My 2012 Gratitude List

November 21, 2012

You’ll have to excuse my silence for the last week. I wrote a lot on Friday/Saturday and then spent most of Sunday out of the house. By the time I got home, I was more interested in passing out than planning out blog posts for the week. But I knew I wanted to write this one…

Last year, leading up to American Thanksgiving, the ladies on the editorial team at LearnVest emailed around their personal gratitude lists. It inspired me to write one of my own then and, even though that post got little traction, I knew I wanted to write another one this year.

What exactly is a gratitude list? Well, it can be whatever you want it to be. The best part of writing a gratitude list is there are no rules for what you can and cannot include. From the health of you and your loved ones to the discovery a new hobby, nothing is too big or too small. And while I’m still thankful for everything on last year’s list, 2012 brought a number of changes to my life, many of which deserve to be mentioned.

I am grateful for my family’s unconditional support. I have yet to blog about some of what they have done for me this year, but helping me follow my dreams is worth at least three places on this list.

I am grateful for video conferencing technology, like Skype and Google Hangout; it helps me see my family as often as I can and makes online meetings more fun.

I am grateful for random texts from friends all over the world. It’s incredible how a few words can make you smile or even laugh to yourself.

I am grateful to be making a living doing what I love: reading, writing, and editing.

I am grateful that my financial situation allowed me to travel a couple times this year. Last year, I was lucky if I could afford a ferry ride to Vancouver!

I am grateful that I stopped making excuses this year and discovered how incredible endorphins feel after a good run or workout.

I am grateful for Travis who has kept the #pfworkout community motivated all year!

I am grateful that a co-worker taught me the trick to making poached eggs. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably not grateful for all the pics of them!

I am grateful for this blog; without it, I wouldn’t know any of the incredible people in this community, many of whom I am happy to call my friends. (I also wouldn’t have my new job.)

I am grateful for the personal finance community; this year would have been very lonely, without all of your comments, emails and online chats.

Can you list 3 things you are grateful for today?

  • Catherine November 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I love this post :) I am grateful for my beautiful, healthy daughter; I am grateful to be Canadian and finally I am grateful for every single person in the PF community who makes blogging so rewarding!

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Good ones! :)

  • K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! November 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I love it when people take the time to take stock of the good in their life. You are blessed indeed Cait.
    I am grateful for my marriage to a wonderful man and for family/friends. I am grateful to be employed in a career I enjoy and be able to afford all my needs and many of my indulgences. I am grateful for still being alive and healthy on this beautiful morning and seeing what the day will bring!

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, K.K.! Sounds like we are both very blessed :)

  • Travis @DebtChronicles November 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    *blush* I’m honored to be mentioned in your list. :) Using the #pfworkout hashtag motivates me as well. Seeing other people’s workouts (I have it as a “stream” in hootsuite) is really a great kick in the pants.

    I have to pick just 3 things I’m thankful for? Ok, well then I’m grouping things together LOL. 1) Another year of being blessed with being a husband and a father 2.) Once in a lifetime experiences (Trip to India, FINCON12, Trip to CareOne HQ in Maryland) 3.) Being a part of the personal finance blogging community. The people that are a part of this family (That means you, Cait!) have truly changed my life forever.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – I’ll be smiling all day as I reflect upon on all I have to be thankful for.

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Ahhh… why didn’t I think of making a column for #pfworkout!? Good thinking, friend!

      You have had a wonderful year, Travis! Happy Thanksgiving :)

  • Budget & the Beach November 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Sounds like you’ve come a long way from a year ago. I have in my own way, but I’d like to be able to pay cash for a vacation this year too. :)

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      You’re so close to being debt-free, T! You’ll make it happen soon :)

  • Ashly Kissman November 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Great post!
    1. I am grateful for being financially able to visit my sister in Virginia this holiday season and still have money to fly home for xmas!
    2. I am grateful I have a loving husband that despite my craziness still adores me
    3. I am grateful that family and friends and FACEBOOK! facebook just allows me to keep me in touch with everyone :-)

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Good ones! Hope you’re having a great visit with your sis, Ashly!

  • A November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’m grateful for YOU, C! :]

    Other things I’m grateful for:
    -good jobs for both my husband & myself
    -a loving family and fun, supportive friends
    -my health! even though I always want to lose some vanity pounds, I realize how lucky I am just to be healthy. I’ll never be fully happy with my body, because I will never look like a Victoria’s Secret model, but I am learning to accept myself as I am.

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Aww, I’m grateful for you too, A!

      Great points but your last one is so important. I hope everyone reads it :)

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses November 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Great list and great idea to do this list each year :)

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm


  • Rob November 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    “Can you list 3 things you are grateful for today?”

    1. I’m grateful for having a great family who loves me.

    2. I’m also grateful for having discovered over time a great bunch of financial blogging sites, including yours Cait.

    3. And finally, after having spent time over the last several days in the hospital, I’m now back home on the road to recovery with no surgery required. One’s health can never be taken for granted, despite whatever one’s financial situation might be.

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Hope you’re ok, Rob. Sending you an email!

  • Canadian Budget Binder November 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    What a great idea Cait! Sometimes we forget to stop and smell the roses as they say. I’m grateful for the life I have in Canada and my beautiful wife and family. I’m also happy for SKYPE so I can see and talk to my family in the UK (I’m new at it but it’s pretty cool) and I’m thankful for the opportunities that have come my way this past year and the people that have come into my life. Lastly, I’m happy that every morning I wake up and enjoy this life healthy and alive. Life is good… Mr.CBB

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      What a fantastic list of things to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Jordann November 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Wow only three things? That’s tough. I’m grateful for my dog Molly, who seemed to be placed in the right place at the right time for me to find her.
    I’m grateful for all of the perfect events that have led me to be able to pay off so much debt this year.
    Finally, I’m grateful for my fiance, without him I’d be lost.

    Great post today.

    • Cait November 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Well, I didn’t want to make everyone write a novel… ;)

      Aww, Molly! I love her even more because I have a family dog named Molly too. Great list, Jordann!

  • Pauline November 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    That is a great list and a lot to be thankful for. Today I am thankful for a beautiful sunset, my hens that are safe in a cage I secured more yesterday after one was eaten by a night animal, and bed sheets that fit, after a few days without that luxury in my new house.

    • Cait November 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Aww, I’m sad one of your hens was eaten! But this is a really nice list, Pauline :)

  • Kathleen, Frugal Portland November 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    So, so lovely. I’m grateful for this online community and honestly don’t know where I’d be without it. I’m grateful for getting and staying out of credit card debt in 2012, and I’m grateful for finally understanding what my body needs to eat in order to be happy!