Square Footage and Minimalism

On being grateful: There are days where I wish I could buy property in my city, but I am grateful that I am learning to appreciate what I already have. I live in a rather spacious apartment: over 700 square feet of living space for 1 person. While I do hope to one day become a homeowner, I love the neighborhood that I live in; I love that it’s less than 30 minutes away from work; and I love how my favorite restaurants are right outside my doorstep.

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Moderation and The Perfect Frugal Day

On being grateful: I am grateful that I am learning moderation in all things. Yes, it’s important to live below my means, but I do love treating myself with little things every now and then – which means going to the nail salon every month. And leaving completely relaxed after getting pampered adds that extra kick in my step and keeps me going.

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Okay With Okay and Nearly Free Purchases

On being grateful: I am horrible at living in the moment. For most of each day, I am wishing I was somewhere else. Somewhere other than my current geographic location, somewhere other than the current phase of my personal life, and somewhere other than the current stage of my professional life. Recently though (and this is something that I am re-learning each day), I have learned how to be grateful that things in my life – while not perfect – are okay, and on most days, more than okay.

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Client Presentations and Buying Nothing

On being grateful: I made a presentation to a major client last month. From the time I found out that I was assigned to the presentation to until the presentation ended, I was a bundle of nerves. Once it ended though, a huge feeling of relief swam over me. And on the flight back after the presentation, I felt grateful that my immediate supervisor had the confidence in me to send me by myself to meet the client (and I am also grateful to the client who, as I found out, had requested the presentation be done by me).

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