Slow Down! (#119)

Be patient with your process. Be kind to yourself and know that learning and growth comes with time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going to the gym and getting dinner with my friend Peter
  2. Talks about the universe
  3. Calming instrumentals
  4. Walks around the pound with my Grandma as a kid
  5. Gratitude
  6. The sunshine
  7. Clean teeth and a clean apartment
  8. Support in all its forms
  9. Good communication
  10. Funny cat memes on Reddit
  11. Learning new things
  12. Time for reflection
  13. Friends from home
  14. Soccer practice after school
  15. Coaching my own soccer team
  16. Intramural championships at BSU
  17. Good advice
  18. Peanut butter
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. Getting stuff done
  21. My parents and my siblings
  22. My safety and security
  23. The Universe and the unknown that exists within it
  24. Tools for good mental health
  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 of me outside the plane that flew us from NY to China. Really wishing I was getting on that same plane, heading to Cambodia with the work I have left to do this semester. Just gotta take it one day at a time and SLOW DOWN.

It Starts With A Little Courage (#118)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. New friends
  2. Time with my cat
  3. Self care
  4. My independence
  5. The freedom of summer swims
  6. Getting things right
  7. Good coaches and mentors
  8. The weekend
  9. Feeling heard
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Honest conversations
  12. Cake reflection
  13. Vinyl music
  14. Sleeping in
  15. Gratitude lists
  16. My Peer Mentors this year
  17. Smart choices
  18. Waking up to the sunshine
  19. A chance to start over
  20. Getting stuff done
  21. A little help
  22. Peanut butter
  23. Growth and learning
  24. Home
  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 one of my favorite places.

Make Today One To Remember (#117)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. What patience brings
  2. Dream team in Kennedy working Carley and Jess
  3. New friends and UMass
  4. Spontaneous trips out of the office
  5. Feeling good and eating healthy
  6. Staying Organized
  7. Making it to the weekend
  8. Helpful advice and timely support
  9. Cuddles with my cat
  10. Honest communication
  11. Hitting PRs at the gym
  12. Long drives to clear my head
  13. Sitting on the porch in the summer with my mom
  14. Clean teeth and clean water
  15. Taking things one day at a time
  16. Learning new things
  17. A sense of balance and understanding
  18. Time for reflection
  19. Love and it all brings
  20. Being outside and feeling the sun on my skin
  21. The smell of chlorine approaching a pool
  22. Good preparation and efficiency
  23. Comfy Pillows
  24. Peanut Butter
  25. Today 🙂


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 view from Lookout Point in Cambodia. One of my all-time favorite views and hikes. 

Mystery Blogger Award (#116)

Thank you to my friend gratitude4gratitude for the nomination! Check out his posts, a fellow gratitude blogger with a great outlook on life. Happy to keep the chain going and nominate other new bloggers. Of course, I’m going to infuse my gratitude list for the day as well but thought I would participate in this first.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma


1 – Thank whoever nominated you and include the link to their blog

2 – Tell your readers three things about yourself

3 – Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award (I don’t know that many bloggers)

4 – Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

5 – Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

Three Things You Should Know About Me:

  1. I use gratitude as a way to support my mental health
  2. I’m learning to embrace and celebrate change
  3. I think patience is the key to my best self


5 Questions I Was Asked To Answer

1 – Was there a turning point in your life? If so when?

Entering graduate school was a major change because it forced me to grow up and mature quickly. I am not the same person I was a year ago and it’s both exciting and terrifying thinking about what is still to come.

2 – What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?

I went to Cambodia and learned I had privilege in more ways than I ever thought. I recognize my privilege frequently but going to such a poor country opened my eyes to the work that needs to be done. I’ve learned it is my duty to serve others and give what I can to support people with the greatest gift you can give someone, your time.

3 – Where are you right this second?

Sitting in bed, my cat laying next to me, enjoying the sound of rain outside my apartment window in Amherst, Massachusetts. Home of the 5x Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

4 – What’s the strangest thing you enjoy?

I crack my joints A LOT and love the feeling of it. I end up sounding like a bowl of snap, crackle, pop cereal after I’m done (kinda) but it’s a good feeling.

5 – What are you grateful for today?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Calls from my Mom
  2. Clean water
  3. Clearing my head with exercise
  4. Written notes and letters
  5. Talking things out
  6. When my cat greets me at the door
  7. A couple deep breaths
  8. Comfy pillows
  9. The fact that I only have one more week of class
  10. Holding hands
  11. Crimson memories and living with my best friends
  12. The warmth of the summer sun
  13. Time to organize my music
  14. Days I get to sleep in
  15. Pajama Day
  16. Working as an LCG here at UMass
  17. Morning and nighttime stretches
  18. When my friends cheer me up
  19. Faith in the Universe and signs when I need them
  20. Learning new things
  21. Dancing in the rain
  22. Meaningful lyrics
  23. Summers spent working with my friends at BSU
  24. Rolling down the Shea Durgin Hill
  25. This very moment

1 Blogger I Want To Nominate

This is Stef

A blog with some really imaginative and moving poetry. Worth checking out 🙂

Your 5 Questions

  1. What are you most proud of?
  2. What’s one thing on your bucket lifetime list?
  3. If you could teleport anywhere in the world instantaneously, where would you go first and why?
  4. What’s something you’re currently working on?
  5. Why did you start writing?

Please feel free to answer of these questions yourself in the comment section! Would love to hear some replies.

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.



It’s All About Hard Work (#115)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Peaceful mornings
  2. Clear thoughts
  3. A healthy breakfast
  4. Old friends
  5. Double sided tape
  6. Color Coordinated Organizers
  7. Trying new things
  8. Another chance
  9. Focus and attention to detail
  10. Sharing dessert
  11. Secret Spots
  12. Games of all kinds with my dad
  13. Clean water
  14. My countdown calendar for the end of the semester
  15. Pictures from Disney from Mel and Sam
  16. Piano lessons
  17. Learning a new language
  18. Audiobooks and long car rides
  19. Reflective Journaling
  20. No excuses
  21. A clean apartment
  22. Reassurance and support
  23. Walks with my grandma
  24. Bike rides in the summer
  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 a tractor my brother and I found on our hike. Thought it fit well with the landscape. 

On My Search For Something (#114)

I’m not sure what the future holds for any of us. I can plan endlessly and concoct the perfect answer when asked what my five year plan is….until it changes.

The future is uncertain and as I search relentlessly for my place in it all, I’ll use gratitude to keep my focus. As I work towards my goals and dreams, my search for purpose, I can use gratitude to keep me present. So on my search for something, I’m content with being exactly where I am. My quest for something bigger never ends and never falters.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Marathon Monday and runners going right by my street
  2. Helpful tips on the Internet
  3. Helen’s Tree
  4. Sifting by the ocean
  5. The steps of Boyden
  6. Frank and Holly
  7. Hikes with my brother
  8. Exploring the backyard in the summer as a kid
  9. Playing basketball in the driveway with my dad
  10. New music from discover weekly
  11. Pictures from my friend Neth of the Cambodian New Year celebrations
  12. The chance to work and live in England for 10 weeks this summer!
  13. Clean water
  14. Getting things done
  15. Lessons learned
  16. Spontaneity
  17. Pleasant candles
  18. All time great Disney movies
  19. Singing in the car / shower
  20. Supportive friends
  21. New opportunities
  22. Growing up in Ashalnd
  23. Technology
  24. My fraternity brothers
  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 of me and the waterfall. One of my favorites from my most recent hike with my brother. It’s good to get back outside on my ‘search for something bigger’.

No Expectations (#113)

I’m letting go of the things I can’t control. I have no expectations of the future and I’m using gratitude to ground me in the present.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Gratitude
  2. Positivity
  3. Catching up
  4. The warm weather
  5. Talking things out
  6. A couple deep breaths
  7. Good dreams
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Faith in the universe
  10. Soft acoustic music
  11. Being heard and valued
  12. My family
  13. A day off
  14. Marathon Monday
  15. Being given a chance
  16. Experience
  17. My cat, Ned
  18. Clever lyrics and a good beat
  19. Love
  20. A clean apartment
  21. Sharing a smile
  22. Slowing down
  23. Real instruments
  24. Faith
  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 hike with my brother. Just a landscape on a cloudy day but some really great time spent.