Being Grateful – Fifth Edition

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.

Thank You!

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


being grateful

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?





  1. Budget and the Beach November 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I’m one of those people who avoids holding babies. :) I’m grateful for a lot of my family coming together on Friday and my uncle treating us to a night out for dinner, and my cousin getting the best news she could regarding her breast cancer. Early detection. Also that my mammogram was negative too. Thanks so much for the mention!

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      You’re welcome! I figured as long as I only held her for a few moments I’d be okay. I was a bit petrified that I would do something wrong. Glad your test results came back negative!!

  2. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer November 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Sounds like super fun family time, E.M.! I’m SO glad you’re leaving that horrid job for a more peaceful one. Our “exciting” week involved having Internet down for 4 days, and having to buy a new fridge. But like you, I’m taking an attitude of gratefulness. :-) Thanks so much for the mentions, too, and have a wonderful Monday!

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks Laurie, and you’re welcome! I remember when the Internet was down for a short stint years ago…I was freaking out. It was a little silly, but it was also a realization that so much of our lives revolve around being connected.

  3. Holly@ClubThrifty November 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    We moved into our temporary home over the weekend. I’m thankful that it’s over! Moving sucks.

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      I am thankful your move is over, too! I feel your pain. It wasn’t too long ago that we moved in here. Not looking forward to packing next year.

  4. DC @ Young Adult Money November 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Holding a baby for the first time is an incredible feeling. I held my adopted cousin for the first time when she was about six months and all I could remember is she couldn’t stop moving her feet, and she definitely has a ton of energy these days! The first newborn I held was a bit surreal. It’s crazy to see them grow up too, seems to happen so fast (that newborn is now almost three years old).

    Honestly I’m grateful for my website. Even though it’s a ton of work, it’s been a great learning experience and has been a lot of fun to get to know other bloggers, have two writers, and to try to figure out how to turn it into a consistent money-maker.

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      My cousins’ baby was pretty calm, I was very surprised. I was so afraid of doing something wrong I felt a little paralyzed! Her feet and hands were so tiny, too, it’s quite amazing to think she’s only a month old and growing so fast already. My cousin mentioned she thought she was going through yet another growth spurt as she wanted to eat every two hours.

      I am also grateful for blogging/this website. It is so crazy what the Internet can do for people!

  5. Done by Forty November 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I got to spend time with family this past weekend, too. It’s a blessing and something to be grateful for, for sure. I’m glad R is bonding with the fam, too. Cheers!

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Thanks! Family time is always great, especially right around the holidays. Sadly I found out that neither of my cousin’s will be coming down for Christmas (they usually come down every other year), so I have to make time to visit them over a weekend.

  6. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life November 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    As grateful as I am for finishing my first marathon, I am so much more grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends, family, and acquaintances. People really came out of the woodwork to offer their support and I really needed it. It’s funny how something that seems so personal and individual can bring you closer to the people in your life.

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      I was thinking about you as I watched the recap of the marathon! That’s awesome that so many people showed their support. That can be such a great boost to emotions.

  7. anna November 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Aww, those are still really great things to be grateful for! I also like it when B bonds with the fam – it’s a good feeling! Good luck during this week, EM!

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      R has always felt a little left out; for some reason my relatives got so used to my ex, so when R first starting coming around, they would accidentally call him my ex’s name. Embarrassing!! He never let it bother him too much, but I still felt bad. I am glad they’ve all taken a liking to him now. Thanks for the luck!

  8. Brian @ Luke1428 November 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I’m one of those bloggers talking about the importance of relationships and money. :) On that note, I’m glad that my wife and I are committed to one another and sticking together amidst life’s ups and downs. Love Dave and Busters, btw. We have one here in Atlanta and I always enjoy the fun times there.

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      D&B is fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my cousin actually gave out cards with 100 credits on them, so we were able to enjoy the games. I wasn’t really planning on spending so that was a nice surprise!

  9. KK @ Student Debt Survivor November 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I definitely have so much to be grateful for, friends, family, our home, my job, our pets, all the great people I’ve “met” through blogging. I’ve been babysitting for years, but there’s always something so special about the first time you hold a baby. Thanks so much for mentioning my post!

    1. E.M. November 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      You’re welcome! I was really happy that she was actually awake and looking at me while I held her. She kept falling asleep whenever my grandma did!

  10. Jen @ Frugal Rules November 5, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    You sure know how to count your blessings and that is great! Sometimes, being appreciative of all that we have and all the positive things that are happening can help us keep going.

    1. E.M. November 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Very true Jen! When you’re down, it really helps to think of the positive things in life.

  11. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans November 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I think it’s so great that you find something to be thankful for, even when it’s hard to. Many people will refuse to look on the bright side.

    1. E.M. November 8, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      That used to be me, but no one, including me, wants to be around a debbie downer. Life is too short to be consumed by negativity.


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *