The Wind and The Rain

It was the kind of day when the sun could melt the sidewalk. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, nor had there been for weeks. The farmer’s patience was regularly tested in his profession, but this drought seemed unwavering. It had been weeks since his crops last tasted water. The farmer bent over and picked up a small handful of soil. The bed of earth planted to support the farmer’s crops was expectingly dry and crumbled in his calloused hand.

“I know you’re hurting”.

The farmer spoke quietly to his plants. He had done all he could to prepare his fields for a barren summer, but had he done enough, the farmer wasn’t certain. A farmer without rain is like a fisherman without a rod. It would only take a few more days of dry heat to spoil his future fall harvest.

It was just before dawn but the sky was still draped in darkness. The farmer stirred in his sleep and awoke to a familiar baritone rumble outside his secluded cabin. The sound shook the very foundation of his modest home.

“It has to be thunder“.

He had pleaded and prayed for the promise of rain. The farmer lifted himself from his bed and rushed outside with a childlike eagerness. The sound was a devine message the farmer dare not misinterpret. It was thunder alright but it was also so much more. Directly overhead, the farmer saw outlines of storm clouds and streaks of lightning. Again, the thunder roared with power.

As the wind picked up with an unmistakable intensity, what the farmer saw next was no apparition. Lightning illuminated a part between the clouds and there the farmer saw what he believed to be the face of God.

The farmer marveled as The Wind spun, guided, and twisted a school of rain. A gentle hold bound the pair as they moved in the sky with grace. Now, The Rain started to fall gently to the Earth, seemingly, one at a time. The farmer kept his curious, sunken brown eyes locked above him.

The Rain turned heavy and slapped against the farmer’s flesh. The Wind now deafening, caused the farmer to retreat inside. The farmer took up a new viewing point from inside his cabin, dripping on the wood floor beneath his boots. The farmer now saw what he couldn’t before from inside the storm.

“They’re dancing”.

The farmer’s memory flashed with the same brevity and intensity of the lightning. He saw his wedding day and his beautiful bride. He remembered them glide across the dance floor, alone in a crowded room. He blinked and he saw The Wind, always changing, moving The Rain with a determined unpredictability. He blinked again and his mind returned to the past. They were in love. He saw himself and his wife give their vows and solidify an ancient and sacred connection. A connection like the one between The Wind and The Rain. One always finding and supporting the other.

His mind wavered between two realities, unsure where to anchor. The farmer snapped from his trance as The Rain rolled down the face of the farmer’s home.

The rainstorm didn’t dissipate, it just moved. The Rain turned to a quiet patter on the glass window in use. The sun was coming up and brought clarity to the panorama outside the farmer’s home. He returned outside and felt the dirt turn back to soil. Once again, his crops could grow with a fervent fashion. The Wind sang with a different tune. The song, played for the lonely crop fields, brought the farmer peace.

The farmer was always grateful for The Wind and The Rain. He would spend his whole life searching and waiting for its return. The cycle regularly tested the farmer’s faith and patience. To the farmer, it was like falling in love over and over, and over again. He was grateful for The Wind and The Rain but never expected the pair to stay. Too much would destroy everything the farmer worked so hard to grow. Even in the farmer’s old age, he had still yet to find an everlasting and ethereal balance between love and work. The eventful morning would hold him over for the time being. Eager, for the return and renewal of The Wind and The Rain.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my family and time to reflect
  2. Teamwork and encouragement
  3. The process of learning
  4. The warmth of the summer sun
  5. Sharing gratitude

Out Of My Control (#268)

I probably sound like a broken record to my friends. I think I started when I was in England because I recognized there was only so much I could do thousands of miles from home.

“I’m not worried about the things I can’t control”

There was no point! I wasn’t going to keep stressing when life took the choice out of my hands. Life is impermanent. Things change. I had to keep reminding myself of these things with a hint of gratitude.


Today I’m Grateful For

  1. Handstand practice
  2. My educational leadership class
  3. Rainy mornings
  4. Time at the gym
  5. One to one meetings with my peer mentors
  6. Teaching CORE class and working with students
  7. Leadership lessons
  8. Cozy slippers
  9. Good parking
  10. Old man basketball
  11. Seeing my family
  12. FaceTimes before bed
  13. Gratitude
  14. Liverpool
  15. My job as an LCG and the support I get
  16. The change in foliage
  17. Irish breakfast tea
  18. Being outside
  19. Bike rides through campus
  20. Buffalo Chicken Calzones
  21. My teammates and coaches
  22. Good teachers
  23. My favorite hoodie
  24. Feeling balanced
  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 from Seawall, Maine. Julie and I had so much fun being there together.

Time Flies (#232)

I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going out on the boat
  2. Trying new things
  3. Swimming in a warm lake
  4. No traffic
  5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
  6. Premier League updates from my brother
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Finding new things in old bookstores
  9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
  10. My BSU friends and memories
  11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
  12. Quick naps in the car
  13. Family adventures in the mini van
  14. A warm towel
  15. Pleasant surprises
  16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
  17. Getting organized and making plans
  18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
  19. That my family loves my cat too
  20. My discover weekly on Spotify
  21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
  22. The smell of rain
  23. Learning something new
  24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
  25. The right here, right 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 weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

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.


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.

    Make Space For Change (#201)

    Be open to new ideas, embrace different perspectives, and live life outside your comfort zone. Let the universe take care of the rest. 07.11.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Safe travels
    2. New surroundings
    3. A good experience with haggis
    4. Learning new things
    5. Tired feet
    6. Friendly faces
    7. Delicious ice cream
    8. Pictures from home
    9. An incredible word cup run from England this summer. Sorry to see them go home
    10. A made bed and clean towels
    11. The warmth of the sun
    12. My amazing friends from UMass
    13. A few deep breaths
    14. Incredible sights
    15. Relaxing music
    16. A little understanding
    17. Good conversation
    18. Starting the day right
    19. My family
    20. Change
    21. Sharing stories
    22. UMass and BSU
    23. The sound of birds in the morning
    24. A full stomach
    25. The precious 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 from Joshua Tree! Loved my journaling during that hike and wrote a lot about changes I want to make in my own life.

    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.

    Redefining Myself (#191)

    For me, going to the gym is great for my mental health. Working hard and getting a good sweat really helps improve my mood and clear my head.

    Unfortunately, routines like this can become bland. Maybe it’s our drive to work; we used to sing along to the radio, listen to podcasts, or appreciate the foliage. Over time, this routine has become a negative. We’re frustrated with the traffic, our car makes weird sounds, it’s just not the same.

    We have the chance to redefine who we are. Start new habits, look at things differently, create change. We don’t have to wait for something to fail before we adapt. Whether it’s the gym, your drive, or something else in your life…be grateful for what it was but don’t use that as an excuse not to let go and try something new. If it doesn’t work, rinse and repeat.

    Happy July!


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The blogging community
    2. Starting over
    3. Time for naps
    4. Good communication
    5. When things make sense
    6. What patience brings
    7. Passion and art
    8. New music
    9. Love of all kinds
    10. My brother
    11. Time on the beach
    12. Change
    13. A few deep breaths
    14. Yoga and stretching
    15. Cuddles from my cat
    16. Support
    17. Good teachers
    18. New perspectives
    19. Walks through campus in the sunshine
    20. Taking things slow
    21. Talking things out
    22. The sound of rain on my window
    23. Tattoo stories
    24. Walks around the pond with my grandma
    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.

    I’m happy to be here but I’m also looking forward to seeing my cat again. Featured image of my buddy Ned taking a quick nap before I had class.

    “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.


    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.

    When Everything Seems To Go Wrong… (#189)

    After a disappointing morning, three hours of train delays, and when everything seemed to be going wrong, I still had gratitude.

    My brother and I had quite the day traveling but at the end of the day, we talked about what were the five best moments. We talked about the little things, we talked about what made us laugh, and because of that I’m grateful. The world still turns and despite what went wrong, I’m lucky I got to spend this time with my brother.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Local pizza
    2. Sharing laughter
    3. Sports
    4. Leadership lessons
    5. Understanding
    6. Honesty
    7. Piano lessons
    8. A few deep breaths
    9. Warm sweatshirts
    10. Summer nights
    11. Time with my family
    12. Cape Cod memories
    13. Trying new things
    14. New perspectives
    15. A couple deep breaths
    16. Time to journal
    17. Gratitude
    18. Sharing love
    19. Clean water
    20. Old pictures
    21. Feeling refreshed
    22. Learning new languages
    23. Helpful people
    24. FaceTimes before bed
    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 collage of tickets my brother and I have collected on our journeys this week. It’s been quite a ride but I’m grateful for this time we’ve spent together.

    Starting Off On The Right Foot (#185)

    It’s always important to go into new situations with an open mind. Be kind to others, be grateful you made it this far, and think positive!


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My brother
    2. Understanding and patience
    3. Movies before bed
    4. The sunshine
    5. Games in the yard
    6. Liverpool games on Saturday morning
    7. Clean water
    8. Having a plan
    9. Catching up
    10. The sound of the ocean
    11. Safety
    12. Being at UMass
    13. Texts from my family
    14. Talking game of thrones with my sister
    15. Eggs in the morning
    16. Signs from the Universe
    17. Shared laughter
    18. Oldies on the radio
    19. A friendly face
    20. Getting stuff done
    21. A clean apartment
    22. Getting back on track
    23. Summer months
    24. Dessert, always
    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.

    Beyond grateful for my brother and sister and all the moments we share together. They truly are my best friends and incredibly important people in my life.