The Season for Giving Thanks

Somehow, we’re already 3 days into November. This has been the fastest year, hasn’t it?

It’s been a really good one for us, and I’m feeling great about the way things are shaping up. Financially, there’s definitely work to be done, but I know that we’re on the right track. With the holidays approaching, thankfulness has been on my mind a lot lately. In my day to day life, I’m making it a point to focus on the good things, both big and small. There’s so much that I feel thankful for right now, and given the season, it’s the perfect opportunity to stop and write those things down. So each week in November, I’m going to share a quick list of thanks. Here are 3 things for this week:

M’s promotion

After a year at the same company, M was recently promoted. I’m so proud of him πŸ™‚ This is very exciting for us, and it’s a big step forward for his career. It means a pay raise, but more than that, it moves him up a wrung on the ladder in his industry. He’s come so far in his first year in the US, and I’m truly thankful for all that he does for our family. Hard work really does pay off!

Our local library

Our library offers free activities for kids, like a story and craft hour, and a weekly preschool class. This has been the perfect way to ease our daughter into a preschool/social setting, and the fact that it’s totally free is obviously awesome. Thank you, local library! πŸ™‚

No-frills grocery stores

This might seem silly, but I am really thankful for my favorite no-frills grocery store. If you have one of these in your area, like Aldi, Price Rite, or Save-a-Lot, I can’t recommend it enough! By shopping here for basics, we save a ton of money on groceries each month. I can get most of what I need, with the exception of a few things. The quality of the items is just as good, and they also have many name brand products at a discount.


“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” – Robert Quillen


About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

23 thoughts on “The Season for Giving Thanks

  1. Congrats on the promotion!! We love the library, too! I have a 2-year old and a 1-year old and the library is definitely a place we frequent about twice a week. Great post – always a great reminder to be thankful for the little things in life!

  2. Congrats to M on his promotion! Local libraries are a great resource for so much more than people realize. The LA library offers TONS of free online courses too. I love to go on a Saturday and just catch up with a bunch of magazines and it’s a great way to check out for just a little bit.

  3. Congratulations M on the promotion!

    I’m a big fan of our library and discount grocery store too. Our store is called Food Basics. I like knowing that even things I think are expensive there are so much cheaper than at the store down the road.

    1. I’ve never heard of that one- what area of the country are you in? I thought maybe that was a silly thing to be thankful for, but the more I considered it, a discount grocery store really is awesome! If I had to shop exclusively at the big names, we’d definitely spend much more.

  4. I love your quote at the end!! So true! And congrats to M on his promotion!! That’s awesome!! I am thankful for our local library too. My son has been really into reading lately and they have been great about sourcing books from all over the county to find him new things to read.

  5. I’m also working on practicing gratitude this month. I notice a huge difference in my overall happiness when I stop recognizing and appreciating all the great things in my life. Congrats to M, that’s great!!!

  6. These are all really great things to be thankful for. Like you mentioned, promotions are great not only for the raise, but also for the boost in morale. When I get a promotion it just makes me want to work harder because I realize that others recognize and appreciate the hard work.

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