One Year Of Gratitude (#319)

It was a year ago today this blog was started. It was a year ago I made the decision to include gratitude in my daily life. This has been one incredible year. One full of unexpected learning and new experiences. So much has changed in what feels like a short amount of time. I sit here writing with the same goals and intentions.

As the new year approaches I find myself making new resolutions.




These are three areas that I’m going to focus on as the new year begins. Funny enough, it’s fitting that each is dependent upon my ABILITY to be each of those things.

Accountable – I had an easy fall semester in terms of work and I know I need to kick it up a notch to accomplish my goals. I have to actively identify healthy behaviors and keep to it. Daily gratitude, time at the gym, a desire to explore and grow.

Flexibility – Go with the flow and take life one day at a time. I don’t have to always be so rigid in my expectations of others, myself, and this life. This life is a process and I’m doing my best to celebrate it along the way with gratitude.

Vulnerability – I have to allow myself to be open to the best this life has to offer. To share hopes and dreams and encourage others to do the same. I want to build a culture where sharing values is the norm. To me, that’s what honest leadership is all about.

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m excited for what comes next. My short term goal is to finish my year of gratitude and go from there. One day at a time.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Home cooking
  2. The passing train in the night
  3. Good communication
  4. Time at the gym
  5. Life lessons
  6. Sharing gratitude
  7. Train rides and sunsets
  8. Summer learning
  9. My Peer Mentors
  10. Mornings with Ned
  11. A little inspiration
  12. Fall nights under the stars
  13. Hard work and support
  14. Teaching CORE at UMass
  15. The sound of the ocean outside our tent
  16. A change in season and routine
  17. Time for reflection
  18. Mentors and teachers
  19. After school practice
  20. Inclusion and encouragement
  21. Beautiful words and unforgettable sights
  22. My family
  23. Hopeful signs from the Universe
  24. Clean water
  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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from my favorite hike.

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!

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