Tonight is my last night in this apartment. It marks the end of my first year of graduate school. These past two semesters have challenged me academically in ways I wasn’t initially ready for. Transitioning from Bridgewater was hard and UMass has a much larger campus. I was accustomed to feeling more connected to my campus and the people and that was much harder here in my role. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly incredible humans that make me grateful to be here. Each of them have helped make this place feel more like home. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve started here and I have my tools to fall back on.
Adopting my cat Ned changed my life. I really needed something to love after going through a really tough summer. He got me up in the morning when I didn’t want to get up. He would greet me at the door after a long day of work and class. He listened to me rant and question the universe when nothing made sense. I will miss him dearly when I’m in England but I’m grateful for the healing he’s provided me. He needed a good home and I needed a good cat. I’m thankful my mom was so eager to watch him this summer while I’m away.
If you’re interested in adopting an animal or learning more about the process, check out what I used here!
This apartment is home to a lot of good memories and bad memories. I learned a lot about myself in the past year and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The future is bright but I’m thankful for today.
ALSO, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Grateful for my mom for so many reasons.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- Mellow beats on Spotify ( https://open.spotify.com/track/6vPDjg4zuLlJrzgm9vqZCj?si=4s5EngiXSXaX85Nlw0O81g)
- Mother’s Day with my family
- Going home
- The help I got from my mom and sister clearing my apartment
- New beginnings and what’s to come
- My cat, Ned
- My BSU friends seeing me off before Europe
- Time in Ashland
- A chance to say goodbye
- Double sided tape
- A VERY clean apartment
- Old friends
- UMass Moving
- All the good books and podcasts recommended to me for my trip
- Warm socks
- Taco Tuesdays
- My walks to and from the gym
- The feeling of clean teeth
- Help planning my trip to Iceland
- Comfy pants
- Sunny days and warm weather
- FaceTimes with friends
- Tattoo stories
- 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.
This was me in front of Emerson during the summer! That feels like a lifetime ago now. I still wear those shoes all the time too in case you were wondering.
Featured image of my favorite sunset I chased looking out from my apartment. This was early on in the summer when I was still nervous about the move. Something about the colors put me at ease. I’m grateful for this past year for so many reasons, even the little ones.