An Old Friend (#221)

Growing up, I tried desperately to fit in with certain people. I would let them push me around and make me feel worthless and un-worthy of this real love or friendship. PJ was someone who never did that.

We lived down the street so we would always carpool together to and from both games and practices. My dad coached so it only made sense that he come along. PJ always treated me with respect and is undoubtedly my oldest friend to this day. From long car rides after games to summer jobs landscaping, we’ve done a lot. Now, he’s here in England and it’s different.

We’re not those same kids anymore and I’m glad. We’ve both grown so much I’m proud of our progress. We’re at two very different points in the journey. He has just arrived and is looking forward to taking advantage of his two weeks in Europe. I on the other hand, am looking forward to being home. The next few days together will be interesting to say the least but I’m grateful our paths continue to cross and we can share this experience together.

07.31.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The month of July and everything I’ve learned these past weeks
  2. Summer landscaping
  3. My dad for coaching my teams
  4. Friday night revs games
  5. Being cozy and warm when it’s cold
  6. Karaoke songs in the car
  7. My siblings
  8. Old movies and popcorn
  9. Sharing stories and laughter
  10. Free drinks!
  11. My bed sat home
  12. Getting stuff done
  13. People who hold open doors and show consideration to others
  14. New music in the Discover Weekly
  15. Walks to the grocery store
  16. My audiobooks
  17. New England sports
  18. Fried food and French fries
  19. My brother and PJ both visiting this summer
  20. Change and growth
  21. New perspectives
  22. Summer pickup on the turf
  23. Leaders and captains who inspire me
  24. When things work out / safe travels
  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 isn’t of PJ but it’s of a fresh perspective of a familiar place. Mt. Tolmie in Washington is important to me but a place I try and look at with fresh eyes. The same is true for my friend PJ’s visit. We have old memories I’m happy to be looking at with fresh eyes.

    Taking It Slow (#220)

    Each day that passes means I’m one closer to going home. Time has never moved this slowly my entire life but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I’ve been productive with my time here in England. Although my work isn’t the most rewarding, I’ve worked on a number of projects and feel prepared for the fall semester. I’m still looking forward to heading home and seeing my family but I’ve certainly been able to savor every last second of my summer in the UK 🇬🇧.

    07.30.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Mistakes and moments of learning
    2. A full night’s rest
    3. The sound and feeling of rain
    4. Firefighters and first responders
    5. My siblings
    6. Late night mac and cheese
    7. Delivering pizza in high school
    8. The sound of the train passing in the night
    9. My friends at UMass
    10. Time outside
    11. Rainy days and vinyl records
    12. Love
    13. A little bit of bravery
    14. Patriot games on Sundays
    15. Local homemade ice cream
    16. Talks about the Universe
    17. A “yes and” mentality
    18. A clear sky and a full moon
    19. Working for Swift Kick in New York
    20. Time at the gym and people who keep me working towards my goals
    21. Holidays with my family
    22. Good dreams
    23. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    24. Lazy days with my cat, Ned
    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 an older hike. Wouldn’t be able to pick out the mountain but the view still reminds me of the fresh air and warm sun my friends and I shared.

    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.

    07.26.18

    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.

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    Featured image is not my own but I can always appreciate a beautiful skyline from a high up place. 

    Making Time For Gratitude (#212)

    Your gratitude list doesn’t have to take hours or be eccentric in any way. Sometimes, a simple thank you text can go a long way. Make time for gratitude in whatever way you can.

    07.22.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. FaceTimes with my dad
    2. Ice cream trips with Mel
    3. Time to journal
    4. Walks home from school
    5. Finding my place at BSU
    6. Good communication
    7. Leadership lessons
    8. Friends from home
    9. The summer rain
    10. FIFA games with Lucas
    11. Monopoly nights
    12. Local pizza
    13. Relaxing Sundays
    14. Peanut butter sandwiches before class
    15. Safe travels
    16. Climbing with Erika
    17. Sharing a birthday with my sister
    18. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    19. New opportunities
    20. Friendly competition
    21. Soccer in the yard with my brother
    22. Indoor with my friends
    23. Friendly pets
    24. Another day 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 from the Scottish Highlands. The land felt primordial, I felt in tune with the earth and the mountains that stretched overhead.

    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.

    Embrace The Moment (#202)

    This morning I woke up at 6am. I definitely didn’t mean to, trust me. I had two options; roll over and try and fall back to sleep or make the most of the sunrise. I chose the ladder. I climbed an empty Arthur’s Seat this morning and sat quietly writing in my journal. It was the perfect way to start my day. A moment of gratitude I’ll treasure when I think back about being here in Scotland. 07.12.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The warmth of the sun
    2. Strangers on the trail
    3. Not getting lost coming back
    4. Exploring Edinburgh
    5. Delicious traditional Indian food
    6. Learning new things
    7. Conversations about family and life
    8. Second chances
    9. A full stomach
    10. Time to relax and journal
    11. Plans for the future
    12. Living in the moment
    13. Fun parks and friendly pets
    14. Sharing laughter
    15. Hot showers
    16. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
    17. My family
    18. Colorful sunsets
    19. Cereal snacks
    20. Being an LCG at UMass
    21. Gratitude
    22. Good communication
    23. Fun souvenirs
    24. After school cartoons
    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 top of Arthur’s Seat. A quick hike and lots of fun. Worth doing if you’re ever in Edinburgh.

    Make Space For Change (#201)

    Be open to new ideas, embrace different perspectives, and live life outside your comfort zone. Let the universe take care of the rest. 07.11.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Safe travels
    2. New surroundings
    3. A good experience with haggis
    4. Learning new things
    5. Tired feet
    6. Friendly faces
    7. Delicious ice cream
    8. Pictures from home
    9. An incredible word cup run from England this summer. Sorry to see them go home
    10. A made bed and clean towels
    11. The warmth of the sun
    12. My amazing friends from UMass
    13. A few deep breaths
    14. Incredible sights
    15. Relaxing music
    16. A little understanding
    17. Good conversation
    18. Starting the day right
    19. My family
    20. Change
    21. Sharing stories
    22. UMass and BSU
    23. The sound of birds in the morning
    24. A full stomach
    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 Joshua Tree! Loved my journaling during that hike and wrote a lot about changes I want to make in my own life.