Taking It Easy (#228)

08.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My Spotify Discover Weekly
  2. Family dinner
  3. Talking things out with my sister
  4. My bed at home
  5. A chance to lace up my hiking boots
  6. Car rides with my brother
  7. A few deep breaths
  8. Walking meditation
  9. A couple miles around the track
  10. The warmth of the sun
  11. Seeing my grandma
  12. Sleeping in
  13. My supervisor, Adam at UMass
  14. Waking up to the sound of birds
  15. Game Of Thrones Sunday’s
  16. AC in the summer
  17. Good gym music recommendations
  18. Friends from BSU
  19. Working as an RA
  20. Home cooked anything
  21. Clean teeth
  22. The smell of fresh cut grass
  23. Chipotle trips
  24. Safe travels
  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 another landscape from Scotland.

    Time With My Mom (#227)

    I need to preface this post by saying my mom and I are incredibly alike for a lot of different reasons. We can be stubborn and emotional but also quite caring and intuitive. She and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but our relationship has dramatically improved over the past couple of years.

    We spent the weekend, just us, down on the cape. We did a 9 mile morning run and got breakfast together after. It was the perfect get-away before heading back to work and school later this week. I’m grateful I got to spend that time with her and turn my phone off for a bit. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

    08.06.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Morning runs with my mom
    2. Breathing in the beach air
    3. Walks through the sand
    4. Funny morning selfies
    5. Blueberry muffins
    6. The warmth of the summer sun
    7. Feeling organized and focused
    8. My sister coming back from NY for the week while I’m home
    9. Hanging out with my brother
    10. Good podcasts and audiobooks
    11. Spending time with my cat, Ned
    12. Car rides with the windows down
    13. Old stories about growing up
    14. Clean, warm laundry
    15. Outdoor showers after the beach
    16. Allergy medicine
    17. Home cooked Mac and cheese
    18. Afternoon naps
    19. Sleeping in my bed at home
    20. Local bagels
    21. Waking up to the sound of birds
    22. Good advice
    23. Vinyl music with my parents
    24. A clear sky full of stars at night
    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 my mom looking out at the ocean from our morning run.

    What’s Your Self Care Look Like? (#226)

    Today was perfect. I spent the day at the beach with my mom and brother, enjoying the sun and the water. We walked from the tiny home a family friend has leant us and made the most of every second here today. We got ice cream with my dad and told old stories we’ve each heard a thousand times before.

    To me, this was exactly what I needed after getting back from England. I wasn’t stressed about work or school, I was just here in this moment. This for me is self care. Spending time with the people I love. I feel reinvigorated and truly cherish the time I get with my parents and siblings.

    08.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The crash of the waves and smell of the water
    2. The sand between my toes
    3. Homemade ice cream
    4. Crossing the bridge to the cape
    5. Cards with my dad and brother
    6. Tattoo stories and dreams of the future
    7. Spending time with my family
    8. Gratitude
    9. Having a day for myself
    10. Summer grilling and making food together
    11. Drives with the windows down
    12. Oldies radio with my mom
    13. Hanging outside
    14. Catching up with my brother
    15. Dirty knees and feet from the grass
    16. A clear night sky and the sound of grasshoppers outside my window
    17. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    18. When things work out
    19. New podcasts and books
    20. The jet lag works the opposite way and wakes me up early in the morning
    21. Time to read
    22. Exploring the swamp
    23. Bug spray
    24. Local seafood
    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 is of Loch Ness and not the cape because I didn’t take my phone or camera with me today. It was nice not having anything on me but I’m still glad I can share my gratitude at the end of the day.

    There’s No Place Like Home (#225)

    Today’s post will be a little shorter. I’m happy and grateful to be home. I’m not looking forward to the jet lag or getting used to my allergies around Ned but, that’s the least of my worries. These feelings pale in comparison to the gratitude and love I feel for being exactly where I’m supposed to be.

    08.04.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Hugs from my parents after getting off my plane in America
    2. Laughing with my family at dinner
    3. Safe travels and well wishes
    4. Chocolate chip airport cookies that didn’t actually taste that bad
    5. Local pizza
    6. Having a window seat on the ride home
    7. Good community
    8. The two peanut butter sandwiches my parents brought me after I got off the plane
    9. Vibrant sunsets
    10. A couple deep breaths
    11. The feeling after a shave and hot shower
    12. Eating dinner with my family
    13. Time to journal on the plane
    14. The smell outside after the storm
    15. Seeing my cat again
    16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    17. My sister and her boyfriend, Sam. They tell great stories together
    18. Having a beer with my dad
    19. Gratitude
    20. The nice couple sitting next to me on the plane that shared their water with me
    21. Night time stretches before bed
    22. Catching up on TV
    23. I was able to stay up and see my brother when he got home
    24. My bed at home
    25. Being right here, exactly where I’m supposed to be
  • 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 my luggage from my trip. Not the most fantastic of shots but I’m a little impressed with myself I was able to fit so much in three bags and wanted to share.

    A Summer To Remember (#224)

    That’s it.

    I have a hard time believing it’s somehow already August 3rd. I still remember jumping up and down in my room in sheer disbelief I was offered a paid internship working in England for the summer. I called my parents immediately to share the news, quickly followed by the anxiety of organizing a trip that would take advantage of every second I spent abroad. I had plans to go to Italy and Spain, I had to think big! I found my way to Iceland, I navigated big cities in the UK, and I did it all on my own. I was enjoying this new freedom I felt…and that was all stripped when I found out I filled out my VISA incorrectly. I was sent home shortly after starting my international adventure and suddenly my world began to crash before it even had a real chance to take off.

    Sitting at home was a nightmare. My positivity could only last so long. I was lucky enough to see my brother graduate high school but once the shine wore off, I couldn’t get out of my own head. I was resilient up until the point I wasn’t. I struggled to wait to return to England and when I FINALLY got back, I felt homesick and depressed. I never would have thought transitioning back would have been as hard as it was. So I buckled down, I developed a new routine for myself and made a plan. I took control of my time and I stopped making excuses for my negativity. I realized I made a mistake but there was no changing the past.

    Gratitude. Gratitude is what allowed me to be present more than anything else. In another life, I was born and raised in England. I’ve wanted to visit the UK for as long as I remember wanting to travel anywhere in the world. AND, I got to be there during the World Cup and enjoy the sport’s biggest tournament with people like me. No, my summer was far from perfect but it didn’t have to be. I learned something new about myself every day abroad and found new purpose within myself. Who knows if the same would be true if everything had gone according to plan. Change is good and it may not always feel like it but it propels us in ways we could never imagine on our road to BECOMING.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out over the summer, my readers, my followers, and my family for keeping me going. I could not have done any of this alone and my gratitude for you all deserves more than a line in a list. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I am a stronger person because of the kindness and patience that has been shown to me. Thank you. This was a summer to remember.

    08.03.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. Learning through adversity
    3. The reliant sunshine and summer warmth
    4. Exercise as a tool for my mental health
    5. Morning hikes and catching the sunrise
    6. The World Cup and sharing it with my brother
    7. My parents and their unconditional support
    8. The smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves against the dock
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    10. Talking things out with my sister
    11. My summer audiobooks and the escape they provide
    12. My parents’ home cooking. I tried my best this summer but I miss theirs
    13. Getting organized and having a plan for the fall semester
    14. New perspective and clarity
    15. Time to journal and having a place to spill my thoughts
    16. Shared laughter and fun memories
    17. Change, and all it brings
    18. My comfy green sweatshirt as I wait through my 20-hour layover
    19. Good music to get me through my lows
    20. Walks through campus to work in the morning
    21. Routine and consistency to ease my mind
    22. Finding my way in a completely different country
    23. Sharing my daily gratitudes
    24. Life itself. I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be
    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.

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    Featured image of my favorite night in England this summer. I’ve been saving this picture and between the colors of the sunset and the moon, I’ll always have this. 

    Somehow, Someway (#223)

    My summer, similar to my suitcase….somehow, someway, it worked out. I couldn’t have imagined this would be how my summer would pan out but I’m grateful it did.

    There was no way I thought I was going to be able to fit everything in my suitcase but again, I’m grateful it did.

    This silly analogy often works on a much larger scale in life. The universe is unpredictable but with gratitude and positivity, it always works out the way it’s supposed to. We’re exactly where we’re supposed to be in life and for that reason we can be grateful.

    08.02.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. New friends from work
    3. One last walk through campus
    4. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    5. Home cooking
    6. Getting organized
    7. Daily gratitude
    8. My friends checking in on me
    9. World Cup matches and watching England
    10. Trains to Liverpool
    11. The intern exchange to Scotland
    12. Love songs and music to sort through
    13. Fresh air
    14. The constant sunshine and warm weather
    15. Weekend hikes
    16. Celebrating others
    17. Chipotle rewards and trips with my friends
    18. My growth and progress
    19. A clear night sky and time to think
    20. FaceTimes with my cat, Ned
    21. When things work out
    22. Reminders to be patient
    23. American peanut butter
    24. Safe travels
    25. The precious, 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 the pond next to my office. One last view before I’m off tomorrow. It’s been a fun summer.

    Grateful my friend PJ got to visit! More pictures coming soon from my summer.

    Looking Back (#222)

    July was a month full of learning, challenge, and helpful reminders. My brother had just left England and I struggled to transition back into life here in the UK. I felt homesick in ways I didn’t expect and didn’t feel fulfilled at work.

    It took me some time to find a good routine that worked with my demanding schedule. I found my groove at times and felt burnt out at others. I really had to remind myself to be present and take life one day at a time.

    I listened to a number of different audiobooks, each with different themes and morals that I reflected onto my own situation. Those were helpful and reignited my love for “reading”. The stories and authors inspired me to work on my own writing habits so I can hopefully publish something of my own one day. Who knows!

    I’m incredibly grateful for this summer. All the ups and downs made these past couple of months one to remember. Tomorrow is my last full day and I’ll write a more comprehensive reflection then. Until that point, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    08.01.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Catching up
    2. Walks through London
    3. Being an RA at BSU
    4. Positive people
    5. Texts from my family
    6. Sunny days and clear skies
    7. Gratitude
    8. Summer grilling
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    10. Talking things out
    11. Video games after school with my friends
    12. Carpools to UNH camp
    13. Time
    14. Wiffleball in the yard
    15. A good night’s rest
    16. Stretches before bed
    17. My audiobooks and podcasts
    18. After gym dinners with my friend Peter
    19. Good advice
    20. An empty email inbox
    21. Change
    22. Learning about music history
    23. American peanut butter
    24. My time in England
    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 the London eye. Loved visiting the city and had a great time exploring and walking around when I did.