Right Before Bed (#207)

Today I was asked how I manage to make time to keep up with my daily blog. In truth, the routine has been cemented into my brain. I do my best to be consistent but there are times the blog gets posted an hour (or more) later than when I usually post. I don’t always write a huge blurb about the importance of gratitude or a life lesson that’s been on my mind, but the process still takes some time.

Writing my blog right before I fall asleep works for a couple reasons. The easy explanation is my blog gets to include every ounce of gratitude I can squeeze out from the past 24 hours. That made the most sense before I started. What I didn’t anticipate was how it would make me feel as I ended my day and as I start the next one. Regardless of what may have been bothering me from work, an anxious thought, or something with my friends, I have gratitude to clear my mind. It’s helped me let go of any negativity I was holding on to and start my next day with a positive outlook. Each new sunrise brings change and gratitude has helped me embrace that fact.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Old home movies
  2. The warmth of the sun
  3. My siblings
  4. Positive influences
  5. Good teachers
  6. Talks about space and our existence
  7. New audiobooks
  8. Time at my Grammy’s for holidays
  9. A good album all from front to back
  10. The rain
  11. My time in Cambodia. Check out my CLEAN WATER project to see how you can help too.
  12. New friends
  13. A bed long enough for me to fit on
  14. The change of seasons
  15. Carpools with Carley
  16. New ways to stay informed with the news
  17. Sharing music
  18. Gratitude
  19. Buffalo chicken dip and Pats games
  20. FaceTimes with my cat
  21. Understanding from others
  22. Patient people
  23. Quotes that make you think
  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 of the fog resting over the lake in Scotland we stopped at. A peaceful place I got a lot of great pictures from. Grateful I have a place where I can share my photography.

    Living In The Present (#153)

    It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since I arrived in Europe but wow has so much happened. Every day has brought something new and exciting. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait for what’s to come. It was really great being able to FaceTime with some of my friends tonight and reflect. I moved into my Essex apartment today, meaning I finally have a permanent place to stay for the first time at the same time I’ve been abroad. Travel is fun but also incredibly draining. Tomorrow’s sun will bring new life and new opportunities.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Safe travels
    2. My internship in England
    3. FaceTimes before bed
    4. Sharing music and Spotify New Music Friday
    5. Catching up
    6. A little laughter
    7. Family traditions
    8. Disney movies
    9. Learning new things and setting goals
    10. Singing in the car
    11. The summer sun
    12. A cool night’s breeze
    13. The sound of rain against the window
    14. Anything by or about Frank Ocean
    15. Time to journal
    16. A clean and organized room I can call my own
    17. Summer bonfires
    18. Clean teeth
    19. Time for hiking and photography
    20. A little room decoration
    21. Summers working Orientation
    22. Friendly flatmates
    23. Open space and green trees
    24. Videos and pictures of my cat, Ned
    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 historically famous Anfield stadium. Tomorrow my team play in the Champions League Final and I can’t wait!! It’ll be a hell of a game whatever the result and I can’t wait to support them. Grateful for the games they’ve played and the joy they’ve brought me. One more boys, let’s go and bring home a 6th European title. 

    Expect The Unexpected (#106)

    There’s no way of knowing what the future holds. For that reason, it places more emphasis on living in the present and being grateful for what we do have. Regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, we can be grateful we made it this far.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. RHA Wednesdays
    2. Soccer documentaries
    3. Practice in the rain
    4. Learning new skills
    5. Hanging with my cat all day
    6. Time at the gym
    7. A full fridge
    8. My family
    9. Being outside in the summer
    10. Skyhawks Camp as a kid
    11. Runs by the ocean
    12. Acoustic music to put me to sleep
    13. Arcade Games
    14. Road trips
    15. Backyard competitions with my brother
    16. My fraternity brothers in Sigma Pi
    17. Outdoor adventures
    18. Listening to vinyl music with my parents
    19. Technology
    20. Learning of all kinds
    21. Getting some help
    22. Cozy blankets
    23. People who keep me organized
    24. Feeling understood
    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 of a fiery sky out here at UMass. Makes me excited for summer nights on the other side of the world. 

    Stay Focused (#46)


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. FaceTiming with friends from BSU
    2. Chapter on Wednesday with my brothers
    3. My favorite floor partner, Stenie
    4. The Shea Durgin Hill in the summer
    5. Becoming an RA and starting in Pope
    6. The Lost Panera
    7. Carver Pond
    8. Boyden Steps
    9. Summer Apartments with John
    10. Frank and Holly
    11. Some of the worst supervisors ever so I could learn how to be better for my own staff
    12. Sundays playing Civ and watching football
    13. Lane’s Chocolate Brownies
    14. My mentors working in Res Life
    15. Conference Road Trips to UVM
    16. Dear World (https://dearworld.org/orlando)
    17. Speaking at Commencement
    18. Traveling to Cambodia
    19. My first class freshman year with Professor McCarthy. She always told us to, “Run with the fastest”. I’ve remembered ever since
    20. Runs through campus in the summer
    21. Spotify Music
    22. Dr. Jakari Griffith and Dr. Cindy Kane for helping me create a Residential Learning Community dedicated to Leadership
    23. Getting to work on a real TED event
    24. Auntie in ECC who always remembered my omelet order
    25. This present 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.

    IMG_0661Featured image of the place I think of as my home. This is probably my best picture of Boyden among many other attempts. It was a warm night and the grass was so green. I have spent A LOT of time on that quad and on those steps. 

    A Great Story (#43)

    Just like a classic novel, life is full of twists and turns, highs and lows. I think gratitude helps us find ourselves right in the middle, perfectly balanced. Live a great story and be unafraid of what stands in your way.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. An incredible season by the New England Patriots. They lost to a really talented Eagles team they earned that win. Excited for next season!
    2. Time with my best friend Bryan
    3. The change that comes with rain
    4. Signs from the Universe
    5. Love in all forms
    6. What patience brings
    7. This life and the lessons I’ve learned
    8. Reflection and journaling
    9. The clarity that comes from running or a good work out
    10. The healing that comes with change
    11. My chance to speak at commencement
    12. Good jellybeans
    13. The solitude of the beach in the winter
    14. Getting to pick the movie on family movie night
    15. Seeing my cat after a long day
    16. Nights delivering pizza in high school
    17. Promises kept
    18. Kind people
    19. Unlimited breadsticks at Olive Garden, what a great deal
    20. A sick guitar solo
    21. The safety of my bed and my space
    22. Those Tide commercials during the Super Bowl, hilarious stuff
    23. Anytime the ice cream truck came by and my parents had enough cash for me to get something
    24. My time in Cambodia
    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 shining leaving Gillette stadium. The Patriots will always be more than just a football team for me. Lots of important memories as I’ve grown up watching that team. Even after some of the darkest days, the sun continues to shine.