Find A Balance (#38)

Life is full of highs and lows, we just need to find ourselves somewhere in between.

01.30.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Team Kennedy
  2. Naps
  3. When my cat lets me pet him
  4. A good interview with my top choice
  5. Time at the gym
  6. Communication, especially when it’s not easy
  7. Friends that check in
  8. A dark room at night, still glad they fixed the blinds
  9. New opportunities
  10. Being an LCG and attending UMass
  11. Nature and good hikes with friends
  12. My own space
  13. Oldies radio with my parents
  14. My family as always
  15. RHA / Chapter Wednesdays
  16. Only having two days of classes this semester
  17. Long weekends
  18. The New England Patriots and specifically the 2017 – 2018 season
  19. The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  20. My journal
  21. Learning lessons
  22. People that make me laugh
  23. Cindy Kane, one of my mentors
  24. Much too large sweatpants
  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.

Featured image, a tree we saw on our hike outside Malibu. Every morning when I mediate I envision myself in front of a tree similar to this.

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Make The Most Of Your Day (#37)

01.29.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Waking up on time to go to the gym early
  2. Engaged and fun CORE students
  3. The sound of seagulls
  4. Carpools to class
  5. Friends from BSU
  6. My family
  7. The brothers of Sigma Pi
  8. 1:1s with my boss, Adam
  9. Interviews
  10. Songs good on repeat
  11. Fresh fruit
  12. Spending lunch with my cat
  13. People who make you laugh
  14. New music on Spotify
  15. Pizza at programs
  16. FIFA tournaments with my team
  17. An empty email inbox
  18. House Council fun
  19. Days I get to wear a tie
  20. A working bike
  21. Delivery drivers
  22. Snow days
  23. Friends who read the blog
  24. Accepted students day here at UMass
  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 flat horizon. A quick hike with some of my best friends.

Signs From The Universe (#36)

Sometimes it is undeniable. Something so clear out of your control is telling you to notice the signs. I don’t think we always have the awareness to know what these signs mean but they are there.

01.28.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Places I’ve been
  2. Healthy eating
  3. The weekend
  4. Clean water
  5. My family
  6. Coming home
  7. My peer mentors
  8. My cat, Ned
  9. Time for myself
  10. Finding new music
  11. Handwritten notes and letters
  12. When my mom would make my siblings and me pancakes
  13. Nights together
  14. Morning meditation
  15. Signs from the Universe
  16. Long runs
  17. Contagious smiles
  18. New opportunities
  19. People who inspire through hard work
  20. A summer doing Crossfit
  21. A good night’s rest
  22. Friends who got me here
  23. The tough days that make the good days better
  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.

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Featured image from my hike to Judas Tree National Park. Missing the great outdoors and the sun as it continues to be cold and gray here in MA. 

Be Kind (#35)

01.27.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Sunshine
  2. Being a runner
  3. Broga Yoga
  4. My cat, Ned
  5. Good friends and good food
  6. Clear night skies filled with stars
  7. Campfires
  8. My family
  9. The Universe
  10. Time to read
  11. Trees and clean air
  12. State and National Parks
  13. Mornings to sleep in
  14. Other bloggers who inspire me
  15. My call to adventure
  16. Exploring new places
  17. Neck pillows
  18. Popcorn and movies
  19. Monopoly with my dad and brother
  20. My planner and my calendar
  21. My grandparents
  22. Time to journal
  23. Learning new things
  24. My own classroom
  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 lake in Bridgewater. Home to the perfect sunsets and plenty of happy memories. 

Figuring It Out (#34)

01.26.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Lessons learned
  2. When there is an open squat rack at the gym
  3. A chance to interview
  4. Napsssssss
  5. PAY DAY
  6. My supervisor, Adam for really working hard to support his LCGs
  7. Accurate weather predictions
  8. Green technology that helps our planet
  9. My grandma teaching me how to dive
  10. All day soccer tournaments
  11. Trips to Gillette
  12. BSU Greek Life
  13. My teachers in High School that made an impact on my learning and growth
  14. My family
  15. What hard work and patience brings
  16. My blog saving when I accidentally click back a page
  17. Road trips and books on tape with my family
  18. A chance to check off a New Year’s resolution
  19. Car rides and singing
  20. Breakfast at Good Days
  21. People who have stuck with me
  22. Books that make you think
  23. A full fridge
  24. Songs that make you dance
  25. The 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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Featured image from Siem Reap in Cambodia! I took this picture as we were headed back for the day outside the main city market. The orange sun was warm all day and radiated before going down at night. Truly a special place to be. 

Try, Try Again (#33)

01.25.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Good meetings with my advisor
  2. Friends that encourage my best self
  3. 1:1s with my Peer Mentors
  4. Christmas with my Grandparents and the Macy’s sweaters my Grandma would always get my sister and me
  5. A clean office and an empty email inbox
  6. My coworkers! Especially in Kennedy Tower
  7. Time at the gym
  8. UMass Dining and sushi
  9. Morning meditation
  10. My cat, Ned
  11. Good parking
  12. Watching The New England Patriots with my family
  13. Trying new things
  14. Old man basketball on Wednesday with my dad
  15. FaceTime with friends
  16. Listening to old music with a new ear
  17. People who are on time
  18. What patience brings
  19. My journal
  20. Walks around the pond with my Grandma
  21. Spotify Discover Weekly
  22. The sunshine and the rain
  23. A healthy life
  24. 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.

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Featured image from a tough morning. I remember leaving my building around 4am to catch “the perfect sunrise” and all we found was the fog. I remember being so disappointed. I was already having a tough couple of days mentally and this didn’t meet my expectations. In the fog, we found a lone surfer. He was taking on the cold and unforgiving waves from what we could barely make out. Again and again, he fell into the water, only to get right back up. Life isn’t meant to be a constant wave back to the shore. There will be times you fail and times you have to pick yourself back up. The ocean, this planet, is full of life and opportunity. Finding ourselves in the middle of all of it can be difficult and overwhelming. Take it one day at a time. Be patient and recognize you’ve come so far. Think back to your very first-day’ surfing’ and how much you’ve improved. Even if you haven’t met your goal quite yet, you can climb back on the board and keep trying. 

A Steep Climb (#32)

With the start of a new semester comes new challenges. There are many reasons why I believe this semester will be more difficult than the last but that is ultimately a good thing. I’m excited about the new learning and experiences that will come hand in hand with the change in difficulty. You don’t have to lower your expectations, just find new ways to meet them.

01.24.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My fellow LCG Erika for being my best friend here at UMass
  2. People who want to try new things with me
  3. Good professors in tough classes
  4. To be able to teach CORE this semester
  5. My family and my parents for their constant support
  6. The tools that help me handle stress and adversity
  7. Summers at UNH
  8. A day off from work every now and again
  9. The sunshine and nice weather
  10. Cartoons after school
  11. Time at the gym
  12. Comfy sweatshirts
  13. Meaningful lyrics
  14. Second chances
  15. Live music
  16. My brother
  17. Sigma Pi and Greek Life at BSU
  18. Time to think and breath
  19. The Ashland train station
  20. Late night pizza
  21. FIFA tournaments with friends
  22. Being organized and feeling prepared
  23. Daily quotes
  24. People that check in
  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 Mt. Rainier in Washington! Took this picture on my first trip by myself. It was an incredible trip with some incredible views.