Hello everyone, welcome to the weekend! I hope you all have plans to enjoy Father’s Day if the father figure in your life is near. I’m actually writing this from my parents couch, so as you can tell, I’m visiting for the occasion.
This week has honestly been a whirlwind I’d rather forget about. In a nutshell, our flight ended up getting canceled at the last second without any reason.
We were rebooked on a flight leaving the following day, but ended up booking with another airline because I simply don’t trust Spirit anymore. (More on this in another post.)
It’s a good thing I trusted my instincts, because that flight was delayed/canceled the next day. We ended up paying $314 for another flight, and Spirit only partially reimbursed me.
Because my mom didn’t want to bother family (our flight was at 8:45AM with the airport an hour away), we ended up staying overnight at a hotel instead of going back to someone’s house.
Overall, it was a tiring first few days this week, and I’ve been completely off my routine since. But, since the purpose of this post is to remain grateful, let’s see how well I can do…
Looking On the Bright Side
Well, for one, the flight we booked going back actually had a layover in Charlotte. With my mom’s permission (I didn’t want to leave her stranded!), I got off there and had R pick me up at the airport. She then went on to SC (where we normally leave out of, because it’s cheaper).
The original plan was to have R take Tuesday off. He was going to leave to come to my parents’ house on Monday night, stay over, and then we’d leave Tuesday.
So at least a trip was saved – especially since we came back this weekend. R did take a half day on Tuesday just to relax at home with me, though, which was nice!
Always Grateful for My Grandma
While our flight ended up not being free after all, my grandma came to the rescue on the hotel. I had been calling family back and forth to give them status updates as we made new plans, and my grandma was concerned we didn’t want to be picked up.
She finally relented and said if we stayed at a hotel, she would pay for it.
I learned long ago that if my grandma offers help, it’s near impossible to refuse it, and honestly, she gets insulted if we do. She ended up mailing me a check before we even got home, so there wasn’t much I could do.
I was getting rather upset at how much the trip was costing us, and my mom was stressed about getting back a day later (she actually ended up missing a day of work), so this really helped us out.
My grandma has always been the glue that ties our family together and I know we wouldn’t be where we are today without her generosity.
A Gentle Reminder to be Grateful
I do have to say one thing…staying with family wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I don’t want to get into the details on here, but suffice to say I’ve gotten used to only being around R, who is fairly easy going.
I’ve written before that I used to be pretty cynical, and my sense of humor (in real life) is pretty dry and sarcastic.
However, I’ve made an effort through this series of posts to focus on the good in life, because being cynical all the time is emotionally draining.
Boy oh boy did I get a reminder of that last week. There are some people who just can’t be happy. They have to find something to complain about no matter what.
I couldn’t take it after a few days; the negativity wore me down. And this is coming from someone who probably acted the same way maybe two years ago.
Isn’t it funny how seeing other people act a certain way makes us reflect on our own actions? I’m actually grateful for that in and of itself, because it makes me realize how ridiculous I’m being sometimes.
Regardless, I think a little gratitude goes a long, long way in helping any situation, and your attitude. There’s just no reason to complain about the tiniest, inconsequential things. Especially when it’s hurtful or offensive to others.
Writing Around the Web
How to Plan Ahead With Your Budget on Wherewithal – This is something I’ve been talking about a lot because not a lot of people do it, despite how easy it is. Even if you don’t keep a budget, at least make note of when certain expenses are going to pop up!
5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job on Frugal Rules – I’m not proud of it, but I’ve left quite a few jobs over the time I’ve been working. I never do so without thinking it over, though. These are some of the more common signs it might be time to leave your job, and I also include what you can do to better your situation before jumping ship.
5 Things to Consider Before Becoming Self-Employed on Young Adult Money – On the other side of the coin, I talk about what you need to think about before quitting your job and jumping into self-employment. It’s not an easy transition, and there’s so much more I could have included here.
How to Tell if Your Student Loans Are Private or Federal on Magnify Money – Surprisingly, many students graduate from college not knowing a single thing about their loans, least of all, where they come from. Most loans are federal, but if you’re not sure exactly what that means, this post is for you (or any friends with student loans!).
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! What are you being grateful for this week? Do you ever need a reminder to be grateful?