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This year has been full of ups and downs. I began the process of recovery from my spending addiction, paid off all my credit cards, and now consider myself in remission. Then my job went to hell, so I took another job, which also went to hell. In a little over three weeks, I will be unemployed and relying solely on my writing skills to pay my bills. And I’m terrified. But even now, after all the stress and tears and staying up all night worrying, I am thankful.

I am thankful for my son, who is growing up to be an amazing young man despite having a lunatic for a mother.

I am thankful for my home and the utilities that I have managed to keep turned on.

I am thankful that it has now been more than a year since I paid an overdraft fee or bounced a check.

I am thankful for my family, who try so hard to support me even when there’s no way they could understand.

And I am thankful for you. Each and every one of you who reads what I write and gets something out of it. You have no idea what joy I get from every email, comment, or conversation (except the ones where people call me names, but they don’t count).

I have a feeling my life is going to get worse before it gets better, but I am thankful today that there is still room for things to get worse. That I haven’t hit rock bottom. That I can see a way out, even though I’ll have to climb to get there.

I hope all of you have much to be thankful for today, and that you’re spending time with the people you love.

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Have a great Thanksgiving! 

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  4. Happy thanksgiving!

  5. I love no one. I will be spending this holiday in the truth hut alone. 

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, I am thankful for agreat wife, family, friends and personal relationships that makes life wonderful.

  7. Christi Frederick says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and congrats on the Turkey talk win!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving!  We're thankful for your always awesome blog posts and tweets 🙂

  9. Remember – diamonds are made under pressure. 

  10. That's a great comment by Funancials…diamonds are made under pressure. Like it!

    Anyway, hope your Thanksgiving weekend is going great.

  11. I can only imagine how terrified one part of you is about these next steps but if observed anything from reading your blog for so long, it's that you are a talented, hard-working person. Quiet those doubts by taking time to remind yourself of how far you've come and how far you will continue to go. I for one look forward to this new phase of your career…best of luck to you!!

  12. Your journey here has been incredibly inspiring for me. I'm working my way through credit card and student loan debt as well and it is good reading about someone who made it to where I hope to be a year from now! 🙂

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