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Climb To New Heights (#11)

The road you travel is sure to have its challenges. Life wouldn’t be complete without those moments of doubt, questioning, and failure. I think why I enjoy blogging and journaling so much is because it gives me the chance to reflect. I can look back on this road with gratitude and recognize I’ve come so far. The same is true for hiking.

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Whatever the peak you are trying to reach, you have the strength to get there. When we attain those goals, we make new ones and set our sights higher. This is when it can get difficult for people. So often we get comfortable and that can lead to complacency. I want to challenge you to climb to new heights and set goals for 2018. We can set a low bar and be proud when we’ve accomplished what we’ve already been able to do, or we can go one step further. You can choose to be vulnerable and set goals that require hard work and follow through. You can set your sights on new peaks and new opportunities to climb higher than you ever have before. Look back at how far you’ve already climbed and how this road has tested you. You might be surprised as to what you find.

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01.03.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Sunsets on the beach
  2. Being outdoors and good hikes
  3. Nutella Pizza
  4. The smell of new books and what they hold inside
  5. Laying down and listening to music
  6. Time at the gym
  7. The people at UMass who are going to finally help me turn the light off outside of my apartment
  8. Reading new blogs and learning new skills
  9. Our Tuk-Tuk drivers in Cambodia for making us laugh and teaching us Khmer
  10. Amusement Parks and Rollercoasters
  11. Jijutsu teachers this past summer
  12. Easy Mac late at night
  13. A good series or movie on Netflix
  14. My dog cousin Shayna
  15. Touching the Pacific Ocean today
  16. Getting my Graduate Degree for free
  17. Brownies in ice cream
  18. My family of course
  19. My introvert time
  20. Boston Celtics Basketball
  21. Friends from home
  22. Crowded car rides with friends and dog
  23. Laughing with friends and getting free pizza
  24. Yurba Mate Latte
  25. Today. The here and now.

Don’t Ever Give Up (#5)

Resiliency.

Perseverance.

Endurance.

People have a tendency to give in when things get hard. You question yourself, your direction, and your purpose when the answer has always been right in front of you. Faith. Faith is unique to every individual you come across. Whether you believe in God, The Universe, or a giant spaghetti monster in the sky, do not lose hope and do not falter. You hold these beliefs for a reason. You’ve made it this far, for a reason. It’s hard to trust the unknown. It’s hard to put faith in tomorrow when today may have seemingly failed you. That’s up to you to decide. Gratitude allows us to find the value in each day. Gratitude can be the fuel you need to keep going when you’re going through hell.

Don’t ever give up. (motivational video link)

It’s easy to make excuses. It’s easy to say this is too hard and too much work. You stand in the face of opposition and it feels like your entire world is closing in on you. The self-doubt you hear in your head spreads like a virus to the point of indecision. Paralyzed with fear, it’s easier just to give up and call it quits. You can make yourself feel better by resorting back to old habits and feeling comfortable again. Let me say it loud enough for the people in the back.

DON’T GIVE UP.

12.28.17

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My cat Ned
  2. Unpopped bubble wrap
  3. Songs that make you think
  4. A moment of peace to meditate
  5. The support I get from my friends
  6. Autosave when my laptop crashes
  7. A good lazy river
  8. Not only feeling heard but understood as well
  9. Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  10. Walks in my local state park
  11. Memories on Cape Cod
  12. 10 Deep Breaths
  13. Both years of working Orientation at BSU (shoutout to my secret OL x2)
  14. Warped Tour Music
  15. All 67,106 yards and 493 touchdowns Tom Brady has thrown in his career (postseason included)
  16. The fact that I no longer sleepwalk around my house in the night
  17. The smell of burgers on the grill in the summer
  18. Foam rollers and good stretches
  19. My fam
  20. Discovering new places
  21. Laying on the quad and sitting on the Boyden steps
  22. When your airplane finally lands safely because flying stresses me out
  23. An empty email inbox
  24. Signs from the Universe
  25. My process and being exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Just The List (#4)

I love writing and it’s something that truly helps me process but I think I’m still learning about how I want to use this blog. I want to keep true to my pledge and will continue to share my gratitude list to hopefully inspire your own, but today I don’t have as much to say.

I know every day has the opportunity to be a new and great adventure. What we choose to pursue, the paths we choose to take, it all matters. Jelly Beans may not seem like the perfect metaphor for time but this is one of my favorite videos. Spend your time meaningfully and be grateful when you can. Think about all the great adventures you’ve already been on and all the adventures still to come. That’s certainly something to be thankful for.

12.27.17

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Popcorn and movie nights
  2. RHA Wednesdays
  3. Noise cancelling headphones
  4. Smiling until your face hurts
  5. Cheesy Mozzarella Sticks
  6. Hikes in Washington
  7. Drinking games
  8. Moments of learning
  9. Mambo Number 5
  10. Leadership education
  11. Waking up for the sunrise
  12. How far I’ve come. My process and my growth.
  13. Live music
  14. A clean apartment
  15. Working with my Peer Mentors
  16. Spending time with my family
  17. NPR Tiny Desk music
  18. Hanging out with my cat
  19. Good vibes
  20. Being an RA at BSU, it was the first step to getting involved and changing my life
  21. Boston Celtics Basketball
  22. Fluffy pancakes and fat omelettes
  23. Having my dad coach all my different teams growing up.
  24. Getting a sweet parking space
  25. The here and now

Tips: Holidays and Gratitude (#2)

Whether you dress up a tree, light a menorah, have your own family tradition, or twiddle your thumbs all day, the season is upon us. A blanket of snow brings the promise of new beginnings underneath. The holidays can be a tough time for people and for good reason. To the people who may be grieving, anxious, trapped with the in-laws, or you’re feeling isolated and alone….you matter. For this reason, gratitude should be a staple of your holiday season and a staple to the end of your 2017.

Tips for Gift Giving and Receiving

Gifts shouldn’t be what this time is about but there’s no denying the stress it brings. If you’re like me, you’re awful at receiving gifts. Trust me, I try to be grateful! Unfortunately, there is an element of awkwardness I can never seem to escape. I would much rather give a gift than receive one and it becomes much easier for me to show gratitude. You don’t have to break the bank to give a good gift either. Reflect on what that person enjoys, why the two of you connect, and go from there! Sometimes something simple speaks the loudest.

Saying thank you can go a long way. If you’re feeling crafty; writing thank you notes, decorating candy canes, or constructing a gingerbread Taj Mahal are all easy ways you can show gratitude. Check out some of these ideas on Pinterest on how to say thank you without the uncomfortable hugging part.

However you spend this time, I hope you can take a moment to recognize and celebrate the people who matter most to you.

12.25.17

In an effort to reaffirm the holidays aren’t about the gifts, this list won’t include any of the incredibly nice things I’ve received from my friends and family. Today I’m grateful for…

1. Seeing my grandma light up as we bring in her brand new wheelchair

2. Leftover pizza from the night before

3. Tattoo stories

4. Vibrant sunrises

5. Living on the perfect hill for sledding

6. Game of Thrones Sundays

7. My journal

8. When my cat comes and says goodnight

9. Bacon burgers from Five Guys

10. Teachers and coaches of all kinds

11. Dancing in the rain

12. My family

13. Not having to set an alarm for the next day

14. Walks on the beach

15. My time in Cambodia and the people I connected with

16. Laughing with my siblings

17. Self-growth and how far I’ve come

18. The opportunity to be the commencement speaker for my graduating class

19. People who send me music they enjoy

20. My fraternity brothers

21. Learning new things

22. Gratitude

23. Frank and Holly, the people who taught me to love my process

24. The feeling after a long hard run

25. This. Present. Moment.

Tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and opportunities. Do your best to make the most of every breath before that. Love. Your. Process. Be patient with yourself and others as you take it one day at a time.

Happy holidays, internet!

25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1)

Hi Internet,

I was hoping to share something with you all. My name is Jake, I’m currently a grad student, I have a cat named Ned, I was born in August, and I think gratitude is RAD! 

To provide some context, I read Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” and not only thought it was a phenomenal read but it was action provoking. So I started journaling. Not every day at first, most times just when something went wrong and I needed to vent. I decided to bring my journal with me when I traveled to Cambodia on an alternative break trip and it served me well. When I came home I kept it up for a week or so before resorting to old habits and forgetting to journal. I felt guilty after reading when my last entry was more than a month ago in some cases. 2017 has been an emotional rollercoaster of a year and journaling has been the crutch I needed. Since 06/10/17 I have journaled every single night. My common practice is to highlight certain words. I always circle when I write the word love. I underline patience every time I write it. And I write 5 things I am grateful for at the top of each entry. IT HAS CHANGED MY WORLD.

I was having a conversation with my brother on a day that did not particularly go well. I told him I was stuck and could only think of three things to be grateful for. He said, “It’s hard to think of five things to be grateful for”. I could not have disagreed with him more. I marched up after we were done talking and I found two more things to be grateful for right away.

I think gratitude is important in both the big and small instances. Gratitude can be a hug or a kiss shared with a loved one. Gratitude could be a friendly wave when the stranger lets you take the left at the four-way intersection. Gratitude is any number of things and I think it is important to not only recognize it for ourselves but we need to share it with others.

Tell someone you’re grateful for them and tell them why. Call up a friend and let them know you appreciate them for a funny reason or just because. Tip the pizza delivery guy an extra buck for driving through the snow to get you that buffalo chicken calzone that would taste so good right now.

Whatever it is, gratitude helps us live in the present and that’s where we all want to be. So here’s my pledge to you, Internet. Every day for a year I will write 25 things I am grateful for on this blog. My hope is that you not only think about what you may be grateful for, but you’ll share it with others. You don’t have to share any links, technology is hard, but just bring it up. Let them know why you’re thankful for them because they are simply existing. Sound cool?

12.25.17

  1. Chill music playlists on Youtube
  2. Fuzzy socks and warm blankets
  3. Chance the Rapper
  4. Holding hands
  5. Well sauced ravioli
  6. Spotify
  7. My family (this will be on every list)
  8. When the sun melts the front steps I was supposed to shovel
  9. Car rides and singing music
  10. My alma mater, THE Bridgewater State University
  11. Playing soccer
  12. Seeing my grandma
  13. School of Rock, stellar movie
  14. New England Patriots winning football games
  15. Assistantship paid graduate school
  16. Any night you can see the stars
  17. Books on tape
  18. Netflix originals
  19. The ability to pet dogs
  20. My immunity to poison ivy
  21. New communities and learning
  22. My friends for tolerating my existence
  23. My grumpy cat Ned Stark
  24. Time outside hiking
  25. New opportunities

I don’t know if anyone will read this but I would love to hear things you may be grateful for when you think about your day. I’m stealing this from a friend but what’s your good / better / best from your last 24 hours? Maybe you’re grateful for a good night’s rest, maybe you had the best conversation at work today, whatever it is, write it down and try to never forget.

Take care Internet and happy holidays.