Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!

As I'm writing this blog post here on November 20th, it is the week of Thanksgiving. I just wanted to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. I'll also just briefly highlight a few things that I am grateful for and leave it at that for this week.

Gratitude #1: Family

As is the case with at least some of us in the investing community, there have been times that I have lost sight of my blessings in my pursuit of wealth. I often look toward the future in anticipation of hopefully one day being on a very financially sound footing.

But this time of year especially, I'm so fortunate to have a mother, father, grandmother, uncle, brother, sister-in-law, and nephew who I at least spend some time with each week. I have been trying to live less in the future and more in the present of late. Spending quality time with my family has helped me in this regard.

My spending habits are modest by American standards. So, I need to remind myself that the real reason I am investing in the first place is to be able to extend charity toward my family and toward non-profits about which I am passionate. In times of financial need, I hope to be there for my family and others.

Gratitude #2: Health

As somebody with anxiety and depression, it can be tough for me at times to characterize my health as excellent. But even with my mental health setbacks, I try to remind myself that I'm still in a position so many other people would take in a heartbeat. The fact that I can walk, jog, run, reasonably function, and so much more is something that I strive to not take for granted.

Gratitude #3: My Career And Geographic Location

Finally, I was blessed to rebound from my job loss at Motley Fool rather quickly. Although it will be a sizable pay cut for a while versus where I was at prior to my job loss, I'll still at least be in the middle class, with some disposable income. In an economically developed and relatively free country like the USA, that's still a pretty nice place to be overall.

Concluding Thoughts:

Even after my job loss, there are several things that I am so grateful to have in my life. I really couldn't ask for much more than to have a great family, okay health, and a solid career in an exceptional country. Through the trials and tribulations of life, God has blessed me so much more than I deserve!


What are you grateful for right now?

As an honorable mention, I am grateful for your readership and support! Please feel free to leave your comments below.


  1. Hey Kody, how are you? Have a nice Sunday. Is the free cash flow always that? Cash from Operations minus Capital Expenditures. Do I see that correctly? Thank you very much.

  2. Yes, operating cash flow minus capex is the general formula for free cash flow. I'm doing well. How are you?