Speak It Into Your Existence (#29)

You have the choice to manifest your own future, to have everything you have ever wanted for yourself. All it takes is some hard work, a little positivity, and a lot of patience. Don’t be afraid to ask for help on your way either.

01.21.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pancakes and waffles
  2. Time with my Peer Mentor and the RASC Open House
  3. AFC Championships
  4. Summer at Crossfit SOBO
  5. Hiking and nature
  6. Sunshine
  7. Fresh Cantaloupe
  8. Chipotle after the gym
  9. My family
  10. My Sigma Pi fraternity brothers
  11. Beard growth
  12. Good music like Jake Isaac
  13. Learning from challenge and transition
  14. My cat, Ned 🙂
  15. Lazy rivers
  16. Burgers from In N Out
  17. Safe plane rides
  18. Wedding invites
  19. Time to watch Netflix
  20. Friendly and inspiring YouTube creators
  21. Residential life parking
  22. International internship opportunities
  23. Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese
  24. Water
  25. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow

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 United States thousands of miles above the ground. The Earth is a pretty special place when we have the time to look around and appreciate it for what it is. 

Feels Like Home (#16)

After a long day of traveling and some time away, it’s good to be back.

Home to me is a really special word. Home can be a place but it can also be a feeling. It can be where you grew up or it can be a feeling you share. Home can be something you always return to, where you feel safest. For me, being an introvert means it’s important to have time to recharge on my own. I do that when I’m home and I know it’s what I need to be my best self. Whether you find solace in surrounding yourself with the people you share a last name with or your secret place in the park, it’s important to recognize and be grateful for it.

01.08.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Having 4 safe flights and returning home to my cat
  2. My dad waiting for me at the airport to pick me up and returning home to my family
  3. Time by the ocean and the smell of the breeze
  4. Dancing of all kinds
  5. Sleeping in my own bed
  6. Buffalo Chicken anything
  7. New England Patriots football
  8. A new semester at UMass
  9. A good cheeseburger
  10. Listening to vinyls on the record player
  11. My friends who support and encourage me
  12. Sports and how they inspire people
  13. The warmth of the sun
  14. A good pen to journal with
  15. Comfy pillows and long socks
  16. Free samples in the super market
  17. How much a couple deep breaths can help
  18. A good show to binge on Netflix
  19. Sunsets and mountains
  20. Feeling cozy
  21. The feeling after a hot shower
  22. Vacations on the cape
  23. Chocolate desserts
  24. The little moments
  25. Being exactly where I’m supposed to be

Take A Moment (#14)

Today, my plans changed. I was originally going to go to Catalina Island and was very excited about the hike I had planned. Instead, I spent the day getting a much needed massage and my first day at a spa. I did in fact spoil myself but I’d rather focus on why these plans changed.

For me, I found what I needed to on my first hike. I learned so much at Joshua Tree and didn’t want to spoil anything by going on another glorified day hike. I learned this wasn’t the experience I was looking for and felt like I was failing to meet my morals and standards by doing this hike at Catalina.

Today, I want to emphasis taking a moment. I personally went to the spa but you can take care of yourself in other ways. Self care is extremely important and should be a staple of your routine. Sometimes it’s nice to indulge and take an entire day at the spa but there are other ways to do this. Watching your favorite series on Netflix, cooking your favorite meal, sleeping in, are all ways you can take care of yourself to find easier ways to recognize gratitude. Ultimately, it’s up to you and that choice gives you power.

01.06.17

Today I’m grateful for….

  1. Late night pancakes
  2. A day at the spa
  3. Eggs of all shapes and sizes
  4. Seeing new places
  5. Self-care and self-love
  6. My family and my uncle
  7. Playing Soccer growing up
  8. Good music and Spotify
  9. The moon and the stars
  10. No traffic
  11. Staying in LA for free
  12. Peanut butter, always
  13. The geek trees and color in Southern California as Massachusetts continues to be hit by snow
  14. Dogs that let me pet them
  15. Cereal after school
  16. Trying new things
  17. Live music and artists that play with passion
  18. Meet some YouTube idols
  19. The existence of Chicken Parmesan
  20. For my bed after a long day outside
  21. My grandparents
  22. Be there for my family and my younger brother when things don’t go according to plan
  23. Popping your ears after a long day
  24. People who reach out when you need support
  25. Today and every day on vacation with my Uncle

Embracing The Now (#10)

Today did not go as expected. We had one plan, we were going to do one thing, and that completely changed for the best! Making time to literally smell the roses in Pasadena was such a cool opportunity and tons of fun. The Rose Bowl Parade Floats weren’t on the agenda at the start of the day but it was one of the best parts for sure.

Sometimes you just have to accept where you are because the present is what matters most. Embrace the now, put your phone down, ask open ended questions and engage this moment to the fullest. With gratitude, every breath can be powerful if you allow it. Enjoy where you are, no matter what the plan was before.

01.02.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Morning sunshine meditation and stretches
  2. Recliner chairs at the movies
  3. Orange slices at halftime during soccer games
  4. The feeling when you’re covering your feet in the sand at the beach
  5. Meeting new people and going to new places
  6. A comfy pillow at the end of your day
  7. Time to nap
  8. My family and especially my uncle
  9. Trying new foods
  10. Autumn leaves and big sweatshirts
  11. The guys I grew up playing soccer with and the feeling after senior night
  12. Holding hands in the car
  13. Creative and passionate people
  14. Electric cars and how quickly they charge
  15. Tea and all the new kinds I’m trying
  16. 5 dollar Pizza on Wednesday’s
  17. Lists to keep you organized
  18. New books to read
  19. Pictures of my cat Ned from my family while I’m on vacation
  20. A full moon and how it lights up the sky
  21. Professors and friends at UMass who helped me get a 3.9 GPA in my first semester
  22. Feeling purposeful
  23. Having the capacity for gratitude and being able to recognize it
  24. Smelling good smells and all of my senses
  25. Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday.

No Expectations (#9)

Today was perfect. It was the first full day with my Uncle in LA and we did so much. Packing so much into one day has left me exhausted but grateful above all else.

Coming into this trip I had no idea what to expect. I thought this vacation was going to go one way and it has gone in a very different direction. I’m so happy with how my time has been spent here and none of it was planned this way.

To me, this emphasizes the need to live in the present. Let go of expectations of the future and the rigidity involved in making plans. Let life happen and go with the flow. Be grateful for each moment along the way and it won’t matter if your day is planned to the second or you just have an idea of what you’d like to do. Take a deep breath, and make the most of every moment.

This was the best way to start my 2018 and I hope you were able to do the same.

01.01.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Morning mediation
  2. Organic fruit and healthy food
  3. Funny stories and uncontrollable laughter
  4. Hidden restaurants and delicious food
  5. Unexpected hikes
  6. Family of all kinds
  7. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  8. Peanut butter
  9. Nights on the balcony watching the sun go down
  10. Drunk texts from my brother
  11. People who share their gratitude with me!
  12. Sunday mornings in bed
  13. The feeling after a finished to-do list
  14. Home-made Pizza
  15. The warmth of the sun on my skin and the beautiful weather in LA
  16. The stars and how they connect us all
  17. Five Guys Burgers
  18. Nature and the great outdoors
  19. People with kind and gentle hearts
  20. Neck pillows for flights across the country
  21. Sharing pictures and experiences
  22. Harry Potter Movie Marathons
  23. Any kind of dessert
  24. People who give good hugs
  25. The promise of a new year and new opportunities