Everything Has Its Place (#186)

Everything has its place and everything has a purpose. I spent weeks worrying about my work and my future. I was negative, unmotivated, and resentful of my current situation.

I was in the wrong space. 

We all belong to the present. We all belong in the here and now. Otherwise, we’re distracted and misplaced. We have enough to tend to in the present to stress about everything we can’t control. I’m grateful I’m here. I’m grateful I’m with my brother. I’m grateful for the people who remind me I don’t have to go through life alone.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Catching the last train home
  2. The lights in London
  3. A clear sky and a bright moon
  4. Sharing laughter
  5. Change
  6. New podcasts and perspectives
  7. Bonfires in the summer
  8. Getting my steps in
  9. The sunshine
  10. Getting things done
  11. The people I work with at UMass
  12. My introvert time
  13. Mindfulness and breathing
  14. Movies before bed
  15. A hot shower
  16. Check-ins from my parents
  17. Getting lost and getting lost again
  18. My personal mission
  19. Books on tape
  20. A little understanding
  21. Days I get to sleep in
  22. An empty email box
  23. Random acts of kindness
  24. Healthy habits
  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 of the London Eye. Spending this time with my brother has been special. I’m grateful we’re here together and I’m happy to be getting back on track. 

Life Is About Change (#164)

I’ve had a really difficult time writing about gratitude this past week. I have enjoyed being home and the time off has been the break I have been looking for. That being said, this was completely unexpected.

I’m grateful this has all coincided with my brother’s graduation but this was never the original plan. On Wednesday of last week, I got an email saying I needed to return back to the U.S to fix an issue with my work VISA. This news was devastating. I wanted nothing more than to just BE in England this summer. Living and working at the University of Essex was a dream come true. I felt like I was letting people down like I was letting myself down for not catching this before it became an issue.

I felt ashamed that I was back in Ashland, just waiting for my VISA to get processed. After talking things through and really taking a breath to consider the entire situation, I know I can make this work. Soon enough, I’ll be back in the UK working as an intern in the same position like nothing had happened. I’m currently working remotely from home in the meantime. I’m grateful for my parents and their unconditional support. This is something I know I need to learn from.

The reason I titled this blog about change is that none of this was the original plan. I was never supposed to be home for my brother’s graduation or these special moments with my family. Yet, here I am. Life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will but with a little bit of patience and a positive mindset, I’ve found myself here, happy.

The waiting game is tough and I feel bad about my lack of presence in England but I’ll be back before I know it. I’ve gotten some really good advice from friends and family about the situation and I’m grateful to have these people in my corner. All I know is that I just have to take this life one day at a time and the rest will figure itself out.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Ice cream trips with Mel
  2. Family dinner
  3. Relaxing with my cat
  4. Good timing
  5. New music and good playlists
  6. FaceTimes with Bryan
  7. Time with my cat
  8. Monopoly nights with my dad and brother
  9. The green trees and foliage around my house
  10. Honesty
  11. Trying again
  12. Reassurance and support
  13. Positive people
  14. Catching up on Gratitude
  15. The change of seasons and warm weather
  16. The authors who inspired this list
  17. Safe travels
  18. Good health
  19. Runs through town
  20. Summer Grilling
  21. Learning something new
  22. A couple deep breaths
  23. Good advice and helpful reminders
  24. The smell of the flowers outside my home
  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 a building in London. I appreciated the architecture, color, and angle of the building. Something I’m looking forward to returning to when I go back to the UK this summer. 

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.


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.