Give It Everything (#307)

John Wooden, one of my favorite coaches and philosophers said –

It’s so easy to relax, to cut corners, to let down after you’ve reached your goal, and begin thinking you can just “turn it on” automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. Don’t think you can make up for progress by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?

To me, the same applies to our energy when it comes to positivity. If we have the power to impact others, to be kind, and to show others gratitude – we must give our pursuits everything we have and then find a way to do it all again. This is how we create change, it starts with us!


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Getting to teach CORE
  2. Safe travels
  3. My friends from BSU
  4. Time for writing
  5. Sharing new music
  6. Clean water
  7. Calls from home
  8. My grandparents
  9. Bike rides on the weekends
  10. Good news
  11. Feeling organized
  12. A little support
  13. Vinyl music and all-time records
  14. Edinburgh tours and souvenirs
  15. Piano lessons
  16. Board game nights with the family
  17. Home cooking
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Learning new things
  20. Soccer after school
  21. The sound of rain on my window
  22. That clean apartment smell
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. A positive mantra
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.


Featured image from Malibu with my Uncle! 

The Places We’re Made (#249)

For me, so much of who I am today has been influenced and created in the places I’ve been. Sitting and journaling, reflecting, and processing a whole new environment with gratitude has been influential in shaping my current being.

I won’t sit here and write how you have to spend thousands of dollars on hotel and plane tickets but I will suggest you step outside your comfort zone. I’m fortunate and privileged to have traveled to my list of various places below but all this can be done within your community. I learned from these places and experiences because I allowed myself to.

Use gratitude to; recognize how far you’ve come, to give value to what you have prepared for the future, and to find yourself in between, the present moment.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Cambodia
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Colchester
  4. London
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Alaska
  7. Mt. Monadonock
  8. Cape Cod
  9. Vermont
  10. Mexico
  11. Florida
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Washington
  14. Ashland
  15. Mt. Rainier
  16. Liverpool
  17. Rhode Island
  18. Ohio
  19. Amherst
  20. New York
  21. Judas Tree
  22. Iceland
  23. Canada
  24. My backyard
  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 one of my favorite plane pictures.