Giving Thanks, Week 2

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I hadn’t planned on that, but for the last few weeks, I’ve found myself in a fall funk. I don’t handle the transition to colder, darker months too well.

When we got back from Bulgaria at the end of September, I was feeling really pumped- I was going to be more organized, keep more of a schedule, do meal planning, etc. Then of course, reality set in. I have a tendency to let that sneaky little defeatist voice in the back of my mind take over, and my grand plans of uber-organization start to fall apart. Womp womp.

With freelancing, it’s often either feast or famine, and this year has been no exception. Work will come all at once and I’ll get overwhelmed, or work won’t come in for days and I’ll feel really bummed. This past week, I was totally overwhelmed with assignments, so my own blog took a backseat. I’m back with things that I’m thankful for, as well as many more posts to come.

Food

Last night, we watched a documentary on Netflix called A Place at the Table. While I know that people are struggling with food insecurity in our country, I had no idea that 50 million of our neighbors are suffering, many of them children. Try to wrap your head around that number.

Having fresh, healthy food for myself and my family is something that I take for granted. We did go through some rough patches when I was growing up, times when a parent was laid off or unemployed, but thankfully, I never went hungry. It’s truly shocking to hear the reality that so many are living every day, right here in the United States. I encourage all of you to watch the film, as it was both informative and powerful:

Work

I’m really thankful for any writing/editing work that comes my way lately. I’m having fun with some of my Fiverr gigs, and I still think it’s a great source for extra money. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. It could be a great way to earn some extra bucks before the holidays. I’m saving up the money that I make on there for our next 6 month car insurance payment, and it’s fun to set a goal like that and have a dedicated income stream for it.

Blogging

I love that I can open up this blog anytime that I want to and share things with all of you who are interested enough to read. Blogging is more than just a hobby- it’s a great way to connect, share thoughts and ideas, and stay motivated. I haven’t had as much time as I like to comment on the blogs that I read, but I do try to keep up with my feed as much as possible. Thank you for reading!

What are you thankful for this week?

About Lauren

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

15 thoughts on “Giving Thanks, Week 2

  1. I don’t handle the transition well, either – especially now that I live in a place where snow covers the ground for 6 months. Blah!!! But I’m grateful for a warm house 🙂

  2. I was gone from my blog for way too long and I missed it so much. Only a blogger can understand what you’re saying about connecting with people. Me taking that hiatus was out of my control, but I am so glad that I’m back doing what I truly love. Good luck with your freelancing jobs and stay positive.

  3. I know what you mean about feast or famine. I just came out of a feast period that nearly killed me and things have slowed up and rather than stress about it, I am just trying to enjoy it as much as possible and rest up for the next feast period so I can handle it. I have never heard of that documentary but it sounds great. Watching documentaries are one of the great side benefits of having Netflix, I don’t think I would watch near as much as I do if I had cable.

    1. I was shocked to see where the food deserts are. I live in the burbs of Philadelphia, and I had no idea that there were places in the city without any well stocked supermarkets. I can’t imagine not being able to get fresh produce unless I took an hour long bus trip. Even when I lived in a small town in Alaska, there were always some fresh fruit and veggies available.

  4. I can relate with your feeling a bit overwhelmed with the freelance writing work. I really took on a lot more than I should have at one point but I managed to get through it and also scaled back a little bit. We have so much to be thankful and it’s great reading your posts regardless of the frequency Lauren.

  5. Those are all wonderful things to be thankful for. It’s hard thinking your neighbours could be going hungry, thank you for the reminder.

  6. I hope you get acclimated to the season and can get back on track.

    For meal planning I recommend you make a list first of all the dishes you know how to make.

    Its easier to meal plan and keep it nice and varied when you have that list handy.

    Good luck!

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