If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey.

With the last 18 months in mind, this is how I see my life. I am grateful for all of the things that I have. Although my business nearly collapsed last year and I developed a cheapskate mentality, for no other reason than survival, I focused my attention on the money that I did have and felt grateful for it.

This year, a few serendipitous things happened in the last month or two: I picked up two new clients for an unexpected source, I received a small profit from an investment I thought I’d lost, the government paid out 3 grants to self-employed workers, and I received a gift from a friend that surprised me.

Oprah is right.