You Got What It Takes (#47)

02.08.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. That my brother is safe after this morning
  2. Making it to work on time
  3. 1:1’s with my Peer Mentors
  4. Hanging with Carley at work
  5. Leaving Southwest and seeing campus
  6. Living so close to Big Y
  7. Getting a rower at the very crowded gym
  8. The sun
  9. Trivia Bingo with my Peer Mentors
  10. My apartment is starting to feel like home
  11. Celtics Basketball
  12. The Happiness Project and You Are A Badass
  13. The Universe
  14. Working in OSIL
  15. Clean water
  16. Summer hikes
  17. Friendly people who help with directions
  18. New music Friday
  19. Being cozy with my cat
  20. My family
  21. Cereal snacks after school
  22. The weekend
  23. Movies in bed
  24. Free Pizza
  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 the sunset outside my apartment. Playing with some of the settings on my camera has lead to some pretty good learning and this is one of the results! If anyone has tips on night time shooting I would love to hear them. 

Stay Focused (#46)

02.07.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. FaceTiming with friends from BSU
  2. Chapter on Wednesday with my brothers
  3. My favorite floor partner, Stenie
  4. The Shea Durgin Hill in the summer
  5. Becoming an RA and starting in Pope
  6. The Lost Panera
  7. Carver Pond
  8. Boyden Steps
  9. Summer Apartments with John
  10. Frank and Holly
  11. Some of the worst supervisors ever so I could learn how to be better for my own staff
  12. Sundays playing Civ and watching football
  13. Lane’s Chocolate Brownies
  14. My mentors working in Res Life
  15. Conference Road Trips to UVM
  16. Dear World (https://dearworld.org/orlando)
  17. Speaking at Commencement
  18. Traveling to Cambodia
  19. My first class freshman year with Professor McCarthy. She always told us to, “Run with the fastest”. I’ve remembered ever since
  20. Runs through campus in the summer
  21. Spotify Music
  22. Dr. Jakari Griffith and Dr. Cindy Kane for helping me create a Residential Learning Community dedicated to Leadership
  23. Getting to work on a real TED event
  24. Auntie in ECC who always remembered my omelet order
  25. This 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.

IMG_0661Featured image of the place I think of as my home. This is probably my best picture of Boyden among many other attempts. It was a warm night and the grass was so green. I have spent A LOT of time on that quad and on those steps. 

A Little Inspiration (#45)

02.06.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Crossing things off my to-do list
  2. Good vibes from good people
  3. Trips to Chipotle
  4. Time at the gym
  5. Mornings I don’t have to set an alarm
  6. Snow days in February!!
  7. Spending time with my cat, Ned
  8. Water
  9. A healthy check-up at the doctors
  10. My Peer Mentors
  11. My tools for dealing with anxiety and depression
  12. The people who helped me get here
  13. Intelligent people
  14. A bed that I fit on
  15. The stuff that keeps you going
  16. My introvert time
  17. Working as an OL and as a SOC for Bridgewater
  18. Classical music to help me sleep
  19. Ashland Premier playing in the bubble
  20. All of my coaches throughout my life
  21. Good parking
  22. Delightful candles
  23. My family
  24. Healthy eating
  25. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow

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 the red sun being the only thing you could see in the distance from the top of Sunset ridge in Cambodia. It was a fun, quick hike that has some pretty special memories. Missing my people today! 

Dream Big (#44)

02.05.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My CORE class and my co-facilitator Kelcey
  2. Talking football with Erika and Carley
  3. Joint staff meeting with all of the RAs and Peer Mentors
  4. An album to listen through with Von
  5. Team Kennedy
  6. Angelo Mota music (https://open.spotify.com/album/1S0fcr4Lb2oKICLyaBq6fo?si=l-v8dVpQTnOHUiFSgWxXbA)
  7. My cat, Ned
  8. A day off from the gym
  9. A clean apartment
  10. Gravity keeping us where we should be
  11. Huge sweatshirts
  12. House Council tonight
  13. Surviving middle school and high school
  14. My Peer Mentors
  15. Speaking it into my existence
  16. Letting it go
  17. The people who knew I would be upset the Pats lost last night
  18. Warmer weather and sunny days
  19. Fellow gratitude bloggers!
  20. How helpful a couple deep breaths is
  21. How good the granola and yogurt I had this morning tasted for breakfast
  22. My family
  23. Being here at UMass
  24. Liverpool games I have time to watch
  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 fire red sunset over Western MA. Days like that I really feel lucky.

A Great Story (#43)

Just like a classic novel, life is full of twists and turns, highs and lows. I think gratitude helps us find ourselves right in the middle, perfectly balanced. Live a great story and be unafraid of what stands in your way.

02.04.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. An incredible season by the New England Patriots. They lost to a really talented Eagles team they earned that win. Excited for next season!
  2. Time with my best friend Bryan
  3. The change that comes with rain
  4. Signs from the Universe
  5. Love in all forms
  6. What patience brings
  7. This life and the lessons I’ve learned
  8. Reflection and journaling
  9. The clarity that comes from running or a good work out
  10. The healing that comes with change
  11. My chance to speak at commencement
  12. Good jellybeans
  13. The solitude of the beach in the winter
  14. Getting to pick the movie on family movie night
  15. Seeing my cat after a long day
  16. Nights delivering pizza in high school
  17. Promises kept
  18. Kind people
  19. Unlimited breadsticks at Olive Garden, what a great deal
  20. A sick guitar solo
  21. The safety of my bed and my space
  22. Those Tide commercials during the Super Bowl, hilarious stuff
  23. Anytime the ice cream truck came by and my parents had enough cash for me to get something
  24. My time in Cambodia
  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 sun shining leaving Gillette stadium. The Patriots will always be more than just a football team for me. Lots of important memories as I’ve grown up watching that team. Even after some of the darkest days, the sun continues to shine.

Good Days and Great Days (#42)

For someone who struggles with mental health issues, I have heard I only have good days and great days. The good days are when things are going really well and life is easy. Great days are when you are dealing with hell and still manage to use your tools and find gratitude at the end of it.

Today was a great day.

02.03.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. A productive morning
  2. The new Ji Jutsu class I started going to
  3. UMass Dining, it’s so much better than BSU
  4. Pretty much everything else about BSU
  5. New friends and deep conversation
  6. Relaxing ambient music
  7. My grandma and grandpa
  8. Space and existing in this Universe
  9. My cat, Ned, who likes to use my laptop to rub his face
  10. Thick Milkshakes and Smoothies
  11. My dad bringing me to a cards tournament at Toys R Us when I was little
  12. My plants are growing!
  13. Weekend sales while shopping
  14. My parents taking my family to Patriots games
  15. My very warm and cozy covers
  16. Super Bowl Sunday
  17. Warmer weather
  18. Morning meditation and yoga
  19. Feeling sore after working hard
  20. Family roller coaster road trip
  21. Artistic people
  22. Lessons learned
  23. Harry Potter Weekend
  24. Vinyl Music
  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.

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Featured image of the tide revealing the Earth beneath. This is one of my mom’s favorite beaches on the Cape. Family pictures this year were coordinated. 

Don’t Fear The Uncertainty (#41)

02.02.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Hanging out with my fam getting ice cream
  2. Lunch with my supervisor
  3. UMass hockey with my grad staff
  4. Rides home in the freezing cold
  5. Time to hang with my cat, Ned
  6. My new plants
  7. Ashland Day at Stone Park and after school there too
  8. Staying up until midnight with my cousins on the cape for New Years
  9. My aunts and uncles
  10. The sun and its healing
  11. Friends who play FIFA
  12. Ultimate frisbee games at the high school
  13. Runs before school
  14. The Ashland train station for being my escape
  15. My brother Ben, for all he does for me
  16. Good music and new artists on Spotify
  17. Souvenirs from my friends who have gone to incredible places
  18. When interviews go well
  19. Morning meditation
  20. Feeling stronger
  21. The embarrassing number of pillows I have on my bed
  22. Learning how to play cards with my dad
  23. Friendly dogs
  24. Deep conversation
  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 the last day of fall in Ashland state park. Snow had yet to fall but trees had become barren. I edited out the color from the trees and left the orange on the leaves.