking forward to lasagna next week. I convinced my mom not to buy a turkey since it’s only the four of us, and I don’t eat much. (Seriously, a 2 year-old can eat more than me.) It’s not worth the money!
Being Grateful for the Basics
Every now and again, I’ll go back to the basics for this series. While I’m always grateful for my family, friends, and health, the events of last weekend brought that home for me.
I’m conflicted as to how much text I should devote to this, because I don’t believe focusing on the bad (or listening to the news 24/7) helps anything. It breeds so much negativity. I think Tonya said it better than me.
Obviously, what happened is horrible and senseless. It kills me inside to see people out there who don’t hesitate to kill innocents. But completely giving into despair is what they want, and I prefer to focus on what good I can.
It’s for that reason, immediately after everything went down, I began to feel grateful for everything I have. I listened to an interview with a survivor who said she was “lucky” to be alive, and I realized, in a way, we all are.
I’ve shared before that I almost didn’t make it back when I was a baby, as I was born with some odd complications. I took that for granted for a long time, especially during my brooding teenage years (ahem).
Only in the past few years have I fully come to appreciate how precious life is. I know that’s sappy, but there are a million little things that have to happen for us to be here – for the entire world to be as it is today. It’s a little overwhelming to think about, but it fills me with gratitude to get to experience that in some way.
Regardless, every day that we wake up feeling okay is a good day. I’m not a morning person, at all, so sometimes that’s difficult for me to remember, but I urge all of you to stop taking little moments like that for granted. Simple reminders like that can be powerful.
Lastly, we should be grateful for each other. For all the monsters out there, there are beacons of light that outshine them. Strive to be that light, and welcome others into it when they need it.Work more #gratitude into your life by being grateful for waking up each day Click To Tweet
Being Grateful for my Cat!
All right, enough of the heavy stuff. It feels like I haven’t mentioned my cats here in ages, so here you go!
This past weekend, I finally got to pick up my cat, as my parents were babysitting her while we were away. I didn’t really have the chance to miss her while we were gone, since we were in a different environment.
However, as soon as I got home, I felt lonely! It’s amazing how much of a difference a tiny animal can make in your everyday life, but she makes things so entertaining. I’m glad to have her back.
As for my other cat, we decided to leave her with my parents. She was the “family” cat as we got her together back when I was 18. When my parents moved, we took her in, as we didn’t want her to go through that long drive. Of course, she ended up coming with us when we moved…
We’ve taken them to my parent’s house a few times on longer trips, and they both love going outside on the enclosed porch. We left them there in August when we went to Texas, and I didn’t have the heart to take my other cat away from her little paradise.
She’s perfectly at home with my parents, whereas our little cat is happier with us (apparently she found her place on the BBQ). Plus, they no longer go crazy chasing each other around. I think, at best, they tolerated each other, so it seems like things are better this way.
I know, I sound like a crazy cat lady, but hey. Quality of life is important for our pets. I’m just making sure they’re happy where they are, because they sadly don’t get much of a choice and can’t give their input.
Writing Around the Web
On Young Adult Money, I gave 5 gift ideas perfect for personal finance nerds (like myself), though I had a hard time coming up with them! I wonder if we’re all hard to shop for because we probably don’t want much? It seems like more and more people are going toward minimalism.
I also gave a few tips on how to stick with your debt repayment plan, which can be hard when you’re looking at a timeline of years.
I continued talking about debt on Frugal Rules with why debt shouldn’t be a normal part of your life. I answered one of those survey things while reading an NBC story online, asking what your biggest debt worry is, and the most popular answer was “I don’t worry about debt.” Umm. Considering 8 in 10 people have debt in the US, I find that hard to believe. Or they think it’s a normal part of life, in which case, they should read my post, and then continue on to find out how they can be proactive about paying it off!
On GenFKD, I wrote about the biggest challenge millennials face when saving for the future. Which is pretty much just getting started in the first place, and realizing how important it is!
Let’s end on this note – I’ve been grateful for some inspirational posts lately. I’m trying to make time to read blogs more often, and Kali has been hitting it out of the park (as always). Making Hard Choices and Do You Have Enough? definitely resonated with me. Give them a read!
What are you being grateful for this past week? What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you going to be one of those crazy people I absolutely don’t envy going out at the crack of dawn on Friday? ;)