Grateful For The Little Things (#26)

01.18.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pickup basketball
  2. A clean apartment and an empty sink
  3. My fellow LCGs
  4. My family
  5. Comfy pillows
  6. Quotes from Jen Sincero
  7. Hot showers and cold drinks
  8. The weekend
  9. Desserts of all kinds but I like the chocolate ones
  10. My dad for carrying me up to bed from the car when I was younger
  11. Chicago Rappers
  12. Meeting new people
  13. Time to nap
  14. Time with my Peer Mentors
  15. Hikes with my friends
  16. My Swift Kick internship family
  17. Safe travels
  18. Whoever invented birthday cake
  19. Marvel movies
  20. Animal costumes for Halloween
  21. The reminder my moons give me
  22. Fellow bloggers who inspire me to keep writing
  23. When my alarm wakes me up on time
  24. Acoustic music
  25. To be exactly where I’m supposed to be

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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Featured image, I think I’m going to start a series of pictures of the sunsets outside my apartment. I’m just not sure where to share them! 

One Day At A Time (#25)

Dreams and aspirations can feel heavy when it doesn’t feel like we’re making any progress. It’s why people drop their expectations and start to give up on their goals. There’s no magic word or phrase I can use to motivate you but I can remind you to be patient.

Take it one day at a time, remember to breath, and you’ll get there. Speak it into your existence and remind yourself what you’re working for. Be present for each moment and just see what happens.

01.17.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The CD my dad made for me when I turned 10 with all his favorite songs
  2. Snow day delays
  3. My friend, Erika! She always brings a smile to my face. Also she got me this awesome frame of Ned lol
  4. Big comfy sweatshirts
  5. Tattoo stories
  6. UMass Amherst
  7. Time with my new Peer Mentors
  8. Sushi at Hamp
  9. My family
  10. Vance Joy, ‘Dream Your Life Away’ album
  11. Weddings and sunshine
  12. The ocean
  13. Double sessions for soccer
  14. Basketball at the gym
  15. These headphones
  16. My sister’s food recommendations
  17. Making mistakes
  18. Family road trips and books on tape
  19. Water
  20. Sleeping on a bed I finally fit on
  21. That time my uncle dressed up like a lobster for my beach themed birthday party
  22. My friends who are going to become educators
  23. Triathlon training team
  24. Late night cups of V8 with my mom
  25. This very moment!!!

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image, my friends and I spent the day at the beach and were greeted by a cool breeze and a bright blue sky. We walked that beach for miles!

I Believe In You (#24)

Sometimes I wonder how I made it this far in life. Then I remember I have some pretty special people who love me and support me unconditionally and I felt pretty lucky.

01.16.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Friends who read this blog!
  2. Time at the gym
  3. My family
  4. Agendas and schedule organizers
  5. My new Peer Mentors
  6. New playlists on Spotify
  7. The Universe
  8. Vinyl Music
  9. A good hair day
  10. A snow day in the morning (Speaking into my existence)
  11. Anything with buffalo sauce and bleu cheese
  12. Handwritten notes and letters
  13. Netflix
  14. Friends that share their gratitude
  15. Jijutsu Lessons
  16. International Opportunities
  17. A good book
  18. My fellow LCGs and my supervisor Adam
  19. My apartment, it may be small and there may be a light that prevents me from sleeping, but it’s starting to feel more like home.
  20. My headphones
  21. Empty nights at the Tinsley Gym
  22. Indoor Soccer and Forekicks and the John Smith Bubble
  23. The stash of spoons I have in my car for ice cream
  24. Sweatshirts
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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Featured image of my favorite Bridgewater lake frozen over. If I remember correctly, I got some pretty delicious pizza on this day too. 

So What Comes Next? (#23)

01.15.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My family, for supporting me at my lowest
  2. Jenga games and new friends
  3. Spotify radio
  4. Change
  5. Shea 2 both as a resident and as an RA
  6. Little lessons
  7. Random sunrise dances
  8. The rain
  9. Time to journal
  10. My cat, for keeping me sane
  11. New adventures
  12. Holding hands in the car
  13. Days at Carver Pond
  14. Talks on the steps of Boyden and Helen’s Tree
  15. The Leadership Institute
  16. Late night walks back
  17. Laughter
  18. Slow dances under the stars
  19. The opportunity to speak at Commencement
  20. UMass Amherst
  21. My cat, Ned
  22. Mornings in bed
  23. Time to journal and process
  24. Sharing love
  25. Making it this far

I’m not really sure what comes next in my life but I’m excited to find out what will. Life is all about change, and growth. Life is always about how you to respond to it and I want to do that with positivity, patience, and trust. I’m grateful to be exactly where I am in life.

Today I decided I want to apply to join the Peace Corps after I finish my Master’s Degree. I have to remember to take it one day at a time but I’ve found myself at a point in my life where I don’t want anything holding me back.

Taking Care Of It (#22)

01.14.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Playing soccer growing up. Car rides to and from games. Spending that time with my friends and my family.
  2. My cat, Ned for bringing me happiness
  3. Chipotle trips
  4. Spotify music and songs that make you think
  5. My family
  6. An empty sink
  7. Extensions on papers for school
  8. A good hike
  9. Bleu cheese and buffalo together
  10. The smell of rain
  11. Stars on a clear night
  12. No traffic driving home
  13. Mornings I get to sleep in
  14. Souvenirs friends have brought me from other countries
  15. Conference ed-sessions
  16. Self-growth and learning things about myself
  17. Bucket list items
  18. Peanut butter and milk
  19. AC in the summer
  20. Cape Cod ice cream runs
  21. The smell of the ocean
  22. Naps
  23. An album you can listen to front to back
  24. The right tools
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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Featured image, opened up the shades to my living room. Starting a series of photos just of the sun setting from the warmth of my own home. 

Stay Driven (#21)

01.13.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Good friends
  2. Summers working Orientation at Bridgewater
  3. New England Patriots Football
  4. A good nap
  5. Short lines at the grocery store
  6. My cat, Ned as he’s starting to trust me more
  7. Hot showers
  8. Songs that make you want to groove
  9. The support I get from my supervisors and fellow LCGs
  10. Learning new things
  11. My family
  12. A good pen to journal with
  13. Winter runs and cold breath
  14. The people who believe in me
  15. Catching up with friends
  16. The feeling of finishing an application
  17. Febreeze when my cat stinks
  18. Summers spent at the community pool with my friends as a kid
  19. Warm blankets
  20. New friendships
  21. The Universe
  22. The little moments that got me here
  23. The adversity that allows me to grow
  24. People who make me feel heard
  25. This moment

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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Featured image of my hike on Mt. Monadonok. Apparently, it is the most popular hike in the world. Regardless if we knew that before the actual hike, we got Chipotle after to celebrate. 

Getting In A Groove (#20)

01.12.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pickup basketball at the gym
  2. Water
  3. Time to read
  4. My Peer Mentor staff
  5. Food delivery services
  6. My family
  7. The warm weather! Today felt like Spring
  8. Music on vinyl
  9. Morning meditation
  10. For people who share music
  11. The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau, Epsilon Sigma Chapter
  12. Teachers and Mentors
  13. Whoever invented sweatpants
  14. My grandparents
  15. Playing sports as a kid
  16. Artistic and inspiring people
  17. Hikes on my own
  18. Refreshing rain
  19. The sound of an acoustic guitar
  20. Comfy pillows
  21. My fellow LCGs
  22. My cat, Ned!
  23. Telescopes, our peep hole to the universe
  24. The Mud Run in elementary school and the fire truck after
  25. Definitely today

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image of the lake right outside the trailhead to the Olympic National Forest. The fog in the morning was no match for this deep blue beauty.

Write It Down (#19)

01.11.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Reconnecting with old friends
  2. The chance to teach CORE this semester
  3. Time to meditate
  4. Chipotle
  5. Team Kennedy (my co-workers)
  6. People who inspire me aim high
  7. Warm slippers
  8. Good friends who listen to you rant
  9. Safe travels
  10. My family
  11. Different kinds of juice
  12. Recliner seats at the movies
  13. Donuts after middle school basketball games
  14. My mom letting me drive around her minivan to deliver pizza
  15. My cat Ned waking me up for work
  16. Subtitles, my hearing is going
  17. My peer mentors
  18. Good books
  19. A good plate of nachos and other game day snacks
  20. Monopoly nights with my fam
  21. Getting tucked in by my dad when I was a kid, he’s so good at it
  22. The smell of fresh cut grass
  23. Technology that preserves energy and saves our planet
  24. Snow days
  25. The present moment

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image, fall sunset over a local lake in Bridgewater. Missing the warmth of the summer months, surrounded by the cold gray snow.

Grateful for Gratitude (#18)

01.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Time with Hadassah and her beautiful two-year-old son who loves pizza and trucks like I do
  2. Time to watch the sun go down from my apartment
  3. Feeling organized after day one at work
  4. Getting back to my gym at school and rowing
  5. FaceTimes with friends
  6. Clean dishes and an organized kitchen
  7. Warm summer rain
  8. Bryan Christopher Gammon, happy birthday dude! Thank you for everything you do for me and others.
  9. Feeling accomplished from answering all of my emails
  10. My family as always
  11. When you wake up before your alarm and you’re refreshed in the morning
  12. Laughs with my boss
  13. Photography and editing tutorials that make sense
  14. Going to New England Revolution games with my friends and family as a kid
  15. Tubing at Nashoba Valley
  16. Blue colored Popsicles in the summer
  17. Bike trails with my family
  18. Indoor soccer games throughout high school
  19. The heater in Emerson
  20. Peanut butter as always
  21. My cat, Ned Stark and how much happiness he brings me
  22. Teachers both good and bad
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. Lessons in The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson
  25. Today! Right now!

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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Featured image of the picture I took somewhere over the middle of America. We live on an incredible planet. 

Change is IMPORTANT (#17)

After some time away from my apartment at UMass, it was important that I made some changes. My routines for Fall semester worked for all intensive purposes then, but there’s no guarantee it works now. I rearranged my closet and moved around some tables. I’m not sure if I entirely like the changes yet or if they are more conducive to my daily routine but I felt tremendously better about work tomorrow and starting my Spring semester. If everything stayed the same, that would mean I’m not growing and I’m not learning. Patience is our key to the best this life has to offer. That has to apply to change too. Change is all around us and sometimes we wish things would just get better right away or fast forward to the point when it does.

Who Moved My Cheese is one of my all-time favorite books for many reasons but one of them is how it describes change. I suggest reading this Spencer Johnson classic and apply it to your own life.

So here comes 2018, head on. Change is all around us, it just depends on how we’re going to react.

01.09.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Sleeping in my own bed that I can actually fit in (I’m 6’2″)
  2. My newest book just came in the mail
  3. A clean apartment and being organized for tomorrow
  4. Oreo ice cream
  5. My family
  6. Seeing my cat after a week + away
  7. Relatable podcasts
  8. Water
  9. People who follow through and check in
  10. Frank Ocean Albums
  11. My fraternity
  12. Baggy sweatpants
  13. Mentors at BSU who helped me get here
  14. The patience of my father
  15. How much my mother loves my cat
  16. Fifa 09 free kicks
  17. Friends from Ashland
  18. Any chance to play Monopoly
  19. Time to binge shows on Netflix
  20. RHA Wednesdays and EBoard meetings
  21. Being in RA in Shea Durgin for two years
  22. Heaters and blankets
  23. The Lion King
  24. The feeling of brushing your teeth
  25. Being exactly where I should be

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

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featured image of my new arrangement in my living room. Space for the sunlight and morning meditation!