The Price Of Patience (#192)

The title may be misleading. I think there’s a major difference between indecision and patience. What we give to both of these things is what I’ll call “the price we pay”.

Indecision can result in missed opportunities. What we give to indecisiveness, or the price we pay, is how we let anxiety manifest. We let our fears get the best of us. The negative self talk in our head gets all the attention. We spend time investing in the things we can’t control and instead are left without options.

Patience is something different. Patience only costs a couple deep breaths and is rewarded with the best our Universe has to offer. When anxiety feels overwhelming, it comes down to what our focus and how we spend our most valuable asset, time.

How do you see patience? How do you remind yourself of its importance? When is a time you were grateful for a couple deep breaths?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A little help
  2. Clean water
  3. A fantastic World Cup
  4. Texts from Home
  5. Gratitude
  6. Talking things out
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Friends from home
  9. Celtics Basketball
  10. Monopoly nights with my family
  11. Warm sweatshirts
  12. Feeling better
  13. Hosting TEDx at BSU
  14. Caring mentors
  15. Music before bed
  16. Friendly competition
  17. Local pizza
  18. Kind people
  19. My Orientation backpack
  20. Learning
  21. My Peer Mentors at UMass
  22. The summer sun
  23. Patient reminders
  24. My comfy neck pillow
  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 me speaking at graduation specifically about gratitude and patience.

Gratitude In Helping Others (#161)

I love being able to support my friends and family, especially because they do so much for me. Knowing I’m helping them always makes me feel better.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A clean home
  2. Old family pictures and videos
  3. Waking up to the sound of birds
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. Buffalo chicken anything
  6. Daybreak burger trips at BSU
  7. Driving with the windows down
  8. Being outside
  9. Good music and nothing to do
  10. Learning about gratitude
  11. Something new and different
  12. Coaches and mentors
  13. Summer on the cape
  14. Warm cozy blankets
  15. Blueberry muffins
  16. Vinyl records with my parents
  17. Melted cheese
  18. Inspiration in all its forms
  19. Time with my family
  20. Watching the stars
  21. Hot showers
  22. Home cooked food
  23. Healthy habits
  24. Checking in
  25. Today and every day

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 group of people I went to Cambodia with. Each of them hold a special place in my heart.

One Day At A Time (#134)

I think I’ve told myself that more times than I can count this semester. It’s an important reminder to not only be patient but to let go of what we can’t control. I can prepare as much as I want to for the future but will only be ready once it’s become the present. I can’t change the past but I can learn from those moments and use them as lessons in the here and now. I personally use gratitude to tie it all together which makes RIGHT NOW so precious.

I talk a lot about music, and tag it often, so here’s a playlist I’m working on! Right now, it’s quite short, not much to it. But with time, it will grow and maybe it’ll even have a few of your favorite songs. The theme of the playlist is “one song a day” – a reminder to take life at the same speed. Hope you enjoy it.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Catching up and checking in
  2. Working here at UMass and meeting so many incredible people
  3. Morning yoga with the sunshine
  4. Change of all kinds
  5. Long emails about world travel
  6. Time to get centered and regain balance
  7. A productive afternoon
  8. Healthy habits and good routines
  9. Stepping outside my comfort zone
  10. No social media – so much freedom
  11. Cat cuddles and funny internet cat pranks
  12. Nights listening to music in my car with my brother
  13. My friends from BSU and those I’ve stayed connected with
  14. This blog and the response I get from sharing gratitude!
  15. Those who inspire
  16. Second chances (and third chances)
  17. Sports and good competition
  18. Piano lessons and learning something new
  19. Signs from the Universe. That feeling in your bones demanding to be heard
  20. Exploration
  21. Sharing music and finding meaning in lyrics
  22. Free sweatshirts
  23. Crimson Hall and Shea Durgin memories
  24. Talking things out
  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 from my trip to New York for my internship! What a fun experience and one I definitely look back on with gratitude. 

Discover What Sets You Free (#93)


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The Universe
  2. My existence
  3. A power bigger than ourselves
  4. A little luck
  5. Inspiration and Motivation in all forms
  6. Good timing
  7. Kind people
  8. The love I get from my cat, Ned
  9. My student staff members
  10. Football in the snow
  11. Free food
  12. Good communication
  13. Tattoo stories
  14. Learning how to play instruments
  15. Grilling in the summer
  16. The ocean and its waves
  17. Going to conferences for free
  18. The slow pace of pioneer valley and the suburbs
  19. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  20. Days I get to pet animals
  21. Patience
  22. Organized playlists and good music
  23. Catching the ice cream truck
  24. A full list of gratitude
  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 my parents taking a walk together last fall. My mom loved this picture so much she got it framed!