10 Things I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so much more than what’s listed on here, but here is a list of just 10 things I’m thankful for this year.  Happy Thanksgiving!

1. My healthy niece, Mackenzie. One year ago today, we weren’t sure if my adorable little niece would ever make it out of the NICU. She was so tiny and frail and hooked up to everything imaginable. Around every corner was another roadblock. My sister and brother-in-law had a rough introduction to parenthood, but are now able to be wonderful parents to cutest-child-award Mackenzie.

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2. New Friends and Old Friends. I am thankful to meet great people in every city I live in. I am also thankful for friends living in old cities that I continue to maintain friendships with. It’s hard to find quality friendships and I have been lucky enough to make a few quality friends in every city I’ve lived in.

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3. James. I am so lucky to have someone that I love and who loves me to experience life with. He encourages and inspires me through his daily determination and hard work. I am grateful for his dependability, humor, and intrinsic motivation.

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4. Kansas City. I am grateful to be living a life where I can experience different parts of the country. So far, I have lived in 3 different cities. Each city has brought challenges and excitement. I have loved every city I’ve lived in and love going back to see the place and catch up with wonderful people that I’ve met there. After being away from home for years, there’s no better feeling that the warmth and comfort of a visit home. I am enjoying experiencing Kansas City and all that it has to offer.

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5. Work. It is gratifying to have a career that I love and feel passionately about. Working with children with multiple impairments brings me rare gifts every day. I will gladly accept those days when I feel worn out and am covered in saliva and play dough. Not only do I love my job, but I am extremely lucky to work with smart, passionate, and fun people!

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6. Dave Ramsey. Learning about Dave Ramsey and his principals has literally changed my life. I would be so stressed about paying bills/debts, having fun, and experiencing life instead of the free feeling I have because I have a plan and goals. Since my mom introduced me to his books, I’m also thankful for her doing that.

7. My Training Partner, Amy. I could not function in daily life if I wasn’t able to exercise regularly. On those cold, dark mornings when I can’t seem to get out of bed, Amy is key. I am grateful for her for keeping me accountable and chatting during those long runs. Unfortunately, we don’t have an awesome post-run selfie :-(

8. My envelopes. I wouldn’t be able to stick to my budget and achieve my goals without my envelopes. I love them.

9. Debt. It seems weird that I would be thankful for debt, but over the last year (since I started attacking my debt), I have learned so much about money, budgeting, and a new lifestyle. I am actually at the point where I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything at all to stick to my budget and achieve my goals. I couldn’t have learned those lessons without debt. I will be 100x more thankful when it’s gone.

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10. Aldi. I love food. I love that Aldi’s helps me stick to my grocery budget without feeling like I’m giving up anything.

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 What are you thankful for this year?!  Have a great Thanksgiving!

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