This week on the podcast, we talked all about our favorite Thanksgiving traditions, including how we save money on our Thanksgiving feasts.
Although it’s important to be thankful all the time, and there are always plenty of things to be thankful for, it always seems to be a little easier during Thanksgiving and the up-coming holiday season.
In fact, sharing things we are thankful for is one of the most common traditions, aside from eating turkey, that happens at most people’s Thanksgiving feasts.
In light of the up-coming Thanksgiving holiday, we thought we’d each share some of the things we are thankful for this year.
What Erin is Thankful For
If this past year has taught me anything, it’s that having a support net to fall back on is extremely important.
I went through a lot of changes – many ups and downs – and I couldn’t have gotten through it without my family and friends.
To be honest, many of these changes were scary. I broke off an engagement. I (briefly) moved away from everything and everyone I knew. I found a new relationship. And I moved back near home. I also made changes to my business, as I went from having 10+ clients to 2 main clients.
I was afraid of judgment through all of these. “How could you do that!? You had such a good life, why throw it all away? You’re crazy!”
While I received some of that, it wasn’t in the harsh tone I imagined. My parents were totally supportive, although they were sad I chose to move further away from them.
None of my friends or family commented that I was crazy or making a huge mistake. They offered advice, asked questions that gave me greater clarity around certain situations. They were there for me when I needed them.
Yes, I experienced a lot of stress with all of these changes. However, I think I would have been lost at sea more times than not if I was without this support.
So as this year comes to a close, I just find myself thankful for the simple fact that I have people who care about me, who want the best for me, and who have proven that.
What Kayla is Thankful For
This year had a lot of ups and downs for me. It will be my first full calendar year of self-employment, which is exciting! But, I actually celebrated my 1 year of self-employment back in August. It feels like time has passed even more quickly since I’ve become self-employed. I think it’s because I actually enjoy what I do each day for work, at least for the most part.
Self-employment does have a lot of emotional ups and downs as it takes a lot of energy. Plus, anytime you are directly responsible for your own successes and failures you will be more emotionally involved.
I have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, including my business. I know in most traditions I should mention my family first, but I don’t know that my family would be where it is now if it weren’t for my business.
My brother moved in with me earlier this year and also started working with me full-time. If my business weren’t successful, it wouldn’t be only me that would suffer. It’s also providing the livelihood for my brother as well. My business has also brought us closer together, which is something else to be thankful for.
I can’t wait to see what the last part of this year has in store because I know it’s going to be great!
What Chonce is Thankful For
Where should I start?! I have so many things to be thankful for this year. Last year, I had a slight scare in terms of my health where I had to have a preventative surgery and it was a very uneasy time for me.
I’m so thankful to be back in good health because I wouldn’t be able to do anything if my body wasn’t functioning properly. This year I started eating better and exercising more so I could get back into shape and lead a healthy lifestyle.
I can already tell that my habits are wearing off on my son which is a good thing.
I’m also so thankful for my first official online platform in the personal finance space which is my blog. I have no expectations whatsoever when I started my blog but it has transformed into something amazing and opened so many opportunities for me. For starters, I never would have challenged myself to get out of debt in just a few years if it wasn’t for all the amazing people I met within the blogging community.
I would never have met Kayla or Erin and started this podcast if I hadn’t started blogging and I would never have been able to quit my job to follow my dreams and work for myself.
I just wrapped up my second month of self employment and it’s been an amazing experience. Everything isn’t perfect, but I can’t even complain because I left a bad situation at my old traditional job and now I feel free to work on my own terms.
I’m also thankful for my husband and my family because I wouldn’t have been able to start my business if it wasn’t for their support. I feel so blessed to have them.
What are you thankful for this year?