The Things I Can’t Control (#208)

I can work hard 9-5, type until my hands and wrists are fatigued. I can actively reach out to my friends when I’m in need of support. But, there are things in life we can’t control.

I’m grateful when those things not only go well but highlight meaning or purpose. It’s important for me to recognize them as a higher power, the Universe, to strengthen my belief in what I can’t explain. Sometimes these signs are worth listening to and sometimes I just feel lucky. Whatever the reason may be, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

07.18.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Yoga and meditation
  2. Patient tutoring
  3. When things go well
  4. School spirit
  5. Working as an RA
  6. Landscaping with my friends in the summer
  7. Walks into Colchester
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Walks around the pond with my grandma
  10. A calm breeze
  11. Shared laughter
  12. Understanding
  13. Monopoly nights with my family
  14. Fond memories
  15. Practice after school
  16. Time to journal
  17. Texts from Home
  18. Quiet confidence
  19. Colorful sunrises
  20. Bridgewater State University
  21. Pleasant surprises
  22. Honest people
  23. The Universe
  24. People who inspire
  25. The 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.

    I’ve done a lot of traveling this summer and I’m grateful I’ve made it safely everywhere I’ve gone. Thank goodness for that.

    “The Outcome Is Not The Outcome” (#190)

    I was listening to my new favorite podcast “Tribe of Mentors” and this was one of the quotes.

    “The outcome is not the outcome”.

    I think this quote stands out to me because I’ve seen it in my own life. Despite what happens in life, what we go through, what we accomplish, the world turns on. Successes, failures, change, it’s all constantly occurring leading us to new outcomes and learning moments.

    I think this is why gratitude can be so important. We can recognize how far we’ve come. When we were at our lowest, what it took to climb out because we know we can keep going. All we need to remember is to take it one day at a time.

    06.30.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The month of June
    2. Time to journal
    3. Safe travels
    4. This week with my brother. Having him here really made transitioning back to England that much easier.
    5. Drake’s new album Scorpion and talking about it with my friends
    6. Catching up
    7. FaceTimes with friends and family
    8. Clean water
    9. Healthy habits
    10. Trust and honesty
    11. My red hiking bag and the places it goes
    12. Warm covers on cold nights
    13. Signs from the Universe
    14. What hard work brings
    15. My process
    16. Walks into town
    17. New beginnings
    18. A clean room
    19. Audiobooks and podcasts
    20. My family
    21. Summer on the cape
    22. Moments of learning
    23. Early morning runs
    24. Good health
    25. The 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.

    Featured image from our travels to Liverpool. Thought the reflection looked cool.

    A Moment To Reflect And Breath (#126)

    I was disappointed in myself for missing a couple of days of blogging. I’d like to think I kept my gratitude promise by writing for those days today but I know it’s not the same thing. It shouldn’t matter that I published the blog a couple of days late because it was never about posting every day or proving I can write 365 blogs. I didn’t start writing about gratitude to quantify a list of things I have. It’s not about the stuff on the list, or how many there are. It’s about the feeling each list item brings. So that’s why I’ll keep writing about gratitude. I believe in the power of thankfulness and hope sharing mine can inspire more.

    I recognize I hold a lot of privilege in my identities and opportunities. Sometimes preaching gratitude feels like I’m just simply advertising my advantages. I think like every feeling or emotion, we all feel it differently. The way I feel and express gratitude will be different than how others do the same.

    Albeit small, I want to use this platform to bring positivity into this world and inspire others any way I can.

    04.28.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My dad coaching my teams growing up
    2. Orange juice in the morning
    3. Deep conversation
    4. Our existence
    5. Trying something new
    6. A platform to share my thoughts
    7. My fraternity brothers and goodbyes
    8. The sound of birds chirping in the morning
    9. Tattoo stories
    10. Meeting new people
    11. A couple deep breaths
    12. Bryan Gammon, one of my best friends
    13. The calming rain and how it feels when it lands on my skin
    14. Passion and energy
    15. My job here at UMass
    16. Summer walks through the state park
    17. Nights on the beach
    18. Night time stretches
    19. Listening to my parents tell old stories
    20. Letting go
    21. Good self-care
    22. Coming home to my cat
    23. Clean water
    24. Support and encouragement

    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 my own this time! A silhouette I took on the beach in California. Truly, a great day.

    Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way (#101)

    04.03.18

    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Indoor soccer
    2. When my cat greets me at the door
    3. New music from my discover weekly
    4. A good run to clear my head
    5. Eating healthy and feeling good
    6. Change
    7. Good teammates
    8. Road trips with friends
    9. Learning a new language
    10. For reflection and moments I work on myself
    11. Working through “stuff” with people
    12. Talking about life during the Dream Team Meetings on Tuesday’s
    13. A good 24/7 Diner
    14. My family on the west coast
    15. Uncooked s’mores….yes I eat each part separately
    16. Leather recliner seats at the movies
    17. Summer Camp
    18. Sleeping in
    19. A productive day in the office
    20. Being focused and organized
    21. Tools for meditation
    22. What patience brings
    23. Pleasant surprises
    24. When I can support my friends
    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 a brick building in NY. Grateful for my internship with Swift Kick and my sister for letting me stay with her.

    Be Kind To Yourself (#99)

    You don’t always have to be so hard on yourself, even when you fail. Be grateful for the opportunity! Saying “try, try again” exists for a reason and sometimes we don’t get things right the first time. That includes how we treat others. Giving people a little bit of grace and time to fix a mistake may just result in some gratitude coming your way. Be patient with your process and theirs.

    04.01.18

    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. I’m not a huge fan of April Fool’s Day and I managed to make it without being pranked all day!
    2. The smell of protein powder after the gym
    3. To be able to volunteer and serve my community
    4. A good album to listen through front to back
    5. The highly anticipated Liverpool v City match on Wednesday
    6. New mentors and networks
    7. Working towards something bigger
    8. A higher power that exists within the Universe
    9. My siblings and my family
    10. Back massages
    11. Clean water
    12. Early bed times
    13. Feeling prepared
    14. Cat cuddles
    15. Time for hiking and photography
    16. Help planning my trip to Iceland and the UK
    17. Trust and honesty
    18. A few deep breaths and some patience
    19. Life lessons
    20. Summer jobs with my friends and days at the beach
    21. The warmth of the sun
    22. FaceTimes with my friends from BSU
    23. For Grad School and learning new things
    24. All of my supervisors, the good and the bad
    25. Today and every day on this planet

    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 mouth to a small lake. One of the hikes I did this past summer with Lucas and mike.

    Life is About Exploration! (#88)

    03.21.18

    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Actually having class today
    2. Time for the Gym
    3. My Brother’s Art
    4. Talks about Life
    5. Tattoo Stories
    6. Carpooling with Carley to Class
    7. A Clean Apartment
    8. The Sunshine
    9. Spending time with my Uncle when I needed support
    10. Soccer in the backyard with my brother
    11. Feeding the ducks with my grandma when I was younger
    12. A couple deep breaths
    13. My family
    14. Photography Tips and Tricks
    15. Learning from past mistakes
    16. A rainy day indoors
    17. When my cat greets me at the door
    18. Orange slices at halftime
    19. Cool Ranch (blue bag) Doritos more than Nacho Cheese (red bag) Doritos
    20. Learning how to square dance
    21. When ocean and lake fish leave me alone
    22. When my beard keeps my face warm
    23. My amazing staff
    24. Warm socks
    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 my Uncle exploring the beach in Malibu. I’m grateful he’s been coming home and taking care of his mom, my grandma. She really appreciates it.

    Share It Out Loud (#54)

    Writing gratitude is useful but telling others is when it holds the most value. A reminder never hurt anyone how grateful you are for their existence.

    02.15.18

    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. My supervisor Adam
    2. Rock climbing with Erika
    3. Time for the gym
    4. The kind employees that left EMS open for me as I rushed in 10 minutes before close
    5. Clear instructions with grad work
    6. Coming home to my cat, Ned
    7. The long weekend with my family
    8. Laughing with my peer mentors
    9. Spotify new music Friday
    10. Old movies with my dad
    11. Sledding in the winter
    12. The warmer weather
    13. The promise of Spring
    14. Growing up with my siblings
    15. AIM Chats
    16. Sharing gratitude
    17. Morning yoga and stretches
    18. Chapters in my life
    19. Learning
    20. A couple deep breaths
    21. What patience brings
    22. Lessons my parents taught me
    23. A roof over my head
    24. People who have helped me get here
    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 night I made a change in my life.