I’m Going To Climb Mt. Everest (#49)

I might be a decade away from actually being ready to make the climb but I’m holding myself to it. Call it a bucket list item, but this is my goal and I’m shooting for the stars.

02.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Rock Climbing Lessons
  2. An empty gym
  3. Refreshing rain
  4. Time with my cat
  5. More trips to chipotle
  6. My family
  7. Good vibes from the Universe
  8. Water
  9. Belts, I think they’re really useful for pants
  10. The dreams I remember in the morning
  11. Time to read
  12. Having a great supervisor
  13. Crazy guitar solos
  14. Deep breaths
  15. Slow dances
  16. Being able to grow a beard to keep my face warm
  17. Meeting new people
  18. Setting new goals
  19. Time to journal
  20. Fresh fruit and peanut butter
  21. That feeling after you do abs
  22. Positive people
  23. Sharing
  24. Talking sports with my brother
  25. Every moment from 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 literal and figurative long road ahead of me if I want to climbMt. Everest. I don’t want to say “maybe one day I’ll do it”, because conviction is the only way I’m going to make it to that summit.

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.

Take A Moment (#14)

Today, my plans changed. I was originally going to go to Catalina Island and was very excited about the hike I had planned. Instead, I spent the day getting a much needed massage and my first day at a spa. I did in fact spoil myself but I’d rather focus on why these plans changed.

For me, I found what I needed to on my first hike. I learned so much at Joshua Tree and didn’t want to spoil anything by going on another glorified day hike. I learned this wasn’t the experience I was looking for and felt like I was failing to meet my morals and standards by doing this hike at Catalina.

Today, I want to emphasis taking a moment. I personally went to the spa but you can take care of yourself in other ways. Self care is extremely important and should be a staple of your routine. Sometimes it’s nice to indulge and take an entire day at the spa but there are other ways to do this. Watching your favorite series on Netflix, cooking your favorite meal, sleeping in, are all ways you can take care of yourself to find easier ways to recognize gratitude. Ultimately, it’s up to you and that choice gives you power.

01.06.17

Today I’m grateful for….

  1. Late night pancakes
  2. A day at the spa
  3. Eggs of all shapes and sizes
  4. Seeing new places
  5. Self-care and self-love
  6. My family and my uncle
  7. Playing Soccer growing up
  8. Good music and Spotify
  9. The moon and the stars
  10. No traffic
  11. Staying in LA for free
  12. Peanut butter, always
  13. The geek trees and color in Southern California as Massachusetts continues to be hit by snow
  14. Dogs that let me pet them
  15. Cereal after school
  16. Trying new things
  17. Live music and artists that play with passion
  18. Meet some YouTube idols
  19. The existence of Chicken Parmesan
  20. For my bed after a long day outside
  21. My grandparents
  22. Be there for my family and my younger brother when things don’t go according to plan
  23. Popping your ears after a long day
  24. People who reach out when you need support
  25. Today and every day on vacation with my Uncle

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.