Thinking Good Thoughts (#321)

It’s all about how we frame things in our mind. Whether that be get to vs. have to or reminding ourselves we don’t have to overthink something trivial, it starts with us. Life is complicated and our future remains a mystery. We may not be able to control every outcome but we can dictate our mindset. Let your thoughts run wild with ‘best case scenarios’ and positive thinking.

Don’t forget to breathe, I promise it helps.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Letting things go
  2. A change in season
  3. Sharing new music
  4. Spending time with my family
  5. A full moon and an empty night sky
  6. Fresh fruits and veggies
  7. A summer full of adventure
  8. Stories from Cambodia
  9. New goals and aspirations
  10. Holding hands
  11. The Boston Marathon in the spring
  12. Patient thoughts
  13. Feeling the rain landing on my skin
  14. A contagious smile and energy from others
  15. Honest communication
  16. A couple deep breaths
  17. Signs from the Universe
  18. The little things
  19. All kinds of learning
  20. Clean water
  21. Time to journal and reflect
  22. Vibrant sunsets
  23. Genuine leaders and motivators
  24. BSU memories
  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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image of my cat Ned

The Days Of August (#246)

I can’t believe the month is almost over. Time flies when you’re having fun? Im busier than I was in England which is why the month has flown by. Doing my best to just be present and let the rest figure itself out.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My first UMass football game
  2. Lawn games
  3. The warmth of the sun
  4. The cool breeze through the stadium
  5. Growth from experience
  6. Getting a beer with friends
  7. Tea in the morning
  8. Small diners and big pancakes
  9. Exchanging cat photos over the summer with my friend Ashley to keep me sane
  10. My education
  11. Hometown pizza stories
  12. The view from my balcony
  13. New Music Friday
  14. Home cooking
  15. Letting go
  16. When my cat greets me at the door
  17. Movie theaters with recliners
  18. The colors of the horizon
  19. Morning bike rides with Stephen
  20. Talks about life and purpose
  21. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  22. The pull of the ocean current
  23. The smell of the sand and the seaweed
  24. The feeling of water touching the tips of my toes
  25. This exact 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 the UMass game. It was a great time and I’m grateful for the people I got to share it with.

To Be Honest… (#216)

To be honest, I’m exhausted. I’m staying up and writing this blog but having trouble making the list and reminding myself of the lessons I preach. I need to remind myself that I’m human, that self-care is important when I feel like this. I’m ready to go home. England has been an incredible experience and this summer has taught me so much. In a future blog, I’ll sit down and take the time to write about the lessons I’ve learned but for now, I’m just grateful to be here.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Sitting in the sunshine
  2. My audiobooks
  3. Second Chances
  4. Love and support
  5. FaceTiming with my cat
  6. The sound of rain
  7. Weekend hikes with my friends
  8. Time at the gym
  9. A couple of deep breaths
  10. New perspectives
  11. Patient teachers
  12. Handwritten notes and letters
  13. Calls from my dad
  14. Homecooked meals
  15. Learning from my mistakes
  16. Local Amherst pizza
  17. Teaching CORE again in the fall
  18. An empty campus
  19. Working Orientation in the summer
  20. Trailers before the movie
  21. Celebrating others
  22. Safe travels
  23. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  24. Leaders of all kinds
  25. My family


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 is not my own but I can always appreciate a beautiful skyline from a high up place. 

200 Days Of Gratitude (#200)

The title says it all. I believe gratitude has allowed me to be present during 2018 in ways I’ve never experienced before in my life. The blog in combination with my daily journal emphasizes everything I feel; the good, the bad, and the gratitude.With less than half a year remaining, I’ve learned some really valuable lessons from gratitude that I hope you all can apply to your own lives. Here are three that stand out to me.


My background in anatomy and physiology wants to believe it’s the simple process of air entering and leaving the lungs but it’s become representative of so much more for me. Monk Nhat Hanh says in a fantastic podcast with Oprah, “Enlightenment is already there when you breath in”. Breathing for me has become the physical manifestation of patience. It calms me down and brings me clarity. The optimal mindset for finding gratitude in each moment.

Little Moments

I’ve learned I won’t always set personal records at the gym, I won’t be in the best mood 24/7, and the sun certainly won’t shine every day of the week. Finding little moments to appreciate and focus on helps bring new perspective to an otherwise gloomy or overwhelming day. Gratitude hasn’t eradicated my fears or completely quelled my anxiety, but it helps me see it past it at the end of the day. What this means is I get to start each and every day with a clean slate and a good attitude. Gratitude does that.

Accepting Change

This might be the biggest one. Change happens EVERY DAY. For me personally, I’ve been so resistant to the idea of living a different life and moving on. I loved my undergrad at BSU. I loved my life living on campus. I loved my routines and found comfort in what I hoped would last a lifetime. I’m not sure if gratitude taught me how to deal with change better, maybe that’s come with experience and age. What gratitude has taught me is how to be present when change is occurring. As we plunge further into the unknown, I know I can be grateful I’ve not only made it this far but I can appreciate how I got here. With the help of family, friends, mentors, and so many others, I know because of gratitude – I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be in an ever changing Universe. 07.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A few deep breaths
  2. Sharing podcasts and audiobooks. So many lessons learned from intelligent people open to sharing their experiences in our digital / technological age.
  3. Clean water. Going to Cambodia changed my life and inspired my journey in more ways than I initially comprehended.
  4. Friends who inspire my best self. Too many of them to list here but I am constantly inspired by these people and their unconditional support keeps me going.
  5. Great music. It feels like I have headphones in all day long and because of inspired and passionate artists, my mood benefits.
  6. My cat, Ned. Although I miss him dearly this summer I know he’s waiting for me at home and the time we spend together never fails to bring me happiness.
  7. The sunshine. The warmth on my skin simply walking from my apartment to work is a little thing that makes a huge difference.
  8. Home cooked meals. Not much I have to say about just how much I love and appreciate food and sharing it with others.
  9. My family. They’ve helped me get through my toughest times and this list wouldn’t be complete without them.
  10. Frank and Holly. The first two people to really teach me about “Loving my process”.
  11. Safe travels. I’ve been to a lot of places so far in 2018 and I’m grateful I’ve made it to all them in one piece. We live in a dangerous world!
  12. Holding hands. It takes a lot for me to let others into “my space” which makes the feeling extra special for me.
  13. Time at the gym. A chance to clear my head and feel refreshed after a long day sitting in the office.
  14. Vibrant sunsets. Something about the color in the sky acts as the perfect reminder everything is going to be okay even when it doesn’t feel like it.
  15. Kind strangers. There’s a lot of negativity in the world and when people I’ve never met demonstrate patience, care, and positivity, I really appreciate that.
  16. Time to journal. Similar to the gym, it’s the perfect opportunity to clear my head. A fantastic tool for my mental health wellbeing.
  17. Learning new things. I hope this is something I can do every day of my life so I’m appreciative of when I can identify this and build those skills for the future.
  18. Colored ice pops in the summer. I mean, nothing even came close to helping beat the heat than a couple blue ice pops.
  19. Nature. I love being outside and I’m constantly in awe of our planet. The serenity of it all is definitely something to be grateful for.
  20. New experiences. This goes hand in hand with embracing change. I wouldn’t be here if I lived in my comfort zone for the rest of my life. This is where the learning happens.
  21. The sound of rain. Nothing calms me down more or help me fall asleep faster. Definitely grateful.
  22. Clean laundry. I try not to take things like this for granted when others don’t have that access. Lots of things feel like a luxury when I know others have so little.
  23. My continued education. I’ve had a great experience in grad school so far and I’m thrilled to see what my final year brings.
  24. My grandma. For reasons I don’t want to get into, I’m grateful for the memories we’ve shared and how much she loves me.
  25. The here and now. Not much left to say. Grateful just to be here.
  • 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 all time favorite places. So often my mind goes back to here when I think about gratitude and patience.

    Why I Love Music (#169)

    I’ve had a pretty tough time waiting for my VISA to process and to get back to England. Although I’m not missing much, I feel like I’m waisting this incredible opportunity. I’m grateful I was home for some pretty important family moments but this isn’t how I saw my summer going. It will place even more importance on being present and making the most of the time I have in England when I return.

    I titled this blog, “Why I Love Music” because I think it’s been an important piece of my sanity. I’m someone who will over-analyze a situation without any prompting. My brain is CONSTANTLY processing information and I am conscious of my surroundings almost to a fault. Music not only is something I love to just listen to and enjoy, but it can certainly help keep my thoughts positive too.

    This is a list of 25 songs that make me happy and at peace.

    Grateful they exist, grateful I find meaning in them, and I’m grateful I can share them with others who may feel the same.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The Days That Are To Come – John Vincent III
    2. Yellow Lights – Harry Hudson
    3. I Hear Your Song, Sweetness – George Taylor
    4. Grows Old – Thirdstory
    5. I Need A Forest Fire – James Blake / Bon Iver
    6. Downtown – Majical Cloudz
    7. Anchor – Novo Amor
    8. Things Will Get Better – Vian Izak
    9. Cherry Wine – Hozier
    10. Rut – The Killers
    11. Roll Like Thunder – Jake Wells
    12. Animals & Angels – Joy Oladokun
    13. Pink + White – Frank Ocean
    14. Rise – Jason Mraz
    15. JOYFUL – X Ambassadors
    16. St. Ides – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    17. Reckless Lover – Handsome Ghost
    18. You Can’t Rush Your Healing – Trevor Hall
    19. The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves
    20. I’ll Stay (Carla’s Song) – Matt Stinton
    21. Hope – Honeywater
    22. Patience – The Lumineers
    23. Bruises – Lewis Capaldi
    24. Underground – Cody Fry
    25. Treasure Chest – The Corcoran Brothers

    Trust me, picking JUST 25 songs was hard enough but if you like my music and are interested in more, check out my profile here.

    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.


    A featured image I’ve used before but a perfect way to end my day. Listening to music and watching the sunset always calmed me down and will be something I am always grateful for when thinking about this past year. 

    First Day of Everything (#157)

    Remember your first day of school? Your first day in a new place? That anxious excitement sits in your stomach waiting in explode in a totally not gross way. It’s an opportunity to start fresh and embrace change. You may have an actual first day or it could just be the middle of your week. You have the chance to dictate how it goes and infusing that same enthusiasm into every day if you choose.

    Easier said than done but it can lead to some pretty special moments when we do.

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My first day of work
    2. Getting my headphones in the mail today
    3. Email stories
    4. Starting over
    5. New routines
    6. Introvert time
    7. The sound of thunder in the distance
    8. The feeling of rain on my skin
    9. People who inspired me to start my gratitude journal
    10. People who inspire me to keep it going
    11. Sharing pictures and stories with others
    12. Listening to old vinyls with my dad
    13. A fresh mindset
    14. Summer grilling
    15. Clean water
    16. Convenient tissues for sneezes
    17. Lazy rivers and nothing to do
    18. Trying new things
    19. Feeling heard
    20. A couple deep breaths
    21. My square dancing class
    22. A contagious smile
    23. Meeting new people
    24. Letting go of expectations
    25. The present 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 department building over looking the pond. I work in a really special place with some really awesome people. I’ve really enjoyed Colchester and Essex for a lot of reasons and it’s only day 1. I’m excited for what the rest of the summer will bring.