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A Message of Gratitude This Thanksgiving

A Message of Gratitude |

I’ve always been a firm believer in gratitude and recognizing one’s blessings every day. Some days it appears as though none exist and those are the days you need to look the hardest and give extra thanks. Thus, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, although we practice gratitude in our home every day.

There are literally hundreds of blessings I received throughout the past year, but I’d like to take a moment and reflect on the blessings that I am most grateful for this year.

My Family and Friends

Everything I do, I do for my family. Chris, Lauren and Taylor inspire me every day. I am proud to be their wife and Mom. Like every family, we have our share of ups and downs, but one thing I know for sure is that our home is always rich with love. I am truly blessed with an amazing family and network of supportive, beautiful friends. #ThankYou

Helping Clients Create a Healthy Relationship with Money

Not everyone gets to live their passion and I definitely recognize and appreciate my good fortune. Nothing makes me happier than to help my clients regain power over their money and rebuild a new, positive relationship with money. To see that shift take place is amazing to witness. I am so honored to play a role in helping my clients find their money happiness.

The Amazing World We Live In

It’s certainly an imperfect world with problems from hunger, poverty, terror, Ebola and more. And yet, I have such optimism and hope for the future because there are so many caring people who seek to improve this world and leave it in a better place. I know because I am one of those individuals. Within my local community, I feel so blessed to connect and interact with so many people rallying to do good and impart change.

The Release of The Lemonade Stand

This year I released my second children’s book, The Lemonade Stand. These books are a passion project of mine and I am so pleased to be able to share them with you. Thanks to my many wonderful friends in the personal finance community, I was able to reach so many people. I appreciate everyone’s support through buying books or promoting my book on your blog through a review or guest post. The gift of financial literacy is one of the most powerful and impactful gifts you can give your child. It will make a huge difference in their life. Thank you again for your support of my mission.

You, the Readers of The Heavy Purse

Everyone has busy lives these days and the fact that you choose to spend a portion of your day reading The Heavy Purse and sharing my content means the world to me. I didn’t fully know what to expect when I launched The Heavy Purse, but connecting with so many people hungry to become financially literate and eager to teach their kids about money, gives me such great hope for the future.

If the only prayer you ever said was Thank You that would suffice. Meister Eckhart.

Happy Thanksgiving

One of our holiday traditions is to go around the table and have everyone share something they are thankful this year. It always warms my heart and I hope your Thanksgiving — and every day — is full of blessings. What are you most grateful for this year?

In gratitude,


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November 24, 2014  •  32 Comments  •  Financial Literacy

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  1. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    This just gave me a huge smile, Shannon! What a beautiful reminder of the meaning of the season, especially the prayer. I am so grateful for my health, my family and friends, and the opportunities I have living the U.S. There's so much to be thankful for here, and I feel incredibly lucky and grateful. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      We do have so much to be thankful for, Natalie. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving too. :)
  2. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Great post! Most of us in the U.S. have plenty to be thankful for. For me, it's my extended family, my kids, and my job.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      We really do. We complain about but we are truly fortunate at the end of the day. Have a great Thanksgiving, Holly!
  3. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    This year has been incredible- trips to Europe, Mexico, and all over the country- and SO many new work and income opportunities. I feel like I'm overflowing with thanks, it's an incredible feeling.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      You've have a wonderful year, Stefanie, and you worked hard to make it happen too! It is an incredible feeling when you take the time to reflect upon all your blessings.
  4. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Awe great post Shannon! Lots of great things to be thankful for. I'm thankful for your blog friendship and support, amongst many other things, including our awesome California beach weather. :) Hope you and the family have a wonderful thanksgiving!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      Awwww … thank you, Tonya! I am very grateful that we got to know each other and your support too.! And yes, no complaints about our awesome California beach weather. We love it! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
  5. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    I feel like I should have done a thankful post today with all the good feelings roaming around this week. We do have lots to be thankful for.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      We do have so much to be thankful for and I'm a big believer that the best way to get more blessings, is to recognize the ones you already have. :) Happy Thanksgiving, Kim!
  6. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Love this post Shannon. Hope you have a great week! :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      Have a great Thanksgiving, Michelle!
  7. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Thank YOU Shannon for your blog and for being such a great resource for so many. I wish you and your family the happiest moments during this Thanksgiving holiday.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      I appreciate your kind words, Kassandra. They made my day! Wishing you and your husband a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
  8. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Nice...Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      Thanks, Petrish! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
  9. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Great minds think alike Shannon! We had similar posts today! You have had an amazing year, and I love this time of year because it not only forces us to reflect, but it forces us to reflect in the spirit of gratitude. I can't wait to see what next year brings for the Heavy Purse household!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      We did, Shannon! I always feel so full of gratitude this time of year. Appreciate the well-wishes, Shannon and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
  10. Monday, November 24th, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Shannon! I am most grateful for my health and really, my life. I think people take life for granted every single day. I don't blame them; it's easy to get caught up in life and take it for granted. I want to take a deep breathe and simply be grateful for my life and health.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      Very true, DC. We often do just take our lives for granted and we need to slow down and appreciate how fortunate we truly are. I'm with you 100% that we should all just take a deep breath and be grateful for being able to take that deep breath. Happy Thanksgiving, DC!
  11. Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
    How lovely! Thank you for sharing this! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
      Thanks, Mrs. Frugalwoods. We had a lovely holiday and I hope you and Mr Frugalwood (and Frugal Hound, of course) had a great holiday too!
  12. Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
    Everyone has something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
      Agreed, Michelle. We sometimes forget how much we have to be grateful for.
  13. Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
    Love the message on gratitude Shannon. And I'm with you in believing that we live in an amazing world/land despite its faults. We are truly blessed. Happy Thanksgiving!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
      Thanks, Brian. We are truly blessed and we forget it so easily. :) I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
  14. Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
    I love the quote above; If the only prayer you ever said was thank you, that would suffice. I'm very grateful for my family and fiance - they keep me going!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
      Thanks, Lisa! It is such a true quote. It sounds like you've got plenty to grateful for too!
  15. Saturday, November 29th, 2014
    It's Thanksgiving! One of my favorite and meaningful holiday. There are many things that we should be thankful for and thank God. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
      I agree, Jayson. There is so much too be thankful and sometimes we give all our energy to what's wrong and ignore what's right. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
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