Being Grateful: New Year Edition

With 2014 upon us, I wanted to make this “being grateful” post more of a reflection on this past year. I do have a lot to be grateful for when I look back on all that has changed in 2013!

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The biggest things that stand out to me, in order of occurrence, are…

  • R getting a full-time job that offers overtime and bonuses. When we first started dating, he was working in a grocery store, one he had worked at throughout college and the year after. He was making his way up, but unfortunately, the company didn’t want to promote people to full-time very often, and he got tired of waiting. Months of applying and interviewing yielded a hybrid part/full-time job as it was seasonal. He was mostly concerned with obtaining “office experience,” which he did, but when it slowed down, we couldn’t hope to live together with what he was making. Thus began the arduous job search again. His persistence paid off in April when he was hired at his current company, right around the same time as…
  • Our old house sold! My parents had listed it back in September of 2012 (even though it seems like just yesterday), and an offer was accepted late April of this year. There were so many ups and downs for my parents, we were all glad that the roller coaster had come to an end. While it was extremely bittersweet for me, I proceeded to hunt for apartments with R. It was time to strike out on my own.
  • I would say that living with R and being on our own was definitely one of the highlights of this year. On one hand, it feels weird to be independent when it would be close to impossible to afford it here individually, and on the other hand it feels great! While we’re still looking to move next year to lower our housing expenses, I think it’s been a good opportunity for us. We are pretty certain basement apartments are not for us, and I personally think it’s a good idea to make sure you’re able to share the same living space as your significant other before anything huge happens.
  • I started this little blog right before we got settled in here. I had been introduced to GRS at the end of last year, I believe, and I happened to stumble upon a great post asking what other blogs readers frequented. I started clicking links, reading, and realized that I wanted to try blogging, too. I’m really glad I did, as I’m very grateful for all of you who read my posts, and for those that have inspired me.
  • Visiting my parents and helping them get their new house decorated was really fun. That, and it was the first actual vacation I had away from work since starting in 2011. It felt very strange to not be living with them, yet everything felt like home.
  • Shortly after that, a new job opportunity came along, and I was faced with the decision of taking a pay cut for better hours and less insanity, or dealing with a lot of stress for more money. I took the new job and have been pretty happy since then. Dealing with the public isn’t amazing as many of you know, but most of the time, I would rather do this than be pressured to put out more work than I could handle. I’ve certainly been less stressed; most of the stress I do have has been due to learning the ropes, making mistakes, and learning from them. All the usual stuff that comes along with a new work environment.
  • I got to visit my parents once again during our short Thanksgiving weekend, which was fun sans the car ride. After making the drive up last week, my parents agree that they are flying from now on. I do hope that more visits are made possible in the future. If I can grab a flight that’s cheap enough to justify a 3-4 day weekend trip, that is. Of course, I am hoping for a shorter drive the next time around if all works out with the move.
  • Lastly, having my parents here for almost two weeks was great. I tried to make the most out of our time together as possible, but it always feels so short. Christmas came and went, as will January, I’m sure. The current plan is for my parents to come back up in July, so I am really hoping something will happen before then, but I’ve stopped counting on it. I’ve accepted that anything can happen next year, and I am trying to focus on all the good possibilities, like learning more about blogging and earning an income based off of an online career. The sky is the limit, right?
  • Overall, I am glad that this year has mostly been filled with good health and lots of family time. While R and I did go through some trips to the dentist, my acid reflux has become more manageable, and in January I had vowed to get myself off the nasty medication I had been on for years. I quit taking it one day and haven’t looked back since. I’ve been trying to take more probiotics in hopes of correcting the damage the medicine did while I was taking it, but considering there’s about eight years’ worth, it will probably take a while. I need to keep my health a priority in 2014.

With that said, I wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! Does anyone have any fun plans tonight? I’ll be lucky if I can stay awake to see the ball drop. I will also be getting back to a regular posting schedule next week, but do expect at least one other post from me for this week as my parents are leaving Thursday morning. While I am sad that their visit is coming to an end, I’m looking forward to getting back to reading, commenting and publishing posts for you all in the new year.



  1. SarahN January 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Like you, this year I too am thankful for moving in with my boyfriend. I’m also thankful to have my parents back in the country (they spent about 4 months overseas last year living in France). I’m thankful for a new role at work, and whilst I earn the same, I like being busy (even if it means I find blogging harder to fit it). I’ve also been at this blogging for a year, and it’s been great to track my progress, and create a little community on here! I’m also mighty pleased to yet again meet my savings goals (at least the big one). And, thinking back to exactly a year ago, I’d never imagine how well my relationship has developed – to living together, and spending Christmas with his family (sure, it’s always my wish, but often I aspire to more than happens!). Happy new year to you too!

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      I’m glad so many great things happened for you this year! It must be nice to have your parents back. I really can’t wait until I can make regular visits to see mine. So much can happen in the span of a year, it can be crazy to reflect on all that’s happened. Happy New Year!

  2. Matt Becker January 1, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Lots to be thankful for! It was definitely a big year for you guys and you handled it really well. It’s been a lot of fun reading about your various decisions and adventures. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store. Happy new year!

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Thanks Matt!, Happy New Year to you as well!

  3. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer January 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    You sure have had a great year, E.M. ! So glad it’s been well for you, and I’m sure 2014 will bring more of the same. Happy New Year!

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is great to you and your family!

  4. Done by Forty January 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Like others have noted, it seems like a a really good year, EM! Congrats to you and your boyfriend, and I hope 2014 is even better.

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Thanks, Happy New Year!

  5. DC @ Young Adult Money January 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    That’s quite a list of things to be thankful for! Come on, what’s wrong with basement apartments? :P I actually would love to get my income to the point where we DON’T have to rent out our basement. I have some plans for how we’d use the space if we didn’t rent it, but for now renting makes sense because the income is too good to pass up.

    I have a lot to be thankful for in the past year as well. It has been a somewhat tough year for both my wife and I, but it’s easy to forget all the good things that happened. I’m ready for 2014!

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      I would be all for buying a house with a basement apartment for the rental potential. As a renter, though, it’s just not worth what we are currently paying for it. I’d love to have more natural light (my cats would, too) and some peace and quiet. I can hear everything going on upstairs, but I guess you’d have that issue in any apartment complex unless you’re on the top floor.

      I hope 2014 treats you guys well and that you’re able to take an awesome vacation! Sounds like you both need it.

  6. Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    You have a lot to be grateful for. I’ve said this before but it’s so great you’re so close with your parents. I get to see mine once a year if that and they are a lot older. Hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you!

    1. E.M. January 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I am very glad that I have a good relationship with my family, and that it’s not too dysfunctional. I hope you have a great 2014 as well!

  7. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans January 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful year, EM! Can’t wait to hear what 2014 has in store for you :)

    1. E.M. January 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Thanks Lisa!


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