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?