Productive and Positive (#235)

08.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Rollerblading with my fellow LCGs
  2. Game of Thrones Sundays
  3. My Kennedy Peer Mentor staff
  4. Learning new things
  5. Late night ice cream trips
  6. Songs you sing in the car with the windows down
  7. Chipotle bowls with guacamole
  8. My friends here at UMass
  9. Time in the office to get things done and get organized
  10. Coming home to my cat, Ned
  11. GEO covering my gym membership costs
  12. Sharing Spotify
  13. An empty email box
  14. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  15. Walks around Horn Pond with my Grandma

  16. Time to relax
  17. Leadership lessons
  18. The sound of rain falling on windshields and car hoods
  19. My favorite teachers
  20. Catching up with old friends
  21.  A couple of deep breaths and the gratitude that comes with it
  22. The warmth of the sun
  23. Learning how to play the piano
  24. Walking to the beach and the sound of sandals clapping against the cement
  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 from Scotland! 

Up With The Sun (#234)

I’m not sure if it’s the jet lag or something else but my body has been eager to wake up around 3am and 6am this past week or so. I’ve decided not to fight it and I’ve enjoyed the benefits of being up early. Sitting in the morning, listening to the birds and watching the day begin has been quite calming. I use this new found time in the morning to write my blog and drink my tea. This is a routine I could get used to!

08.13.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Foggy mornings
  2. The deep green in the trees
  3. Warm tea
  4. FaceTime with my mom
  5. The cool breeze from my balcony
  6. The return of college football
  7. My Peer Mentor staff
  8. Anything my dad grills
  9. Change
  10. People who aim to inspire
  11. Catching the sunrise
  12. Nighttime stretches
  13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  14. Learning new things
  15. My summer audiobooks and podcasts
  16. Friends from home
  17. My time in the UK
  18. Working here at UMass
  19. Quiet mornings
  20. Time with Ned, my cat
  21. My family
  22. Buffalo chicken salad from Big Y
  23. Gratitude
  24. The hope of what the future brings
  25. The precious present
  • 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 still and perfect morning. The fog stretching over the deep green seeded trees along with my hot cup of tea allow me to be grateful when starting my day. The current state of construction will hopefully wrap up soon.

    Make The Most Of It (#233)

    Time is limited. I know my post yesterday was about time but this is my effort to be present with gratitude. Time stood still in England. Each day felt like the longest 24 hours I had ever experienced. Now that I’m home, each day seems to end before it starts. I’m grateful when I can spend meaningfully with family and friends. I plan to make the most of my time and I plan to do that with gratitude.

    08.12.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Seeing my parents and brother
    2. Being reunited with my cat, Ned
    3. Ice cream trips
    4. The view from my balcony
    5. Eggs in the morning
    6. Singing in the car with the windows down
    7. Trying new things
    8. The sound of rain on my windshield
    9. The mystery of fog
    10. Rides in the van with my family
    11. A familiar feeling in new circumstances
    12. Being here at UMass
    13. Acoustic guitar in the morning
    14. Cool candles and fresh plants
    15. Productive time
    16. Walking barefoot through the yard and the feeling of grass between my toes
    17. Local bagels my mom brings home
    18. Sharing music
    19. Morning runs before school
    20. The deep green of New England trees
    21. Tea and meditation with my uncle
    22. The smell of the earth after rain
    23. Taking time for myself
    24. Faith in the Universe
    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.

    Featured image from my sister’s apartment in New York. Truly a concrete jungle and something I think back to as I sit on my own balcony.

    Time Flies (#232)

    I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

    This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

    Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.

    08.11.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Going out on the boat
    2. Trying new things
    3. Swimming in a warm lake
    4. No traffic
    5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
    6. Premier League updates from my brother
    7. Shared laughter
    8. Finding new things in old bookstores
    9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
    10. My BSU friends and memories
    11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
    12. Quick naps in the car
    13. Family adventures in the mini van
    14. A warm towel
    15. Pleasant surprises
    16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
    17. Getting organized and making plans
    18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
    19. That my family loves my cat too
    20. My discover weekly on Spotify
    21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
    22. The smell of rain
    23. Learning something new
    24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
    25. The right here, 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.

    Featured image of a weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

    Embracing Change (#231)

    I’m grateful for gratitude. It may seem like an intuitive statement but it’s true. Gratitude is powerful and sharing it allows us to be present. Change is always happening and gratitude grounds us in the here and now.

    08.10.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Ice cream trips with Mel
    2. Celebrating Mel’s birthday with her family
    3. Gratitude
    4. A clean and nice smelling car
    5. Night time stretches
    6. BSU Greek life
    7. Sharing music
    8. Honest people and good communication
    9. Chocolate dessert
    10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    11. A beer with my dad
    12. Harry Potter movie marathon
    13. Crimson and Weygand memories
    14. Heat lightning
    15. Home cooked meals and good grilling
    16. Cuddling with my cat
    17. Recliners and movies
    18. Sitting on my balcony
    19. Fresh smelling plants and flowers
    20. My Peer Mentor staff
    21. Working at UMass
    22. Summer audiobooks and book clubs
    23. The start of the Pats season
    24. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
    25. Being exactly where I am
  • 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 from my run with my mom. Grateful for her and our time together.

    Happy To Be Here (#230)

    I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

    08.09.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Team building
    2. Shared laughter
    3. A good first impression
    4. The feeling of being unpacked
    5. My mom’s cooking
    6. Fruit smoothies
    7. The New England Patriots are BACK
    8. Banana bread
    9. Feeling organized
    10. Being back at work
    11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    12. Walks through campus
    13. Seeing Jess and Carley
    14. The coolness of the wind
    15. Local bagels and pizza
    16. The warmth of the sunshine
    17. Teaching CORE again
    18. Days at the beach
    19. Safe travels
    20. Trains to Liverpool
    21. Board games with the family
    22. The smell of fresh flowers
    23. Friendly competition
    24. Good teachers
    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 from my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    A Fresh Start (#229)

    Today, I drove back to UMass. As much as I loved my time in the UK, I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Fittingly, my supervisor Adam was one of the first people I got to see after arriving which made me happy.

    It’s hard to believe I’m in my last year of graduate school. A year away from my degree, a year away from no more homework, a year away from the unknown. There are a lot of changes occurring and I feel the gravity of each of them. I’ll be working with a new staff, in a new area, with new responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m grateful for the training and support I receive because without it, I wouldn’t be here.

    I am fortunate to continue my education and I’m grateful it will allow me to help people in so many different ways.

    08.08.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Starting over
    2. My new apartment balcony
    3. Getting help unpacking
    4. Ice cream and staff bonding
    5. Walking meditation
    6. Advil and eye drops
    7. Cindy pillows
    8. Eggs for breakfast
    9. Working in OSIL and walking through the RCC saying hi to everyone
    10. Silent heat lightning in the sky
    11. Being back at UMass
    12. Time to journal
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    14. Good song recommendations
    15. The sound of rain on my window
    16. The support from my parents
    17. When I have time to read other blogs
    18. The freedom to choose my destiny
    19. Summer audiobooks
    20. Anything from the grill
    21. New opportunities
    22. Free lunch from work
    23. Morning yoga stretches
    24. Positive people
    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.

  • Featured image of a very foggy view from my apartment. Looking forward to a new year.