The year is drawing to a close, and as I sit here sipping my second cup of coffee, watching the parade on TV, and reflecting on 2010 so far (yes, I’m an awesome multi-tasker), I have more to be thankful for this year than ever before. Every year, I’m thankful for the obvious things like family, a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, yadda, yadda, etc. You know the routine. This year I actually have some bigger things to be thankful for. So I’ll just jump right in…
1. I’m thankful that Greg found a new job so quickly after leaving UPS. This is a multi-parter…
a) less stress on Greg
b) no more night shifts
c) more time with family
d) forced financial discipline (see #2)
2. A lot of people may have a hard time understanding this one, but I’m thankful (and humbled by the fact) that this new job took a 30% hit in salary. Yes, THIRTY percent (not counting stock & bonus)! We took our income for granted before. We didn’t live by a budget and threw money around frivolously. Using a debit card for just about everything makes it easy to track where money has been spent, and WOW! We’ve been so stupid with money. After making a budget (and complete money tracking workbook on Excel) and realizing that we can live without that much income and without losing cars or canceling such luxuries as cable or smart phones, I am truly humbled. So, yes, I am thankful for this “slap in the face” to call us out on how irresponsible we’ve been with money.
3. I’m thankful that we now have an answer to something that has been puzzling us for years regarding the growth and development of one of our children. More thanks for the doctors, equipment, and knowledge that made all the necessary testing possible. Still more thanks for the technology and ability to replace certain hormones in a person’s body as needed. Forgive the continued vagueness on this issue, but this isn’t the time or place to go into detail yet.
4. I’m thankful for my job! Yeah, yeah … lots of people use that one every year. I know! But I truly am grateful for my job. I mean, I get to work from home for a company that’s growing incredibly fast. Even throughout the bad economy, this company continued to grow. Someday you will all know exactly what HomeAway.com and VRBO.com are without explanation. The names will be as readily known as Expedia (wait for it…) dot com! Specifically, I’m thankful for Steph for bringing me aboard the good ship VRBO … and I’m thankful for Dusty’s life change (motherhood) that opened up a position in Trust & Security for me to stay in!
So those are the “biggies”. There is a lot more to be thankful for, but I have to get moving before I lose my shower time. It gets tricky with six people in one house needing showers by a certain time!