It's time for a much needed and overdue reflection on being grateful. This edition is a little special because I have so many people to thank!

Being Grateful: Seventy-Fourth Edition

It's time for a much needed and overdue reflection on being grateful. This edition is a little special because I have so many people to thank!Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Oddly enough, it’s been raining here ever since Monday. I think Charlotte misses everyone from FinCon as much as I do.

I know most of you are probably over the reviews and recaps, and I posted my own last week, but I had to do a gratitude post with a twist based on everything that happened last week.

Why? Well, if you read my “life update” before FinCon, you’d know I’ve been feeling a little lost lately. That’s probably putting it lightly. For several months, I’ve felt more and more like life was just happening to me, and that’s never a fun place to be.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure how to get out of the rut I was in. And I’m still not fully out, but I have a better idea of how to get there thanks to last week.

Being Grateful for the Connections Made

The personal finance community is like a family, and I’ve always loved that. For the most part, you can comment on anyone’s blog post, receive a comment back, and possibly form a friendship or a business partnership later on.

I’ve made so many connections throughout the short time I’ve been blogging, and the kindness of people never ceases to amaze me. That’s awesome, because we’re all mostly working toward the same goal: to increase financial literacy and inspire people to manage their money better.

But we have so much more in common than just our core financial beliefs. I bonded with people over everything from our mutual love of cats, office supplies, and working, to a shared hatred of student loan debt and super expensive food.

Last year, I walked away with a few friends. But this year, I walked away with a lot of memories, plans for the future, and more of a purpose. And that’s all thanks to the connections I made.

Being around such a crowd is inspiring. I got to witness so many people win awards because of their passion and commitment. Which leads me to my next point…

Being Grateful for Some Direction

I find it incredibly silly to say I’m grateful for our community and the friends I’ve made, yet, I’ve neglected my blog this year. I’ve lost touch with the community at large. I’ve missed out on so many awesome new blogs.

That’s not something I ever wanted to happen, but it’s an unfortunate byproduct of freelancing. Any time I think of a topic I want to write about, I figure it’s better being pitched for one of my staff writing jobs. As a result, it seems like I have nothing left to say here.

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to fix that and find a way to get more personal. But I backed away out of fear instead. I’m not perfect – nowhere near it – but it’s been tough to find words for the struggles I’ve been going through, especially when I’m not the only one involved.

However, I still want to keep my little home here on the internet. I want to reach out to people in the off-chance reading what I have to say helps.

My passion has always been to help people in some way, and staying silent doesn’t help anyone. Sometimes I’m confident people take something away from my writing, and other times I feel like I’m talking to a wall. But I think we all have to work through things to get to the other side, and sitting on the sidelines waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t productive whatsoever.

So that’s exactly what I’ll be doing – working through things, seeing what sticks and what doesn’t. Trying to allow myself some room to breathe on here without being a total perfectionist. We’ll see how that goes.

Being Grateful for Advice

There was no shortage of talking business at FinCon. I was able to speak with a lot people about handling a side hustle or growing a business. We vented to each other, got excited for each other, and gave each other some great advice.

I’ve only been at this for the past year (which is crazy to think about), and I still need all the advice I can get when it comes to actually managing my business. There’s always something more we can be doing, something else vying for our attention. But sometimes it’s as simple as listening to our heart and making sure our business goals are aligning with how we want to live life.

It’s so easy to get carried away saying “yes” to every opportunity because it gives us a chance to grow and earn more. But it’s necessary to stop and evaluate once in a while, too.

This ties back to the whole “letting life happen to me” thing. It’s time to stop that. I have a lot of things I need to change in the next few months, and I’m grateful for the advice I received from people who are a little wiser than me.

Special Thanks To…

Okay, trying to name everyone I met at FinCon is going to be next to impossible, but I might as well try, because I am truly grateful for every interaction I had. If I didn’t include you, please feel free to yell at me in the comments.

Jenna, Kayla, Jessica, Kristi, Choncé, Kali, Holly, Greg, Michelle S., Natalie, Mark, Steven, Pat, Jim, Cat, Tiffany, Mandi, Michelle, Tonya S., Jana, Melanie, Eric, J. Money, Cait, Carrie, Adam, Zina, Tonya R., Sofia, Alan, Hannah, Andrea, Jason, Matt, Paula, Todd, Shannyn, Mr. & Mrs. Frugalwoods, Shannon, Victoria, Kathleen, Joe, Bobby,  Erin, Stefanie, Kate, Will, Miranda, Brian, John, Grayson, Corey, Alexander, Jacob, Kay, and Lauren.

Thanks to all of you for taking a little (or a lot) of your time to stop and chat!

And of course, a big thank you goes to PT for organizing everything and constantly checking to see if everyone was enjoying themselves.

I can’t wait to see what we all end up doing in the year to come, but one thing is certain – I need to get back to creating content consistently on here and engaging with everyone.

Also, if you’d like to read up on more FinCon happenings/takeaways, check out these posts: 10 Practical Tips for Attending Your Next FinCon, Why FinCon Was a Great Investment for My Business, 5 Amazing Lessons from FinCon15, Music Mondays – Happy, Feeling Empowered.

What have you been grateful for this past week? Anyone doing any fun fall activities? Or has the weather been dreary by you, too? 

Erin M.

Erin is a personal finance writer and virtual assistant who loves talking about money and how to use it as a tool to get what you want out of life. When she's not obsessing over numbers or working (which is rare), she can be found messing around in Photoshop, laughing at her cat, watching YouTube videos, playing video games, chair dancing, or any random combination of the above.

20 thoughts on “Being Grateful: Seventy-Fourth Edition

    1. FinCon definitely helped remedy that, but I still couldn’t help but feel bad that I had fallen behind and was so out of the loop on a few things. But yes, you’re totally right, it’s time to start anew!

    1. That’s the thing – I’m incredibly grateful for all my gigs because without them, I obviously wouldn’t be doing as well as I am. I have no problem writing for other sites, I just wish I had more material to share on here. That’s why I think I need to be open to blogging about other things besides money!

  1. I’m grateful for you girl! I know what you mean about missing out on new things. I want to make more friends in the community and show my support, but the work comes first. I’m trying to get back to commenting more and reading more as my heart is really in this community. I want to grow my blog, be a part of this community, while still being a business owner. We can do this! Chat soon xox :)
    Melanie @ Dear Debt recently posted: #FinCon15 Gave Me LIFEMy Profile

    1. Yes, exactly! I loved all the passion at FinCon, and connecting with everyone was so easy, but I don’t feel as “there” online as I was a year ago (if that makes sense). Work has to come first, but people are important, too. =) We’ll figure it out!

  2. Erin!! I feel like we’re in the same position! I had been so focused on freelancing (and now my FT job) that I neglected my blog, too. Well, no more of that! I want to blog and share my thoughts with people haha. I’m committed to posting at least three times per week. I also have a crazy goal of making $10K per month within one year (a mix of blogging and freelancing). FinCon was SO inspiring, and I don’t want to lose this feeling of motivation and excitement for the future!!

    Can’t wait to follow along your journey!! I’ve always loved reading your posts :) You were actually one of the first PF blogs that I found!
    Sarah recently posted: Tips for Brand New FreelancersMy Profile

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Sarah! I can’t imagine adding a full-time job into the mix right now (and you’ve got your two girls, too!). I’m going to try and ease into things and commit to posting at least once a week, but 3 is always a solid number to go after. And $10k isn’t a crazy goal – I see so many people meeting and exceeding that, I’m sure you can do it. It’s all about being intentional. Keep rocking it!

  3. I’m so grateful I got to meet you and have a nice conversation at the BBQ kickoff party. I know things are fun in groups, but I really value that one on one time and tried to get as much of it as possible, although it was challenging and did not get to do that with everyone I wanted to. The whole experience is both inspiring and overwhelming, and I FINALLY feel more grounded (I think that’s the best word I can use) with the work that I want to do. As much as it’s easy to want to do it “all,” it’s just impossible. That has been something I’ve been grappling with. Anyway, just grateful to know you on a deeper level!
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted: Financial Odds and Ends: Vol. 8My Profile

    1. I agree – one on one time or being with a close-knit group is a lot nicer than being in a crazy party. It’s nice when we can all hear each other!

      A lot of us seem to have come away with knowing our purpose a little better. It’s exciting and inspiring all over again. =) I really wish I wasn’t so far away from the west coast!

  4. It was SO good seeing you again at FinCon and I love that you got more out of this year than last. This community is truly unique and one of the best communities I have ever been a part of. I am grateful to everyone in it and for the support that they have given me personally and professionally. Let’s definitely get together when you are in NY this October!
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted: Money Mistakes Happy Hour StyleMy Profile

    1. Yes, definitely! I’ll be trying to make plans this coming week as I know I’ll be in the city a few times. I can’t believe it’s just another week away!

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