How Far We’ve Come (#285)

Grateful for my process.

Grateful for my learning.

Grateful for the people who have helped me get here.

I’m grateful for all of it.

10.19.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for exercise
  2. My Peer Mentors
  3. Greeting the rising sun
  4. Riding my bike through campus
  5. Free food
  6. Lessons from Walking To Listen
  7. Comfy sweats and a warm apartment
  8. The WordPress community
  9. My talkative cat, Ned
  10. Ice cream
  11. The weekend
  12. Good communication
  13. My summer in the UK
  14. Netflix Movies
  15. Backyard soccer
  16. My family
  17. The sound of birds in the morning
  18. Things we create
  19. The Universe
  20. Inspiring teachers
  21. Life lessons
  22. Healthy snacks
  23. Trying new things
  24. Embracing chance
  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.

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.

Belief and Gratitude (#283)

10.16.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time to read
  2. $5 movies
  3. Late night ice cream
  4. Shared anything
  5. The sound of rain on my windshield
  6. Safe travels
  7. The people I work with
  8. When things go right
  9. Board game nights with my family
  10. My Spotify Discover Weekly
  11. Support and care
  12. An empty email inbox
  13. People who keep me organized
  14. Trust and patience
  15. Peanut butter and bananas
  16. People who inspire
  17. A clean apartment
  18. My family and talking things out
  19. Leadership lessons
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. The power of The Universe
  22. Sledding in the winter
  23. Fun staff meetings
  24. Teamwork
  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.

Practice, Practice, Practice (#282)

Just like anything, gratitude takes practice. Repetition helps us learn skills. For example, I’ve been working on handstands for the past month and I’ve seen real progress.

It’s taken me a lot of work to just get this far and I know I have a long way to go before I hit my goals. Gratitude works in the same way for me.

I’m constantly trying to find gratitude in little moments and unfortunate circumstances. I’m training my brain to use positivity to reshape my thoughts and experiences because I’m working towards a goal of living a happier life. You don’t have to master these things in a day. It’s a practice and that requires your time and attention every day until you get it right.

10.15.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Granola Bars in the morning
  2. Positivity
  3. Green plants and trees
  4. Nighttime stretching
  5. A clear sky and a warm day
  6. Waking up next to my cat
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Runs through campus
  9. The changing colors of fall
  10. Anything shared
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Intentionality and meaning
  13. Progress and growth
  14. Lessons time teaches you
  15. My family
  16. Kindness and understanding
  17. Good timing
  18. Teachers and mentors
  19. Learning new things
  20. Music you can dance to
  21. Trust and patience
  22. Sleeping in
  23. Time to journal
  24. UMass Amherst
  25. The 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.

Take Some Time For You (#281)

A lot of my lists and messages talk about gratitude for others. It’s important but arguably the one thing more important than showing gratitude for others, is demonstrating gratitude for yourself.

Our bodies are in constant motion. We’re always working or moving and we need to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Take a day for you, show yourself some gratitude and take a break.

10.14.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My Peer Mentor staff
  2. Mornings with my cat
  3. Warm blankets
  4. Irish breakfast tea
  5. Game day snacks
  6. Learning new things
  7. Introvert time
  8. Gratitude
  9. My fraternity brothers
  10. Weekends in Vermont
  11. Monopoly nights
  12. Sitting by the ocean
  13. Mac and cheese
  14. Phone calls with my dad
  15. Taco Tuesdays
  16. Time to journal
  17. Morning stretches
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. My family
  20. Recliner seats in the movies
  21. A clean apartment
  22. My BSU omelette
  23. A warm towel
  24. Understanding and listening
  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.

Went to the Pats last night with my friend Erika! What a game to be at and we had tons of fun.

Checking In (#280)

Just a few pictures from the past few days. I’m grateful for all of it!

10.13.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My friends from UMass
  2. Peanut butter and bananas
  3. A sound of the train outside my house
  4. Belief in something greater
  5. Sharing ice cream
  6. Good teachers and mentors
  7. Smiling until your face hurts
  8. Clean water
  9. Trust and understanding
  10. Learning to play instruments
  11. Embracing change
  12. Running in the rain
  13. Feeling organized
  14. New music
  15. Productive practice
  16. Climbing into my warm bed at the end of the day
  17. My headphones
  18. Weekend hiking
  19. Camping under the stars
  20. Morning tea and nighttime stretches
  21. My family
  22. My summer of safe travels
  23. Leadership lessons
  24. Focus and attention
  25. Being 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.

Gratitude and Celebration (#278)

Holidays, birthdays, special occasions are all synonymous with gratitude for some. For others, it’s a day of reflection. Gift giving can be challenging but I think I have it figure it. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time in whatever way you can. It’s that simple. Show them you care! Take the time to write them a note or a card. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.

Happy birthday, Julie!

10.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Vibrant sunsets
  2. Clean water
  3. Relaxing at the beach
  4. Old man basketball
  5. Home cooked meals
  6. My town library
  7. Revolution soccer nights
  8. Family traditions
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Sharing music
  11. Patience
  12. Comfy sweatshirts
  13. Safe travels
  14. Getting things done
  15. Leadership lessons
  16. Teachers and mentors
  17. Good parking
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. Chocolate anything
  20. Talking things out
  21. Written notes and letters
  22. Happy pictures and good memories
  23. Trampolines
  24. New books
  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.