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.

My Clean Water Project (#205)

In 2017 I had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia and it changed my life. I saw first-hand people living in poverty without access to such a basic need, clean water. Traveling with a group of college students, we built a handful of bio-sand filters in collaboration with Water For Cambodia. I know from experience how just a few dollars can make such a huge impact.

This has influenced my perspective on life and my appreciation for gratitude.

Many people around the world don’t have the luxury of clean water. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community being helped. Donating to my Water Project means a better quality of life for a real community of people. I have 77 days to hit my goal, let’s help change the world together.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  2. Good teamwork
  3. Perspective
  4. Honesty
  5. New music
  6. A little understanding
  7. Supportive people
  8. Singing in the car with the windows down
  9. Mentors and teachers
  10. Passionate people
  11. Healing
  12. A hot shower
  13. Old Man Basketball on Wednesdays
  14. Listening to vinyl with my parents
  15. Friendly pets
  16. Working Orientation in the summer
  17. Time to journal
  18. Spontaneity
  19. Time to get organized
  20. The smell of the ocean
  21. Sharing laughter
  22. My family
  23. An empty email box
  24. Time at the gym
  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 Water For Cambodia team. A small group of caring individuals can change the world and these are the people to do it. 


Back To The Basics (#105)

Doing my best to keep things simple. Work hard. Stay organized. Be patient. Be positive. Use gratitude. Sounds like a good formula to me.


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pickles and sandwiches
  2. Making new friends
  3. Good feedback and constructive criticism
  4. Getting stuff done
  5. A good group for class projects
  6. Good teachers and bad teachers
  7. Home cooking
  8. My parents
  9. Useful apps
  10. High school theater class
  11. A good book
  12. Champions League Soccer
  13. Time for the gym
  14. My family
  15. Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese
  16. Clean water
  17. Aid and scholarships
  18. Moments of learning
  19. Signs from the Universe
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Life lessons
  22. Toasted bagels
  23. Good communication
  24. Being alive
  25. Being 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 an old river running through the grounds of a temple in Cambodia.

Figuring It Out (#34)


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Lessons learned
  2. When there is an open squat rack at the gym
  3. A chance to interview
  4. Napsssssss
  5. PAY DAY
  6. My supervisor, Adam for really working hard to support his LCGs
  7. Accurate weather predictions
  8. Green technology that helps our planet
  9. My grandma teaching me how to dive
  10. All day soccer tournaments
  11. Trips to Gillette
  12. BSU Greek Life
  13. My teachers in High School that made an impact on my learning and growth
  14. My family
  15. What hard work and patience brings
  16. My blog saving when I accidentally click back a page
  17. Road trips and books on tape with my family
  18. A chance to check off a New Year’s resolution
  19. Car rides and singing
  20. Breakfast at Good Days
  21. People who have stuck with me
  22. Books that make you think
  23. A full fridge
  24. Songs that make you dance
  25. The 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 Siem Reap in Cambodia! I took this picture as we were headed back for the day outside the main city market. The orange sun was warm all day and radiated before going down at night. Truly a special place to be.