What I’m thankful for

I know, I know. Thanksgiving is over a month away, but with the financial crisis and the economy turning south, I though now is a good time to think about all that is going right in my world. Why wait for one time a year to ponder these things? Here is what I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful to be cancer free but I’m also thankful that I had cancer in the first place. I know that sounds strange, but it completely changed my life. It really made me think about my life and where I wanted to be. I started my own business and pursued teaching (which I love). It strengthened my relationship with my husband and made us both realize what is important in life. It also allowed me to give back and help my community.

I’m thankful that we were able to keep our house and are getting back on solid financial footing. We might not have a lot but we are more financially secure than most. Seeing our debt balances decrease each month is very empowering.

I’m thankful my family is healthy and that everyone is doing ok despite everything going on around us.

I’m thankful for my cats. Having them in the house brings great joy and comfort when I’m having a bad day. While they may drive me crazy when one of them just has to be on my desk when I’m trying to beat a deadline, they still make me laugh.

I’m thankful for our awesome friends, who have been there through good times and bad. There is nothing like a health crisis to show you who your real friends are.

I’m thankful to have an IRA with money in it. I’m thankful to have money left over at the end of the month to do a few fun things.

I’m thankful for my clients who convinced me to open my own business and who have helped me support my dreams. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to help them be more financially secure and I thank them for their trust.

I’m thankful for my husband who is the greatest man on earth. He puts up with my craziness and all the projects I’m working on. He stood by me through the cancer diagnosis and went with me to almost every chemo treatment. We would have a picnic in the clinic and play cards, ignoring the IV. He helps with my business, my organizations, cleaning the house and doing the laundry. He does all this while working full-time and working on his own projects and aspirations. He even finds time to volunteer in our community. Through all this, he makes time every day to remind me how much he loves me and how important I am to him. He is amazing.

Finally, I’m thankful to all of you who read my blog. I’m amazed that you come here everyday to read what I have to say. It’s completely humbling. Thank you.

What are you thankful for?

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