Time Flies (#232)

I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.

08.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going out on the boat
  2. Trying new things
  3. Swimming in a warm lake
  4. No traffic
  5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
  6. Premier League updates from my brother
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Finding new things in old bookstores
  9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
  10. My BSU friends and memories
  11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
  12. Quick naps in the car
  13. Family adventures in the mini van
  14. A warm towel
  15. Pleasant surprises
  16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
  17. Getting organized and making plans
  18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
  19. That my family loves my cat too
  20. My discover weekly on Spotify
  21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
  22. The smell of rain
  23. Learning something new
  24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
  25. The right here, 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.

Featured image of a weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

Happy To Be Here (#230)

I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

08.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Team building
  2. Shared laughter
  3. A good first impression
  4. The feeling of being unpacked
  5. My mom’s cooking
  6. Fruit smoothies
  7. The New England Patriots are BACK
  8. Banana bread
  9. Feeling organized
  10. Being back at work
  11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  12. Walks through campus
  13. Seeing Jess and Carley
  14. The coolness of the wind
  15. Local bagels and pizza
  16. The warmth of the sunshine
  17. Teaching CORE again
  18. Days at the beach
  19. Safe travels
  20. Trains to Liverpool
  21. Board games with the family
  22. The smell of fresh flowers
  23. Friendly competition
  24. Good teachers
  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 from my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    What’s Your Self Care Look Like? (#226)

    Today was perfect. I spent the day at the beach with my mom and brother, enjoying the sun and the water. We walked from the tiny home a family friend has leant us and made the most of every second here today. We got ice cream with my dad and told old stories we’ve each heard a thousand times before.

    To me, this was exactly what I needed after getting back from England. I wasn’t stressed about work or school, I was just here in this moment. This for me is self care. Spending time with the people I love. I feel reinvigorated and truly cherish the time I get with my parents and siblings.

    08.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The crash of the waves and smell of the water
    2. The sand between my toes
    3. Homemade ice cream
    4. Crossing the bridge to the cape
    5. Cards with my dad and brother
    6. Tattoo stories and dreams of the future
    7. Spending time with my family
    8. Gratitude
    9. Having a day for myself
    10. Summer grilling and making food together
    11. Drives with the windows down
    12. Oldies radio with my mom
    13. Hanging outside
    14. Catching up with my brother
    15. Dirty knees and feet from the grass
    16. A clear night sky and the sound of grasshoppers outside my window
    17. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    18. When things work out
    19. New podcasts and books
    20. The jet lag works the opposite way and wakes me up early in the morning
    21. Time to read
    22. Exploring the swamp
    23. Bug spray
    24. Local seafood
    25. The here and 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.

    Featured image is of Loch Ness and not the cape because I didn’t take my phone or camera with me today. It was nice not having anything on me but I’m still glad I can share my gratitude at the end of the day.

    There’s No Place Like Home (#225)

    Today’s post will be a little shorter. I’m happy and grateful to be home. I’m not looking forward to the jet lag or getting used to my allergies around Ned but, that’s the least of my worries. These feelings pale in comparison to the gratitude and love I feel for being exactly where I’m supposed to be.

    08.04.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Hugs from my parents after getting off my plane in America
    2. Laughing with my family at dinner
    3. Safe travels and well wishes
    4. Chocolate chip airport cookies that didn’t actually taste that bad
    5. Local pizza
    6. Having a window seat on the ride home
    7. Good community
    8. The two peanut butter sandwiches my parents brought me after I got off the plane
    9. Vibrant sunsets
    10. A couple deep breaths
    11. The feeling after a shave and hot shower
    12. Eating dinner with my family
    13. Time to journal on the plane
    14. The smell outside after the storm
    15. Seeing my cat again
    16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    17. My sister and her boyfriend, Sam. They tell great stories together
    18. Having a beer with my dad
    19. Gratitude
    20. The nice couple sitting next to me on the plane that shared their water with me
    21. Night time stretches before bed
    22. Catching up on TV
    23. I was able to stay up and see my brother when he got home
    24. My bed at home
    25. Being right here, exactly where I’m supposed to 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.

    Featured image of my luggage from my trip. Not the most fantastic of shots but I’m a little impressed with myself I was able to fit so much in three bags and wanted to share.

    Somehow, Someway (#223)

    My summer, similar to my suitcase….somehow, someway, it worked out. I couldn’t have imagined this would be how my summer would pan out but I’m grateful it did.

    There was no way I thought I was going to be able to fit everything in my suitcase but again, I’m grateful it did.

    This silly analogy often works on a much larger scale in life. The universe is unpredictable but with gratitude and positivity, it always works out the way it’s supposed to. We’re exactly where we’re supposed to be in life and for that reason we can be grateful.

    08.02.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. New friends from work
    3. One last walk through campus
    4. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    5. Home cooking
    6. Getting organized
    7. Daily gratitude
    8. My friends checking in on me
    9. World Cup matches and watching England
    10. Trains to Liverpool
    11. The intern exchange to Scotland
    12. Love songs and music to sort through
    13. Fresh air
    14. The constant sunshine and warm weather
    15. Weekend hikes
    16. Celebrating others
    17. Chipotle rewards and trips with my friends
    18. My growth and progress
    19. A clear night sky and time to think
    20. FaceTimes with my cat, Ned
    21. When things work out
    22. Reminders to be patient
    23. American peanut butter
    24. Safe travels
    25. The precious, 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 pond next to my office. One last view before I’m off tomorrow. It’s been a fun summer.

    Grateful my friend PJ got to visit! More pictures coming soon from my summer.

    Looking Back (#222)

    July was a month full of learning, challenge, and helpful reminders. My brother had just left England and I struggled to transition back into life here in the UK. I felt homesick in ways I didn’t expect and didn’t feel fulfilled at work.

    It took me some time to find a good routine that worked with my demanding schedule. I found my groove at times and felt burnt out at others. I really had to remind myself to be present and take life one day at a time.

    I listened to a number of different audiobooks, each with different themes and morals that I reflected onto my own situation. Those were helpful and reignited my love for “reading”. The stories and authors inspired me to work on my own writing habits so I can hopefully publish something of my own one day. Who knows!

    I’m incredibly grateful for this summer. All the ups and downs made these past couple of months one to remember. Tomorrow is my last full day and I’ll write a more comprehensive reflection then. Until that point, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    08.01.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Catching up
    2. Walks through London
    3. Being an RA at BSU
    4. Positive people
    5. Texts from my family
    6. Sunny days and clear skies
    7. Gratitude
    8. Summer grilling
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    10. Talking things out
    11. Video games after school with my friends
    12. Carpools to UNH camp
    13. Time
    14. Wiffleball in the yard
    15. A good night’s rest
    16. Stretches before bed
    17. My audiobooks and podcasts
    18. After gym dinners with my friend Peter
    19. Good advice
    20. An empty email inbox
    21. Change
    22. Learning about music history
    23. American peanut butter
    24. My time in England
    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 the London eye. Loved visiting the city and had a great time exploring and walking around when I did.

    My Definition Of Gratitude (#219)

    My definition of gratitude isn’t so much defined in words as it is in feeling.

    There’s a quote from one of my favorite coaches, John Wooden, that’s appropriate…

    Gratitude is both simultaneously a little thing and a big thing. Gratitude doesn’t have to be a long list every night. Gratitude can be the warm embrace shared with someone you missed or a sincere thank you after finishing a collaborative project. Gratitude starts in the simplest form and can evolve into a larger sensation. There’s something powerful when we can share a mutual appreciation of one another. It’s all about how we can demonstrate love and positivity because of people or events in our life, in both little and big ways.

    07.29.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Texts from Home
    2. My Peer Mentor staff
    3. Sand between my toes
    4. Change
    5. Good advice
    6. Train rides to Liverpool
    7. Supportive people
    8. Grad school
    9. Home cooked meals
    10. Tattoo stories
    11. Classic movies
    12. No traffic coming home
    13. People who inspire me
    14. Sharing gratitude
    15. When I’m sitting outside and you can hear the train pass by my house at night
    16. Rainy days with my cat
    17. Saturday morning reffing
    18. Friends from home
    19. Teachers and mentors
    20. An empty email inbox
    21. Chipotle trips
    22. Sitting around the Bridgewater Lake
    23. A good series on Netflix
    24. Safe travels
    25. The here and 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.

    Featured image is not my own but I’m always a sucker for a good sunset.