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!
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?