Take It To Another Level (#306)

The work will get done.

I have to keep reminding myself of this as the fall semester comes to an end and I still have so much to take care of.

The work will get done, I keep saying. 

Each breath acts as an anchor, knowing I have goals I am working towards. Planning only gets us so far – and similarly – so does writing lists. I want to live out loud when it comes to gratitude and positivity. I want to take those next steps and live each moment and use each action to demonstrate gratitude. This looks like patience. This looks like empathy and encouragement.

Ultimately reminding myself, I need to take life one day at a time. The best is yet to come. The work will get done but saying it isn’t enough. Taking action brings life to another level.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for photography
  2. Support from Julie
  3. Handwritten cards of encouragement
  4. Sharing stories and laughter
  5. Summer bonfires and s’mores
  6. Camping in Acadia
  7. An empty email inbox
  8. My family
  9. New Weekend Music
  10. A little support from my friends
  11. My summer in the UK
  12. Being cozy and warm when it’s cold
  13. Great teachers and mentors
  14. Time to journal
  15. Inspiration from others
  16. Clean water
  17. Making my bed in the morning
  18. Basketball with my dad and brother
  19. Getting back into my routine
  20. A good night’s rest
  21. Positive people
  22. Exercising for my mental health
  23. Late night ice cream
  24. A clean apartment
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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Quite The Combination (#305)

Breathing, Gratitude, and patience.

Three things I have worked on all year long. With gratitude, I give thanks for the challenges and moments of learning of this past year. I sit with and appreciate the support from friends and family. With patience, I understand life only happens one moment at a time. I must be patient with my process above all else. And finally, breathing. It is with my breath I tie myself to the present and release any negative energy I hold.

With these three things, I feel unstoppable.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. FaceTimes with friends
  2. Stretching before bed
  3. Clean water
  4. Sharing gratitude
  5. A couple deep breaths
  6. Frank and Holly
  7. Random dancing
  8. Pancakes on weekends
  9. Car ride singing
  10. Fresh fruit and veggies
  11. Local bagels
  12. Good advice and mentors
  13. My family
  14. A change in season
  15. Moments of learning
  16. A little inspiration
  17. Cozy slippers
  18. Good communication
  19. Board game nights with the family
  20. My grandparents
  21. A home cooked meal
  22. Time off from work and classes
  23. Sharing music
  24. Sports
  25. The here and now

Always love hanging out with my Cat.

We Create Our Own Meaning (#304)

One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. We respond to life, we create our own meaning

Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search For Meaning


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Waking up with the sunrise
  2. Summers as a camp counselor
  3. Heart to hearts with Halley
  4. Time with my cat
  5. Local bagels
  6. Homemade calzones with Julie
  7. Learning something new
  8. Apple Cup wins
  9. Hometown reunions
  10. Time with my brother
  11. A clean apartment
  12. Fresh Watermelon
  13. An opportunity to create
  14. Time at the gym
  15. My continued education
  16. Anytime I can play soccer with friends
  17. A bed that I fit on
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. A clear night sky to see the stars
  20. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  21. Summer audio books and walking though campus at Essex
  22. Hikes through the desert
  23. Writing inspiration
  24. Daily goals
  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.

What may have been my favorite sunrise. Acadia, Maine!

Happy Thanksgiving Giveaway (#303)

Happy Thanksgiving! The day designed for gratitude – it’s like gratitude’s national holiday.

Whether your day is steeped in tradition or you are doing something totally unrelated…we can find reasons to be grateful for today. Every year I try to recognize my own privilege when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for food, family, and friends but that might not be true for everyone. I’m fortunate to return to a warm house, surrounded by people who love me. Be sure to support your local food bank or homeless shelter anyway you can.

Here is where we get to work together. I will be selecting 5 people at random who like this post and comment their blog link to win my giveaway prize.

Winners will receive:

– a $20 Amazon Gift Card

– a $20 donation to the charity of your choice

– and my gratitude 🙂

Share this post! Tell your friends, tell your pets. The contest runs until December 1st, so act fast! There is only so much we can do as individuals. What I’m truly grateful for is when we find ways to come together. Happy Thanksgiving, Internet.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The annual turkey trot
  2. Spending time with my family
  3. A day full of football
  4. Embracing change
  5. A little reassurance
  6. A clean apartment
  7. Productive time and getting things done
  8. Safe travels
  9. Tips and help with my application
  10. Sharing new music
  11. Time to heal
  12. Fluffy clouds and a painted sky
  13. Working towards my goals
  14. My wooden castle and time with my dad
  15. Yard games
  16. A little competition
  17. Icy hot for my poor joints and muscles
  18. People who inspire
  19. Fresh fruits and veggies
  20. Late night jeopardy
  21. Clean water and pictures from Cambodia
  22. Turkey and mashed potatoes
  23. Superhero bandaids
  24. Anything by Frank Ocean
  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 New York!

How We Spend Our Time (#302)

It’s not a race.

There’s nothing you have to win.

This life isn’t meant to be a checklist of accomplishments. We only get so much time on this earth, please don’t spend it in anger or hatred. Let go of past transgressions. Let go of past mistakes. You’re in this moment only.

Spend your time with intent. Do meaningful work that makes you happy. Time to take care of yourself doesn’t hurt either.

Slow down. You’re doing great.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Music you can dance to
  2. A life full of color
  3. Rainy mornings
  4. Helpful and patient people
  5. Celebrating others
  6. My grandparents
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Pickup soccer nearby
  9. Clean water
  10. Spending time with Julie
  11. Life lessons
  12. Vinyl records and classic songs
  13. Comfy pillows
  14. Trying new things
  15. A little competition
  16. Conference friends and stories
  17. Safe travels
  18. Singing in the car
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. Warmer weather
  21. Time for stretching
  22. My family
  23. Kraft Mac and cheese with extra cheese
  24. My favorite places
  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 my trip to the Grand Canyon!

Beyond What We Know (#173)

Life is meant to be exploratory. Embrace change in all its forms. Step outside your comfort zone and use gratitude as a tether to your present. We only know what we know and we don’t know what we don’t know. Life is about learning new things and that takes both time and experience. Be patient. The best is yet to come.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The rain
  2. Hanging out with my siblings
  3. Cozy blankets and warm socks
  4. Feeling organized
  5. Working with supportive people
  6. A couple deep breaths
  7. Morning yoga
  8. Mentors and coaches
  9. Time to relax
  10. Sunday night football and snacks
  11. Friends from home
  12. Summer trips to the cape
  13. Mutual support and energy
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. Safe travels
  16. Learning new things
  17. A new perspective
  18. Flash cards for tests and quizzes
  19. Home
  20. New music and real instruments
  21. Gratitude
  22. Embracing change
  23. Clean water and sustainable efforts
  24. School leadership
  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.

A fiery red sun setting on the day.

Middle Of The Road (#162)

“I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful that I am better than I used to be”

John Wooden

It’s a long road ahead but I’ve found myself to be in a good place along the way. Remembering my breath to enjoy the ride.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Basketball in the driveway
  3. A change in season
  4. Comfy pillows and warm blankets
  5. Time at home
  6. Letting things go
  7. My grandparents
  8. Talking things out when needed
  9. Hot yoga with my mom
  10. Time to journal
  11. Good tea and good conversation
  12. My cat, Ned
  13. Cereal snacks
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. Friends abroad
  16. A week off from school
  17. The colorful setting sun
  18. Time to heal
  19. A couple of deep breaths
  20. The sound of the train passing
  21. Local bagels
  22. Safe travels and good stories
  23. Meeting new people
  24. Patient thoughts
  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 last winter