The Fiftieth Edition of the Being Grateful Series at Journeytosaving.comWow! I can’t believe we’re at #50. Two more weeks and I will have been doing this series for a year. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to believe I’ve been blogging for over a year now.

I’ll do further reflecting in the 52nd edition; I think that’s a more appropriate time!

For now, I have to own up to something – I’ve decided to scrap the videos for a little while. I’m not closing the door on the idea completely, but I don’t think it was adding value in the way I wanted it to.

Besides that, I’ll be even more transparent and say it was a bit too time-consuming. Depending on how things went, editing and uploading took several hours. As my freelance work has ramped up, I just can’t devote that kind of time to a platform that likely won’t bring more visitors to the site.

As it was, I skipped writing this series for a few weeks because I didn’t have a video to go along with it. I felt bad letting you all down, but I don’t want hold myself back from providing content.

If anything, experimenting with video has taught me how much easier writing is, and I’ve been very grateful for the learning opportunity it afforded me. I hope you understand!

This will be a wrap up of the things I’m currently being grateful for this week. I decided to post this during the week, as weekend posts aren’t as popular, and I think it’s fitting for the month of November!

You guys!

I know, I mention this a lot, but I am truly grateful for all of you that come here, week after week, and take time out of your day to leave a comment. I had been meaning to post an update for a while (finally got around to it Friday if you missed it), but time kept getting away from me.

I was really surprised and delighted that some of you were actually wondering where I was! You all are too sweet.

I know I’m not at all important in the grand scheme of things, but in general, isn’t it funny how we get attached to our favorite internet personalities or bloggers? So you all better be sticking around.

Encountering problems and learning from them

This is a weird one to be grateful for, so let me explain.

Lately, we’ve been having severe connectivity issues with our WiFi. Our apartment automatically came with a modem/wireless router 2-in-1 setup. We had a separate wireless router we wanted to use, so we hooked it up to the modem.

In the beginning, that was fine, but in the last two months, the WiFi has been dropping a lot.

This is an issue as it impedes my ability to get any work done on my laptop (which is why I’ve been working at my computer so much), and poor R can’t watch YouTube videos (that’s slightly sarcastic…).

I had had enough yesterday! We were trying to watch a 2 minute video, and the wireless wasn’t having it. On top of that, it was taking a while to get the signal back after it dropped (which hadn’t been an issue before).

I set out on a mission to figure out what we could do, which meant that Google came to the rescue. I was able to login to the modem and put it in bridge mode.

I then logged into the wireless router, adjusted some settings, set static IP addresses for the iPad and laptop, and breathed a sigh of relief upon testing everything out.

Except that lasted for all of 30 minutes, when R told me he lost connection again.

So even though I spent half my day yesterday trying to troubleshoot to no avail, at least I learned something in the process. DIY fixes outside of your comfort zone, on small scales, can do a lot for your confidence!

And if you didn’t understand any of that, don’t worry, I had a headache for most of the day…

Winter clothes!

I’m one of those weird people (or am I weird for this?) who changes her clothes around when summer and winter begin. When we moved here, I packed most of our winter stuff, as it was pretty warm here in April.

I remember packing our clothes and flinging everything around in a panic like it was yesterday. After all, we had 2 weeks to pack the entire apartment; clothes weren’t exactly high priority.

Because of that, some stuff made it that shouldn’t have. I went through all my drawers and my closet and made a huge pile of clothing to donate. R had gone through his clothes a month or so ago.

It feels nice knowing that for the most part, all the clothes I own are things I’ll wear. That sounds silly, but I had been keeping some clothes that were gifted to me out of guilt. What helped me get past that was knowing someone else out there could benefit from them.

Regardless, I am also just happy the weather has finally been consistently cool enough to do this. I wanted to switch things around a month ago, but there were still some 80* days mixed in!

Plus, now I get to wear all the fuzzy socks!


As always, I’m also grateful to those that feature my writing on their sites! Please feel free to check out my latest post on Careful Cents about the 3 mistakes I made when I first began freelancing, 4 Ways to Further Invest In Your Side Business, and A Case For Earning More Over Spending Less on Young Adult Money (quite a change from my earlier views). Thanks!

What are you all being grateful for lately? What has been the best fall activity you’ve done so far this season? Have you gotten snow yet?



  1. Brooke November 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Glad to see you are back in the swing of things! It is crazy that you have been doing this series for so long.

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Thanks Brooke! I really can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. I remember last Thanksgiving as if it were yesterday!

      1. Brooke November 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Means you are doing something right! It is a good habit to be continually grateful for the things in your life : ).

        1. Erin M. November 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

          Thanks Brooke! It’s an effort worth making.

  2. kay ~ November 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Cold, snowy, wet and drippy in Central New York State. Bleh.
    I’m grateful to be in a warm house commenting on one of my favorite bloggers! Always glad to see a new Erin post! Stay warm, Erin! :)

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Bleh sounds right! It was quite the same here, minus the snow. It was raining all day! Thank you for the compliment. =) I hope you stay warm as well!

  3. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini November 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I just bumped into your site. I was thinking about adding videos myself. After finding out how much time it takes to create one good video I decided that maybe it would be better to do a video maybe once a month. I really look forward to coming back and to follow your blog.

  4. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini November 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    This is a really good post for those of us like me who are just starting out. I do have a few insecurities with putting myself out there, but I realize you’re right. I just need to jump……with my eyes wide open.

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Hi Petrish! Glad to have you here. One video a month wouldn’t be a bad place to start at all. As you become more familiar with editing and shooting, the process will become faster. =)

      I think it’s safe to say we ALL have insecurities! Blogging can be as personal as you make it, but from my own experience, the more personable you are, the easier you are to relate to, and readers love that. Plus, the personal finance community is extremely welcoming. Go for it!

  5. Kirsten November 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    it started snowing here a couple of weeks ago. I am in no way greater il for it, as it will be six months before I see grass again…sorry about the Wi-Fi problems! Sounds miserable!

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Ack, that’s horrible! I can’t imagine snow right now, even though back home got a few snowflakes. Funny what a climate change will do to you!

  6. Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver November 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I change my clothes for the winter time too!! And fuzzy socks are THE BEST! (And yes, I know ‘wintertime’ in Phoenix doesn’t exist, but go with me here ;))

    DIY troubleshooting can be amazing when it works, and so incredibly tiring (and headache-inducing) when it doesn’t. I, knock on wood, haven’t had any connection problems at home, but I am constantly dealing with them at work.

    Let’s just say IT isn’t super ‘with it’, so I’m often trying to solve my own problems. Pretty sure I’ve scared the cube-mates when I say ‘I solved it! YESSS OWNED YOU!!’ to myself in the cube… but you know that feeling. Solving problems is awesome! But good luck with your router and whatnot!! I really hope you guys solve it – I know how frustrating it can be!

    1. Erin M. November 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Hey, wintertime is subjective. I didn’t think 60* was so bad, until I got used to the warm summer here! Now I’m freezing, and my inner-NY self is making fun of my current self.

      Ugh!! IT not coordinating in the office is really frustrating. I had a few issues like that at past jobs, where our IT guy was one person, who held a full-time job, and was a contractor…so basically, our problems weren’t the highest priority.

      That totally sounds like something I would say, though. At this point, we’re thinking of taking a trip to the Time Warner Cable store, but I really don’t want to deal with them at all.

  7. Done by Forty November 18, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    I can only imagine the time it takes to edit video into a workable format. I’ve also been grateful for writing lately…good to be back in the saddle.

    As always, I appreciate the reminder to feel gratitude. No better thing to feel. Except back rubs.

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      I wouldn’t mind doing it on the side, but I have to prioritize what I focus on, and adding video into the mix just isn’t happening right now!

      I’m glad to hear you’re back with writing! Your posts are always some of my favorites. I have to admit that I’m weird and don’t care for back rubs. I know, craziness.

  8. Chela November 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    I’m sorry to hear you nixed the video idea. I really liked them! I had no idea they took so long to put together, though!

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      I would say it has to do a lot with how much of a natural you are in front of the camera. My first one went well because I knew what I was going to say, but later on I kept stumbling on my words. It takes a while to go through the entire clip, and only put in the pieces that are decent.

  9. Holly@ClubThrifty November 18, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    I’m thankful for my job and my family!
    And it sucks about the videos but I totally understand. I can see how it would take hours to get them just right.

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      If I wasn’t so shy behind the camera it would be better, but I found myself wondering what the hell I was going to say and staring blankly for a few seconds! Cutting all the “dead” video out was the worst part.

  10. Mrs. Frugalwoods November 18, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    I totally understand where you’re coming from with the videos. I haven’t done them myself, but, just doing photos takes me forever. Sometimes I swear it takes as long to select, edit, crop, and upload my photos as it takes me to write a post!

    I also rotate our clothes seasonally–makes sense to me :)!

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Oh yeah, forget editing photos. I can be on one photo for 20 minutes trying to get all the colors looking right (especially phone pictures, they’re horrible!). That’s why I love the “auto color/contrast” features in Photoshop!

  11. Tre November 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    We went to Vermont to see the fall colors. It was amazing!

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      That sounds lovely! I always wanted to visit Vermont when I lived up north.

  12. Tonya@Budget and the Beach November 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I’m glad you brought up the video think because I think people think video is oh-so-easy peasy and it’s not. That’s why when people under ball me I get so annoyed. It’s time consuming people! :) My wardrobe stays pretty much the same all year. Usually I just add a hoodie for an extra layer.

    1. Erin M. November 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I sadly think that happens to a lot of freelancers, regardless of the field. People think writing is easy when they don’t realize how much research has to go into it! There are little details involved with every project that need to be accounted for.

  13. Kassandra November 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I was able to enjoy a great getaway week-end with some girlfriends in Ottawa and returned last night after 2 rounds of flight/weather delays. It was super cold there so I’m glad I had worn my full-on winter jacket! I also decided that this week I would purposely not write on my blog and spend more time relaxing. I work a lot between consulting and writing so every now and then I will hit pause in order to recoup my energy. I know you’re pretty busy too so hang in there. :)

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      That’s awesome Kassandra! (Aside from the delays, boo!) It was in the 30s here, so I can’t imagine how cold Canada must have been. I hope you enjoy a week off from blogging. I think we all need to take a step back sometimes and re-energize. Writing can take a lot out of you!

  14. Ms. Mintly @ MintlyBlog November 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Fuzzy socks! Love it!

    Our favorite fall activity was visiting a farm and going on a hayride… or was it hosting a pumpkin carving party at our house? One of those. But brrrrrrr, it’s already winter, it seems!

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Those both sound like fun! And I KNOW, the weather got so cold, so fast! But I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise; the weather has been crazy since we moved down here, it seems. =)

  15. Liz November 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    My closet and dresser are in desperate need of a clean out. Seriously this may have given me the motivation I need to just get it done. Lately I’ve been feeling really thankful for my family : )

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Glad I could help! The amount of clothes I have relative to what I actually wear is still on the larger side, but at least it’s mostly because I work from home now. I’m also grateful for family!

  16. Natalie @ Budget and the Bees November 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Internet connectivity problems turn me into the Hulk when I’ve got writing or researching plans. It’s so silly how frustrated it makes me. Good for you for going in and playing around with it though. My husband is more technologically inclined than I am, so it’s become too easy to give up and have him do it. I hope you find a permanent fix soon!

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      I hear you on that! I called my dad up today and unfortunately he couldn’t quite help, so I’m still dealing with issues. It looks like I’ll have to call tech support (I wanted to stay as far away from Time Warner Cable as possible). It’s been pretty frustrating.

  17. Matt November 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I’m always grateful for something. Most of the time it’s waking up in the morning. (You know, how people die in their sleep and all.)

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      That is definitely something to be grateful for every morning!

  18. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank November 19, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    Welcome back Erin! No snow yet but the air is now getting colder so we have to put our jackets on. I am grateful that I will be spending my Christmas with my own family this year, since I spent Christmas last year in other country because of work.

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Just jackets? I’m wearing 4 layers right now, including 2 hoodies. =P I’m glad you’ll be able to spend Christmas with your family this year! I know I was really happy my parents visited us last Christmas. It wouldn’t have been the same without them.

  19. Kayla @ Femme Frugality November 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I understand on the video front, I can’t imagine how much work that would be. Did you finally find a fix for the internet issue? I hope so! That would be super annoying to try and work around since you need the internet for your business.

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      No, unfortunately. I spent a little bit of last night trying to reset things, but the problem is still persisting. It’s sad to say I’m looking forward to visiting my parents tomorrow because I’ll finally have a decent connection!!

  20. anna November 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Great list, Erin, and I agree about trying to figure out stuff on your own. We’re doing that lately with building things for Flash, and it’s a great sense of accomplishment when it’s all done. Glad to hear that freelancing is ramping up for you!! I hope it continues to flourish even more. :)

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      That’s awesome! Assembling furniture is definitely no easy task, depending on the instructions (let’s be honest, they rarely help…), so I hope everything has been going smoothly for you. =)

  21. Shannon @ Financially Blonde November 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I know exactly how you feel with the video editing. I have the podcast now and it’s just voices that get edited and it is SO time consuming! I have no idea how people produce these things regularly. I am grateful for freeing up time in my schedule. I dropped a pretty big time consuming project and I feel like I can catch my breath for the first time in months. It gives me time now to work on taking my business to the next level.

    1. Erin M. November 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I’d be interested to hear your take on podcasting and the editing process! I’ve always been curious as to how people go about that. But yeah, I can see how it’s essentially the same. It’s all about the timing and the words!

      Woohoo on taking your business even further! That makes me excited for you. =)

  22. Even Steven November 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Best activity was this past weekend and being able to go up to Lambeau Field in Green Bay to watch the game with some of my family, yes it was insanely cold but it was a great time.

    1. Erin M. November 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      I can’t imagine how cold it was! Glad you got to spend some time with your family.

  23. Lisa November 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I think it’s great that you learned from the video series experience. I’ve yet to start on mine… I’m mostly procrastinating because I literally have no idea what I’m doing! Haha.

    1. Erin M. November 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Aw, just look up some tutorials! There’s a ton out there. It’s really not as scary as it seems. =) I think there’s even editing apps on phones if you want to go the really easy route.

  24. Jenna November 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Good to hear from you Erin! I have one box of clothes that I switch out between winter and summer. It’s a lot colder here so I pulled that out weeks ago. :)

    1. Erin M. November 21, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      I am jealous you only have one box. I have two containers and a separate box of hoodies!

  25. KK @ Student Debt Survivor November 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    No snow yet here (thankfully). I could use some 80 degree days, it’s been freezing here for the past couple of days. I hear we’re going back into the 50’s it still feels too cold for this early in the year. Until last week I didn’t even have my winter coat out of storage. Thankfully we made a trip to the unit to get the rest of my winter stuff because I was freezing. We didn’t turn our heat on until Saturday, but that’s when I had to “give in” and turn it on.

    1. Erin M. November 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Unfortunately, shortly after the post went live, I kind of gave in and turned the heat on as well. R’s coworker that lives in the same complex is still experiencing really warm temperatures, but she’s on the 2nd floor, wheres we’re on the 3rd. I hope we get some residual heat soon! It was 21 degrees the other morning, and it does feel a bit too early/sudden for the super cold weather.


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