Making Time For Gratitude (#212)

Your gratitude list doesn’t have to take hours or be eccentric in any way. Sometimes, a simple thank you text can go a long way. Make time for gratitude in whatever way you can.

07.22.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. FaceTimes with my dad
  2. Ice cream trips with Mel
  3. Time to journal
  4. Walks home from school
  5. Finding my place at BSU
  6. Good communication
  7. Leadership lessons
  8. Friends from home
  9. The summer rain
  10. FIFA games with Lucas
  11. Monopoly nights
  12. Local pizza
  13. Relaxing Sundays
  14. Peanut butter sandwiches before class
  15. Safe travels
  16. Climbing with Erika
  17. Sharing a birthday with my sister
  18. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  19. New opportunities
  20. Friendly competition
  21. Soccer in the yard with my brother
  22. Indoor with my friends
  23. Friendly pets
  24. Another day of gratitude
  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 the Scottish Highlands. The land felt primordial, I felt in tune with the earth and the mountains that stretched overhead.

    The Best Version Of Myself (#211)

    After finishing John Wooden’s A Lifetime of Observations today, his ideals and lessons gave me a lot to think about. His book focused on; character, compassion, preparation, faith, patience, leadership, and hard work among other teachings. His words resonated with me. Listening, stirred a feeling inside that makes me want to be my best.

    I will never be a perfect person. I need to allow myself the grace to make mistakes. All I can do is give my maximum effort in all circumstances. That much is in my control. I’m grateful for the lessons learned throughout my life. Learning and improving every day means being patient with my process. I’m grateful for the people who instill these lessons in me. At the end of the day, I’m the only one who can foster and create the best version of myself. I’ve been given these tools to succeed and it’s my job to make a change. I’m grateful for my process. It’s all part of the journey.

    07.21.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Good communication
    2. Home cooking
    3. Laying with my cat after a tough day
    4. Access to fresh fruit and vegetables
    5. Good role models
    6. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    7. Late night mac and cheese
    8. Feeling refreshed
    9. Sharing gratitude
    10. The friends who inspire me to “run with the fastest”
    11. Taking it one day at a time
    12. My family
    13. Car rides with the windows down and the music up
    14. Bike rides through campus in Amherst
    15. Weekend hikes
    16. Making folders on Spotify to organize my music
    17. My process
    18. Catching the sunrise
    19. Adam, my supervisor at UMass
    20. Carpools with Carley
    21. That cozy feeling in the winter
    22. The feeling of sand between your toes
    23. When people give their time to a cause
    24. Signs from the Universe
    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.

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    Featured image of the pier from Southend. One of my favorite days in England. It was just me in that moment. The wind, the water, and time to reflect. 

    Gratitude In Honesty (#210)

    Today I must have journaled for hours. I walked the mile-long pier and found a bench staring straight into the endless horizon. I sat in awe of the mighty current as the wind whipped across my face. I struggled to keep my page as the wind engulfed my entire being. With what felt like the promise of the storm, I decided to walk halfway back to the mainland and found some cover. There, I sat and reflected on this past year. It was almost a year ago to this day I was moving into UMass and starting my first year of graduate school. Life was different then. I was different then.

    I’ve learned a lot over the course of the year. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and encountered challenges I wish I handled differently. Having the time to journal and reflect on these things helps me be grateful in a different way. I’m grateful others have shown me patience and compassion. I’m grateful to be given support when I needed it the most. Holding myself accountable is important to me. Taking a hard look at my imperfections doesn’t make me a perfect person, far from it. My goal is to learn from these mistakes and when looking back, I’m grateful for these lessons I learn every day.

    07.20.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The sound and smell of the ocean
    2. My journal
    3. Vinyl music with my parents
    4. Square-dance classes
    5. Buffalo chicken and Patriots games
    6. Classic movies
    7. Monopoly nights
    8. A couple of deep breaths
    9. New music Friday on Spotify
    10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    11. My brothers in Sigma Pi
    12. My audiobooks
    13. Dream Team meetings with Jess and Carley
    14. Tattoo stories
    15. My teammates and good coaches
    16. West coast In-N-Out Burgers
    17. Learning new things
    18. Good news
    19. Driving through the Pacific Northwest
    20. Lessons about leadership
    21. A clear sky
    22. Morning runs to the train station
    23. Holding hands
    24. Sleeping in
    25. 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.

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    Featured image from my time in Southend today. The walk to the pier, the time by the water, it all mad for a great day. 

    Sometimes It’s The Little Things (#209)

    I would be hard pressed to find divine examples of good occurring every day in my life and that’s okay. I do my best to use gratitude to give power to the little things. People who hold the door, a hot shower in the morning, for all those things and so many more, I’m grateful.

    07.19.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My sister
    2. Getting a little help
    3. Souvenirs from friends
    4. Fresh fruit
    5. My walk to work in the morning
    6. Crimson memories
    7. A couple deep breaths
    8. Signs from the Universe
    9. Home cooked meals
    10. Liverpool matches
    11. The warmth of the sun
    12. CLEAN WATER! And those who have donated to the cause. Thank you for helping out and getting involved.
    13. Talking things out
    14. Home movies
    15. Learning from mistakes
    16. Sharing gratitude
    17. Peanut butter and celery
    18. Games after school
    19. Visiting the rez with my friends
    20. Trailers before the movie starts
    21. Continued education
    22. Jijutsu over the summer
    23. Patient people
    24. My supervisor Adam
    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 the trail behind the dam in the Scottish highlands. A cool place that I’m grateful I had time to find. Truly a little thing that led to something great.

    The Things I Can’t Control (#208)

    I can work hard 9-5, type until my hands and wrists are fatigued. I can actively reach out to my friends when I’m in need of support. But, there are things in life we can’t control.

    I’m grateful when those things not only go well but highlight meaning or purpose. It’s important for me to recognize them as a higher power, the Universe, to strengthen my belief in what I can’t explain. Sometimes these signs are worth listening to and sometimes I just feel lucky. Whatever the reason may be, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    07.18.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Yoga and meditation
    2. Patient tutoring
    3. When things go well
    4. School spirit
    5. Working as an RA
    6. Landscaping with my friends in the summer
    7. Walks into Colchester
    8. Time at the gym
    9. Walks around the pond with my grandma
    10. A calm breeze
    11. Shared laughter
    12. Understanding
    13. Monopoly nights with my family
    14. Fond memories
    15. Practice after school
    16. Time to journal
    17. Texts from Home
    18. Quiet confidence
    19. Colorful sunrises
    20. Bridgewater State University
    21. Pleasant surprises
    22. Honest people
    23. The Universe
    24. People who inspire
    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.

    I’ve done a lot of traveling this summer and I’m grateful I’ve made it safely everywhere I’ve gone. Thank goodness for that.

    Right Before Bed (#207)

    Today I was asked how I manage to make time to keep up with my daily blog. In truth, the routine has been cemented into my brain. I do my best to be consistent but there are times the blog gets posted an hour (or more) later than when I usually post. I don’t always write a huge blurb about the importance of gratitude or a life lesson that’s been on my mind, but the process still takes some time.

    Writing my blog right before I fall asleep works for a couple reasons. The easy explanation is my blog gets to include every ounce of gratitude I can squeeze out from the past 24 hours. That made the most sense before I started. What I didn’t anticipate was how it would make me feel as I ended my day and as I start the next one. Regardless of what may have been bothering me from work, an anxious thought, or something with my friends, I have gratitude to clear my mind. It’s helped me let go of any negativity I was holding on to and start my next day with a positive outlook. Each new sunrise brings change and gratitude has helped me embrace that fact.

    07.17.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Old home movies
    2. The warmth of the sun
    3. My siblings
    4. Positive influences
    5. Good teachers
    6. Talks about space and our existence
    7. New audiobooks
    8. Time at my Grammy’s for holidays
    9. A good album all from front to back
    10. The rain
    11. My time in Cambodia. Check out my CLEAN WATER project to see how you can help too.
    12. New friends
    13. A bed long enough for me to fit on
    14. The change of seasons
    15. Carpools with Carley
    16. New ways to stay informed with the news
    17. Sharing music
    18. Gratitude
    19. Buffalo chicken dip and Pats games
    20. FaceTimes with my cat
    21. Understanding from others
    22. Patient people
    23. Quotes that make you think
    24. Safe travels
    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 the fog resting over the lake in Scotland we stopped at. A peaceful place I got a lot of great pictures from. Grateful I have a place where I can share my photography.

    My Power Within (#206)

    There are a lot of people I look up to. They’re strong, self motivated, and have this innate confidence I often wish to emulate.

    I’m grateful. I didn’t always believe I had it. I didn’t always feel capable but I know over time that’s changed. My heart ache, my moments of learning, it’s helped me recognize my own power within. My power comes from my breath and is sustained with each moment of gratitude and appreciation for this life and my place within an ever changing universe.

    07.16.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. One step at a time
    2. Orientation dance parties
    3. A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. Check out my CLEAN WATER project and see how you can get involved!
    4. Punk music with Riley
    5. Time at the gym
    6. Naps after work
    7. A few deep breaths when I’m anxious
    8. The sound and smell of rain
    9. Runs through campus
    10. College football season and PAC 12 after dark
    11. My brother hearing out my crazy dreams
    12. Honesty
    13. Reclining seats at the movies
    14. My friends who encourage and support me
    15. Embracing change
    16. PC Gaming with my dad
    17. Neighborhood wiffleball games
    18. The smell of seaweed
    19. My grandparents
    20. Real instruments
    21. Spotify music and my favorite albums
    22. My fraternity
    23. Love songs and feel good music
    24. Phone calls Home
    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 of Loch Ness in Scotland. The day was perfect as the ferry did a small loop in the massive lake. The sun was out and the breeze felt good. The sky was blue and it was the perfect day to spot an underwater sea monster.