Deep Breath, Exhale Doubt, Breath In Life (#64)

02.25.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My higher ed cohort
  2. Second chances
  3. A full day
  4. Time for the gym
  5. New friends and new opportunities
  6. Bruno’s Pizza
  7. My fellow LCGs
  8. Wonderful Wonderful album by the Killers
  9. My siblings, especially my brother tonight
  10. #Teamkennedy and car pools to class
  11. Patient professors
  12. New music tomorrow!!
  13. Getting the job in England, wow.
  14. My mom’s cooking
  15. My cat, Ned. I’ll miss him this summer
  16. Honest communication
  17. Walks around the pond with my grandma in the fall. I loved feeding the ducks with her
  18. My dad always being my coach growing up
  19. My friend Erika, she’s one of a kind!
  20. Dr. Curry and Fran for helping me get more involved in international service work
  21. My mom for all those rides home from school
  22. Sports for reminding me anything is possible through hard work and support
  23. Clear days, sunny skies, and warmer weather
  24. Good Days with Mel
  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 Grand Canyon. Who knew it snows in Nevada??? Apparently even the largest hole in the ground can be covered by snow and mist. This was the only picture I got from the day as the mist covered everything else soon after.

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Rise Up, Soar Higher Than You’ve Ever Imagined (#62)

02.23.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Safe travels
  2. Honesty
  3. Listening to a vinyl all the way through
  4. Telescope stories
  5. Impressive mountain ranges
  6. Dancing in the rain
  7. Having a good immune system
  8. In N Out Burger in LA
  9. Talented violinist
  10. Getting back to the gym
  11. Not procrastinating grad work
  12. Clear instructions and good communication
  13. My mom’s cooking
  14. My OL backpack is still in one piece
  15. Getting organized
  16. When people talk about being present
  17. Long runs
  18. My brothers in sigma pi
  19. Nutrigrain Bars and V8
  20. Good parking
  21. A peaceful landscape
  22. Summer months
  23. Hot showers
  24. My cat Ned and the show his name references
  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 one of my favorite photos. Dr. Curry and I talking about life in Cambodia and the moments that lead to both of us being there. Pretty special.

A Silver Lining (#59)

Life never goes the way we expect it to. Often times we hope for one outcome and something completely different comes of it, Whatever happens, know the Universe is working in your favor. Whatever happens, is meant to be and will fuel your learning if you allow it.

02.20.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Saturday morning soccer
  2. An empty email inbox
  3. Job offers
  4. Dr. Curry and Team Cambodia
  5. My parents and my family
  6. Shannon Pierce
  7. Lucas Bentes
  8. Juvan Coetzee
  9. Carly Ladd
  10. Bryan Gammon
  11. Pickup Soccer and no head injuries
  12. Vegetables and healthy eating
  13. Moments of learning
  14. The Universe
  15. Meeting new people
  16. Interacting with other bloggers
  17. My bed
  18. My boss, Adam
  19. Morning yoga stretches
  20. Time for the gym
  21. Good hugs
  22. Melted cheese
  23. Another day on this planet
  24. My process
  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 Judas tree mountain landscape. Definitely one of my favorite day hikes. Looking to do more!

Love Your Process, Embrace Your Journey (#57)

02.18.8

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Laughing with my family
  2. Seeing my grandma
  3. Safe travels
  4. New beginnings
  5. Old voicemails
  6. Reconnecting with old friends
  7. Becoming an RA
  8. Football and Civ Sundays in the apartments
  9. Buffalo chicken dip
  10. The Warren Conference Center field
  11. Early weekend mornings watching cartoons
  12. Growing closer with my brother
  13. Jordan Gomes, for pushing me to be my best
  14. Cousins, aunts, uncles, everyone at family gatherings
  15. Getting my masters paid for
  16. Having access to college
  17. Getting a chance to interview for my dream summer job working in England
  18. Lighthouses that lead the way Home
  19. Mother Nature and our Earth
  20. A good sunset / sunrise
  21. Sharing new music
  22. Teachers and mentors
  23. People who comment and share the blog! Hearing other people be grateful is the best feeling
  24. No traffic
  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 sunset riding the top edge of the stadium at UMass. Haven’t found many quiet spots out here that beat this one when it’s open

Embrace The Unknown (#55)

02.16.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Morning yoga
  2. Naps
  3. Ordering in
  4. Meeting new people
  5. My brother
  6. A good nights rest and a dark room
  7. Brunch with team Kennedy
  8. Catching up with my dad
  9. Nights watching the stars
  10. Learning about discovery, invention, and technology over time
  11. Fresh cut grass
  12. A bed I fit on
  13. Supportive, kind people
  14. Songs you can sing and dance to
  15. My time in Cambodia and a chance to go back
  16. The long weekend
  17. Friends who’ve kept in touch
  18. Comfy sweats
  19. Days to recover
  20. Local town Pizza
  21. Ashland State Park hikes
  22. The summer sun
  23. Sleeping in on Sunday
  24. Music
  25. Definitely, today

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 wildly rooted tree group of trees in Cambodia

Share It Out Loud (#54)

Writing gratitude is useful but telling others is when it holds the most value. A reminder never hurt anyone how grateful you are for their existence.

02.15.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My supervisor Adam
  2. Rock climbing with Erika
  3. Time for the gym
  4. The kind employees that left EMS open for me as I rushed in 10 minutes before close
  5. Clear instructions with grad work
  6. Coming home to my cat, Ned
  7. The long weekend with my family
  8. Laughing with my peer mentors
  9. Spotify new music Friday
  10. Old movies with my dad
  11. Sledding in the winter
  12. The warmer weather
  13. The promise of Spring
  14. Growing up with my siblings
  15. AIM Chats
  16. Sharing gratitude
  17. Morning yoga and stretches
  18. Chapters in my life
  19. Learning
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. What patience brings
  22. Lessons my parents taught me
  23. A roof over my head
  24. People who have helped me get here
  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 night I made a change in my life.

Learning To Let Go (#52)

There’s no sense in worrying about the things you can’t control.

02.13.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Working as an LCG here at UMass
  2. Teaching CORE with Kelcey
  3. 1:1s with my Peer Mentors
  4. Good interviews
  5. Having options
  6. Prime parking spaces
  7. Checking things off the to-do list
  8. Time to exercise
  9. Honest people
  10. A night in with nothing to do
  11. Away games with PJ
  12. A clean apartment
  13. Tattoo stories and survived scars
  14. My family
  15. My time as a Swift Kick intern
  16. Getting a good group in class for research
  17. When Ned wants to cuddle
  18. Gratitude
  19. To learn more about supporting individual identities and my students
  20. Clean teeth
  21. Peanut butter sandwiches
  22. Naps after a long day
  23. Quick fire drills
  24. A clean apartment
  25. This moment, 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 the sky on fire. Must mean something pretty special is happening if the universe gives us this.