Doing My Best (#284)

I’ve had to remind myself quite frequently this week that there’s no such thing as perfection. Gratitude and meditation are considered practices because you can always improve. I’ve had to remind myself that I’m doing the best I can and that’s enough.

I’m grateful for my learning and my process. I know after a couple deep breaths, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

10.17.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for me
  2. Waking up next to my cat
  3. Feeling pain free as I come back from injury
  4. My music and my headphones
  5. Ice cream trips in the summer
  6. My family
  7. UMass dining
  8. 10 seconds of incredible bravery
  9. Change and letting things go
  10. My Peer Mentor staff
  11. Bike rides through campus
  12. Support and understanding
  13. The warmth of the rising sun
  14. Clean water
  15. Time for reading
  16. My breath to ground me
  17. Warm scarves and socks
  18. Gratitude
  19. Study guides
  20. Cereal snacks
  21. Movies in class
  22. Trust and patience
  23. When things go as planned
  24. My friends and my support system
  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.

As the cold creeps in, I remember this gray lake fondly. I spend a lot of time thinking here.

In Tune With Something Greater (#276)

A silent moment. Your chest rises and falls with your breath entering and leaving your body. You can feel your fingers pulsating. The wind rustles the leaves on a nearby tree. It’s just you and your surroundings.

In these moments I find peace and clarity. I find gratitude in the sounds I hear. I find gratitude in my senses and ability.

10.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My journal before bed
  2. Ice packs for injuries
  3. Netflix movies
  4. Catching the sunrise
  5. My family
  6. A little understanding
  7. Safe travels
  8. Kind hearted people
  9. Time for hiking
  10. Bike rides through Western MA
  11. Waking up with my cat, Ned
  12. Fun weekends
  13. Train rides home from Bridgewater
  14. Crimson memories
  15. Nights on the Boyden steps
  16. Cereal snacks
  17. Talking with my friend Erika
  18. Sharing music
  19. Good teachers
  20. Clear instructions
  21. Sharing gratitude!
  22. After school sports with my friends
  23. Being organized
  24. The smell of fresh cut grass
  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 my balcony. It’s important to sit and listen whenever possible.

Change Is All Around Us (#274)

As I rode my bike along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, for the first time I saw the reds and oranges of Fall. Leaves, separating from their branches like a bird from its mother, the seasons are changing. In Western Massachusetts, the change is dramatic. The deep green present on campus turns to a crimson red, intent on staying until snow falls in the Winter.

For me, this is both a powerful and perfect time to reflect on summer. To appreciate the time for what it was. There’s a lot of good in my life in the here and now. It’s important to stay focused on my present but I am grateful for my process all the same.

10.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Bike rides with Stephen
  2. When my mom comes and visits
  3. Clean water
  4. Texts from Peter in Mississippi
  5. Finding the time
  6. Lending a helping hand
  7. Good teachers and bad teachers
  8. Warm blankets
  9. Handstand practice
  10. My process
  11. Good parking
  12. The upcoming long weekend
  13. A clean apartment
  14. Handstand practice
  15. When things work out
  16. Reminders to be patient
  17. Long runs
  18. New music Friday
  19. Sharing laughter and food
  20. Old man basketball on Wednesday’s
  21. Good mentors and role models
  22. Lessons learned
  23. Cozy socks
  24. UMass Amherst
  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 Acadia with Julie!

I Am Unwavering…Or At least I Try To Be (#273)

John Wooden said it best,

I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful I am better than I used to be.

I find this quote appropriate. I struggled to write about gratitude for a lot of reasons this week. I had a hard time with my mental health and justifying a post about positivity and gratitude didn’t feel right if I didn’t mean it. There wasn’t one moment that set me off, it was a feeling inside that threw off my balance.

With time, I will learn. This life is a process and as John Wooden so eloquently stated, I’m still better than I used to be.

10.04.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Late night ice cream
  2. The people I work with at UMass
  3. My Peer Mentors
  4. Staff Meeting
  5. The rain
  6. Morning stretches
  7. Gratitude
  8. Foggy mornings
  9. Sleepy time tea
  10. Leadership lessons
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. My long run
  13. People who inspire
  14. Sharing desserts
  15. Hot showers
  16. A clear summer night
  17. Summer spent at the beach
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Naps in Iceland
  20. A clean apartment
  21. Change in all its forms
  22. Getting stuff done
  23. On campus sushi
  24. My friend, Erika
  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 of a small boat. I took this picture thinking of tranquility.

Finding Clarity (#269)

09.25.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The sound of the rain on my window
  2. Foggy mornings
  3. My family
  4. Staff meeting with my peer mentors
  5. Cause for celebrating
  6. Bike rides through campus
  7. A little understanding
  8. Coaches and mentors
  9. Honest conversation
  10. Writing things down
  11. Shared laughter
  12. Clean water
  13. A couple deep breaths
  14. Patience and support
  15. School spirit
  16. Consistency
  17. Movie theater recliner seats
  18. Waking up next to my cat
  19. My introvert time
  20. Trying new things
  21. Clear skies
  22. Backyard soccer
  23. Organized music
  24. Time to sleep in
  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 of a foggy morning outside my apartment.

Author Your Own Amazing Story (#260)

It is my belief that mediocrity only exists because those are the limits we set for ourselves. We accept average as our norm and grow complacent with the outcome.

You can author and create the life you always wanted and you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to start. Begin right now. Use gratitude to recognize your growth overtime but ground yourself in the here and now. Each breath is new. Each moment we have in a day has the potential to change our lives. So why not you?

09.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Love and positivity
  2. Good communication
  3. My family
  4. New music all weekend
  5. Sharing a beer with my dad
  6. Summer grilling
  7. Time in my hammock
  8. My journal
  9. Change
  10. Friendly supermarkets
  11. Stories about Home
  12. The blogging community and the people I’ve met thanks to my lists
  13. Landscaping with my friends
  14. My continued education
  15. Walks to the Rez
  16. Happy tears
  17. Good books
  18. Lessons learned
  19. Belief and understanding
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  22. Roller coasters
  23. Late night ice cream trips
  24. Good friends
  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.

Taking A Moment (#257)

I am a thinker. I overthink, I over analyze, I lock my conscious inside my head until I feel like I’ve gone mental. The blog has been a great way for me to take a moment and relax. Sometimes talking things out allows us to verbalize what’s wrong or what’s been on our minds. Shape those thoughts with gratitude if possible and let go of the things we can’t control.

09.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing my brother
  2. Time at the gym
  3. Mental clarity
  4. Sitting with my tea
  5. Carpools with Carley
  6. Simple times
  7. A couple deep breaths
  8. Sharing new music
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Long drives chasing the sunset
  11. Catching up
  12. Old man basketball on Wednesdays
  13. Local bagels for breakfast
  14. Peanut butter
  15. A clear sky full of stars
  16. The sound of the train passing in the night
  17. The fan next to my bed
  18. Learning to let things go
  19. When people open up
  20. An empty email inbox
  21. Teamwork and putting in equal effort
  22. Understanding
  23. Patience
  24. My mental health tools
  25. The 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 from the Rose Bowl parade earlier this year in Pasadena.