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The Year of Less: Personal Notes & A Giveaway

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Last year, I had the honor of reading my friend Cait Flanders’s new book—The Year of Less! It’s a beautiful memoir, and it made me want to be braver in my writing and life. Cait’s words also encouraged me to reexamine my spending and savings habits. For example, my husband and I decreased our food and dining expenses in 2017, but we didn’t reach our goal of spending $400 a month on food! This year, we’re determined to make that happen, and we’d like to save 50% of our income!

Saving 50% of our income seems like a crazy, insurmountable challenge. However, we’re in a good position to make this aim a reality because our rent and utilities are inexpensive, we share a car, don’t have a car payment, and we paid off our debt years ago. Saving more isn’t meant to be an exercise in austerity. Rather, it’s about mindfulness and keeping the long game in mind. Even if we don’t reach our goal, I know we’ll learn a lot about money and ourselves in 2018.

To save extra money in 2018, we’ll be following the steps Cait outlines in her book and planner. Also, we won’t be shopping online. The Internet is an incredible resource, and I love sites like Amazon.com. However, it’s so easy to overspend online.

If you’re thinking about saving more in 2018, doing a spending ban, or creating a mindful budget, explore the books and websites listed below:

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez was an incredibly helpful resource when we began simplifying our lives.

Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker—portions of Fisker’s book didn’t resonate with me. However, the how-to sections were inspiring and helpful!

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins is a giant book and helpful. The book helped me work through some of my money issues, and I learned a lot about the finance world. Also, Robbins pointed readers to a website called Get Your Shit Together. It’s a valuable website, and it prompted us to complete our living will and power of attorney documents. The process was simple, straightforward, and if something happens to me, Logan will be able to access our assets.

— Mr. Money Mustache’s blog is a fantastic resource!

— Helpful apps & websites: Mint | EveryDollar | Personal Capitol

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Finally, Cait generously offered to give a copy of her book to one lucky reader!

To participate in the giveaway:

— Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and fill in the following sentence: “I’m grateful for … ”

— Email responses will not be counted, so please leave your reply on the blog.

— Include your name and email address on the comment form. If you win, I need a way to contact you.

— I’ll choose the winner on Friday, January 19, 2018, with the help of random.org.

With gratitude,
Tammy

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The giveaway is closed and the winner is Sophia!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Sarah January 16, 2018, 5:18 am

    I’m grateful for my return to health, my loving marriage, and the ability to pursue a job I love.

  • Sarah January 16, 2018, 5:19 am

    I’m grateful for my loving marriage.

  • Denise Clark January 16, 2018, 5:28 am

    I am grateful for surviving 2017. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in october of 2016, started chemo just before christmas, finished that in april, went through radiation, had a modified radical mastectomy in july. Came back to my old self at tne end of september and havent looked back. I am grateful for my loving husband of 41 years for taking such good care of me, my dad and brother and friends for their unwavering love and support, and the BC Cancer Clinic for their wonderful medical support.
    Oh, and they got it all by the way.

  • Amanda Cashin January 16, 2018, 5:28 am

    I am grateful for any time I get to spend in nature.

  • Katie January 16, 2018, 5:30 am

    Im grateful for all the choices I am can make, and everything I learn with each one.

    Love this post and all the great tips Tammy, thank you for sharing.

  • Cindy Bracey January 16, 2018, 5:36 am

    I’m grateful for second chances. Not many of us get things right the first time- we need the lessons of others to encourage us and show us a better way. I’m thankful for the books, blogs and websites who have helped us along the way to simplifying our life- so that we can truly live. Thank you all.

    Cindy Bracey

  • Diana January 16, 2018, 5:36 am

    I’m grateful for having a job, a house and a family that I love. I’m working hard to pay down all my debt except my mortgage this year and I’ve been devouring Cait’s blog lately.

  • Snuggles Rakestraw January 16, 2018, 5:38 am

    A good cup of coffee, friends and supportive family!

  • Jean R January 16, 2018, 5:46 am

    I’m grateful for the ability to stay home with my daughter

  • Sara January 16, 2018, 5:48 am

    I am grateful for myself. Cause i keep moving even when its hard.

  • Jill McAfee January 16, 2018, 5:58 am

    I am grateful for my entire life! My job, my husband, my daughter, my kitties, my home – I feel that each day my life gets better and better, and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

  • Andrea Johnson January 16, 2018, 6:02 am

    I’m grateful for a warm comfortable house on a very cold night!

  • Sara January 16, 2018, 6:02 am

    I’m grateful for friends near and far.

  • Cynthia January 16, 2018, 6:03 am

    I’m grateful for Baha’u’llah.

  • JoAnn Stump January 16, 2018, 6:14 am

    I am grateful for the knowledge that it’s never too late to make a change and improve circumstances if you really want to.

  • Angela January 16, 2018, 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing your goal! It’s really a big one. I would like to find ways to do the same. My best advice to live feeling free an “sustainable”, so far (that has worked wonders in our lives) is make a living without debts, any kind of them. I don’t even have a credit card! That way we just spend what we have and have been able to save through the years to invest in some goods that help us to increase our income. It has been a slow journey, but is a valuable one. My goal now is to return to a simplier live, and to find a way to tidy up lots of things that make me feel heavier than I want. If I can also save money to retire younger… it would be a win-win equation

  • Rich January 16, 2018, 6:14 am

    blogs like this!

  • Theresa Hurley January 16, 2018, 6:17 am

    I am grateful for an amazing family that taught me from birth that people are much more important than money.

  • Jeremy Sarber January 16, 2018, 6:19 am

    I’m grateful for my beautiful wife who has taught me both the value of budgeting and how to do it. I’ve brought a minimalistic perspective to our marriage. Together we are spending less and less and enjoying life more and more.

  • Alandis January 16, 2018, 6:20 am

    Hi Tammy! It’s been a while, friend. I’m grateful for my health and the ability to finish my Ph.D. this past year. I’m committed to getting out of debt and paying off those pesky student loans because of all this, and this book would be a huge help!

  • Cara Leopold January 16, 2018, 6:30 am

    Ooh – thanks for the resources and for the giveaway. I’m grateful for the new “slice of life” journaling practice I’ve started which makes me more mindful during the routines and moments of my day so I can write about them later.

  • Annie January 16, 2018, 6:31 am

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a fresh start everyday. If I overdo something I can get right back on track and refocus my efforts.

  • Raven January 16, 2018, 6:33 am

    I’m grateful for my wrists healing in 2017 so that I can get back to my workouts that I love again in 2018!

  • Anu January 16, 2018, 6:41 am

    I’m grateful for the willingness to try new things. I took a yoga ropes class on Sunday and I was worried about how hard it would be but it was really a wonderful experience and I felt really good mentally and physically after. I am trying to spend money this year on experiences instead of things.

  • Amanda Nash January 16, 2018, 6:58 am

    I’m grateful for staying out of debt and being able to save for retirement.

  • Carmen LeBlanc January 16, 2018, 6:59 am

    I am grateful for all the people in my life who support me and my boyfriend in all of our endeavours, even when they don’t quite agree with it. We are in major downsizing mode right now, making plans to build our very own Tiny House, and saving money like it’s nobody’s business. Love reading your blog and LOVE everything Cait Flanders does! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and best of luck to everyone who participates!

  • Emily N January 16, 2018, 6:59 am

    I’m greatful for fresh starts.

  • Michelle May January 16, 2018, 7:00 am

    I’m grateful for people who still blog and receiving a blog post, such as this, when I needed it most. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Michelle

  • Rebecca Nelson January 16, 2018, 7:03 am

    I am grateful for the opportunity to help raise our granddaughter, even though it meant a lifestyle change for my husband and me. At a time where we were looking to downsize and live more simply, life had another idea. In spite of hardships, we are grateful we are able to help both our daughter and granddaughter move in a more positive direction in life!

  • Rosemary January 16, 2018, 7:05 am

    Terrific article! I will be checking all the ideas and resources you offered as I am hopeful of being able to retire or at least scale back in the not too distant future! Thank you!!!

  • Donna Chance January 16, 2018, 7:07 am

    I’m grateful for my warm apartment and food in the pantry. And I’m grateful for my dog that sleeps in the bed with me when it’s really cold.

  • Annie January 16, 2018, 7:10 am

    I am grateful for a chance to start over each day. If I overdo something I know I can get right back on track and continue towards my goals.

  • Dawn Davis January 16, 2018, 7:14 am

    I’m grateful for living my life with good health, good friends, close family, being physical active- doing yoga at home most days and ice skating, volunteering at my local thrift store and volunteering in my community.

  • Jessica January 16, 2018, 7:30 am

    I am grateful for my health, which allows me to enjoy spending time with those I love most everyday.

  • Shannon January 16, 2018, 7:34 am

    I’m grateful for starting the year with a big leap and a clean slate: leaving Kentucky to move to the West Coast with a few bags in tow.

  • Lisa January 16, 2018, 7:45 am

    I’m grateful for my family.

  • Natalie Graichen January 16, 2018, 7:48 am

    I am grateful for my husband, I am grateful for my children, I am grateful that I am in mostly excellent health, I am grateful for the fact that I have never encountered any extreme calamity, and Ergo, I am genuinely grateful for the many blessings in my life.

  • Tracy January 16, 2018, 8:23 am

    I am grateful for the lessons I have learned in the past year simplifying my life and focusing on what really matters. Who knew letting go could bring in such a deluge of clarity, light and love? I’m a believer and thanks Tammy and others in the movement who have gone before us and shared their wisdom and personal journey!

  • K Griffin January 16, 2018, 8:27 am

    I’m grateful for my baby girl, and that I’m able to stay home with her. Similarly I’m grateful that my husband is able to work from home so we spend as much time together as a family as possible. It’s the most important thing in my life, to spend time with the people I love, and similarly to you guys, we were able to make this a reality because we live in a small apartment, we own our cars (I’d love to go down to one but that’s a challenge for another year!), we’ve worked to curb our entertainment and dining expenses, and are lucky to have no debt. There are certainly things that we’ve let go of in exchange (pouring all our resources into advancing careers), but we’re more grateful for our time than mournful of income lost.

  • Carly M January 16, 2018, 8:29 am

    I am grateful for my partner and our cats and the home that we have built together.

  • Leesalu January 16, 2018, 8:37 am

    I am grateful for the already existing abundance in my life and the ability to recognize (and to keep uncovering) my blessings.

  • Michelle A. Rivas January 16, 2018, 8:52 am

    I am grateful to have my mother living so close to me. She is always helping her family, she often doesn’t take care of herself first. I don’t take her for granted.

  • Jen Idema January 16, 2018, 8:57 am

    I’m grateful for inspiring books! 🙂

  • Maggie January 16, 2018, 8:58 am

    I’m grateful that I’ve lived as long as I have, loved as hard as I have, and never worn high heels.

  • Kyenne Williams January 16, 2018, 9:03 am

    I am grateful for what I have, where I am and the people and creatures I share my life with.

  • Linda Hardy January 16, 2018, 9:11 am

    I am grateful for my life!

  • Connie January 16, 2018, 9:16 am

    I am grateful for the opportunity to return to school this year, my husband, family, dogs, friendly barn cats! And that I am so blessed to not have to worry about food shelter or lifes Basic necessities.

  • Amy w. January 16, 2018, 9:25 am

    I’m grateful for being able to change. Change is hard, even good change, but I can do it. As a matter of fact, I am the only one who can change myself, and I’m the only one I can change. So I might as well do it. Thanks for the chance to win Cait’s book!

  • Kristy January 16, 2018, 9:25 am

    I am grateful for the gift of movement in all its forms; from walking to dancing to yoga to skiing to simply breathing! Movement, to me, is the miracle of life.

  • Angie January 16, 2018, 9:40 am

    I am grateful to know God and have that shape who I am.

  • Michelle Y January 16, 2018, 9:46 am

    I’m grateful for my two strong legs that get me where I need to go! After a year of recovering from injury, walking without pain is such a joy and something I don’t take for granted anymore.

  • MS Barb January 16, 2018, 9:49 am

    I am grateful to GOD for meeting all of my needs, and then some! (It’s the “then some” that amazes & surprises me!)

  • Michelle S January 16, 2018, 10:11 am

    I’m grateful for my freedom, health, kids and dogs. Everyday brings new ways to find gratitude.

  • linda January 16, 2018, 10:16 am

    my loving husband- my best friend

  • Nina January 16, 2018, 10:20 am

    I am grateful for my newborn son; born on Christmas Day 2017, he’s happy, healthy & was a beautiful gift at the end of a long, stressful, difficult year. Looking forward to 2018 & reading Cait’s new book!

  • Caryn January 16, 2018, 10:38 am

    I’m grateful that I am of a growth mindset and know that it is time to move on from my career as it does not fulfill me as it used to do. Also, that as I continue to simplify my life of possessions and other things that do not serve me anymore, I will see if a move is in order to fulfill my future ambitions and that will be a lot less of a hassle with fewer things to carry! I am grateful for a yoga practice that grounds me and allows me to think clearly when times seem rough and hard to manage.
    I am also grateful for the help and knowledge from books and blogs that are guiding me along the way- what treasures I have found!

  • Mark January 16, 2018, 10:38 am

    I am grateful for Tammy Strobel who reminds us each week how wonderful it is to live in Siskiyou County

  • Lauren January 16, 2018, 10:51 am

    I am grateful for my dog, who gets me out of bed each morning.

  • Stephanie C January 16, 2018, 10:52 am

    I’m grateful for graduating from nursing school last month at age 50! This second career path has been a lifelong dream and, with the support of my family and friends, I am beginning the experience as an ICU nurse in a Baltimore hospital. You’re never to old to begin again!

  • Sophia January 16, 2018, 11:03 am

    I am grateful for my health, family and friends.

  • Jackie Purkess January 16, 2018, 11:15 am

    I try to say a grateful thing each day. This weekend I was grateful that the inbound missile was a false alarm as I’m in Hawaii on vacation.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 16, 2018, 11:30 am

    I am grateful for the days I feel GOOD and I can keep pushing past my illness, making my dreams become a reality despite the daily struggles!

  • Andie Saunders January 16, 2018, 11:42 am

    I’m grateful for having so many inspiring voices to motivate me (such as yours and Cait’s!) in living a more simple and stress free life. It’s just a sharp contrast to how I’ve grown up and frankly a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

  • Shelley January 16, 2018, 11:51 am

    I’m grateful for good books, good coffee, good (*cheap) wine, my lovely children and my husband (not in that order)

  • Raisa Kettunen January 16, 2018, 12:14 pm

    I’m grateful for my family, my health and for my beautiful life. And for all the fellow vegans out there. ♥

  • Deborah Gray January 16, 2018, 12:22 pm

    I’m grateful for friends and family.

  • Thu Pham January 16, 2018, 12:23 pm

    I am grateful for my yoga practice – it reminds me to just breathe.

  • Tammy Quinn January 16, 2018, 12:23 pm

    I’m most grateful for my health and my family, but also for this crazy technology that allows us to become part of these virtual communities of people who share our thoughts and feelings, introduce us to new ideas and ways of thinking, inspire us and ultimately challenge us to become better versions of ourselves. ❤️

  • Kim January 16, 2018, 12:24 pm

    I’m grateful for the little moments during which I can sit back, look around, and take in my surroundings. Those are the best times for practicing gratitude: for health, for wealth, for family and friends, for safety, warmth, and peace.

  • Lindsay Sledge January 16, 2018, 12:49 pm

    I am grateful for a good nights sleep.

  • Shannon January 16, 2018, 12:49 pm

    I’m grateful for any time I get to spend with my nieces and nephews!

  • Alisa January 16, 2018, 1:00 pm

    I am grateful for Tammy and all the bloggers out there who work hard and keep me inspired to grow and give back like they do . Thank you.

  • Alane January 16, 2018, 1:23 pm

    I’m grateful for my easygoing husband.

  • Rebecca January 16, 2018, 1:25 pm

    I am grateful for my health and my wonderful daughter.

  • Mrs Livslevandes January 16, 2018, 1:51 pm

    I’m grateful for everybody who is daring to share your thoughts and experiences out there – like you, Tammy. I can’t begin to describe how much your willingness to share has influenced and enrichened my life. Thank you, and best wishes for the future!

  • Inger January 16, 2018, 2:47 pm

    I’m grateful for being able to get out and enjoy nature everyday while walking the dog.

  • Melissa January 16, 2018, 2:59 pm

    I am grateful for a new year where my health has improved, I finally got the job I really wanted, and I had the presence of mind to appreciate both of these things.

  • Holly Brown January 16, 2018, 3:43 pm

    I’m grateful for the tiny seeds I am sorting through now that will help me grow a beautiful community garden and help my food costs go down!

  • Pam January 16, 2018, 4:06 pm

    I’m grateful for the internet so I can read/learn from you people!

  • Mary Jane January 16, 2018, 4:08 pm

    I’m grateful for my thoughtful husband who took care of me this week after our sweet corgi died.

  • kathy January 16, 2018, 4:10 pm

    I’m grateful for my family!

  • Casey January 16, 2018, 4:59 pm

    I’m grateful for my sweet, sweet daughter!

  • Sarah January 16, 2018, 5:07 pm

    I am grateful for simplifying over several years so my husband can start his dream career soon. It means taking a 2/3 paycut so I would appreciate a resource to inspire our lifestyle changes.

  • Kirk January 16, 2018, 5:08 pm

    I’m grateful for my newborn son and that I’m graduating from grad school this year!

  • Laura January 16, 2018, 5:10 pm

    I am grateful for my wonderful family and their support, the opportunity to return to school to finish my degree and for so many second chances.

  • Lawana Gray January 16, 2018, 6:32 pm

    I’m grateful for a husband who loves me unconditionally, and daughters who love and give grace every day.

  • Kirsi January 16, 2018, 6:49 pm

    I’m grateful for my daughters, who make my life joyful.

  • Jen January 16, 2018, 6:52 pm

    I’m grateful for a recent move and career change that has led to increased contentment and daily moments of overwhelming joy.

  • Sara January 16, 2018, 6:56 pm

    I am grateful for my family and second chances.

  • Ashley January 16, 2018, 8:51 pm

    I’m grateful for deciding to drastically reduce my participation in social media and regaining time and peace!

  • Becky January 16, 2018, 9:16 pm

    i’m grateful for my husband and our family

  • Linda Kinney January 16, 2018, 11:29 pm

    I am grateful for learning to move in a positive direction with the help of my therapist.

  • Elfin January 17, 2018, 1:52 am

    I’m grateful for second chances and my loving family that always stands by me.

    Thanks for the great blog and advice. You’re helping me build a better life and that is priceless.

  • Ris January 17, 2018, 2:51 am

    I’m grateful for my job which allows me to be a remote worker!

  • Erika January 17, 2018, 3:46 am

    I am grateful my warm home. ❤️

  • Leigh January 17, 2018, 4:12 am

    I’m grateful for so many things….but right now it’s the ability to take early retirement as my company begins to phase out my local office, reducing my hours and the chance to refocus on my “self”, health and next stage of my life.

  • Elisabeth January 17, 2018, 6:39 am

    I am grateful for my restored health, my dog and my husband! I am also grateful for RowdyKittens, because after a serious illness I have come to realize that I need to live my life with more purpose while at the same time live more simply. RowdyKittens (Tammy) has provided me with inspiration and connected me wit others who also want to re-focus their lives.

  • CA January 17, 2018, 6:46 am

    I’m grateful for an unexpected snow day on a particularly tough med school rotation.

  • Liz Rotundo January 17, 2018, 7:02 am

    I’m grateful for the opportunities ahead of me and being able to really focus on what’s important.

  • Laura Kent January 17, 2018, 7:46 am

    I’m grateful for my husband and his love and tender care for me. He is my rock. It is our goal to simplify our way of living as I am disabled. Learning to be more intentional with spending would be such a wonderful thing to put into practice. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Robyn January 17, 2018, 8:59 am

    I am thankful for the INTERNET! Resources at the touch of a mouse button? Yes, please!
    Your journey has inspired me to downsize and live with less over the years (especially after buying your book). Thank you.

  • Laurie January 17, 2018, 9:05 am

    I am grateful that I have the privilege of being retired. While I am always honing our frugal lifestyle, we try to still have fun and meaningful experiences.

  • Sonya Dixon January 17, 2018, 9:20 am

    I am grateful for the slowness and quiet of January. It’s my time to reflect, to plan and rejuvenate.

  • Teresa January 17, 2018, 9:38 am

    I’m grateful for so many things….my kitten my daughter brought me in October, my job, my man, my new car, nja Our my daughter.
    I’m super grateful I told my nephew Happy Birthday and that I loved him on his 23rd birthday and also the last time I talked to him a week before he died in August. I’m grateful he lived a full life and was loved by so many people. I wish he was still here.

  • Eliza January 17, 2018, 9:58 am

    I’m grateful for people who put their stories out there to inspire and motivate others!

  • Judy Sariego January 17, 2018, 10:07 am

    I’m grateful for rainy days

  • Cheryl January 17, 2018, 10:20 am

    I am grateful for my husband and my fur babies and the warm, cozy house we live in.

  • Hillarie Furman January 17, 2018, 10:55 am

    I’m grateful for my education and all the opportunities I’ve come across to put me where I am today financially. I’d love to read this book and hope I win the giveaway.

  • Deidre January 17, 2018, 11:47 am

    I am grateful for new mercy each morning.

  • April Nicholls January 17, 2018, 11:48 am

    I’m grateful for small things like freshly washed sheets, a cool breeze on a hot day and fresh coffee. This year I’m making a concerted effort to focus on details, experiences and people, instead of stuff.

  • Emily Kandel January 17, 2018, 11:51 am

    I’m grateful for my two cats, though they are not always budget friendly!

  • Staci January 17, 2018, 11:52 am

    I’m grateful for the beautiful light that sometimes streams thru the curtains when I wake up, and for kitty snuggles, and for dairy free ice cream.

  • Oriana January 17, 2018, 11:56 am

    I am grateful for the experiences I have and the lessons I have learned. I am grateful for taking those lessons and improving my life, with more focus and more purpose. I am grateful for seeing my teenage daughter growing and blooming and savouring life. I am grateful for new opportunities.

  • Melody January 17, 2018, 11:56 am

    I am grateful for this present moment.

  • s.e. January 17, 2018, 12:02 pm

    i’m grateful for the ability to read printed text

  • Jill Mayo January 17, 2018, 12:20 pm

    I am grateful for the security of life’s necessities – and luxuries – and the love of a partner who supports and challenges me. Without these things, I would not be where I am today, embracing slow living and, honestly, more fulfilled by, proud of, and confident in who I am than I’ve ever been. Working towards minimalism & zero waste has taught me so much about myself and the world. At the same time, it has necessitated that I work constantly to improve both of those things while staying positive, humble, and kind.

  • Sarah Marie January 17, 2018, 12:21 pm

    I am grateful for quiet moments during my day or my week that let me refocus on what is good in my life. Instead of being worried about all the things I have done yet or how things are not going the way I would like them to.
    Name: Sarah Marie
    E-mail: Ryjec@aol.com

  • Laura N. January 17, 2018, 12:23 pm

    I am grateful for everything that has brought me to where I am.

  • Briana Naughton January 17, 2018, 12:24 pm

    I am grateful for nature, something my family is refocusing on this year.

  • Karen d. January 17, 2018, 12:30 pm

    I am grateful for my wonderful crazy family.

  • JB January 17, 2018, 12:31 pm

    Gosh–I’m grateful for so many things! Right now I am especially grateful for my health. After watching several family members and friends have health struggles in the last year (some won, some lost), I have become more committed than ever to nurturing my health and appreciating all that I have and am able to do.

  • Megan January 17, 2018, 12:59 pm

    I’m grateful for my loving, fun, hilarious husband.

  • katrin January 17, 2018, 1:00 pm

    I’m grateful for my relationship to my sister, my heart, no one knows me better than her, after all we have us, the longest relationship in my life, sisterhood forever!

  • Kari Schrock January 17, 2018, 1:14 pm

    I’m grateful to live in a community that values quality time and encourages kindness.

  • Kathleen Shannon January 17, 2018, 1:17 pm

    I’m grateful for my late beloved mother-in-law, who taught me the important difference between being lucky and being fortunate. I am truly fortunate.

  • Sarah H. January 17, 2018, 1:21 pm

    I’m grateful for my hilarious co-workers.

  • Paul Webb January 17, 2018, 1:28 pm

    I’m grateful for my health, having survived prostate cancer recently and alcoholism in the past.

  • Cynthia Campbell January 17, 2018, 2:14 pm

    I am grateful for a safe move halfway across the country, the generosity of friends in providing me a safe, reasonably priced place to live and helping me land a great job!

  • Elizabeth January 17, 2018, 2:17 pm

    I’m grateful for our new furnace since it has been below zero most days since Christmas.

  • Michelle D January 17, 2018, 2:19 pm

    I’m grateful for my job and my health insurance. So very grateful.

  • Belinda Moss January 17, 2018, 3:06 pm

    I’m grateful that I have food to eat, a car that works and has gas and for a house with heat when it’s chilly outside:-) I’m most grateful for my daughter who is turning into a beautiful young soul at the age of 12.

  • Michelle Griswold January 17, 2018, 5:12 pm

    I am so grateful for having healthy children. I don’t take it for granted other but seeing so many children struggle with illness makes me so so grateful for my children and for being able to stay home with them.

  • Rae Tcherneshoff January 17, 2018, 5:25 pm

    I’m grateful for my mom, who is always available even though we live in different states.

  • Martina January 17, 2018, 6:04 pm

    I’m grateful for my friends and family, we truly love and support each other. Also I’m very thankful for being in a condition, where I’m able to enjoy the luxury to work on myself and my life because I’m living in a safe country, with a cosy home and enough food in the fridge.

  • Rochelle Suddens January 17, 2018, 6:19 pm

    I’m grateful for my wonderful partner and air conditioning too(it’s 30 degrees celsius here today)

  • Lara January 17, 2018, 6:20 pm

    I’m grateful for what remains of my vision. It allows me to see so much beauty, even in the simplest of things. And to capture it on camera and share it with loved ones.

  • Aanchal Kumar January 17, 2018, 6:24 pm

    I am grateful for every person and incident in my life for it gave me a chance to grow and made me wiser.

  • Melissa Johnson January 17, 2018, 6:36 pm

    I’m grateful for my family, good books, coffee, and my upcoming move!

  • Kim January 17, 2018, 6:57 pm

    I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to learn and evolve each and every day!

  • Joanna January 17, 2018, 7:34 pm

    I’m grateful for my ability to speak Spanish which enables me to teach English to people new in our country.

  • Charlotte Ruttle January 17, 2018, 7:37 pm

    I’m grateful for brilliant humans like you and Cait that share their knowledge and wisdom and passions through writing.

  • Lindsey Goodwin January 17, 2018, 8:12 pm

    I’m grateful for our small, multi-generational homestead. Having my mom so close (in our granny unit) to our family and involved in our 3 sons lives is a blessing.

  • Sara Nemeth January 17, 2018, 8:34 pm

    I’m grateful my fantastic husband and I were able to pay off all our debt years ago allowing us to be in the position now to help our parents and give to organizations we believe in.

  • Emily January 17, 2018, 8:35 pm

    Today I am grateful for antibiotics and public transportation

  • Brenda January 17, 2018, 8:42 pm

    I was just thinking about this on my way home tonight: I’m grateful for the navel orange tree outside my window. Not just for its fruit (which is juicy and abundant!), but also for its role as a touchstone in our daily lives, just outside the window.

  • Kathy Hettick January 17, 2018, 8:44 pm

    I am grateful for many reasons, first at my sweet tender age that I am in great health, that I can make choices and work. As a widow, i am grateful that my husband left me with a beautiful home and some assets. I am most grateful for my daughter and my dog. Who could believe how valuable one kiss, a hug from anyone special in my life i might share a special moment, a phone call and company. How we forget the simple things of life mean so much. I am grateful for my friends who r my brothers/sisters that support me. I am grateful to have my senses to see, think, hear and taste. I am grateful to express empathy to others which allow me to know how grateful I am to live well.

  • Celeste Amber Bennett January 17, 2018, 8:53 pm

    I am grateful for… not just surviving, but for thriving! After the tragic loss of a husband and father, my daughters and I aren’t just going through life surviving, we are all thriving! That is what my heart is most grateful for.

  • Carly January 18, 2018, 5:27 am

    I am grateful for my family.

  • Carrie January 18, 2018, 5:36 am

    I’m grateful for books!

  • Rachael E January 18, 2018, 5:40 am

    I am grateful for TODAY: spending a Snow Day at home cozy & warm with my husband and our pups.

  • Heidi January 18, 2018, 5:48 am

    Im grateful: my family, beautiful winter and new opportunities to wait for.

  • Elizabeth Sorensen January 18, 2018, 6:59 am

    I’m grateful that my husband and I are healthy, have a home and jobs we enjoy.

  • Julie January 18, 2018, 7:16 am

    I am grateful for the internet, and having the ability to access all of these amazing sites (like yours and Cait’s and so many others) where we are able to learn all kinds of amazing things. It always amazes me (and makes me incredibly grateful) knowing that we have such access when in other countries it is highly regulated and some areas aren’t even free to do a basic ‘google’ search without it being intervened.

  • Marta January 18, 2018, 7:32 am

    I am grateful for a wonderful, loving family who supports each other and tries to do best for each other every day.

  • Jessica Bolaños January 18, 2018, 7:48 am

    I’m grateful for the destruction Hurricane Harvey unleashed on my parent’s rental home that allowed my husband and I to step in and help them rebuild while building our own tiny home next door. This truly will be the year of less for us. ❤

  • Delicia January 18, 2018, 8:40 am

    I’m grateful for connections that feed my soul.

  • Alex Rybicki January 18, 2018, 9:35 am

    I’m grateful for people that have shared experiences because it helps us to not feel so lonely in life.

  • Kirstin January 18, 2018, 9:46 am

    I am grateful for people like Cait who try experiments like shopping bans and then share about them to help other people.

  • Cathy Emerson January 18, 2018, 9:51 am

    I’m grateful for: a warm home on this chilly day, sweet and funny cats to brighten the day, my family, and my “hiking family”.

  • Heather January 18, 2018, 10:38 am

    I am grateful for my daughter, personal renewal, and a really good cup of coffee.

  • Wanita January 18, 2018, 10:39 am

    I am thankful to live in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia

  • Celeste Lamar January 18, 2018, 11:28 am

    I am grateful for family and friends, my church, indoor plumbing, central heating, health, and food in the fridge/pantry. I’m also grateful for all the gifts of nature, particularly sunlight, moonlight, breezes, and all the sounds of the out-of-doors.

  • Emily T. January 18, 2018, 2:45 pm

    I am grateful for my Mother in Law!

  • Nina January 18, 2018, 7:25 pm

    I’m grateful for my parents, for giving me my life.

  • Sandra Pawula January 19, 2018, 2:54 am

    I’m grateful there are so many fantastic resources like the ones you’ve shared here on the interest. Thanks. I’m looking forward to getting more control over money in 2018 too!

  • Christina January 19, 2018, 5:10 am

    I’m grateful for my creative soul and for staying a kid inside.. This child soul saved me <3 !!

  • Kal January 19, 2018, 5:53 am

    I am grateful for getting some alone me-time today to do the things I enjoy like watching Dexter reruns while editing old blog posts.