The reasons I have for being grateful and thankful this Thanksgiving.Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends and readers! I’m still in disbelief there are only five days left in November.

Being grateful goes hand-in-hand with giving thanks, and there are many things I’m thankful for this year. I like to take Thanksgiving as an opportunity to reflect on all that has happened since this time last year.

I hope you’ll all be inspired to take the time to remember what you’re thankful for today.

Thankful for the Power of Community

I think that sums it up well. Lately, I find myself more and more thankful for people. Which is funny, as my faith in humanity kept going down the more years I spent working with the public. Go figure.

These days, I get to spend time with awesome clients who are doing awesome things, and I also get to connect with fellow awesome freelancers doing equally awesome things. So much awesome!

It still blows my mind that I’m able to write for a living, all thanks to this little blog of mine. There are times I wonder what would have happened had I not began blogging. Do you guys ever find yourselves tracing the dots backwards like that? That kind of rabbit hole can freak you out (in a good way, mostly!).

There’s no doubt in my mind I wouldn’t be in the situation I am today had I not connected with the amazing people in the personal finance community.

I didn’t even know side hustling was a thing. I didn’t know people made money from blogging. And I certainly didn’t think I could earn more than I did at my day job by freelancing online.

I only discovered that through blogging and watching others become successful. I owe so much of my success to the people that inspired me to take action, and who continue to help me on my journey, wherever it may take me.

Thankful for Friendship and Inspiration

On that note, I wanted to thank those who have made a big impact on me this last year:

  • Kali, for being an awesome friend, a tremendous source of inspiration, and for taking a chance on me and being my first client. I definitely wouldn’t be here without your help and you’ve always been so selfless. Thank you for being an amazing person!
  • Cat, for being a kick-ass coach who gave me the push I needed to overcome my fears as a freelancer. I also wouldn’t be in the position I am today without your encouragement, support, and for passing your knowledge onto me.
  • Melanie, also for being a huge source of inspiration (both in freelancing and debt payoff) and friendship. It’s comforting to know there’s always someone I can talk to whether I need to vent, celebrate, or possibly break down.
  • Tonya, for being one of the first people to stop by here and for continuing to support me. There are always great nuggets of wisdom in between the sarcasm and wittiness of your posts, and I’m thankful that you continue to keep it real. I’ve always looked up to you, and I’m glad we’re friends!
  • Kayla, for being one of the first people I spoke to at FinCon this year! It was great getting to hang out, talk more, and become better friends over the course of four days, and I’m happy we get to chat regularly.
  • Chonce and Kristi, for being so welcoming and kind at FinCon (and Kristi for being the second person I spoke to at FinCon!). I’m so glad we’re all getting to “work together” with Kayla and I can’t wait to see how you two grow your businesses next year.
  • Michelle, for listening to me and giving me great advice. You’ve been an inspiration more than you know. Your happiness and attitude toward life is contagious and I know you’ll continue doing great things next year!
  • Melissa, for checking in with me even though we’re both super busy (though I give you more credit as you’re planning a wedding!). You’re always so sweet and I hope we finally get to meet next year!

There are so many other people to list here, but it would take more time than I have. If you’ve ever commented here, shared something of mine on social media, reached out to me via email, or hired me, I’m thankful for you. Thank you for being part of my life in some way!

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Thankful for Family

I know I say this a lot, but I’m seriously thankful I have amazing parents. We’ve had our rough spots, of course, but those days are long gone.

My parents raised me in a very hands-off way, and even though they spoiled me (yay being an only-child?), they never forced anything on me. I’m thankful they allowed me to grow into the person I am today, and I’m also thankful for their unconditional love and support.

When I wanted to quit my job and try freelancing, they never suggested I do otherwise. While they didn’t completely understand the concept, they trusted I was making the right decision. And even now, as I contemplate moving hours and hours away, they’re upset, but want the best for me.

Not everyone is close with their family, and not everyone has a strong support network. I’m very thankful I have both; that I have such incredible people I can count on.

Thankful for My Position in Life

I’m thankful for the lessons I learned early on in life (from my parents) that have allowed me to be where I am today, financially speaking.

I made saving a priority as soon as I got my first job, and I never stopped. Yes, I have student loan debt to deal with, but I can sleep soundly at night knowing I can handle most anything life throws my way thanks to my emergency fund.

This has opened the door to so many opportunities. The other day I received an email that one of my favorite groups would be touring next year. Of course, not near me, but one show is in NY. I pretty much already plan on going.

I took a step back and realized not everyone is in that position. In fact, most of my peers are living paycheck to paycheck, and some can barely afford basic living expenses.

Going back to the “retracing the dots backward” thing, there are times I wonder where I would be if I didn’t have any financial know-how. That legitimately scares me. I could still be living with my parents with $0 to my name, not able to take advantage of anything in life.

It’s very easy to cast judgment on others when it comes to money. I find myself dying a bit inside whenever I hear of people wrecking havoc on their financial situation. But sometimes, it pays to have a little sympathy. Had I not grown up the way I did, that person who lets money slip through their fingers could very well have been me.

There are always going to be times when I feel like I don’t have enough. Almost everyone can use more money. However, I’m not struggling, and that’s always something to be thankful for.

Writing Around the Web

I’ve already said I’m not a fan of Black Friday, so I was happy to write about 8 things you can do besides shop this Friday on Young Adult Money.

Going along with the theme of the last section, I shared 5 reasons why I’m grateful I made saving money a priority for GenFKD.

Happy Thanksgiving!

How are you giving thanks today? What’s one of the biggest things you’re grateful for this year? What are your plans for this weekend? 




  1. Tonya@Budget and the Beach November 26, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Awe right back at ya lady!! I’m sarcastic? :) It’s so cool to see how much you have grown since you’ve first started. And other bloggers as well. You have made some amazing strides with your life and this blog and I’m very proud of you! I hope you enjoy your thanksgiving!

    1. Erin M. November 26, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      Aww, thank you! It is crazy to think about how much has happened since 2013, haha. There are times I feel like a completely different person. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving as well!

  2. Cat@BudgetBlonde November 27, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    I’m so glad we’ve connected Erin. You are doing great things and I’m so happy for you!

    1. Erin M. November 27, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Same here, Cat! You’ve accomplished a crazy amount this year!!

  3. Chonce November 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    I love how you made saving a priority despite having debt. That can be hard to do at first but the peace-of-mind is so worth it. I’m so thankful to have met you at FinCon and I love your personality. So excited for our new project together! :)

    1. Erin M. November 27, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      The peace of mind was really the entire reason I did it. I knew I didn’t want to stress out about major expenses like my parents did. I stress myself out enough as it is. ;)

      Aw, thank you! I think we all have awesome personalities, which is going to make our project even better.

  4. Michelle November 27, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Erin, thank you so much for your kind words. Am always sending you positive vibes! You deserve the best in life-always remember that and don’t lose sight of that either.

    1. Erin M. November 27, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Of course! And the same goes for you. =) We all deserve happiness!

  5. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank November 29, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Erin. I’m glad you are back and I kinda missed your posts. This weekend, my family is planning to go hiking, which I am excited about because it’s my first time.

    1. Erin M. December 1, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      Thanks, Jayson. I hope you had fun hiking! I’d like to find time to get to the mountains one of these weekends.

  6. DC @ Young Adult Money December 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I’m thankful that I have such an awesome writer who continually writes incredible content! Seriously you have saved me so much time on my blog and have allowed me to pursue some other opportunities and I’m very thankful for that. Also I have been reflecting on this a ton lately: “There are times I wonder what would have happened had I not began blogging. Do you guys ever find yourselves tracing the dots backwards like that? That kind of rabbit hole can freak you out (in a good way, mostly!).” Most people I interact with on a daily basis (outside of the blogosphere bubble) have no idea what an impact blogging has had on my life and how much I think about how my life would be different had I not started blogging.

    1. Erin M. December 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Thanks, DC! That means a lot. The biggest part of my job (as I see it) is to make people’s lives easier, so when I’ve accomplished that, it’s a win!

      It is really crazy how one thing can have such a big impact on your life. Even forgetting about all the opportunities I’ve had, I also wouldn’t have met so many awesome and inspiring individuals, or been to FinCon. Thankfully we started blogging and never gave up!

  7. Melanie @ Dear Debt December 10, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Ahh sorry I missed this! I’m so thankful for you, dear! You help me keep my head on straight and are a great friend. Can’t wait to chat soon :)

    1. Erin M. December 11, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      No worries! This is the craziest time of the year, after all. That might be an understatement. ;) Glad we got to talk!!

  8. Diana December 12, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Hi Erin! It seems like we both enjoyed Thanksgiving celebration. There are so many things in life we should be thankful for. Thanks to you for sharing your experiences with us.

  9. Cody December 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    That’s the attitude Erin. Even though we debt such as student loan, we feel determined and know that we can pay it off and we have emergency fund to depend on. This is something we should be grateful for.


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