Becoming Debt Free in 2009

November 12, 2008

Counting the Good Things

Filed under: Positive Thoughts — ambercouric @ 9:57 am

As I was driving my son to school this morning, I was thinking about how many good things have happened over the past few days.  Since I didn’t become debt free overnight, haven’t been to the grocery store, no surprise bills in the mail, and all the other things that we write about on a blog about becoming debt free  I wasn’t really sure if I had anything to say.  If any of you knew me outside of the Internet world you would know I ALWAYS have something to say.  So being at a lost for words is just a  little unusual.

So I came up with this brilliant idea ( I know only I think it’s brilliant).  I thought you might like to know some good things that are happening.  Once I started thinking about them, they really do connect with finances – some more than others.

So here I’m counting the Good Things

  1. Since I quit drinking Diet Coke and eating chips (who needs chips without the coke) I have lost 8 pounds.
  2. My college son was offered a position as research assistant.  He is a freshman and to get this position says a lot about how well he knows his area.  I am so proud of him.
  3. My younger son has decided he wants a family birthday dinner instead of the usual party.  Now this is good for several reasons.  Normally,  he invites about 10 kids to a nice (in kid terms) restaurant and we pickup the tab.  This year he said that his friends would feel obligated to bring presents and several have parents who have lost jobs because of the economy.  So he asked if we could just go as a family to eat at this “cheap joint” because they have good dessert.
  4. My yard is beautiful.  The lawn care people came yesterday and raked all the leaves and pine straw.  We have fall leaves and flowers blooming.  I do pay $80 per month for this and it is worth every single penny to me.
  5. My husband has a stable job – so we are blessed that we don’t have to worry about layoffs.
  6. My dog loves me.  She is a rescue dog that was hit by a car 8 years ago.  She has a metal plate in her hip and runs sideways.  But she is always under my feet.  There are days that this can be a bad thing but since it is cold outside it’s great because she is so warm.
  7. My computer crashed.  It is old so I don’t think I will try to have it repaired.  The fact that it crashed is not a good thing but I have 3 others in the house I can still use.   If it were the only one I would be going crazy.


I am sure there are more good things that I can’t think of off of the top of my head  and there are a few things that aren’t so good but  today I choose to not think about those.

Hope all of you have some good things to count today.



  1. HI!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I will add the link as soon as comes back online, I can’t get in there and update any links 😦

    I can’t believe you lost 8 lbs! that’s crazy!!


    Comment by HS — November 12, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  2. Wow! Sounds like you have a lot of good things happening in your life. That’s great that you can recognize them and appreciate them. You’re very lucky to have 2 great sons.

    Comment by Movingonup! — November 12, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  3. Hi there-well done to you on your weight loss and congrats to both sons for their good news too. I feel blessed too that my job is stable (as far as I’m aware it is!) and thus each month that goes past I can pay my bills and debt down without worry. Keep up the excellent work you’ve achieved so far!

    Comment by sharon rose — November 12, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  4. What a wonderful attitude to have – thanks for the pick me up, I really need it right now!

    Comment by Broke Bettie — November 12, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

  5. giving up the diet coke has certainly had a big impact! it’s good to remember the postive things, particularly at the moment when the news is all so depressing

    Comment by Louise — November 12, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Wow, great weight loss. I’ve been going to the gym for a few months and I haven’t lost more than a pound. I love to cook and eat, I’m lucky I’m not heavier. I’ve had a bad week but this morning I realized there are a lot worse things that could happen. I’ll gladly take being robbed over having a loved one hurt or killed.

    Comment by Miss M — November 12, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  7. Wow, well done! And you should be VERY proud of your boys – I would be too if I were you. They both sound very mature and responsible and both have great futures ahead of them if they continue this way. All the rest are just gravy, when you’ve got nice kids to come home to. 🙂

    I’m going to blog about my son tomorrow, as I need a pick me up too.

    Comment by MadeMistakes — November 12, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  8. Good for you – you truly are blessed… I am very happy to hear of your positive attitude… keep it up — always something to be happy about!

    congrats on the great boys! 😉

    Comment by jpkittie — November 12, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. I believe you are blessed since you appreciate what is good in your life. After all, happiness is Your positive attitude and common sense has clearly been adopted by your sons. And it brought tears to my eyes when I read how your younger son was considering the financial well-being of his friends’ parents. What a sweetheart!

    Comment by Shtinkykat — November 12, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  10. Woops. I didn’t finish my quote: After all, happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.

    Comment by Shtinkykat — November 12, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

  11. Thanks for all of your positive thoughts. My day ended with my elderly neighbor surprising us by ordering pizza for dinner. My younger son has been picking up her pinecones for the last couple of weeks and she wanted to do something nice for him.

    Comment by ambercouric — November 12, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

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