Tag: anxiety

The Price Of Patience (#192)

The title may be misleading. I think there’s a major difference between indecision and patience. What we give to both of these things is what I’ll call “the price we pay”.

Indecision can result in missed opportunities. What we give to indecisiveness, or the price we pay, is how we let anxiety manifest. We let our fears get the best of us. The negative self talk in our head gets all the attention. We spend time investing in the things we can’t control and instead are left without options.

Patience is something different. Patience only costs a couple deep breaths and is rewarded with the best our Universe has to offer. When anxiety feels overwhelming, it comes down to what our focus and how we spend our most valuable asset, time.

How do you see patience? How do you remind yourself of its importance? When is a time you were grateful for a couple deep breaths?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A little help
  2. Clean water
  3. A fantastic World Cup
  4. Texts from Home
  5. Gratitude
  6. Talking things out
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Friends from home
  9. Celtics Basketball
  10. Monopoly nights with my family
  11. Warm sweatshirts
  12. Feeling better
  13. Hosting TEDx at BSU
  14. Caring mentors
  15. Music before bed
  16. Friendly competition
  17. Local pizza
  18. Kind people
  19. My Orientation backpack
  20. Learning
  21. My Peer Mentors at UMass
  22. The summer sun
  23. Patient reminders
  24. My comfy neck pillow
  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 me speaking at graduation specifically about gratitude and patience.

Why I Love Music (#169)

I’ve had a pretty tough time waiting for my VISA to process and to get back to England. Although I’m not missing much, I feel like I’m waisting this incredible opportunity. I’m grateful I was home for some pretty important family moments but this isn’t how I saw my summer going. It will place even more importance on being present and making the most of the time I have in England when I return.

I titled this blog, “Why I Love Music” because I think it’s been an important piece of my sanity. I’m someone who will over-analyze a situation without any prompting. My brain is CONSTANTLY processing information and I am conscious of my surroundings almost to a fault. Music not only is something I love to just listen to and enjoy, but it can certainly help keep my thoughts positive too.

This is a list of 25 songs that make me happy and at peace.

Grateful they exist, grateful I find meaning in them, and I’m grateful I can share them with others who may feel the same.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The Days That Are To Come – John Vincent III
  2. Yellow Lights – Harry Hudson
  3. I Hear Your Song, Sweetness – George Taylor
  4. Grows Old – Thirdstory
  5. I Need A Forest Fire – James Blake / Bon Iver
  6. Downtown – Majical Cloudz
  7. Anchor – Novo Amor
  8. Things Will Get Better – Vian Izak
  9. Cherry Wine – Hozier
  10. Rut – The Killers
  11. Roll Like Thunder – Jake Wells
  12. Animals & Angels – Joy Oladokun
  13. Pink + White – Frank Ocean
  14. Rise – Jason Mraz
  15. JOYFUL – X Ambassadors
  16. St. Ides – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  17. Reckless Lover – Handsome Ghost
  18. You Can’t Rush Your Healing – Trevor Hall
  19. The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves
  20. I’ll Stay (Carla’s Song) – Matt Stinton
  21. Hope – Honeywater
  22. Patience – The Lumineers
  23. Bruises – Lewis Capaldi
  24. Underground – Cody Fry
  25. Treasure Chest – The Corcoran Brothers

Trust me, picking JUST 25 songs was hard enough but if you like my music and are interested in more, check out my profile here.

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.


A featured image I’ve used before but a perfect way to end my day. Listening to music and watching the sunset always calmed me down and will be something I am always grateful for when thinking about this past year. 

Make Today One To Remember (#117)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. What patience brings
  2. Dream team in Kennedy working Carley and Jess
  3. New friends and UMass
  4. Spontaneous trips out of the office
  5. Feeling good and eating healthy
  6. Staying Organized
  7. Making it to the weekend
  8. Helpful advice and timely support
  9. Cuddles with my cat
  10. Honest communication
  11. Hitting PRs at the gym
  12. Long drives to clear my head
  13. Sitting on the porch in the summer with my mom
  14. Clean teeth and clean water
  15. Taking things one day at a time
  16. Learning new things
  17. A sense of balance and understanding
  18. Time for reflection
  19. Love and it all brings
  20. Being outside and feeling the sun on my skin
  21. The smell of chlorine approaching a pool
  22. Good preparation and efficiency
  23. Comfy Pillows
  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.


Featured image of the view from Lookout Point in Cambodia. One of my all-time favorite views and hikes. 

How I Deal With Anxiety (#102)

Today was a bad day for my anxiety. It was only a couple of years ago my depression and anxiety were crippling. Days without leaving my room would occur. Today I had my first anxiety attack in a long time but I dealt with it better than I have in the past. For that, I’m grateful for my growth, I’m grateful for my tools I use below, and I’m grateful for this life above everything else.


Today I’m Grateful for…

  1. Taking walks
  2. Calming music
  3. Going To The Gym
  4. Talking it out
  5. Laughing
  6. Time with my cat
  7. Using my tools
  8. A couple deep breaths
  9. Speaking it into my existence
  10. Signs from the Universe
  11. Counseling
  12. Learning about my anxiety and how to deal with it
  13. Practice and experience
  14. Getting enough sleep
  15. Time for self care
  16. Supportive friends
  17. Journaling
  18. My family
  19. Patience
  20. Accountability
  21. A clear night sky
  22. The sunshine
  23. Singing in the car
  24. Long runs
  25. A reminder to live in 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.

Featured image of a beautiful sunset over the ocean on the cape. A couple of my favorite things that bring me inner balance.