Being Grateful – Second Edition

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I am trying to use my time wisely and productively to get as much blog writing done as possible. There is such a difference during the weeks I already have everything set to go vs the weeks when I’m unprepared. R and I may possibly take a little day trip up to the mountains on Monday, but we will have to see how everything pans out. We are still tentatively looking at next weekend for a weekend getaway, and then November 2nd I have a party upstate as well. Busy busy! For some reason there are a lot of autumn birthdays in my family so it tends to be hectic.

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However hectic it may be, though, I have to find the time to remind myself of being grateful for all the things that have been (or haven’t been) happening in my life lately.

  • I may have complained about my job situation this past week, but at least I have a job. I know what it’s like to be unemployed and frantically looking, and I am not keen on putting myself in that situation again. I know it could be a lot worse.
  • When I was visiting my parent’s in their new home, we happened to meet some of their neighbors (N & S). This one couple was so sweet, and happened to live next-door to my parent’s. Unfortunately, my mom informed me a few weeks ago that they had been square dancing, and N fell and hit her head. She was rushed to the hospital and had some short-term memory loss. My mom just told me she is coming home today! I’m really glad because there was a week without seeing S come back home, and we were worried. I know it sounds silly as I only met them twice, but on our last day they came over with some tomatoes and cantaloupe from a farmer’s market to wish us good bye. Talk about southern hospitality!
  • My grandma is going through somewhat of a rough time, as she just learned one of her long-time friends has cancer. She’s trying to help as much as possible as the wife of this friend had 2 hip replacements and can’t really get around without help. It just makes me thankful my grandma is in good health for her age. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to see your friends suffer, either. It was very somber news to say the least. It also means the end of her weekly Friday card games with these friends.
  • In brighter news, I am grateful that I have a great boyfriend that cares about me. Monday it was pouring when I got out of work, and I didn’t really want to get on the highway to drive home. I popped over my grandma’s house (which is thankfully less than 5 minutes from my job) and asked him to meet me there (it’s on his way home) so I could follow him home. I really don’t like driving in such bad weather – our highway has known spots of flooding and the mist that cars in front of you give off makes it worse.
  • I am grateful for the money I do have. While a lot of us struggle with our debt, we are making strides against it, as small or large as they may be. As annoying as it is to have that monthly payment to make, at least I know I can make it without issue. I often feel like I don’t make enough, but sometimes it’s important to realize what I have been able to afford on this income and still be proud of myself.
  • Nice weather has returned! It’s been cloudy the majority of this week, and that’s never fun. However, blue skies are back today and I am hoping to get outside a bit later.
  • This sounds silly, but I am happy for how awesome my library is. We were able to watch all seasons of NCIS and Castle by borrowing the DVDs from them, now we are starting on Breaking Bad, and they have a great selection of e-books. I am always thrilled when a book I want to read is available for download right away, instead of having to make the trip there. I know that sounds lazy, but since we’ve moved, the library isn’t very close anymore.
  • On the same note, I am grateful for free music via podcasts and radios like Pandora and the new iTunes radio. Most podcasts I listen to are 1-2 hours long, without commercial interruptions, which is great! Podcasts are so easy to manage, too. R has been using some to run along with as you can set it and forget it.

As a little aside, I am always grateful for others sharing my posts. This is a bit late as I didn’t do this post last week, but thank you to Matt, Kim, Andrew & Tonya for sharing my posts these past few weeks.

What are you grateful for this week?

 

 

29 Comments

  1. moneystepper.com October 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Its great to remember to be grateful for things. Just by the fact we can all ready this blog means we have sufficient standard of living to use the internet. This, itself, is something to be fundamentally grateful for.

    Also, we can read this post. Which means we had a sufficient education to teach us how to read and write. Lucky again. Grateful again.

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    1. E.M. October 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      The little things sometimes escape us. Having access to internet and a computer, or even a car, are things we can easily take for granted.

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  2. Budget and the Beach October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    That’s crazy to think someone fell and hit her head square dancing and was in that kind of danger! Scary! Although I’ve been worried about freelancer work being so slow, I’m grateful for side income, my friends coming over Friday to celebrate my birthday (early birthday party), being asked to be on a podcast, and knowing I’m traveling somewhere internationally next year!

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    1. E.M. October 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      It is crazy, as it’s something they’ve enjoyed doing for a while. Though she is 65 and he is in his 70s, they are very active! Birthday celebrations are always fun, and being on a podcast is awesome! I’m sure there’s more great things in store for you, including your travels.

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    1. E.M. October 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I agree! You’re welcome =)

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  3. KK @ Student Debt Survivor October 14, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Sorry to hear about your grandma’s friend and that poor neighbor (that’s seriously awful). I’ve been trying to keep an attitude of gratitude lately, esp. regarding my work (which has been pretty stressful lately).

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    1. E.M. October 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      It is difficult to be grateful about work during stressful times, which is kind of why I try and generalize it by simply being grateful to be employed. I hope it smooths out soon!

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  4. Savvy Financial Latina October 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Thanks for the reminder. Despite my tendencies to rant and complain, life is pretty good right now. My mom is battling health issues but hopefully with the help of steroid shots and backs exercises she will start feeling better.

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    1. E.M. October 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      All the best to your mom! I also tend to rant/vent a lot, and I am trying to consciously cut back on it as it’s not that great for my overall attitude.

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    1. E.M. October 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Thanks! I am grateful I had a three-day weekend as well. Extra time to relax is always nice. Hope you enjoyed it!

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  5. Martin October 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I always try hard to put my life into perspective and therefore notice just how well off I actually have it in comparison to others. It is actually a really good thing to think about when you get down and it gives you the strength to carry on. Thanks for sharing this article.

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    1. E.M. October 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      I agree that it’s good to keep perspective, especially in bad times. We get caught up in the little things too much!

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  6. Amanda @ Passionately Simple Life October 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Being grateful for the small things in life makes everyday that much better. Sometimes I forget that in reality, I’m better off than most people in the world. Now, I want to make my own list!

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Glad I could inspire you =)

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  7. charles@gettingarichlife October 15, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I’m grateful for my loving wife and everything we all have been blessed with. Often the little things that bother us cloud our judgements from the good things.

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      That was well-phrased!

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  8. Jen @ Frugal Rules October 15, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Funny that people tend to forget to be grateful for things that are seemingly of less importance. I know because I can be like this sometimes, ranting for even the smallest of reasons so my son bought me a poster that said, ” I once complained of having no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”. Ouch!

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      That is a good message! Perspective really matters. We are all so used to having things (cars, huge houses, cell phones, even electricity and plumbing) that others would consider luxuries.

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  9. DC @ Young Adult Money October 15, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    I also complain about various aspects of my job more often than I should. When I stop and think about it, I’m incredibly grateful for my current employment situation and should not take it lightly. I’m also grateful for my wife, family, and good friends. Oh, and of course having a roof over my head when I go to sleep at night.

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      All good things to be grateful for! It’s so hard to separate our lives from work sometimes, as we spend so much time there, that I think it’s natural to hone in on what’s going on there and not realize how good we have it outside of work.

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  10. Holly@ClubThrifty October 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I’m sad that we’re moving and leaving our home but I’m grateful that we have a place to live while we look for another home. Things could definitely be worse.

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Moving can really be sad, especially when you’ve had so many memories in a certain home. Hopefully your next home will be the forever place, or at least where your little ones can grow up!

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  11. anna October 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about N and your grandma’s friend… I will send them positive thoughts on their road to recovery. My friend just posted that tragically her grandparents-in-law died in a car accident (they were holding hands when they were found). It’s a very kind reminder of how fragile life is, and how grateful I am for life itself.

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    1. E.M. October 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks Anna. That is so, so awful about your friend’s grandparents. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult that must be to go through. You are spot on about the reminder of how fragile life can be. It’s scary to think about sometimes.

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  12. Done by Forty October 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    It’s always the right time for gratitude. Thanks for the reminder! I’m grateful for my wife, my friends, my family, my readers, and my dogs.

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  13. Jacob @ Cash Cow Couple October 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I’ve got to say, you write some inspirational posts! It’s so easy to forget about all of the great things to appreciate in life.

    I’m thankful for my educational opportunities, a loving family, and a wife that I couldn’t live without. This laptop, my books, the ability to think – Maybe I should go reflect on even more…

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    1. E.M. October 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Sometimes it can be quite the exercise to realize all that we have to be grateful for! Reflecting is always a good thing, I like being able to take time out of the day to relax and have positive thoughts.

      Reply

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