It’s All About Hard Work (#115)

04.17.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Peaceful mornings
  2. Clear thoughts
  3. A healthy breakfast
  4. Old friends
  5. Double sided tape
  6. Color Coordinated Organizers
  7. Trying new things
  8. Another chance
  9. Focus and attention to detail
  10. Sharing dessert
  11. Secret Spots
  12. Games of all kinds with my dad
  13. Clean water
  14. My countdown calendar for the end of the semester
  15. Pictures from Disney from Mel and Sam
  16. Piano lessons
  17. Learning a new language
  18. Audiobooks and long car rides
  19. Reflective Journaling
  20. No excuses
  21. A clean apartment
  22. Reassurance and support
  23. Walks with my grandma
  24. Bike rides in the summer
  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 a tractor my brother and I found on our hike. Thought it fit well with the landscape. 

Trust Your Process (#103)

04.05.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Walks to clear my head
  2. 1:1s with my Peer Mentors
  3. Time in the office to get stuff done
  4. Audiobooks and trips to the library
  5. Working with Carley
  6. Card Games with my Dad
  7. Passion and inspiration
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Peanut Butter
  10. Lazy Rivers
  11. Playing with my cat
  12. Personal accountability
  13. Clean water
  14. Comfy sweats
  15. Playing soccer growing up
  16. My family
  17. Music documentaries on Netflix
  18. Home cooking
  19. Green trees
  20. A clean apartment
  21. Second Chances
  22. Sunlight
  23. Revs Games in the summer
  24. The smell of the 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.

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Featured image of the sunset in Malibu. A fun day with my uncle as the light peeks through the clouds. 

Working Torwards Your Goals (#77)

When working to achieve anything, it’s important to remember your why. Something an old supervisor used to ask me is, “What’s the why behind my why?” Gratitude allows us to take a step back and remember what the focus really is. Why the opportunity means something regardless of if it goes well or poorly.

03.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. New music from Bobby Tarintino
  2. Catching up with Julie
  3. People who make me laugh
  4. Endless possibilities for the future
  5. A full, bright moon
  6. Learning new things
  7. A few deep breaths
  8. Morning stretches
  9. Being out in nature
  10. Warmer weather
  11. Runs through an empty campus
  12. Working landscaping with my friends
  13. Sleeping in
  14. Local bagels
  15. Visiting my sister in New York during my internship
  16. The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau
  17. Getting things done
  18. A clean apartment
  19. Being supported
  20. PATIENCE 
  21. Playing cards with my dad
  22. Clean water
  23. Working at UMass
  24. Surprises (sometimes)
  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 Pub Street in Cambodia. Boy was this place fun when we went. 

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.

One Day At A Time (#25)

Dreams and aspirations can feel heavy when it doesn’t feel like we’re making any progress. It’s why people drop their expectations and start to give up on their goals. There’s no magic word or phrase I can use to motivate you but I can remind you to be patient.

Take it one day at a time, remember to breath, and you’ll get there. Speak it into your existence and remind yourself what you’re working for. Be present for each moment and just see what happens.

01.17.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The CD my dad made for me when I turned 10 with all his favorite songs
  2. Snow day delays
  3. My friend, Erika! She always brings a smile to my face. Also she got me this awesome frame of Ned lol
  4. Big comfy sweatshirts
  5. Tattoo stories
  6. UMass Amherst
  7. Time with my new Peer Mentors
  8. Sushi at Hamp
  9. My family
  10. Vance Joy, ‘Dream Your Life Away’ album
  11. Weddings and sunshine
  12. The ocean
  13. Double sessions for soccer
  14. Basketball at the gym
  15. These headphones
  16. My sister’s food recommendations
  17. Making mistakes
  18. Family road trips and books on tape
  19. Water
  20. Sleeping on a bed I finally fit on
  21. That time my uncle dressed up like a lobster for my beach themed birthday party
  22. My friends who are going to become educators
  23. Triathlon training team
  24. Late night cups of V8 with my mom
  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, my friends and I spent the day at the beach and were greeted by a cool breeze and a bright blue sky. We walked that beach for miles!

Taking Care Of It (#22)

01.14.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Playing soccer growing up. Car rides to and from games. Spending that time with my friends and my family.
  2. My cat, Ned for bringing me happiness
  3. Chipotle trips
  4. Spotify music and songs that make you think
  5. My family
  6. An empty sink
  7. Extensions on papers for school
  8. A good hike
  9. Bleu cheese and buffalo together
  10. The smell of rain
  11. Stars on a clear night
  12. No traffic driving home
  13. Mornings I get to sleep in
  14. Souvenirs friends have brought me from other countries
  15. Conference ed-sessions
  16. Self-growth and learning things about myself
  17. Bucket list items
  18. Peanut butter and milk
  19. AC in the summer
  20. Cape Cod ice cream runs
  21. The smell of the ocean
  22. Naps
  23. An album you can listen to front to back
  24. The right tools
  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, opened up the shades to my living room. Starting a series of photos just of the sun setting from the warmth of my own home.