Television and More Television

On being grateful: I am grateful that a few months ago, I finally brought myself a TV. In my high school years, I was a total TV junkie – I loved watching the news, sitcoms (Friends, how I missed you!), and my favorite, college and pro football. Several years after high school, I finally have a TV again. It is not the biggest nor flashiest of televisions, but it is nice to know that when the Super Bowl comes this year, I will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of my living room.

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Steak and Presents

On being grateful: I am grateful to have learned that spending top dollar at five-star restaurants does not always mean you are getting top quality.  Take what happened when the bosses took us out to, arguably, the most expensive and well-known steakhouse in the city. Dinner was finishing up, and one of my bosses – knowing my love for all things steak – asked me what I thought of this restaurant compared to the “Mom-n-Pop diner” in my hometown.  The fancy steakhouse was pretty good, I replied, but at the end of the day, it paled in comparison to the quality food (and service) I received at the “diner” closer to home.

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Keeping Up and Caramel Macchiato

On being grateful: There is a rampant “Keeping Up” culture in my profession. Throughout high school and college, I had that mentality – specifically, that spending money would mean more happiness. Somewhat ironically, since starting work, I have done a complete 180. In particular, I am grateful to have learned that spending money on most things does not make me any happier. In fact, spending money – without consciously understanding why I’m spending it – makes me anxious. On the other hand, when I spend money on experiences/things that I actually care about, buying those experiences/things actually increases my happiness.

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Professors and 5-Star Food

On being grateful: I recently went out of town for work. This trip happened to coincide with an event hosted by my alma mater in the city where I traveled to for work. My alma mater doesn’t host any events where I live, so I am grateful for the fortuitous timing of the trip. I am also grateful to have had the chance to reconnect with my former professors, one of whom remembered me from my undergraduate days and others who remembered my current career and my aspirations for the future.

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