The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Being Grateful: Seventy-Seventh Edition

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!Hi everyone! I’m yet again blown away by how fast time is flying. It feels like we just got to NY yesterday, when in a few days, we’ll be halfway through our trip.

This makes me incredibly sad. I thought a month would be more than enough time to see people and still make room for work, but I’m finding that’s not the case. Or I just fail at life. Yep, that’s probably it.

Of course, I have pressure from freelancing – as much as I try to work ahead to clear a few days out, things pop up and opportunities surface. Then it becomes a game of knowing when to say yes or no.

I’m also pressuring myself to focus on work when there are people I want to spend time with. And I end up feeling like there’s never enough time to do or see all the things I had planned while up here.

I’m very grateful for a lot of these things, but sometimes, I wish life was simpler. Don’t we all?

Being Grateful for a Getaway

This was a very short getaway, but I was still able to get outside and see the beautiful fall foliage of “upstate” NY. The leaves aren’t changing as much down here, and it’s just surreal to drive around a town and see mountains everywhere. The view is gorgeous no matter where you look.

I’ve said it before, but if I were to ever move back to NY, it wouldn’t be to Long Island. It would be somewhere upstate near the mountains.

We also had a chance to do a small hike to see a waterfall. For some reason, I’ve been obsessed with waterfalls my entire life, so whenever I go hiking, that’s my first stop. There’s something majestic about a bunch of water flowing over a cliff. What can I say? (I’ve been to Niagara Falls three times.)

While the getaway was nice, it wasn’t cheap. The town we went to is fairly small, and it has a lot of mom and pop businesses. I’m all for local business, but of course, you pay the price. I was surprised considering it’s a college town, but R told me a lot of places accept the currency that comes with meal plans. Oh well!

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Thankfully, the accommodation wasn’t bad as we stayed at an Airbnb. I just wish we had had more choices of where to eat.

Being Grateful for Knowing the Value of Time

This one might sound a little weird, but lately, I’ve been thinking about how much value I place on my time now that I’m self-employed.

When I was still working (or hell, when I was in college), I admit, I was guilty of “throwing” some days away. Lazy weekends, or lazy breaks from college, were welcome.

Now? Nope. I try and be as efficient as possible (which sometimes isn’t as efficient as I’d like due to certain limitations) because I know the value of my time.

If I choose not to work, I need to make sure I’m spending my time on something that will make me happy, otherwise I’ll wish I was working and making money instead. Horrible truth (and I’m trying to work on this), but at least it brings me some clarity.

One of my biggest pet peeves is wasting time, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not a person who can truly value relaxing. I get jittery if I’m not being productive. I’m strange, I know.

Regardless, I’m thankful that I’m now in the mindset of prioritizing. This year has been the year of optimizing and prioritizing everything in my life. I’ve tried to assign values to things as much as possible, and this makes it easy to know whether or not something is important to me. The less decisions I have to make, or the quicker I can make a decision, the better.

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Being Grateful for Friends and Family

I say this every time I visit New York. As much as I love to hate on how expensive it is, and how boring it is (well, LI is anyway), it will always feel like home.

This is where the people I love are, for the most part. These are the streets I grew up driving on. Many places hold a lot of memories for me.

Whenever we meet up with friends, it’s like no time has passed. Sure, we may have missed out on a few inside jokes, but overall, we’re welcomed back with open arms.

Nowhere else does that feeling occur, except for at my parent’s house.

In a way, it makes me re-think moving away. When I think of Charlotte, I think of being holed up in my apartment. I know it’s my fault, I just wish making friends were a bit easier after college. So for now, I’ll remain grateful I have family here, and friends all over that I can visit whenever I want!

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Writing Around the Web

I have a new addition this week – my first post at GenFKD went live last week, and it’s on the unexpected benefits of saving. Many of you know my background, but if you just started reading or stumbled on this, then you’ll want to give it a read.

I had two posts at Young Adult Money both last week and this week. My favorites – you can find out how to be frugal without being boring, and the lessons I’ve learned from decluttering this past month went live today.

On Frugal Rules, I responded to that silly article which I shouldn’t bother naming, and wrote about how you can balance saving and living in your 20s. I also wrote about why you should check in with your financial goals on a regular basis for the most success.

What are you being grateful for this week? Has October completely flown by for you, too? When is the last time you visited home (if you’ve moved away)? Have you ever made a wrong decision with moving before?

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.

18 thoughts on “Being Grateful: Seventy-Seventh Edition

  1. I’m grateful for my husband who is my rock when I’m not feeling well. I envy the energy you have – I’m full of ideas but find it hard to harness the energy to stay focused. I’ll keep trying, though. You’re an inspiration!
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    1. It’s always nice to have a supportive partner!

      Aw, thank you so much! I don’t know about having a lot of energy per se – it’s more like I don’t give myself a chance to rest, which isn’t always good. I’m feeling pretty tired right now, but there are deadlines that need to be met. =) The important thing is to know your limits and take breaks when your brain doesn’t want to work anymore!

    1. If I still lived here I think a weekend away upstate would be mandatory! Hah, yes – any time I *try* and relax, I end up thinking about all the other things I could be doing. It’s really hard to just sit there and enjoy the moment. Something I have to work on!

  2. Glad you’re enjoying your time there. I was thinking about maybe going back to Michigan for a month (the longest time since I moved away for good) next June, mostly because my parents are getting older and I don’t want to regret not spending time with them. We’ll see…the most I’ve been able to handle so far is two weeks. Anyway, glad you are taking moments to just soak everything in and be grateful.
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    1. Ha, I hear you on that. I love my family, but even spending 2 weeks with my parents a few months ago was harder than I thought it would be. You want to enjoy time with family without stepping on toes! Maybe you can stay with a friend the other half of the time, or at an Airbnb?

  3. The scenery in upstate New York sounds beautiful! I’m a big stickler for how I spend my time since I always feel like I never have enough of it. I live pretty close to some of my immediate family but I’m looking forward to working ahead now so I can take a break from freelancing during the holidays for at least two weeks. If I do have to do small tasks for my blog or need to respond to comments on posts I schedule for others, I imagine things like that would only take me 5 hours per week or less so it will be a nice break.
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    1. Good for you! We all deserve a break at some point. Heh, I remember when my blog was the only thing I worried about. That would be nice to have for two weeks.

  4. I literally said to my hubby this weekend that I can’t believe October is pretty much gone. I have NO idea where the month went. My son informed me today that we are exactly 2 months from Christmas and that is just crazy to me. This week I was grateful for time spent with friends. I have been really busy with work lately and it was nice to spend quality time with friends and catch up.
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    1. Nope, no idea where it went. I can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner already – it just doesn’t feel like it yet! I’m with you on catching up with friends. We had a big get together this past weekend and it was a lot of fun!

  5. “One of my biggest pet peeves is wasting time, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not a person who can truly value relaxing. I get jittery if I’m not being productive. I’m strange, I know.” – Erin, I’m the SAME WAY. Whenever I have family visiting or something and they just want to “relax” and “chat” I’m like jumping to get back to doing something productive. When I do take time with family and friends I have to be doing something, not just sitting there.
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    1. I’m so glad I’m not alone! I’ve been trying to get better at enjoying the company of family and friends, at least, but it does suck when you’re not involved in the conversation that’s happening and your mind starts wandering. That’s why I’m glad I don’t work in an office anymore; counting down the minutes was painful!

  6. “If I choose not to work, I need to make sure I’m spending my time on something that will make me happy, otherwise I’ll wish I was working and making money instead. Horrible truth (and I’m trying to work on this), but at least it brings me some clarity.”

    This is how I feel about my time outside of my 9-5. There is always something more I can do to improve YAM, make my book ‘better’, or set myself up for future opportunities for new revenue, but this has also forced me to put extremely high value on my free time. It’s been both a good and bad thing. I don’t get together with friends as much because of what a high priority I put on making money right now. With all our student loans and a house that we are anxious to renovate, I want to make progress towards those two huge goals. But I have found that when I do take a break from working on side hustles I cherish my time with my wife and others much more than I did in the past.

    1. I think that summarizes my feelings pretty well! It seems like overall, when we realize how valuable our time is, we tend to be grateful for the “in-between” when we’re not working. I’ve been guilty of talking to my parents a little less than I used to, but when we do talk, we have more to say and we don’t take it for granted as much. Hopefully that makes sense!

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