Mental Clarity (#241)

It’s easy to let the stressors of life create confusion and challenge in our lives. We’re capable of overcoming those challenges but not without seeing the bigger picture. Remove yourself from the situation and use perspective. What are you grateful for that helped you get to this moment? What did you overcome that made your current state possible? Who helped? How did it feel?

We can use gratitude to ground ourselves and be present. We can always take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves to keep moving forward.

08.20.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Julie Van
  2. A clean apartment
  3. Liverpool away wins
  4. Time with my cat
  5. A good sweat at the gym
  6. Home cooking
  7. Growing up playing soccer with my friends
  8. Movie theaters with recliners
  9. My comfy bed that I fit on
  10. Buffalo chicken salad on everything
  11. It’s Always Sunny quotes with my brother
  12. Board game nights with my family
  13. Local pizza
  14. The fog creeping over the trees
  15. A finished to-do list
  16. New music on my Discover Weekly
  17. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  18. An empty email inbox
  19. The sound of birds in the morning
  20. Walks through an empty campus
  21. Each of my senses
  22. A couple deep breaths
  23. The universe
  24. The calmness I’ve found since coming home from England
  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 Amherst Mountain silhouette and the moon right above.

Productive and Positive (#235)

08.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Rollerblading with my fellow LCGs
  2. Game of Thrones Sundays
  3. My Kennedy Peer Mentor staff
  4. Learning new things
  5. Late night ice cream trips
  6. Songs you sing in the car with the windows down
  7. Chipotle bowls with guacamole
  8. My friends here at UMass
  9. Time in the office to get things done and get organized
  10. Coming home to my cat, Ned
  11. GEO covering my gym membership costs
  12. Sharing Spotify
  13. An empty email box
  14. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  15. Walks around Horn Pond with my Grandma

  16. Time to relax
  17. Leadership lessons
  18. The sound of rain falling on windshields and car hoods
  19. My favorite teachers
  20. Catching up with old friends
  21.  A couple of deep breaths and the gratitude that comes with it
  22. The warmth of the sun
  23. Learning how to play the piano
  24. Walking to the beach and the sound of sandals clapping against the cement
  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 from Scotland! 

An Incredible Adventure (#213)

Every list I post, #25 on my list of gratitude is an acknowledgment of the present moment. Thoughts and fears can take me away from being present. Anxiety and uncertainty for the future meshed with a disappointment in failure from the past, remove me from the here and now. Being mindful and being present is a practice. What I’ve learned is this search for meaning, my expedition for happiness and understanding doesn’t have to span the globe. My adventure starts right here, in this moment.

“You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to find peace and joy. Breathing in, I feel alive. Breathing out, I feel at home.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Gratitude grounds me in the here and now. Each breath that fills my lungs brings the miracle of life into my body. I’m learning I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and the meaning to life I’ve been seeking, is what I define it to be. What a blessing it is to live another day, to see another sunrise, and to share love with the people and animals we care the most for. Our adventure starts here and you don’t have to wait for any kind of special permission to start again.

07.23.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My breath
  2. Lessons from Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. Home cooked meals
  4. Gym sessions with Peter
  5. A clear sky full of stars
  6. The sound of train outside my window
  7. Rain, falling on my skin
  8. My friends, the people who helped me get to be exactly where I am
  9. My cat Ned, my best friend
  10. Old vinyl records
  11. Getting a good sweat at the gym
  12. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved
  13. Thunder storms
  14. Mindful eating
  15. Shared laughter
  16. A full moon and a quiet night
  17. The warmth of the sun
  18. New music from my discover weekly from Spotify
  19. Second chances
  20. Love through understanding
  21. Patience
  22. A good night’s rest
  23. Summer jijutsu lessons and learning new things
  24. My family
  25. Every moment from today, but especially this one

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 an old hike with my friend Lucas. So many moments in this lifetime to celebrate, how lucky am I to get to share them with people I love.