Time Flies (#232)

I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.

08.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going out on the boat
  2. Trying new things
  3. Swimming in a warm lake
  4. No traffic
  5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
  6. Premier League updates from my brother
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Finding new things in old bookstores
  9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
  10. My BSU friends and memories
  11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
  12. Quick naps in the car
  13. Family adventures in the mini van
  14. A warm towel
  15. Pleasant surprises
  16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
  17. Getting organized and making plans
  18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
  19. That my family loves my cat too
  20. My discover weekly on Spotify
  21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
  22. The smell of rain
  23. Learning something new
  24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
  25. The right here, right 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 weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

Happy To Be Here (#230)

I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

08.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Team building
  2. Shared laughter
  3. A good first impression
  4. The feeling of being unpacked
  5. My mom’s cooking
  6. Fruit smoothies
  7. The New England Patriots are BACK
  8. Banana bread
  9. Feeling organized
  10. Being back at work
  11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  12. Walks through campus
  13. Seeing Jess and Carley
  14. The coolness of the wind
  15. Local bagels and pizza
  16. The warmth of the sunshine
  17. Teaching CORE again
  18. Days at the beach
  19. Safe travels
  20. Trains to Liverpool
  21. Board games with the family
  22. The smell of fresh flowers
  23. Friendly competition
  24. Good teachers
  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 my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    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.
  • Taking It Easy (#228)

    08.07.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My Spotify Discover Weekly
    2. Family dinner
    3. Talking things out with my sister
    4. My bed at home
    5. A chance to lace up my hiking boots
    6. Car rides with my brother
    7. A few deep breaths
    8. Walking meditation
    9. A couple miles around the track
    10. The warmth of the sun
    11. Seeing my grandma
    12. Sleeping in
    13. My supervisor, Adam at UMass
    14. Waking up to the sound of birds
    15. Game Of Thrones Sunday’s
    16. AC in the summer
    17. Good gym music recommendations
    18. Friends from BSU
    19. Working as an RA
    20. Home cooked anything
    21. Clean teeth
    22. The smell of fresh cut grass
    23. Chipotle trips
    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 another landscape from Scotland.

    What’s Your Self Care Look Like? (#226)

    Today was perfect. I spent the day at the beach with my mom and brother, enjoying the sun and the water. We walked from the tiny home a family friend has leant us and made the most of every second here today. We got ice cream with my dad and told old stories we’ve each heard a thousand times before.

    To me, this was exactly what I needed after getting back from England. I wasn’t stressed about work or school, I was just here in this moment. This for me is self care. Spending time with the people I love. I feel reinvigorated and truly cherish the time I get with my parents and siblings.

    08.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The crash of the waves and smell of the water
    2. The sand between my toes
    3. Homemade ice cream
    4. Crossing the bridge to the cape
    5. Cards with my dad and brother
    6. Tattoo stories and dreams of the future
    7. Spending time with my family
    8. Gratitude
    9. Having a day for myself
    10. Summer grilling and making food together
    11. Drives with the windows down
    12. Oldies radio with my mom
    13. Hanging outside
    14. Catching up with my brother
    15. Dirty knees and feet from the grass
    16. A clear night sky and the sound of grasshoppers outside my window
    17. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    18. When things work out
    19. New podcasts and books
    20. The jet lag works the opposite way and wakes me up early in the morning
    21. Time to read
    22. Exploring the swamp
    23. Bug spray
    24. Local seafood
    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 of Loch Ness and not the cape because I didn’t take my phone or camera with me today. It was nice not having anything on me but I’m still glad I can share my gratitude at the end of the day.

    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.

    An Incredible Adventure (#213)

    Every list I post, #25 on my list of gratitude is an acknowledgment of the present moment. Thoughts and fears can take me away from being present. Anxiety and uncertainty for the future meshed with a disappointment in failure from the past, remove me from the here and now. Being mindful and being present is a practice. What I’ve learned is this search for meaning, my expedition for happiness and understanding doesn’t have to span the globe. My adventure starts right here, in this moment.

    “You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to find peace and joy. Breathing in, I feel alive. Breathing out, I feel at home.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

    Gratitude grounds me in the here and now. Each breath that fills my lungs brings the miracle of life into my body. I’m learning I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and the meaning to life I’ve been seeking, is what I define it to be. What a blessing it is to live another day, to see another sunrise, and to share love with the people and animals we care the most for. Our adventure starts here and you don’t have to wait for any kind of special permission to start again.

    07.23.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My breath
    2. Lessons from Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
    3. Home cooked meals
    4. Gym sessions with Peter
    5. A clear sky full of stars
    6. The sound of train outside my window
    7. Rain, falling on my skin
    8. My friends, the people who helped me get to be exactly where I am
    9. My cat Ned, my best friend
    10. Old vinyl records
    11. Getting a good sweat at the gym
    12. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved
    13. Thunder storms
    14. Mindful eating
    15. Shared laughter
    16. A full moon and a quiet night
    17. The warmth of the sun
    18. New music from my discover weekly from Spotify
    19. Second chances
    20. Love through understanding
    21. Patience
    22. A good night’s rest
    23. Summer jijutsu lessons and learning new things
    24. My family
    25. Every moment from today, but especially this one

    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 an old hike with my friend Lucas. So many moments in this lifetime to celebrate, how lucky am I to get to share them with people I love.