If we don't have anything to be grateful for, then what do we have? Here's a list of things we tend to take for granted that we should be grateful for.

Being Grateful: Because What Else do we Have?

If we don't have anything to be grateful for, then what do we have? Here's a list of things we tend to take for granted that we should be grateful for.The last few weeks have been emotionally trying for a lot of people.

I couldn’t help but think that now is a pretty good time to reflect on what we have to be grateful for.

We’ve got Thanksgiving around the corner in the US, and I believe gratitude can help us overcome all the negativity going on right now.

Some might think it’s a trivial exercise in the face of bigger issues at hand, but if we can’t be grateful, what else do we have?

I’ve been through a lot of dark times in my life, but thinking back, I always had things I could be grateful for.

Unfortunately, when you’re going about your day-to-day, you tend to take the simple things for granted. We place more emphasis on the negative than the positive.

It’s time to change that. I hope you’ll join me in thinking about everything you have to be grateful for, despite the odds many of us are facing.

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The reasons I have for being grateful and thankful this Thanksgiving.

Being Grateful: Eighty-First Edition (aka Special Thanksgiving Edition)

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? 

 

The reasons I'm being grateful this week, including my upcoming trip to New York, the beautiful fall weather (yay hoodies!), and friendship with others.

Being Grateful: Seventy-Fifth Edition

The reasons I'm being grateful this week, including my upcoming trip to New York, the beautiful fall weather (yay hoodies!), and friendship with others.Hello everyone! Is anyone else glad last week is over with? For some reason I had a ton of work pile up and I’m just starting to see the light again…

I wish I was actually seeing some sort of light, as it’s been overcast this weekend thanks to a mix of rain and the hurricane.

Of course, I’m grateful we didn’t really get anything here, but my parents are currently experiencing a little bit of flooding. Nothing compared to what’s happening in Charleston, thankfully, but roadways are closing and people are being urged to stay home.

We were actually supposed to visit this weekend to drop off our cat as we’ll be leaving for New York this Friday, so…I’m not exactly sure what we’re going to do now, but we’ll figure it out.

Anyway, I have a few things I’m being grateful for this week, so let’s get to it!

Being Grateful for Friendship

I had a lovely chat with Melanie last week. She’s been killing it in every way possible lately, and I was so happy to see her at FinCon. She provided a much-needed push in the right direction for me as far as my business goes.

This has been a recurring theme over the last few posts because it’s been weighing heavily on my mind lately. As grateful as I am for all the opportunities I’ve had come my way, I can’t stay stagnant. I have some amazing clients, but as my business evolves, I need to as well, and that unfortunately means making some difficult decisions.

Thankfully, Melanie gave me a great pep talk. I can’t tell you enough how necessary it is to have a support group as a freelancer. It gets downright lonely sometimes, and I made the mistake of isolating myself the majority of this past year. I’m glad I’ve seen there’s no fun in that!

Being Grateful for the Weather

How is this possible when a hurricane is chilling out next to the coast? Well, it got cold here! Somehow, there was a 20 degree difference between here and my parent’s house yesterday. They were in the 80s while we were in the 60s.

Fall is absolutely, hands down, my favorite season of the year. While fall in NC can’t exactly match fall in NY, I will take my hoodie weather whenever it comes. I love getting bundled up and burritoing myself in blankets. (That’s totally a thing.)

I kid you not, I’m sitting here with 2 pairs of socks on, pants, a thermal shirt, a short sleeve shirt over that, and a hoodie on top of that. I’m still a little chilly, and it’s only 70* in the apartment.

But, since we’re leaving in a week, we’re determined to keep bundling up. 70* is not low enough to turn the heat on. I want as low of an electric bill as possible when we come back!

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Being Grateful for Travel and a Flexible Schedule

I had said at the beginning of the year I wanted to prioritize travel more, and I’m glad to say we’ve mostly held up to that. We got to visit Austin, TX, and I went and visited NY twice (once in February, once in June).

Since our future residence is mostly unknown, I figured it would be a good idea to make the trip back home yet again, right before the holidays, just in case we don’t get to see everyone for a while.

Plus, one of our friends is obsessed with Halloween and hosts an annual shaving cream party at his house. We’ve only made it to one, and I thought it would be a great idea for our trip to coincide with this year’s event.

I can’t wait to see everyone! While I’m not looking forward to the drive whatsoever, I know I’ll be very grateful to have a car this time around. We’ll be staying there for a full four weeks and the freedom to visit people whenever I want is more important than taking an easy flight.

As a bonus, we also booked a trip “upstate” in NY to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. R went to college upstate and we’ve been back to visit twice, and I loved it each time. The mountains are just an amazing place to be and “get away” from everything.

Hotel rooms tend to be scarce and super expensive during this time of the year, so I looked to Airbnb instead. On the weekends, rooms were going for $90-$100. On the weekdays? $52. Uh, no question, we’ll take the weekday and extend our trip!

This is what I love most about being a freelancer. I can take advantage of cheaper rates by going to places during an “off-peak” time. I’m hoping the city will be less crowded too, because last time we went, the state park was filled to capacity and there was no parking!

Writing Around the Web

In case you missed it, I had my usual posts on Young Adult Money and Frugal Rules last week. 4 ways millennials can put their finances on autopilot (because who wants to sit there sorting through their finances for hours every week?), and Advice for students worried about future student loan debt (I love that more and more students are waking up to this reality and trying to reduce their debt now rather than after they graduate!).

That’s it for this update! Thanks for reading, and as always, I’m eternally grateful for all of you for making my blog part of your day. ♥

What have you been grateful for this past week? Do you love fall as much as I do? Does anyone DISLIKE fall!? If you work from home, how do you prioritize socializing?