It has been almost two weeks since I officially launched markoaten. Since then, I’ve found a lot to be thankful for.
See, this isn’t my first blog. In the past I blogged about social media, but I became so inundated with all of the social media I was involved in that I finally quit blogging and stopped using some social media outlets, namely Twitter.
It became too much for me to manage my full-time job, husband, kids, Twitter updates, Facebook updates, attend Tweet Ups and social media gatherings, and then — actually have time and energy left over to do the one thing I really wanted to do — blog.
Can you hear all the noise? The problem with all that noise is that I like things pretty quiet.
While I have a strong interest in social media, I am downright passionate about few subjects: personal finance, writing, metaphysics and human psychology. And although I didn’t realize it, I apparently have a passion for minimalism — I just didn’t know it until I found myself gravitating towards a few minimalism-based blogs and feeling quite comfortable in that environment.
For example, I was offered a warm welcome from Gip Plaster at So Much More Life when I arrived seemingly out of nowhere and commented on one his posts. And Marianne from A Life Set Free was super warm and friendly when I found a great video on her blog and shared it here. Jo from Simplybeingmum and Deb from Life Beyond Stuff have also been incredibly gracious as I enter this this new realm. For each of your welcoming attitudes and interesting blogs, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate in a fascinating, open and interactive blogosphere where I’m able to discuss the subjects near and dear to my heart with new and intriguing people.
In the past few weeks I’ve also uncovered a new term to describe my take on life. Although I’ve never particularly liked the word, I apparently practice “frugality” as well.
When I was growing up my mom always bragged about how frugal she was. One time she even dug my discarded rotten celery out of the trash. She claimed I could have cut the rotten parts off, but I was too disgusted to look and see if she was right. While I’m not so frugal that I’ll dig rotten food out of the trash, I am always looking for ways to save money. If that makes me frugal, I guess that’s a word I’ll just need to get used to. I’m thankful to my mom for showing me how to be frugal.
With so many new things to be thankful for, I decided to dub this day Thankful Thursday.
What are you thankful for today?