Why Reflection Is Important (#15)

Tonight is my last night in Los Angeles and there is a lot to be grateful for. Each day was beholden and full of new learning, new experiences, and new people. This was so far from what I expected when I got on a plane two days after booking my flight and planning my trip.


I need to thank my Uncle Jeff and Karen for letting me stay with them for this amount of time. Typically, I only see my Uncle on Christmas so spending this time with him and connecting with my family has been incredible. Karen has been such a bright light and we have had numerous conversations about life and spirituality that I will remember and appreciate.

DSC_0240.JPGI want to talk about reflection because it is an essential part of learning. You don’t need to journal daily or write a blog about your day, but it is important to think back on experiences you’ve had and what you took from them. Maybe those instances did align with your expectations, maybe it was completely different similar to my situation. Whatever it was, learning happens when we go over what was presented. It almost is like homework for yourself in a sense to remember everything that happened in a day but can be crucial to your own development.

fullsizeoutput_3852I got to do so many cool things this week in LA and will definitely be making time to come back and visit again. We meditated every morning, I tried new foods and drank more tea. I was open to new experiences and because of that, I felt like I got more out of the trip. There were times my Uncle and I didn’t see eye to eye but we were both spending real time together for the first time in our lives as adults. There are things I’m going to hold on to and bring back to Massachusetts that I want to share with my friends and staff. I’m grateful for so many conversations that changed my perspective and opened my mind.


Tomorrow I head back to Massachusetts to start up my second semester of Graduate School. Going to LA for a week was a great escape but I am excited to come home. In many different ways, my 2018 starts again. I’m excited about the new opportunities and challenges with my staff, with my family, and with my friends. I’m excited about new learning and fun memories with all of those same people. I just have to remind myself to be patient and take it all one day at a time in the process.


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Flourless chocolate cake
  2. Playing soccer growing up
  3. A day at the spa
  4. My family
  5. In N Out Cheeseburgers
  6. Comfy sweatshirts
  7. The neck pillow I’ll use to sleep on the plane
  8. Late night diners
  9. New Music Friday and Spotify Discover Weekly
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Waking up moments before my alarm to turn it off before it wakes me up
  12. The feeling after 10 deep breaths
  13. My time in Los Angeles with my Uncle, Karen, Erica, and my dog cousin Shayna
  14. Clear days and starry nights
  15. Dinsey and Pixar animated movies
  16. New England sports teams
  17. Having my mom work at the school that I attended K-12
  18. Whenever my brother sends me his artwork
  19. Happy dreams and unmistakable signs from the Universe
  20. A good pencil box in elementary school
  21. My mom’s cooking
  22. My student staff that I work with at UMass Amherst
  23. Patient people
  24. My newest pair of noise cancelling headphones
  25. My west coast adventure and the people who made it special

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s