It’s Better To Go With The Flow (#98)

Making a plan is important but when our expectations and ideas of he future are so rigid, it will only lead to disappointment. Sometimes, going with the flow and enjoying the present situation is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Use gratitude to ground yourself in the present and find what works best for you.

03.31.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Books on tape
  2. Family dinner
  3. Campfire stories
  4. Halloween decorations with my dad
  5. A good hike and a well marked trail
  6. Learning new things
  7. Friendly puppies and animals
  8. The evergreen trees on the west coast
  9. Patience and a few deep breaths
  10. Warm tea
  11. Old family stories
  12. People who believe in me
  13. Good coaches and bad coaches
  14. What sports have taught me
  15. Hard work and accountability
  16. Laughing with my siblings
  17. Good road trip playlists
  18. A clear sky at night
  19. Summer soccer at the middle school
  20. Leadership lessons
  21. Safe travels
  22. The strong lighthouse over looking the unforgiving ocean
  23. The warmth of fire
  24. Gratitude!
  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 before dawn in Rhode Island. Woke up incredibly early to catch the sunrise over the water and was greeted by the fog instead. One of my favorite days with lucas and mike.

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One Step At A Time (#97)

Achieving our goals requires focus! No need to be an overnight success. Make a plan, get your aspirations in order, and recognize how far you’ve come when you need some motivation to keep going. One step at a time.

03.30.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Getting good feedback
  2. Laughing with my brother
  3. Music that makes you dance
  4. Time at the gym
  5. A clean apartment
  6. Positive reinforcement
  7. Nighttime stretching
  8. Warmer weather and outdoor soccer games
  9. A good group for a class project
  10. Late night insomnia cookies
  11. Audiobooks at the end of the day
  12. Theatre in high school
  13. Having a good view of the sunset from my apartment
  14. Well made documentaries
  15. Fellow gratitude writers
  16. Clean water
  17. A couple deep breaths to keep my head straight
  18. Engaging presenters
  19. Summers playing kickball at the pool
  20. Warm socks
  21. Finding a new appreciation for Cambodia as I learn more about their history
  22. Sharing ice cream
  23. Getting help
  24. Technology
  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 the ruins from an old Cambodian temple. Grateful to learn more about the history of the country and what the people experienced.

Remember Where You Come From (#94)

Even on our worst, no good, terrible, rotten days we can still be grateful and rely on the people who know us best. Use your support and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

03.27.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Pickup soccer
  2. Midday runs to clear my head
  3. Time with my cat
  4. Working in Kennedy with Jess and Carley
  5. Support from my friends
  6. Calls with my mom
  7. Challenges I can learn from
  8. A reminder to keep going
  9. An album you can listen to front to back
  10. Memes on reddit
  11. I’m going to be in England during the World Cup this summer
  12. Food trucks and delivery drivers
  13. Going to bed early
  14. When class is cancelled
  15. My CORE students and getting to teach this semester
  16. When ideas connect
  17. Patient people
  18. Boston sports
  19. Card games with my Dad
  20. When both my siblings are home
  21. Working through adversity
  22. Signs from the Universe that it’s going to be okay
  23. Sleep
  24. Clean dishes
  25. The present, this 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 a man and his dog over looking the lake just before the promise of winter. The sun has me looking forward to the summer and the warmer weather.

Discover What Sets You Free (#93)

03.26.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The Universe
  2. My existence
  3. A power bigger than ourselves
  4. A little luck
  5. Inspiration and Motivation in all forms
  6. Good timing
  7. Kind people
  8. The love I get from my cat, Ned
  9. My student staff members
  10. Football in the snow
  11. Free food
  12. Good communication
  13. Tattoo stories
  14. Learning how to play instruments
  15. Grilling in the summer
  16. The ocean and its waves
  17. Going to conferences for free
  18. The slow pace of pioneer valley and the suburbs
  19. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  20. Days I get to pet animals
  21. Patience
  22. Organized playlists and good music
  23. Catching the ice cream truck
  24. A full list of gratitude
  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 my parents taking a walk together last fall. My mom loved this picture so much she got it framed!

Celebrate The Little Things (#92)

03.25.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Crossing things off my to-do list
  2. Good smelling candles
  3. Home cooking
  4. Vibrant sunsets
  5. Trying new things
  6. Warm Summer Nights
  7. Bedtime stretches
  8. Funny Cat Pranks on the Internet
  9. Family Scrapbook
  10. Smiling until your face hurts
  11. Warm Blankets
  12. Family Game Nights
  13. Catching A Shooting Star
  14. Soccer in the Snow
  15. The Physical Education department faculty at BSU
  16. Good food and good community
  17. LoFi Study Music and Kendrick Lamar – what I’m listening to; https://open.spotify.com/track/2MNBsrQPTA8bCQELv1MTOO?si=PU3pbuocRdK23un4QqeAFg
  18. My family
  19. Living in a safe environment
  20. A free education
  21. Apple Picking in the fall
  22. Trust and Honesty
  23. Sleep
  24. Buffalo chicken anything
  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.

Featured image of me and my fello BSU students in Cambodia! We were welcomed by the local University where I made friends for life. I miss being there quite frequently if you’ve been reading along.

Working Towards My Goals, One Day At A Time (#90)

03.23.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My fellow LCGs
  2. Exploration and Discovery
  3. Clean Water
  4. My family
  5. An Empty Gym
  6. Time to breath
  7. A little luck
  8. Playing in the backyard with my brother
  9. Warm laundry
  10. My friend Mel for always checking in
  11. Team Kennedy
  12. Liverpool FC and growing up with Soccer
  13. People who hold the door open
  14. Second chances
  15. Time for Self Care
  16. Learning new things
  17. Friends from Cambodia
  18. Kind people
  19. Building trust
  20. The smell of fresh cut grass
  21. Understanding
  22. Good advice
  23. A clean apartment
  24. Communicators and leaders
  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 sun and clouds walking back from the gym today in Amherst. Grateful to be here.

Working Torwards Your Goals (#77)

When working to achieve anything, it’s important to remember your why. Something an old supervisor used to ask me is, “What’s the why behind my why?” Gratitude allows us to take a step back and remember what the focus really is. Why the opportunity means something regardless of if it goes well or poorly.

03.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. New music from Bobby Tarintino
  2. Catching up with Julie
  3. People who make me laugh
  4. Endless possibilities for the future
  5. A full, bright moon
  6. Learning new things
  7. A few deep breaths
  8. Morning stretches
  9. Being out in nature
  10. Warmer weather
  11. Runs through an empty campus
  12. Working landscaping with my friends
  13. Sleeping in
  14. Local bagels
  15. Visiting my sister in New York during my internship
  16. The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau
  17. Getting things done
  18. A clean apartment
  19. Being supported
  20. PATIENCE 
  21. Playing cards with my dad
  22. Clean water
  23. Working at UMass
  24. Surprises (sometimes)
  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 of Pub Street in Cambodia. Boy was this place fun when we went.