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.

    There’s No Place Like Home (#225)

    Today’s post will be a little shorter. I’m happy and grateful to be home. I’m not looking forward to the jet lag or getting used to my allergies around Ned but, that’s the least of my worries. These feelings pale in comparison to the gratitude and love I feel for being exactly where I’m supposed to be.

    08.04.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Hugs from my parents after getting off my plane in America
    2. Laughing with my family at dinner
    3. Safe travels and well wishes
    4. Chocolate chip airport cookies that didn’t actually taste that bad
    5. Local pizza
    6. Having a window seat on the ride home
    7. Good community
    8. The two peanut butter sandwiches my parents brought me after I got off the plane
    9. Vibrant sunsets
    10. A couple deep breaths
    11. The feeling after a shave and hot shower
    12. Eating dinner with my family
    13. Time to journal on the plane
    14. The smell outside after the storm
    15. Seeing my cat again
    16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    17. My sister and her boyfriend, Sam. They tell great stories together
    18. Having a beer with my dad
    19. Gratitude
    20. The nice couple sitting next to me on the plane that shared their water with me
    21. Night time stretches before bed
    22. Catching up on TV
    23. I was able to stay up and see my brother when he got home
    24. My bed at home
    25. Being right here, exactly where I’m supposed to be
  • 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 luggage from my trip. Not the most fantastic of shots but I’m a little impressed with myself I was able to fit so much in three bags and wanted to share.

    My Definition Of Gratitude (#219)

    My definition of gratitude isn’t so much defined in words as it is in feeling.

    There’s a quote from one of my favorite coaches, John Wooden, that’s appropriate…

    Gratitude is both simultaneously a little thing and a big thing. Gratitude doesn’t have to be a long list every night. Gratitude can be the warm embrace shared with someone you missed or a sincere thank you after finishing a collaborative project. Gratitude starts in the simplest form and can evolve into a larger sensation. There’s something powerful when we can share a mutual appreciation of one another. It’s all about how we can demonstrate love and positivity because of people or events in our life, in both little and big ways.

    07.29.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Texts from Home
    2. My Peer Mentor staff
    3. Sand between my toes
    4. Change
    5. Good advice
    6. Train rides to Liverpool
    7. Supportive people
    8. Grad school
    9. Home cooked meals
    10. Tattoo stories
    11. Classic movies
    12. No traffic coming home
    13. People who inspire me
    14. Sharing gratitude
    15. When I’m sitting outside and you can hear the train pass by my house at night
    16. Rainy days with my cat
    17. Saturday morning reffing
    18. Friends from home
    19. Teachers and mentors
    20. An empty email inbox
    21. Chipotle trips
    22. Sitting around the Bridgewater Lake
    23. A good series on Netflix
    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 is not my own but I’m always a sucker for a good sunset.

  • The Things I Can’t Control (#208)

    I can work hard 9-5, type until my hands and wrists are fatigued. I can actively reach out to my friends when I’m in need of support. But, there are things in life we can’t control.

    I’m grateful when those things not only go well but highlight meaning or purpose. It’s important for me to recognize them as a higher power, the Universe, to strengthen my belief in what I can’t explain. Sometimes these signs are worth listening to and sometimes I just feel lucky. Whatever the reason may be, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    07.18.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Yoga and meditation
    2. Patient tutoring
    3. When things go well
    4. School spirit
    5. Working as an RA
    6. Landscaping with my friends in the summer
    7. Walks into Colchester
    8. Time at the gym
    9. Walks around the pond with my grandma
    10. A calm breeze
    11. Shared laughter
    12. Understanding
    13. Monopoly nights with my family
    14. Fond memories
    15. Practice after school
    16. Time to journal
    17. Texts from Home
    18. Quiet confidence
    19. Colorful sunrises
    20. Bridgewater State University
    21. Pleasant surprises
    22. Honest people
    23. The Universe
    24. People who inspire
    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.

    I’ve done a lot of traveling this summer and I’m grateful I’ve made it safely everywhere I’ve gone. Thank goodness for that.

    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.

    07.17.18

    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.

    My Own Adventure (#203)

    This summer has taken me to some pretty incredible places. Grateful to spend my day surrounded by nature in places I never dreamed I’d be able to visit.

    07.13.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Haggis
    2. My audiobook
    3. Being in nature
    4. My family
    5. Helpful humans
    6. Incredible views
    7. Keeping notes
    8. Getting my steps in
    9. My hometown
    10. Videos of my cat
    11. Music to relax
    12. Texts from Home
    13. Supporting my friends
    14. Quick snacks
    15. Warm brownies
    16. Sleeping in my own bed
    17. Clean water
    18. Life lessons
    19. A full day
    20. Funny tour guides
    21. A few deep breaths
    22. Having a plan of action
    23. Stories from Loch Ness
    24. Free travel
    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 the dam in the Scottish highlands. One of my favorites but MANY more to come.

    Trust In The Unknown (#195)

    07.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Talking things out
    2. A good feeling
    3. The promise of tomorrow
    4. The calm of the ocean
    5. A few deep breaths
    6. Old pictures
    7. Exploring the swamp behind my home
    8. Time for Netflix
    9. Clarity
    10. My friends and family
    11. Clear constellations
    12. Friendly pets
    13. Green trees
    14. Perseverant people
    15. The sound of rain
    16. Clean water
    17. Moments of learning
    18. Walks through campus
    19. Patience
    20. A chance to travel
    21. Long days of sunshine
    22. My hometown
    23. Pleasant surprises
    24. Teamwork
    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 Cambodia. A picture from my friend Neth, how I miss that place.