Practice, Practice, Practice (#282)

Just like anything, gratitude takes practice. Repetition helps us learn skills. For example, I’ve been working on handstands for the past month and I’ve seen real progress.

It’s taken me a lot of work to just get this far and I know I have a long way to go before I hit my goals. Gratitude works in the same way for me.

I’m constantly trying to find gratitude in little moments and unfortunate circumstances. I’m training my brain to use positivity to reshape my thoughts and experiences because I’m working towards a goal of living a happier life. You don’t have to master these things in a day. It’s a practice and that requires your time and attention every day until you get it right.

10.15.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Granola Bars in the morning
  2. Positivity
  3. Green plants and trees
  4. Nighttime stretching
  5. A clear sky and a warm day
  6. Waking up next to my cat
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Runs through campus
  9. The changing colors of fall
  10. Anything shared
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Intentionality and meaning
  13. Progress and growth
  14. Lessons time teaches you
  15. My family
  16. Kindness and understanding
  17. Good timing
  18. Teachers and mentors
  19. Learning new things
  20. Music you can dance to
  21. Trust and patience
  22. Sleeping in
  23. Time to journal
  24. UMass Amherst
  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.

Take Some Time For You (#281)

A lot of my lists and messages talk about gratitude for others. It’s important but arguably the one thing more important than showing gratitude for others, is demonstrating gratitude for yourself.

Our bodies are in constant motion. We’re always working or moving and we need to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Take a day for you, show yourself some gratitude and take a break.

10.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My Peer Mentor staff
  2. Mornings with my cat
  3. Warm blankets
  4. Irish breakfast tea
  5. Game day snacks
  6. Learning new things
  7. Introvert time
  8. Gratitude
  9. My fraternity brothers
  10. Weekends in Vermont
  11. Monopoly nights
  12. Sitting by the ocean
  13. Mac and cheese
  14. Phone calls with my dad
  15. Taco Tuesdays
  16. Time to journal
  17. Morning stretches
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. My family
  20. Recliner seats in the movies
  21. A clean apartment
  22. My BSU omelette
  23. A warm towel
  24. Understanding and listening
  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.

Went to the Pats last night with my friend Erika! What a game to be at and we had tons of fun.

Checking In (#280)

Just a few pictures from the past few days. I’m grateful for all of it!

10.13.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My friends from UMass
  2. Peanut butter and bananas
  3. A sound of the train outside my house
  4. Belief in something greater
  5. Sharing ice cream
  6. Good teachers and mentors
  7. Smiling until your face hurts
  8. Clean water
  9. Trust and understanding
  10. Learning to play instruments
  11. Embracing change
  12. Running in the rain
  13. Feeling organized
  14. New music
  15. Productive practice
  16. Climbing into my warm bed at the end of the day
  17. My headphones
  18. Weekend hiking
  19. Camping under the stars
  20. Morning tea and nighttime stretches
  21. My family
  22. My summer of safe travels
  23. Leadership lessons
  24. Focus and attention
  25. Being 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.

Be Intentional (#279)

I’m guilty.

Often times I find myself going on autopilot. I have a long week or a tough day and I regress back to unhealthy habits or a general laziness.

Every day we have to make the choice about bringing positivity and gratitude into this world. I know what I’m asking isn’t easy and inspiring others is no small feat.

But let me ask you this. If not you, then who?

Be the person that makes positive change. Demonstrate gratitude in the all the ways you know how. Give what you can and find balance from there.

You are the change you wish to see in this world.

10.12.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Nice surprises
  2. Making dinner together
  3. FIFA with friends after school
  4. My sight and senses
  5. Shared anything
  6. Comfy pillows
  7. Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  8. Watching the sun go down
  9. Bryan The Lion
  10. Safe travels
  11. Ice Cream with Julie
  12. My Swift Kick Internship
  13. New books to read
  14. My cat, Ned when he wants to hang
  15. A clear night to see the stars
  16. Water parks in the summer
  17. The change in foliage
  18. My supervisor Adam
  19. Bike rides through campus
  20. Efficient meetings
  21. My family
  22. Clean water
  23. Time at the gym
  24. Life lessons
  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 Acadia in Maine

Gratitude and Celebration (#278)

Holidays, birthdays, special occasions are all synonymous with gratitude for some. For others, it’s a day of reflection. Gift giving can be challenging but I think I have it figure it. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time in whatever way you can. It’s that simple. Show them you care! Take the time to write them a note or a card. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.

Happy birthday, Julie!

10.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Vibrant sunsets
  2. Clean water
  3. Relaxing at the beach
  4. Old man basketball
  5. Home cooked meals
  6. My town library
  7. Revolution soccer nights
  8. Family traditions
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Sharing music
  11. Patience
  12. Comfy sweatshirts
  13. Safe travels
  14. Getting things done
  15. Leadership lessons
  16. Teachers and mentors
  17. Good parking
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. Chocolate anything
  20. Talking things out
  21. Written notes and letters
  22. Happy pictures and good memories
  23. Trampolines
  24. New books
  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.

Keep It Up (#277)

If you need to hear it from someone, let that person be me.

You’re doing a great job.

What you do, matters.

Just take it one day at a time.

Thank you for being you.

10.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Big comfy sweatshirts
  3. Safe travels
  4. My family for making me laugh
  5. Car rides with my cat (I’m serious!)
  6. A clean apartment
  7. Good surprises
  8. Doing things for others
  9. Time at the gym
  10. Great teachers
  11. Morning bike rides with Julie
  12. A couple deep breaths
  13. My local grocery store
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. A clear night to see the stars
  16. Instrumentals to put me to sleep
  17. Warm, clean laundry
  18. Hot showers
  19. UMass Amherst and my continued education
  20. Good coaches and mentors
  21. What patience brings
  22. Naps in Iceland
  23. My fraternity brothers
  24. Sleeping in
  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 from the first sunrise in Maine!

In Tune With Something Greater (#276)

A silent moment. Your chest rises and falls with your breath entering and leaving your body. You can feel your fingers pulsating. The wind rustles the leaves on a nearby tree. It’s just you and your surroundings.

In these moments I find peace and clarity. I find gratitude in the sounds I hear. I find gratitude in my senses and ability.

10.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My journal before bed
  2. Ice packs for injuries
  3. Netflix movies
  4. Catching the sunrise
  5. My family
  6. A little understanding
  7. Safe travels
  8. Kind hearted people
  9. Time for hiking
  10. Bike rides through Western MA
  11. Waking up with my cat, Ned
  12. Fun weekends
  13. Train rides home from Bridgewater
  14. Crimson memories
  15. Nights on the Boyden steps
  16. Cereal snacks
  17. Talking with my friend Erika
  18. Sharing music
  19. Good teachers
  20. Clear instructions
  21. Sharing gratitude!
  22. After school sports with my friends
  23. Being organized
  24. The smell of fresh cut grass
  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 balcony. It’s important to sit and listen whenever possible.