I love Thanksgiving. It's an island in a sea of consumerism. What are you thankful for this year?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that it's a holiday devoted to gratitude. It's not about consumerism (at least it's not supposed to be), even though it's being slowly overrun by shopping frenzy.
Awesome Freelance Clients
I feel extremely blessed this year. I've had a rough go for much of 2013, at least in terms of figuring out what I want, and dealing with burnout. As a result, I feel exceptionally grateful to my clients, who have put up with a certain amount of erratic behavior on my part. I've missed some deadlines, skipped some posts, and generally gone from the most reliable freelancer in the space to someone who is only slightly more reliable than others — and less reliable than some.
And my clients have been understanding and awesome about it. So a huge debt of gratitude belongs to them.
My family — especially my husband — has been super-supportive. My husband has encouraged me to get more involved in things I'd like to do, especially in the community. He's been trying to convince me for years to give myself permission to do some of the things I want, and this year I started to pay attention and heed his advice.
My parents have also been great, and my siblings as well. I can always count on my family for help and support. And I am so grateful for that. I love that my mom and dad always make it possible for me to go home again. That's important because sometimes you just need to reconnect to that part of yourself. My parents always welcome me back, even if I am a little crazy. It's hard not to be grateful for that unconditional love.
Peers and Supporters
I also have a lot of great peers and supporters who have helped me this past year. Publishing my book was an awesome learning experience, and so many people supported me on Indiegogo to make it a reality. But I really couldn't have done most of my business-y things without Tom Drake. He's one of my biggest cheerleaders and an amazing business partner.
It's also gratifying to be recognized by my PF blogging peers with a Plutus Award. There's nothing that lifts my spirits more than attending FinCon, and I had an amazing time this year — even without winning a Plutus. It's a sad commentary on my ability to make friends in “real life,” but my PF blogger buddies are truly my besties, and I'm always grateful for the chance to go spend a few days partying with them and re-charging.
It's been a successful year, our financial situation is solid, and I have so much richness in my life beyond money. I can't help but be thankful.
What are you thankful for?