Thankful in July

July 5th already! Time waits for no one so without further ado, I’m thankful for:

  1. Canada’s 145th birthday, which was celebrated this past Sunday and on Monday too (the day we got off from work because Canada Day fell on a Sunday). I love Canada and consider it my home more than any other place (I love Nigeria but when you’ve lived 27 of your 33 years somewhere you can play favourites). I appreciate the freedom that we have in this country, that as a Nigerian I can dress in my traditional clothing and not feel ostracized (if only my ankara prints from two and four years ago still fit!) or persecuted for being different. I know not everyone has this experience (my parents–and I to much lesser extent–have dealt with racism here so it’s not perfect).
  2. For my friend Ves who gave up hours of her day over two days to teach me how to paint (walls) and who joined me in the task of painting my entry way. She’s also an excellent listener which is why she’s one of my best friends.
  3. Family support because there’s nothing like it. I will always want my family (especially my parents and sister) to be aware of what’s going on in my life and to be there for me. I’m thankful that they always have been.
  4. My car. Is it silly that almost a year after getting it I still smile as I walk up to it? I know, I’m crazy right? (Don’t answer that.) Over 12,000 kilometres later, I’m thankful for the places I’ve been and the things it has allowed me to do. It is very convenient having a vehicle, and I promise I won’t ever value it more than any living thing. ;)
  5. Safety and security, especially as a woman living alone. I thank God for his protection over me, and over all my friends who live alone.

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I don’t know who came up with the phrase “You have to spend money to make money”. It’s a phrase that I’ve been resisting for most of my life, trying to see if I can avoid spending money by instead spending time learning a skill that I might be better off paying for (forgetting, I guess, that time is money!). This week it hit me that if I spend $50 to do something that yields a profit of $200 versus spending several hours (or days) trying to learn that same thing, that would be what you call a good investment. (I know there are other factors to consider but I’m considering a simple example.) As a result I’m slowly but surely changing my mindset. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, but if I direct it into the right things, I won’t regret it, and I’ll get further ahead than I currently am.

In my case I’m thinking of tools that will allow me to take blogging or online ventures to the next level, but for you this might mean getting training that will allow you to apply for a better-paying job or start an entirely different career. When money is scarce it can be scary to spend but if you are prudent about how you decide to spend that money, the rewards will outweigh the expense. Even if all you save is time, you’ll be further ahead than you would be if you went the no-cost way, guaranteed, and sometimes timing is everything: having the money to spend at the wrong time cannot beat taking action at the right time.

What are you thankful for?

How have you seen “You have to spend money to make money” in action in your life?

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