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 this week, including family visits, winter travel deals, and being inspired.

Being Grateful: Eighty-Third Edition

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including family visits, winter travel deals, and being inspired.It seems as though I completely underestimated how crazy the first week of 2016 would be!

So a bit of a belated Happy New Year to you all – I hope it’s off to a great (and less hectic) start for you!

A few exciting things are happening for me work-wise, family-wise, and growth-wise.

These are all things I’m grateful for as I start the year with a clean slate.

If you’re interested in the goals I set for 2016, you can look at my last post which details what I was grateful for in 2015, and what I hope 2016 holds.

The biggest goal is getting my student loans paid off! I can’t wait to be debt free.

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The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Being Grateful: Seventy-Seventh Edition

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!Hi everyone! I’m yet again blown away by how fast time is flying. It feels like we just got to NY yesterday, when in a few days, we’ll be halfway through our trip.

This makes me incredibly sad. I thought a month would be more than enough time to see people and still make room for work, but I’m finding that’s not the case. Or I just fail at life. Yep, that’s probably it.

Of course, I have pressure from freelancing – as much as I try to work ahead to clear a few days out, things pop up and opportunities surface. Then it becomes a game of knowing when to say yes or no.

I’m also pressuring myself to focus on work when there are people I want to spend time with. And I end up feeling like there’s never enough time to do or see all the things I had planned while up here.

I’m very grateful for a lot of these things, but sometimes, I wish life was simpler. Don’t we all?

Being Grateful for a Getaway

This was a very short getaway, but I was still able to get outside and see the beautiful fall foliage of “upstate” NY. The leaves aren’t changing as much down here, and it’s just surreal to drive around a town and see mountains everywhere. The view is gorgeous no matter where you look.

I’ve said it before, but if I were to ever move back to NY, it wouldn’t be to Long Island. It would be somewhere upstate near the mountains.

We also had a chance to do a small hike to see a waterfall. For some reason, I’ve been obsessed with waterfalls my entire life, so whenever I go hiking, that’s my first stop. There’s something majestic about a bunch of water flowing over a cliff. What can I say? (I’ve been to Niagara Falls three times.)

While the getaway was nice, it wasn’t cheap. The town we went to is fairly small, and it has a lot of mom and pop businesses. I’m all for local business, but of course, you pay the price. I was surprised considering it’s a college town, but R told me a lot of places accept the currency that comes with meal plans. Oh well!

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Thankfully, the accommodation wasn’t bad as we stayed at an Airbnb. I just wish we had had more choices of where to eat.

Being Grateful for Knowing the Value of Time

This one might sound a little weird, but lately, I’ve been thinking about how much value I place on my time now that I’m self-employed.

When I was still working (or hell, when I was in college), I admit, I was guilty of “throwing” some days away. Lazy weekends, or lazy breaks from college, were welcome.

Now? Nope. I try and be as efficient as possible (which sometimes isn’t as efficient as I’d like due to certain limitations) because I know the value of my time.

If I choose not to work, I need to make sure I’m spending my time on something that will make me happy, otherwise I’ll wish I was working and making money instead. Horrible truth (and I’m trying to work on this), but at least it brings me some clarity.

One of my biggest pet peeves is wasting time, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not a person who can truly value relaxing. I get jittery if I’m not being productive. I’m strange, I know.

Regardless, I’m thankful that I’m now in the mindset of prioritizing. This year has been the year of optimizing and prioritizing everything in my life. I’ve tried to assign values to things as much as possible, and this makes it easy to know whether or not something is important to me. The less decisions I have to make, or the quicker I can make a decision, the better.

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Being Grateful for Friends and Family

I say this every time I visit New York. As much as I love to hate on how expensive it is, and how boring it is (well, LI is anyway), it will always feel like home.

This is where the people I love are, for the most part. These are the streets I grew up driving on. Many places hold a lot of memories for me.

Whenever we meet up with friends, it’s like no time has passed. Sure, we may have missed out on a few inside jokes, but overall, we’re welcomed back with open arms.

Nowhere else does that feeling occur, except for at my parent’s house.

In a way, it makes me re-think moving away. When I think of Charlotte, I think of being holed up in my apartment. I know it’s my fault, I just wish making friends were a bit easier after college. So for now, I’ll remain grateful I have family here, and friends all over that I can visit whenever I want!

The reasons I have for being grateful this week, including getting a better grip on time management and prioritization, friends and family, and fall leaves!

Writing Around the Web

I have a new addition this week – my first post at GenFKD went live last week, and it’s on the unexpected benefits of saving. Many of you know my background, but if you just started reading or stumbled on this, then you’ll want to give it a read.

I had two posts at Young Adult Money both last week and this week. My favorites – you can find out how to be frugal without being boring, and the lessons I’ve learned from decluttering this past month went live today.

On Frugal Rules, I responded to that silly article which I shouldn’t bother naming, and wrote about how you can balance saving and living in your 20s. I also wrote about why you should check in with your financial goals on a regular basis for the most success.

What are you being grateful for this week? Has October completely flown by for you, too? When is the last time you visited home (if you’ve moved away)? Have you ever made a wrong decision with moving before?