Hello everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. I apologize for the late post here – yesterday I was attending my cousin and her husband’s joint 30th birthday party upstate, which was a lot of fun. I finally got to see her house and her adorable little dog, as well as meet my other cousin’s new baby! She is really cute, and was surprisingly sleeping for most of the day. I actually got to hold her when she was awake, which was the first time I’ve ever held a baby. R held her too, but apparently she got too fussy and started crying, haha. I missed that part as I was giving my mom a tour of her house via Skype. It is so amazing what you can do with an internet connection and a tablet.
I just want to take a little section to review some happenings with the blogosphere this past week.
Posts from this week
- On Monday I posted about the power of being productive. Seems like a lot of you agreed that it can be hard to get yourself cleaning or doing other tasks, but once they’re done the feeling is worth it!
- On Wednesday I posted about my thoughts on leaving my job for a new one. I had mentioned I am taking a bit of a pay cut for some sanity. It doesn’t make me happier that I’m not earning more as I feel sort of stuck in the same salary range right now, but hopefully I will be there to receive a six month raise.
- On Friday I posted about the process of leaving a job. There can sometimes be a lot to take care of in the 2 weeks you give notice, like training your replacement, making sure projects are taken care of, and making sure you don’t burn any bridges.
I’d just like to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people who took the time to share my posts this past week: Laurie from The Frugal Farmer, Staying On Budget, Emily from Evolving PF, Romona from Monasez, Connie from Savvy With Saving, and Adam from Stop Worrying About Money.
Favorite Posts this Past Week
- Tonya from Budget and the Beach wrote a great piece on why spending money on taking care of your health is worth it.
- Kim from Eyes On the Dollar shared her thoughts on how to make early retirement possible. There’s a lot of great tips here!
- KK at Student Debt Survivor showcased all the awesome homemade presents she’s given to people over the years.
- Laurie at The Frugal Farmer shared how she is taking frugal to a whole new level. A great reminder to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
I have to admit that being grateful was a bit difficult this week. Work has been crazy again and it has only reaffirmed that I’m making the right decision in leaving. My coworker decided to take Monday off, being that she’s afraid they won’t let her take off the rest of the year with me being gone. Then the news came that they hired a receptionist to start on Monday, which means our former receptionist will be training her, and won’t be able to help me out. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to it and I’m counting down the days.
However, I keep telling myself that’s not the spirit I want to be in. People have endured far worse things for weeks, so I’ll make it through. Sadly though, I still found myself being grateful for fewer things this week, so I’m sorry for the short list. I hope you all can add to it!
- I am grateful that I finally got to see my…I guess she would be considered my second cousin. She was so cute and I felt how much my family adored her as she was definitely the center of attention yesterday! I felt grateful for my cousins that she’s a very happy, healthy baby who is growing very quickly.
- On the same note, I was really glad that we got to spend time with everyone before the party. We actually left early with my grandma, aunt and uncle so that I would be able to see their house and the baby. My aunt drove and we all had sandwiches for lunch at her house before leaving, which was really nice of her.
- I’m grateful that my family likes to have a good time! The party was held at Dave and Busters and a lot of the guys were playing pool, including R. I was grateful for the opportunity for him to bond with some other family members that we don’t see too often.
- I’m grateful that R and I are on the same financial page. There’s been a lot of posts circulating around lately that have talked about the importance of addressing financial issues in relationships. While he doesn’t like budgets (gasp), he’s not a spender, and for that, I am grateful!
So as you can see, most of these are focused around this weekend’s events. Being able to spend time with my family put me in a better mood. My challenge this week is finding more things to be grateful about at work. I don’t want to leave in bad spirits, but I can’t help looking forward to my last day and starting anew.
What were you grateful about last week? Anything exciting happen over the weekend?