Out Of My Control (#268)

I probably sound like a broken record to my friends. I think I started when I was in England because I recognized there was only so much I could do thousands of miles from home.

“I’m not worried about the things I can’t control”

There was no point! I wasn’t going to keep stressing when life took the choice out of my hands. Life is impermanent. Things change. I had to keep reminding myself of these things with a hint of gratitude.

09.24.18

Today I’m Grateful For

  1. Handstand practice
  2. My educational leadership class
  3. Rainy mornings
  4. Time at the gym
  5. One to one meetings with my peer mentors
  6. Teaching CORE class and working with students
  7. Leadership lessons
  8. Cozy slippers
  9. Good parking
  10. Old man basketball
  11. Seeing my family
  12. FaceTimes before bed
  13. Gratitude
  14. Liverpool
  15. My job as an LCG and the support I get
  16. The change in foliage
  17. Irish breakfast tea
  18. Being outside
  19. Bike rides through campus
  20. Buffalo Chicken Calzones
  21. My teammates and coaches
  22. Good teachers
  23. My favorite hoodie
  24. Feeling balanced
  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 Seawall, Maine. Julie and I had so much fun being there together.

Have To vs Get To (#262)

Happy Monday! We can make the conscious choice to start our week with positivity and gratitude. Try to think of as many “have to vs get to” in your life. A simple way of framing work or a task in our day with positive language can go a long way.

09.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. UMass Dining
  2. Friendly grocery stores
  3. Local pizza
  4. My family
  5. Quick and efficient meetings
  6. Teaching CORE and working with students
  7. My Peer Mentors
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Getting things done
  10. Good communication
  11. Mentors and supervisors
  12. Feeling organized
  13. Backyard sports
  14. FaceTiming with Peter
  15. Vibrant sunsets
  16. Trips to Alaska
  17. People who inspire
  18. My continued education
  19. Bike rides with Stephen
  20. Carpools with Carley
  21. A clear night when you can see the stars
  22. Summer grilling and bonfires
  23. My headphones
  24. Being in nature and the warmth of the sun
  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 walking back in the rain.

Productive and Positive (#235)

08.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Rollerblading with my fellow LCGs
  2. Game of Thrones Sundays
  3. My Kennedy Peer Mentor staff
  4. Learning new things
  5. Late night ice cream trips
  6. Songs you sing in the car with the windows down
  7. Chipotle bowls with guacamole
  8. My friends here at UMass
  9. Time in the office to get things done and get organized
  10. Coming home to my cat, Ned
  11. GEO covering my gym membership costs
  12. Sharing Spotify
  13. An empty email box
  14. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  15. Walks around Horn Pond with my Grandma

  16. Time to relax
  17. Leadership lessons
  18. The sound of rain falling on windshields and car hoods
  19. My favorite teachers
  20. Catching up with old friends
  21.  A couple of deep breaths and the gratitude that comes with it
  22. The warmth of the sun
  23. Learning how to play the piano
  24. Walking to the beach and the sound of sandals clapping against the cement
  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 Scotland! 

Embracing Change (#231)

I’m grateful for gratitude. It may seem like an intuitive statement but it’s true. Gratitude is powerful and sharing it allows us to be present. Change is always happening and gratitude grounds us in the here and now.

08.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Ice cream trips with Mel
  2. Celebrating Mel’s birthday with her family
  3. Gratitude
  4. A clean and nice smelling car
  5. Night time stretches
  6. BSU Greek life
  7. Sharing music
  8. Honest people and good communication
  9. Chocolate dessert
  10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  11. A beer with my dad
  12. Harry Potter movie marathon
  13. Crimson and Weygand memories
  14. Heat lightning
  15. Home cooked meals and good grilling
  16. Cuddling with my cat
  17. Recliners and movies
  18. Sitting on my balcony
  19. Fresh smelling plants and flowers
  20. My Peer Mentor staff
  21. Working at UMass
  22. Summer audiobooks and book clubs
  23. The start of the Pats season
  24. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  25. Being exactly where I am
  • 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 run with my mom. Grateful for her and our time together.

    A Fresh Start (#229)

    Today, I drove back to UMass. As much as I loved my time in the UK, I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Fittingly, my supervisor Adam was one of the first people I got to see after arriving which made me happy.

    It’s hard to believe I’m in my last year of graduate school. A year away from my degree, a year away from no more homework, a year away from the unknown. There are a lot of changes occurring and I feel the gravity of each of them. I’ll be working with a new staff, in a new area, with new responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m grateful for the training and support I receive because without it, I wouldn’t be here.

    I am fortunate to continue my education and I’m grateful it will allow me to help people in so many different ways.

    08.08.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Starting over
    2. My new apartment balcony
    3. Getting help unpacking
    4. Ice cream and staff bonding
    5. Walking meditation
    6. Advil and eye drops
    7. Cindy pillows
    8. Eggs for breakfast
    9. Working in OSIL and walking through the RCC saying hi to everyone
    10. Silent heat lightning in the sky
    11. Being back at UMass
    12. Time to journal
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    14. Good song recommendations
    15. The sound of rain on my window
    16. The support from my parents
    17. When I have time to read other blogs
    18. The freedom to choose my destiny
    19. Summer audiobooks
    20. Anything from the grill
    21. New opportunities
    22. Free lunch from work
    23. Morning yoga stretches
    24. Positive people
    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 very foggy view from my apartment. Looking forward to a new year.
  • Time With My Mom (#227)

    I need to preface this post by saying my mom and I are incredibly alike for a lot of different reasons. We can be stubborn and emotional but also quite caring and intuitive. She and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but our relationship has dramatically improved over the past couple of years.

    We spent the weekend, just us, down on the cape. We did a 9 mile morning run and got breakfast together after. It was the perfect get-away before heading back to work and school later this week. I’m grateful I got to spend that time with her and turn my phone off for a bit. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

    08.06.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Morning runs with my mom
    2. Breathing in the beach air
    3. Walks through the sand
    4. Funny morning selfies
    5. Blueberry muffins
    6. The warmth of the summer sun
    7. Feeling organized and focused
    8. My sister coming back from NY for the week while I’m home
    9. Hanging out with my brother
    10. Good podcasts and audiobooks
    11. Spending time with my cat, Ned
    12. Car rides with the windows down
    13. Old stories about growing up
    14. Clean, warm laundry
    15. Outdoor showers after the beach
    16. Allergy medicine
    17. Home cooked Mac and cheese
    18. Afternoon naps
    19. Sleeping in my bed at home
    20. Local bagels
    21. Waking up to the sound of birds
    22. Good advice
    23. Vinyl music with my parents
    24. A clear sky full of stars at night
    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 my mom looking out at the ocean from our morning run.

    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.