Celebration and Gratitude! (#143)

I think it’s easy to be grateful on birthdays and holidays. It’s my goal to emulate those feelings and inclination of thankfulness every day of my life. Today is my brother’s 18th birthday and I am thankful he’s not only my brother but one of my best friends. He’s going through a lot of change but knows I’m there for him. He’ll change the world one day and I’m glad my family can celebrate together on his day.

05.15.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My brother
  2. Celtics wins against the Cavs
  3. My entire family
  4. My AT internship in HS with my first mentor, Allie
  5. Tattoo stories
  6. People who can sing well
  7. Good music
  8. People checking in before Iceland
  9. Love
  10. Movie theater recliners
  11. Catching up with old friends
  12. Plane rides and sunset pictures
  13. Being home and being around my family
  14. Playing soccer in the sun
  15. Working things out
  16. The sound of thunderstorms
  17. Warm laundry
  18. The tree in the front yard and how big it’s grown
  19. Runs through town before school
  20. Souvenir ideas
  21. Laying on Boyden in the rain
  22. Being able to see the stars back home
  23. Acoustic bed time music
  24. The sound of the train at night
  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 red sun on one of my last days in Amherst before my summer.

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Celebrating Others (#142)

05.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Celebrating my Brother’s birthday tomorrow!
  2. Being home with my family
  3. Finally being done with my semester
  4. Time to get organized for Iceland
  5. My mom watching my cat this summer
  6. Swimming when the weather gets warm
  7. Watching NBA basketball with my brother
  8. Laughing with my mom
  9. Help packing up
  10. Popcorn and movies
  11. Singing in the car
  12. Good supervisors
  13. Change of all kinds
  14. My mother’s cooking
  15. Safe travels
  16. Refereeing Saturday mornings
  17. Peanut butter
  18. Sunsets over the water
  19. Good communication and talking things out
  20. Writing it down
  21. Speaking into my existence
  22. Catching up
  23. Trust and reliability
  24. A good team and hard work
  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 best friend Melissa graduating! I wish I could be there but am forever grateful for my best friend. 

Saying Goodbye (#141)

Tonight is my last night in this apartment. It marks the end of my first year of graduate school. These past two semesters have challenged me academically in ways I wasn’t initially ready for. Transitioning from Bridgewater was hard and UMass has a much larger campus. I was accustomed to feeling more connected to my campus and the people and that was much harder here in my role. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly incredible humans that make me grateful to be here. Each of them have helped make this place feel more like home. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve started here and I have my tools to fall back on.

Adopting my cat Ned changed my life. I really needed something to love after going through a really tough summer. He got me up in the morning when I didn’t want to get up. He would greet me at the door after a long day of work and class. He listened to me rant and question the universe when nothing made sense. I will miss him dearly when I’m in England but I’m grateful for the healing he’s provided me. He needed a good home and I needed a good cat. I’m thankful my mom was so eager to watch him this summer while I’m away.

If you’re interested in adopting an animal or learning more about the process, check out what I used here!

This apartment is home to a lot of good memories and bad memories. I learned a lot about myself in the past year and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The future is bright but I’m thankful for today.

ALSO, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Grateful for my mom for so many reasons.

05.13.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Mellow beats on Spotify ( https://open.spotify.com/track/6vPDjg4zuLlJrzgm9vqZCj?si=4s5EngiXSXaX85Nlw0O81g)
  2. Mother’s Day with my family
  3. Going home
  4. The help I got from my mom and sister clearing my apartment
  5. Healing
  6. New beginnings and what’s to come
  7. My cat, Ned
  8. My BSU friends seeing me off before Europe
  9. Time in Ashland
  10. A chance to say goodbye
  11. Double sided tape
  12. A VERY clean apartment
  13. Old friends
  14. UMass Moving
  15. All the good books and podcasts recommended to me for my trip
  16. Warm socks
  17. Taco Tuesdays
  18. My walks to and from the gym
  19. The feeling of clean teeth
  20. Help planning my trip to Iceland
  21. Comfy pants
  22. Sunny days and warm weather
  23. FaceTimes with friends
  24. Tattoo stories
  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.

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This was me in front of Emerson during the summer! That feels like a lifetime ago now. I still wear those shoes all the time too in case you were wondering.

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Featured image of my favorite sunset I chased looking out from my apartment. This was early on in the summer when I was still nervous about the move. Something about the colors put me at ease. I’m grateful for this past year for so many reasons, even the little ones. 

Living In The Present (#140)

05.12.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The rain
  2. My family
  3. Cleaning up
  4. Sleeping in
  5. Clean water
  6. Time outside
  7. Good hikes
  8. The last days of the semester
  9. Good food
  10. Being present
  11. Trust
  12. Teamwork
  13. Practice, practice, practice
  14. Technology
  15. Warm sweatshirts
  16. Laying down
  17. Surviving my first year of grad school
  18. Learning from my mistakes
  19. Back massages
  20. Learning new things
  21. Signs from the Universe
  22. The truth
  23. Good music
  24. Time with my cat
  25. Right here right 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 the lights reflected in the water. Nights like this feel so long ago.

My Little Light (#139)

There’s something that keeps me going. I see it in different places. I see it in the future, I see it in myself, and most importantly I see it in others. It’s hope.

What gives you hope?

05.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Being outside
  2. Runs through campus and not getting hit by cars
  3. The sunshine
  4. Gratitude!
  5. Laughter
  6. Singing in the car
  7. Hanging out with my cat
  8. My family
  9. A good book
  10. A little support
  11. Clean water
  12. Good communication
  13. A clean apartment (soon)
  14. A couple deep breaths
  15. My BSU friends
  16. My new UMass friends
  17. Mother’s Day so we can celebrate my mom!
  18. Free stuff
  19. Inspiration
  20. A new mindset
  21. New beginnings
  22. Sentimental people
  23. Good reflection
  24. Learning
  25. Moments in between

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 mountain in Judas tree. What an incredible day.

Routine and Change (#138)

I am a creature of habit. I have several different daily routines I base my day around. This blog, my journal, what time I feed my cat, it’s all just mindless routine. In some circumstances, this can be a good thing. It helps keep life simple and organized.

Unfortunately, the same routine can lead to burnout and complacency. Routines can take the shape of both action and emotion. We can routinely get stressed about the things we can’t control. We can find ourselves stuck in these ruts without change and it isn’t healthy. Use routine when necessary but embrace change when possible. Use gratitude for everything in between.

05.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Waking up with the sun
  3. A little help
  4. Walks through campus
  5. A quick nap
  6. A slower pace
  7. New opportunities
  8. Quality time
  9. Support in all forms
  10. Honesty
  11. Clear nights full of stars
  12. Sitting at the train station watching cars go by
  13. The view from the top of a good hike
  14. Summer soccer and being outdoors
  15. Gratitude and those who share
  16. Good music
  17. Sleeping in
  18. Driving with the windows down
  19. Understanding and reason
  20. Working at the same camp I went to as a kid
  21. Growing older
  22. Learning and laughing
  23. Answers
  24. Cozy socks
  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 some hi def water! Cool watching it rush down from the waterfall, even cooler what the camera picks up.

Another Gratitude List (#137)

05.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Finishing my first year of grad school
  2. Everyone that supported me through this process
  3. Countless sunsets
  4. Reflective walks to and from the gym at night
  5. Good music and sharing with others
  6. Good professors
  7. Car rides with Carley
  8. Dream team meetings
  9. Living in Emerson
  10. My supervisor, Adam
  11. SO MUCH LEARNING
  12. My mental health tools still working
  13. My cat, Ned for being my source of happiness
  14. Home cooked meals
  15. Saturday morning soccer games
  16. Finding friends playing indoor in the winter
  17. FaceTimes before bed with my BSU friends
  18. Change!!
  19. I can finally start planning and packing for Europe
  20. New opportunities
  21. Spending time with my family
  22. A DAY OFF
  23. The warmth of the sun
  24. The green returning to the trees
  25. Today and every day

 

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 Main street in Siem Reap! It was dry season when we went so the water level was really low but typically it would be higher.