Time To Reflect (#312)

With my fall semester coming to an end, I feel like I finally have time to breathe. I’m grateful to watch summer to fall, fall turn to winter. Each day brings something different. I remind myself change is GOOD with each breath I take.

I haven’t been perfect. I’ve certainly made mistakes but I work hard to recognize and learn from them. I’m looking forward to the new year. A year full of the unexpected.

The best is still yet to come.

12.12.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Finishing up finals
  2. Trying new things
  3. Old movies
  4. A good night’s rest
  5. Taking it day by day
  6. Authors that inspire
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Our little cabin
  9. Late night ice cream
  10. The warmth of the summer sun
  11. Songs from Anfield
  12. Big stretches
  13. Time at the gym
  14. Sharing and connecting with gratitude
  15. A few deep breaths
  16. Cozy blankets and warm sweats
  17. Safe travels
  18. Time to journal
  19. Weekends with my brother
  20. Local pizza
  21. Learning and reflection
  22. Clean water
  23. My family
  24. A successful fall semester
  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.

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Featured image from Cambodia.

Our Comfort Zone (#308)

There are times I can be quite rigid. I stick to my routine and wouldn’t dare change it up. I think there’s value in recognizing that. Theres power in reflection.

I’m grateful for when I can return to that familiar feeling. When I can recharge and find my breath. I want to find gratitude in normalcy and the mundane but not grow fond of it. I think it’s important to find ways to expand our comfort zone, not escape it. We just have to take it one step at a time.

11.28.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Morning coffee and happy smiles
  2. My supervisor Adam
  3. A productive morning
  4. Warm tea
  5. New traditions
  6. A little understanding
  7. Patient breathing
  8. Time to read
  9. Pickup soccer after work
  10. Liverpool FC, even when they lose
  11. Making new friends
  12. Late night ice cream
  13. Classic movies
  14. My family
  15. Learning something new
  16. Clean water
  17. Those who inspire and motivate change
  18. Leadership lessons
  19. Just getting started
  20. Sitting by the train station
  21. Sharing gratitude
  22. The Shea Durgin hill
  23. Warm blankets
  24. Expressing emotions
  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.

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Featured image from Matador beach. Missing the California sun.

Give It Everything (#307)

John Wooden, one of my favorite coaches and philosophers said –

It’s so easy to relax, to cut corners, to let down after you’ve reached your goal, and begin thinking you can just “turn it on” automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. Don’t think you can make up for progress by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?

To me, the same applies to our energy when it comes to positivity. If we have the power to impact others, to be kind, and to show others gratitude – we must give our pursuits everything we have and then find a way to do it all again. This is how we create change, it starts with us!

11.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Getting to teach CORE
  2. Safe travels
  3. My friends from BSU
  4. Time for writing
  5. Sharing new music
  6. Clean water
  7. Calls from home
  8. My grandparents
  9. Bike rides on the weekends
  10. Good news
  11. Feeling organized
  12. A little support
  13. Vinyl music and all-time records
  14. Edinburgh tours and souvenirs
  15. Piano lessons
  16. Board game nights with the family
  17. Home cooking
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Learning new things
  20. Soccer after school
  21. The sound of rain on my window
  22. That clean apartment smell
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. A positive mantra
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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Featured image from Malibu with my Uncle! 

Quite The Combination (#305)

Breathing, Gratitude, and patience.

Three things I have worked on all year long. With gratitude, I give thanks for the challenges and moments of learning of this past year. I sit with and appreciate the support from friends and family. With patience, I understand life only happens one moment at a time. I must be patient with my process above all else. And finally, breathing. It is with my breath I tie myself to the present and release any negative energy I hold.

With these three things, I feel unstoppable.

11.24.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. FaceTimes with friends
  2. Stretching before bed
  3. Clean water
  4. Sharing gratitude
  5. A couple deep breaths
  6. Frank and Holly
  7. Random dancing
  8. Pancakes on weekends
  9. Car ride singing
  10. Fresh fruit and veggies
  11. Local bagels
  12. Good advice and mentors
  13. My family
  14. A change in season
  15. Moments of learning
  16. A little inspiration
  17. Cozy slippers
  18. Good communication
  19. Board game nights with the family
  20. My grandparents
  21. A home cooked meal
  22. Time off from work and classes
  23. Sharing music
  24. Sports
  25. The here and now

Always love hanging out with my Cat.

How We Spend Our Time (#302)

It’s not a race.

There’s nothing you have to win.

This life isn’t meant to be a checklist of accomplishments. We only get so much time on this earth, please don’t spend it in anger or hatred. Let go of past transgressions. Let go of past mistakes. You’re in this moment only.

Spend your time with intent. Do meaningful work that makes you happy. Time to take care of yourself doesn’t hurt either.

Slow down. You’re doing great.

11.20.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Music you can dance to
  2. A life full of color
  3. Rainy mornings
  4. Helpful and patient people
  5. Celebrating others
  6. My grandparents
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Pickup soccer nearby
  9. Clean water
  10. Spending time with Julie
  11. Life lessons
  12. Vinyl records and classic songs
  13. Comfy pillows
  14. Trying new things
  15. A little competition
  16. Conference friends and stories
  17. Safe travels
  18. Singing in the car
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. Warmer weather
  21. Time for stretching
  22. My family
  23. Kraft Mac and cheese with extra cheese
  24. My favorite places
  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 trip to the Grand Canyon!

Beyond What We Know (#173)

Life is meant to be exploratory. Embrace change in all its forms. Step outside your comfort zone and use gratitude as a tether to your present. We only know what we know and we don’t know what we don’t know. Life is about learning new things and that takes both time and experience. Be patient. The best is yet to come.

11.18.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The rain
  2. Hanging out with my siblings
  3. Cozy blankets and warm socks
  4. Feeling organized
  5. Working with supportive people
  6. A couple deep breaths
  7. Morning yoga
  8. Mentors and coaches
  9. Time to relax
  10. Sunday night football and snacks
  11. Friends from home
  12. Summer trips to the cape
  13. Mutual support and energy
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. Safe travels
  16. Learning new things
  17. A new perspective
  18. Flash cards for tests and quizzes
  19. Home
  20. New music and real instruments
  21. Gratitude
  22. Embracing change
  23. Clean water and sustainable efforts
  24. School leadership
  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.

A fiery red sun setting on the day.

300 Days Of Gratitude! (#300)

Sometimes I’m worried I’m not doing enough. I’ve always been competitive but it doesn’t do me any good when I start comparing my process to others.

300 days of gratitude have taught me to love my own journey. To cherish and appreciate the time that’s passed and the moment and experiences to come. Most of all, 300 days of gratitude have taught me how much I love living in the moment. 300 days of gratitude has taught me to be present and to use my breathe when I’m not.

11.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Productive time
  2. Talks about life
  3. Hanging out with friends
  4. Lazy days
  5. Bowling with friends
  6. Family board game nights
  7. Hanging out with my cat
  8. Clean water
  9. Warm cookies
  10. Learning from my mistakes
  11. New music
  12. My black bamboo candle
  13. A clean apartment
  14. My healing
  15. People who inspire
  16. FaceTimes with friends
  17. Mutual support
  18. A clean apartment
  19. Falling asleep to the colors of the setting sun
  20. Time at the gym
  21. A change in season
  22. Getting stuff done and productive time
  23. Color coordinating and organization
  24. Great teachers and mentors
  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 from Iceland, one of my favorites!