Music Mondays – Thank U


Thank U

As most of us are painfully aware, there isn’t much to be thankful for in the news right now, but when these times happen, because they have since the beginning of humanity, rather than focus on everything bad, I start looking for the good.

I read a book a few years back written by a Buddhist monk, and his description of the balance of life really resonated with me. Essentially he declared that without life we wouldn’t have death and without suffering, we wouldn’t know joy.

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If you think about every horrific event in the history of humanity, you will find an equally beautiful story of hope and love. The Holocaust inspired the heroism and compassion of Oskar Schindler and Miep Gies. Racial discrimination in the United States brought forth Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. Apartheid in South Africa inspired the legacy of Nelson Mandela; and the oppression of the British government in India brought Gandhi’s non-violent protests to the forefront.

We could never know if this greatness would have been discovered without the cruelty, but it’s clear to see that out of cruelty comes greatness. I recently wrote a post about gratitude and the importance of changing the negative to the positive and we are certainly living in a time right now where the international news is forcing us to find the positive.

Time for Thanks

Thankfully in the United States, this week, we celebrate Thanksgiving; which for many people is an excuse to eat massive amounts of food and watch football, but I like to take this time, especially on my blog to share my thanks for the people that change my life for the better.

This past year has been a crazy one to say the least and it’s been filled with ups and downs but I’m thankful for the entire journey. I’m not a huge fan of roller coasters but I do enjoy them more than a merry go round. Here are some of the people who made the roller coaster ride so much more fun:

My Guys

My husband and son are literally my two biggest cheerleaders; and I don’t know what I would do without them in my life. My husband has sacrificed so much personally and financially to make sure that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion of helping others and for his sacrifices I am deeply grateful.

My son sacrifices time without his mom as I frequently meet with clients on nights and weekends; however, he is positive and supportive about the time I need to spend out of the home. I can’t imagine if he made me feel guilty about all of the times I haven’t been there, as I certainly guilt myself enough.

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My Mom

For the past year my mom has been living with us as she lost her job and has struggled to get back on her feet financially. I joke that I have two children at home some days, my son and my mom who frequently acts like a teenager when she’s asked to do things. Despite the times she frustrates me, she is another cheerleader on my team and has had faith in me since I can remember. Her unconditional love is always present and reaffirming when I have bad days.

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My Mother-In-Law

If any of you are Facebook friends with me, I’m sure you see posts and articles shared by Phyllis McLay all the time. Other than my husband, I think she is one of my most loyal blog readers and podcast listeners. She has a habit of being nosey or as we call it “nebby,” but for the past thirteen years she has loved and supported me as much as my own mom and I am thankful for her presence, albeit nosey, in my life.

My Blog Friends

When you’re building a business, you need all of the help you can get and for some reason, my blog friends really get that. I think because each of us understands the hard work and dedication to building something because we’ve done it with our blogs. I not only employed a number of them to help me with my new business, but many of them have written about or highlighted The Financial Gym in their writings; and I am eternally grateful for their freely given support.

My Real Life Friends

While building a business, you rarely have free time for fun and my real life friends are supportive and never give me a hard time for the lack of time that I spend with them. One of the great things about true friends is that you can spend time apart and no matter how much time passes, when you get back together, it’s as if no time passed at all. Thankfully my real life friends understand that true friendship is quality and not quantity.

My Clients

A little over two years ago, I decided to leave a stable and promising future with a large corporation to help people that mainstream financial service companies refuse to help. Many people told me I was crazy, and I know plenty of people still think I’m crazy; however, every meeting and communication with a client just reminds me of why I made this decision.

I recently had a new client say that she felt fortunate that she had the opportunity to work with me and I told her that I am the one who feels fortunate. It’s truly a blessing for me to play a part in helping someone achieve his or her hopes and dreams. As I shared with this client, I have a seat to the best show in town, sometimes the music is melancholy and sometimes it makes you want to stand up and dance but it’s a show that’s not to be missed. Thank you to my clients for allowing me to watch the show and take part in the journey. No one is rooting for your successes or mourning your losses more than me.

What are you thankful for this year?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. I was actually just reflecting last night that 2015 was actually a pretty awesome year! I switched jobs back to something I love and got to spend a lot of time with family and friends. I also realized I wasn’t the most grateful for that during a lot of moments – like the boredom of all the time off between seeing friends or all that time off from my job in the first place – but overall both of those things led to things that made me very happy this year.

  2. Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful when everything feels like a shit pile, but that’s when it’s the most important, even if you’re just thankful for breathing. If you are, there is always the chance at opportunity, or things turning a corner the very next day. I’m thankful for my health, family, and friends, and as odd as it sounds, myself, for never giving up when times have been tough! And of course for you my friend, for all the support you’ve given me!

    • And I am proud of you for never giving up! We are not all meant to have an easy path in life and sometimes it takes a lot of strength and sheer will to make it through and you’re an inspiration to me! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings your way my friend!

  3. It’s amazing what you see you can be thankful for, even when you don’t feel like giving thanks. I’m thankful for many of the similar things – my family being the first among them. Hope you & your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Shannon!

  4. Ditto what Mark said about Thanksgiving being the best holiday! We have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, food every day and loved ones to share it with – what’s not to be thankful about? Great post, Shannon. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. I love that thanksgiving is about gratitude despite circumstances.

    This year, I’m particularly thankful for my husband this year, though I have many many blessings to count.

  6. Amen, Shannon! It’s amazing how much we all have to be thankful for. I’m writing from San Antonio where I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. I’m pretty grateful for a flexible job and that I can work from anywhere. Last week, they sent me to a conference in Vegas to network and learn more about social media. How cool is that?

  7. I’m thankful for my new job. I was looking to move up and try something new and somehow everything fell into place where I got to stay within my current team but do something completely new, at the next level. I really wanted to stay and I still can’t believe it worked out. Thankful for some of the higher-ups who went out of their way to make sure it worked out.

  8. I love seeing these types of post crop up around this time of year! You summed it up pretty well. I’m thankful for my friends, my family, my blog friends, my readers, my clients…without all the amazing people in my life, I’m not sure where I’d be right now. Hope you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving, Shannon!

  9. A beautiful list, Shannon. I too feel so blessed, even though our world is far from perfect, there are still so many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. First and foremost, I am always the most thankful for my amazing husband, Chris, and our two beautiful daughters, Lauren and Taylor. I am so grateful for my Mom and two younger younger sisters and my extended family. My wonderful friends, both in real life and online, their support is priceless to me. Like you, I am also honored and grateful that my clients chose me to help them reclaim their financial power. It is a real privilege to watch people conquer fears and build the lives they want for themselves and their families.

  10. I am so thankful for your friendship and support! You are a rockstar and so good to me. You are doing a great job and can’t wait for 2016. I am also thankful for my partner, my health, and my clients. It’s all good!

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