Getting In A Groove (#20)

01.12.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pickup basketball at the gym
  2. Water
  3. Time to read
  4. My Peer Mentor staff
  5. Food delivery services
  6. My family
  7. The warm weather! Today felt like Spring
  8. Music on vinyl
  9. Morning meditation
  10. For people who share music
  11. The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau, Epsilon Sigma Chapter
  12. Teachers and Mentors
  13. Whoever invented sweatpants
  14. My grandparents
  15. Playing sports as a kid
  16. Artistic and inspiring people
  17. Hikes on my own
  18. Refreshing rain
  19. The sound of an acoustic guitar
  20. Comfy pillows
  21. My fellow LCGs
  22. My cat, Ned!
  23. Telescopes, our peep hole to the universe
  24. The Mud Run in elementary school and the fire truck after
  25. Definitely today

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 lake right outside the trailhead to the Olympic National Forest. The fog in the morning was no match for this deep blue beauty.

Grateful for Gratitude (#18)

01.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Time with Hadassah and her beautiful two-year-old son who loves pizza and trucks like I do
  2. Time to watch the sun go down from my apartment
  3. Feeling organized after day one at work
  4. Getting back to my gym at school and rowing
  5. FaceTimes with friends
  6. Clean dishes and an organized kitchen
  7. Warm summer rain
  8. Bryan Christopher Gammon, happy birthday dude! Thank you for everything you do for me and others.
  9. Feeling accomplished from answering all of my emails
  10. My family as always
  11. When you wake up before your alarm and you’re refreshed in the morning
  12. Laughs with my boss
  13. Photography and editing tutorials that make sense
  14. Going to New England Revolution games with my friends and family as a kid
  15. Tubing at Nashoba Valley
  16. Blue colored Popsicles in the summer
  17. Bike trails with my family
  18. Indoor soccer games throughout high school
  19. The heater in Emerson
  20. Peanut butter as always
  21. My cat, Ned Stark and how much happiness he brings me
  22. Teachers both good and bad
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. Lessons in The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson
  25. Today! Right 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 of the picture I took somewhere over the middle of America. We live on an incredible planet. 

Change is IMPORTANT (#17)

After some time away from my apartment at UMass, it was important that I made some changes. My routines for Fall semester worked for all intensive purposes then, but there’s no guarantee it works now. I rearranged my closet and moved around some tables. I’m not sure if I entirely like the changes yet or if they are more conducive to my daily routine but I felt tremendously better about work tomorrow and starting my Spring semester. If everything stayed the same, that would mean I’m not growing and I’m not learning. Patience is our key to the best this life has to offer. That has to apply to change too. Change is all around us and sometimes we wish things would just get better right away or fast forward to the point when it does.

Who Moved My Cheese is one of my all-time favorite books for many reasons but one of them is how it describes change. I suggest reading this Spencer Johnson classic and apply it to your own life.

So here comes 2018, head on. Change is all around us, it just depends on how we’re going to react.

01.09.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Sleeping in my own bed that I can actually fit in (I’m 6’2″)
  2. My newest book just came in the mail
  3. A clean apartment and being organized for tomorrow
  4. Oreo ice cream
  5. My family
  6. Seeing my cat after a week + away
  7. Relatable podcasts
  8. Water
  9. People who follow through and check in
  10. Frank Ocean Albums
  11. My fraternity
  12. Baggy sweatpants
  13. Mentors at BSU who helped me get here
  14. The patience of my father
  15. How much my mother loves my cat
  16. Fifa 09 free kicks
  17. Friends from Ashland
  18. Any chance to play Monopoly
  19. Time to binge shows on Netflix
  20. RHA Wednesdays and EBoard meetings
  21. Being in RA in Shea Durgin for two years
  22. Heaters and blankets
  23. The Lion King
  24. The feeling of brushing your teeth
  25. Being exactly where I should be

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 my new arrangement in my living room. Space for the sunlight and morning meditation! 

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

Why Reflection Is Important (#15)

Tonight is my last night in Los Angeles and there is a lot to be grateful for. Each day was beholden and full of new learning, new experiences, and new people. This was so far from what I expected when I got on a plane two days after booking my flight and planning my trip.

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I need to thank my Uncle Jeff and Karen for letting me stay with them for this amount of time. Typically, I only see my Uncle on Christmas so spending this time with him and connecting with my family has been incredible. Karen has been such a bright light and we have had numerous conversations about life and spirituality that I will remember and appreciate.

DSC_0240.JPGI want to talk about reflection because it is an essential part of learning. You don’t need to journal daily or write a blog about your day, but it is important to think back on experiences you’ve had and what you took from them. Maybe those instances did align with your expectations, maybe it was completely different similar to my situation. Whatever it was, learning happens when we go over what was presented. It almost is like homework for yourself in a sense to remember everything that happened in a day but can be crucial to your own development.

fullsizeoutput_3852I got to do so many cool things this week in LA and will definitely be making time to come back and visit again. We meditated every morning, I tried new foods and drank more tea. I was open to new experiences and because of that, I felt like I got more out of the trip. There were times my Uncle and I didn’t see eye to eye but we were both spending real time together for the first time in our lives as adults. There are things I’m going to hold on to and bring back to Massachusetts that I want to share with my friends and staff. I’m grateful for so many conversations that changed my perspective and opened my mind.

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Tomorrow I head back to Massachusetts to start up my second semester of Graduate School. Going to LA for a week was a great escape but I am excited to come home. In many different ways, my 2018 starts again. I’m excited about the new opportunities and challenges with my staff, with my family, and with my friends. I’m excited about new learning and fun memories with all of those same people. I just have to remind myself to be patient and take it all one day at a time in the process.

01.07.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Flourless chocolate cake
  2. Playing soccer growing up
  3. A day at the spa
  4. My family
  5. In N Out Cheeseburgers
  6. Comfy sweatshirts
  7. The neck pillow I’ll use to sleep on the plane
  8. Late night diners
  9. New Music Friday and Spotify Discover Weekly
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Waking up moments before my alarm to turn it off before it wakes me up
  12. The feeling after 10 deep breaths
  13. My time in Los Angeles with my Uncle, Karen, Erica, and my dog cousin Shayna
  14. Clear days and starry nights
  15. Dinsey and Pixar animated movies
  16. New England sports teams
  17. Having my mom work at the school that I attended K-12
  18. Whenever my brother sends me his artwork
  19. Happy dreams and unmistakable signs from the Universe
  20. A good pencil box in elementary school
  21. My mom’s cooking
  22. My student staff that I work with at UMass Amherst
  23. Patient people
  24. My newest pair of noise cancelling headphones
  25. My west coast adventure and the people who made it special

Be Kind, You’re Learning (#13)

I haven’t been able to truly express just how different this trip to LA has been then I expected. I’ve written about living in the present and being adaptable but today was something else. I had a complete mental shift coming down from my hike today and it was more than I could have hoped for. Today was filled with learning and the time and grace to process all of it. I made a mistake in some ways and I need to own that. I have enjoyed every second so far of this trip but I was wrong for other reasons I’m still processing. I have a lot to learn and so much life to live. I’m still developing my personal identities and have a lot of maturing and growing to do as I enter the next phase of my life. I’m excited to share more with you all. Be kind to yourself and find gratitude in all of the little moments.

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01.05.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My time at Joshua Tree National Park
  2. My family for letting me process with them
  3. Getting In-N-Out Burger twice today
  4. Killer Sunsets and long drives
  5. Learning from mistakes
  6. Water
  7. Time to journal
  8. Meeting new people and making new friends
  9. Wedding Invites
  10. Healing of all kinds
  11. A future with so many options
  12. Parks and Rec and how hard it makes me laugh
  13. A helpful map and kind Park Rangers
  14. My time in Washington hiking the side of Mt. Rainier
  15. How music can make you feel
  16. A day to relax and reset
  17. Ashland Pizza Palace Calzones
  18. Bike rides from my apartment to the gym
  19. NAPS
  20. The Earth we all share
  21. Technology and Green Energy
  22. The powers of the sun
  23. The slightest of tans I got from my hike today
  24. The inventor of the Drive Thru window
  25. New perspectives and each moment that brought me here

More pictures and stories to come

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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.