Thursday, November 26, 2015

I am thankful for so many things this year

I am thankful for having all of our basic necessities met.  I’m glad that we have a place to sleep at night, food on our table for every meal, and reliable transportation to get where we need to go.  I’m happy to be alive and in good health.

I am thankful for my wonderful wife.  She has been incredibly supportive of our financial plans.  She appreciates the value of money and spends it consciously and with purpose.  She is intelligent, funny, and frugal.  She is an amazing mother.   What more could I ask for?  I’m blessed to have such a perfect partner to live and thrive with.

I am thankful for Benjamin, our precious son.  Watching him grow gives me hope for the future and makes me want to live a better life.  Due to my wife starting work and our day care being closed, I took the past 2 weeks off to raise our son at home by myself.  I was intimidated at first but I am glad that I took up to the challenge.  We did not have any family close by to help us, and we didn’t feel comfortable hiring a nanny to stay at our home alone with our baby.  It’s been a great chance for the two of us to bond, and I feel like my daddy parenting skills have increased exponentially.  I am especially thankful that he can now sleep through the night, anywhere between 8 to 10 hours consistently!    

I am thankful for Abby, our wild dog.  She gets me up early every morning to exercise.  Daily jogging and walking has helped me maintain my fitness.  I know I’m not going to live forever and my metabolism is going to slow down as I continue to get older.  Eating healthy and exercising regularly helps me invest in my own health, which should pay off with less medical problems in the future.  We have met a lot of our wonderful neighbors just by taking Abby out daily to meet other dog owners.  She is a handful and requires a lot of time and attention, but we wouldn’t trade her for the world.  She loves us unconditionally no matter what. 

I am thankful to have a career in healthcare that I love.  I am proud to show up in the office everyday.  I’ve worked with some of the same people for the last 7 years, and things have only improved along the way.  People are always amazed when they find out how much I love going to work.  I have a passion for helping others; it’s not just a job.    

I am thankful for my family and friends.  While we don’t get to see our family very often, the holidays always bring us together.  I have known some of my best friends that I still see on a weekly to monthly basis since I was 8 years old in the 3rd grade!  I’m glad that we have plenty of credit card points and miles to allow us to travel and visit far away family members and friends regularly - for free. 
I am thankful for all of the technology that is available to us.  The Internet and smartphones provide endless information and entertainment.  It’s easy to stay connected to friends and family from all over the world online.  With our Roku, we stream movies and TV shows with Netflix for only $7.99 a month and we rent pretty much any movie we want on Amazon for a few dollars.  Mint and ClearCheckbook help us easily track our finances online. 

I am thankful to have easy access to all of my online mentors and discussion forums.  Mr. Money Mustache keeps me thinking frugally and helps me become more badass financially.  Bogleheads forums help us stay on track with our investments towards reaching financial freedom.  Slickdeals provides me with plenty of hot deals.  Flyertalk helps me navigate through the complexities of credit card miles and points.  The Frequent Miler and Doctor of Credit keep me updated on all the newest credit card points bonuses.  Reddit keeps me entertained and aware of all that is going on around the world.   

Having gratitude helps me to appreciate all that I have and accept that which I cannot change.  From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving. 

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