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.


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.

My Birthday! (#242)

To me, it’s just another day. I’m not a huge fan even though I’m lucky enough to share the day with my twin sister. I don’t like the attention and often times don’t feel comfortable accepting gifts. Today was an exception to my normal annual dreadful birthday experience. With gratitude, I love to celebrate and thank the people who work so hard to make my day special. I have people in my life who care about me and who want to see me happy. I’m grateful for another year of life and for all this year will bring. Here’s to being 24 and feeling capable of taking on the world.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My sister, sharing the day with her has been my favorite thing about August 21st.
  2. My family
  3. My friends
  4. Good health
  5. Clear nights with bright stars
  6. When my uncle dressed up as a lobster for my  underwater themed birthday
  7. Summers hanging by the pool
  8. Wiffleball in the yard with my neighbors
  9. Watching the Revs under the lights
  10. Lazer tag
  11. Vinyl records and good music
  12. Fresh fruit and veggies
  13. Birthday surprises from the dream team
  14. When my mom calls to check in
  15. Chocolate desserts
  16. Nights spent listening to the rain outside
  17. Grilling in the summer
  18. Honest conversations
  19. Local pizza
  20. My Peer Mentors
  21. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! Don’t worry if you didn’t get me anything, a small donation to my fundraiser would be perfect.

  22. Watching the morning fog with my tea
  23. Time at the gym
  24. New experiences and opportunities
  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 sunset ending what was a perfect day. Thank you, to everyone, for making it special. 

To Be Honest… (#216)

To be honest, I’m exhausted. I’m staying up and writing this blog but having trouble making the list and reminding myself of the lessons I preach. I need to remind myself that I’m human, that self-care is important when I feel like this. I’m ready to go home. England has been an incredible experience and this summer has taught me so much. In a future blog, I’ll sit down and take the time to write about the lessons I’ve learned but for now, I’m just grateful to be here.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Sitting in the sunshine
  2. My audiobooks
  3. Second Chances
  4. Love and support
  5. FaceTiming with my cat
  6. The sound of rain
  7. Weekend hikes with my friends
  8. Time at the gym
  9. A couple of deep breaths
  10. New perspectives
  11. Patient teachers
  12. Handwritten notes and letters
  13. Calls from my dad
  14. Homecooked meals
  15. Learning from my mistakes
  16. Local Amherst pizza
  17. Teaching CORE again in the fall
  18. An empty campus
  19. Working Orientation in the summer
  20. Trailers before the movie
  21. Celebrating others
  22. Safe travels
  23. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  24. Leaders of all kinds
  25. My family


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 can always appreciate a beautiful skyline from a high up place. 

Being Open To Change (#215)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Free pizza for lunch
  2. Handwritten notes and letters
  3. Mental health counseling
  4. Summer jijutsu lessons
  5. New music from Reddit
  6. After school cartoons
  7. Game of Thrones Sundays
  8. Swimming in the Rez
  9. Personal growth
  10. Saturday morning Liverpool matches
  11. Carpools to classes
  12. Supportive communities of people
  13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! Thank you to those who have already donated and helped out, it means the world.

  14. Summers as a camp counselor
  15. The change of seasons
  16. The smell of the ocean
  17. Peanut butter sandwiches and celery
  18. Time at the gym
  19. Long walk and going for runs with my mom
  20. First responders and those that give their lives to helping people
  21. A couple of deep breaths and patient reminders
  22. The promise of a new day
  23. Talking things out
  24. Change
  25. The precious present, 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 Scotland. The beautiful landscape is something I hope to be able to revisit. Grateful for my time there. 

It’s All Part Of The Process (#196)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. World Cup games
  2. Journals from Iceland
  3. Organized music
  4. Taking things slow
  5. Time at the gym
  6. New audiobooks
  7. The weekend
  8. Calls from home
  9. When things go right
  10. My cat, Ned
  11. The feeling of clean teeth
  12. New music
  13. Nights outside by the fire
  14. My favorite Sudoku book
  15. The mixtape my dad gave me
  16. The smell of Bacon
  17. Bagels on Sundays
  18. Falling asleep to the sound of rain
  19. Signs from the Universe
  20. Carpools to Soccer
  21. Clean clothes
  22. Good candle smells
  23. Sharing laughter
  24. My Peer Mentors
  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.


Featured image of a blurry London. I’ve enjoyed exploring the city and making the most of my time here in England when possible. 

Saying Goodbye (#141)

Tonight is my last night in this apartment. It marks the end of my first year of graduate school. These past two semesters have challenged me academically in ways I wasn’t initially ready for. Transitioning from Bridgewater was hard and UMass has a much larger campus. I was accustomed to feeling more connected to my campus and the people and that was much harder here in my role. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly incredible humans that make me grateful to be here. Each of them have helped make this place feel more like home. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve started here and I have my tools to fall back on.

Adopting my cat Ned changed my life. I really needed something to love after going through a really tough summer. He got me up in the morning when I didn’t want to get up. He would greet me at the door after a long day of work and class. He listened to me rant and question the universe when nothing made sense. I will miss him dearly when I’m in England but I’m grateful for the healing he’s provided me. He needed a good home and I needed a good cat. I’m thankful my mom was so eager to watch him this summer while I’m away.

If you’re interested in adopting an animal or learning more about the process, check out what I used here!

This apartment is home to a lot of good memories and bad memories. I learned a lot about myself in the past year and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The future is bright but I’m thankful for today.

ALSO, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Grateful for my mom for so many reasons.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Mellow beats on Spotify (
  2. Mother’s Day with my family
  3. Going home
  4. The help I got from my mom and sister clearing my apartment
  5. Healing
  6. New beginnings and what’s to come
  7. My cat, Ned
  8. My BSU friends seeing me off before Europe
  9. Time in Ashland
  10. A chance to say goodbye
  11. Double sided tape
  12. A VERY clean apartment
  13. Old friends
  14. UMass Moving
  15. All the good books and podcasts recommended to me for my trip
  16. Warm socks
  17. Taco Tuesdays
  18. My walks to and from the gym
  19. The feeling of clean teeth
  20. Help planning my trip to Iceland
  21. Comfy pants
  22. Sunny days and warm weather
  23. FaceTimes with friends
  24. Tattoo stories
  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.


This was me in front of Emerson during the summer! That feels like a lifetime ago now. I still wear those shoes all the time too in case you were wondering.


Featured image of my favorite sunset I chased looking out from my apartment. This was early on in the summer when I was still nervous about the move. Something about the colors put me at ease. I’m grateful for this past year for so many reasons, even the little ones. 

Life Ain’t Perfect (#136)

Sometime things just don’t work out. Sometimes it truly is the ‘worst case scenario’. So what do you do? Give up? Run away?

I’m grateful to have made it this far. To be granted another day, another opportunity. Balance can’t exist without both the highs and lows in life. Our universe is host to EVERYTHING including both the good and bad. We can use gratitude to find ourselves somewhere in the middle.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. End of year celebrations with the dream team
  2. Falling asleep watching the sun set
  3. Calls from my mom
  4. My siblings
  5. Time for the gym
  6. Friendly competition
  7. The student staff in Kennedy
  8. My cat most of the time, even when he’s grumpy
  9. Good friends who check in on me
  10. Days I get to sleep in
  11. A clear sky and a sunny day
  12. Finishing my nightly routines
  13. The penultimate end to this semester
  14. Understanding and clarity
  15. Trust and honesty
  16. The good days and bad days
  17. Quiet nights
  18. Long talks on the steps of Boyden
  19. Inspiration in every form
  20. Life lessons
  21. A little help
  22. A couple deep breaths
  23. Living in Emerson this year
  24. A day off on Friday
  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 red sun setting in China before our flight back to America. What an experience being in Cambodia was.

Highs and Lows (#135)

Highs and lows are apart of life, that’s how we find balance. Didn’t have a great day but for me, it’s still important to make time for gratitude. Start again tomorrow with the new sun and new opportunities.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing my dad today, hard to describe how much I love and appreciate him, even when we fight and argue
  2. All of my family, their support and love is unwavering
  3. Friends that have checked in and tried to motivate me
  4. Time at the gym, getting a good sweat was exactly what I needed
  5. Healthy foods and healthy habits make a healthy mind
  6. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  7. My supervisor and getting to work with him again next year
  8. The end of semester countdown is now in single digits
  9. New music and people who share
  10. Walks through campus
  11. The warmth of the impending summer
  12. Growing up playing soccer with some of my best friends
  13. Acoustic guitar and stretching before bed
  14. Hand-written notes and letters
  15. Love and everything that comes with it
  16. Sharing gratitude and those who write their own lists!
  17. My process and being exactly where I am because it’s exactly where I should be
  18. Positive reminders and helpful hints
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. New opportunities
  21. People who inspire confidence in myself
  22. My ugly ID picture that always gets a laugh when people see it
  23. Quiet spots and peaceful moments
  24. Homecooked food
  25. Today, and being right here


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 another nature landscape. What can I say, I enjoy being outside!