Change Is All Around Us (#274)

As I rode my bike along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, for the first time I saw the reds and oranges of Fall. Leaves, separating from their branches like a bird from its mother, the seasons are changing. In Western Massachusetts, the change is dramatic. The deep green present on campus turns to a crimson red, intent on staying until snow falls in the Winter.

For me, this is both a powerful and perfect time to reflect on summer. To appreciate the time for what it was. There’s a lot of good in my life in the here and now. It’s important to stay focused on my present but I am grateful for my process all the same.

10.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Bike rides with Stephen
  2. When my mom comes and visits
  3. Clean water
  4. Texts from Peter in Mississippi
  5. Finding the time
  6. Lending a helping hand
  7. Good teachers and bad teachers
  8. Warm blankets
  9. Handstand practice
  10. My process
  11. Good parking
  12. The upcoming long weekend
  13. A clean apartment
  14. Handstand practice
  15. When things work out
  16. Reminders to be patient
  17. Long runs
  18. New music Friday
  19. Sharing laughter and food
  20. Old man basketball on Wednesday’s
  21. Good mentors and role models
  22. Lessons learned
  23. Cozy socks
  24. UMass Amherst
  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 Acadia with Julie!

I Am Unwavering…Or At least I Try To Be (#273)

John Wooden said it best,

I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful I am better than I used to be.

I find this quote appropriate. I struggled to write about gratitude for a lot of reasons this week. I had a hard time with my mental health and justifying a post about positivity and gratitude didn’t feel right if I didn’t mean it. There wasn’t one moment that set me off, it was a feeling inside that threw off my balance.

With time, I will learn. This life is a process and as John Wooden so eloquently stated, I’m still better than I used to be.

10.04.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Late night ice cream
  2. The people I work with at UMass
  3. My Peer Mentors
  4. Staff Meeting
  5. The rain
  6. Morning stretches
  7. Gratitude
  8. Foggy mornings
  9. Sleepy time tea
  10. Leadership lessons
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. My long run
  13. People who inspire
  14. Sharing desserts
  15. Hot showers
  16. A clear summer night
  17. Summer spent at the beach
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Naps in Iceland
  20. A clean apartment
  21. Change in all its forms
  22. Getting stuff done
  23. On campus sushi
  24. My friend, Erika
  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 small boat. I took this picture thinking of tranquility.

Acts of Love (#271)

Love, gratitude, positivity, it all starts with us. Whether you have a list or your sending thoughtful texts, demonstrate love in whatever way you know how. You may inspire gratitude in ways you could have never imagined.

09.28.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Making meals together
  2. Trust and honesty
  3. Summer freckles
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. People who inspire
  6. New music Friday!
  7. Safe travels
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Each and every breath
  10. Mango Chutney
  11. Books on the bike
  12. Classic movies
  13. Chipotle trips
  14. Friends from home
  15. Soccer practice after school
  16. The rain and the life it brings
  17. New beginnings
  18. Acts of love
  19. Fresh air and sitting on the balcony
  20. Hammock naps
  21. When my mom would pick me up from school
  22. Good feelings and good vibes
  23. Peace and positivity
  24. Leadership lessons
  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 Eagle Lake in Maine!

Hold On (#270)

There’s a lot of good in our lives, even when it feels like there isn’t. With a deep breath and some intentional gratitude, you can conquer anything. So hold on, and don’t give up hope. You got this.

09.27.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Handwritten notes
  2. Late night ice cream
  3. A clean apartment
  4. Safe travels
  5. My family
  6. The weekend
  7. Supportive supervisors
  8. A full tank of gas
  9. Going to concerts with my brother
  10. Morning tea and bagels
  11. Getting things done
  12. Teaching CORE
  13. Good conversation
  14. Mentoring
  15. My summer abroad
  16. Spotify radio
  17. Clean water
  18. Cupcake and cake frosting
  19. Positivity and gratitude
  20. Time to journal
  21. Waking up next to my cat, Ned
  22. Rainy days
  23. Good advice
  24. A couple deep breaths
  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 Acadia.

Mindful Breathing (#267)

Some of you may already be familiar with the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a well known teacher of mindfulness. Recently, my friend Ashley gifted me Peace of Mind, Becoming Fully Present by that very same Buddhist monk. The themes present in his writings aren’t revolutionary or radical. Enlightenment and happiness stems from each and every breath we take.

What stands out to me is there isn’t a prescribed mantra or routine that creates joy or satisfaction. Thich Nhat encourages the reader to create our own narrative with each breath in and with each breath out.

Gratitude is just one piece of the well-being puzzle. We can find purpose in balancing everything else that comes with it.

09.23.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time at the gym
  2. My New England Patriots, even when they lose
  3. My family
  4. Getting things done
  5. Support in many different ways
  6. Sharing pictures and stories
  7. Nights sitting outside
  8. Mac and cheese nights
  9. Summer jijutsu classes
  10. Being cozy in the cold
  11. Movie theater recliners
  12. Feeling organized
  13. New music suggestions from (https://youshouldhearblog.wordpress.com/)
  14. My summer in England
  15. Rainey days
  16. Night time stretching
  17. People who motivate and inspire others
  18. Weekend soccer and indoor all winter
  19. My headphones
  20. Time to journal
  21. Shared laughter
  22. Checking in
  23. The Boyden stairs at BSU
  24. My breath
  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 Acadia! The first sun sighting in the eastern standard time zone.

Back At It (#265)

Hi Internet,

First and foremost I’m happy to be posting again. This past week I’ve been quite busy. My girlfriend and I went camping in northern Maine for a couple days. Followed quickly by a good amount of work I needed to catch up on. Prior to talking it out, I felt bad because I didn’t feel like I kept my promise. I didn’t post daily and I messed up and missed out on my goal.

Now, I feel differently. It was never about posting every day or a specific number of items on nightly lists. It was about learning to incorporate and celebrate gratitude in my life.

This is my 265th blog but certainly not my 265th day feeling grateful to be exactly where I am. These blogs have helped my mental health and I’m better off when I write things out.

09.21.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Car rides with the windows down
  2. Podcasts and audiobooks
  3. Getting assignments down early
  4. The Harry Potter stories
  5. Summers by the pool
  6. Clean water
  7. Sharing dessert with my girlfriend
  8. Bike rides through campus
  9. Wiffleball in the yard
  10. Long drives to Maine
  11. Holy Donuts in Portland
  12. A painted sky full of stars
  13. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean
  14. Catching the first sunrise
  15. A sky on fire full of color
  16. Pancakes in the woods
  17. Walking around the lakes
  18. Singing in the car
  19. Finding random Denny’s
  20. Our little tent
  21. The sound of rain on the car windshield
  22. Comfy pillows
  23. Two successful interviews for class
  24. My family and Monopoly nights
  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 Julie and I on our hike for the day. I couldn’t tell you the name of it but we had a great time and didn’t get too lost.

Have To vs Get To (#262)

Happy Monday! We can make the conscious choice to start our week with positivity and gratitude. Try to think of as many “have to vs get to” in your life. A simple way of framing work or a task in our day with positive language can go a long way.

09.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. UMass Dining
  2. Friendly grocery stores
  3. Local pizza
  4. My family
  5. Quick and efficient meetings
  6. Teaching CORE and working with students
  7. My Peer Mentors
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Getting things done
  10. Good communication
  11. Mentors and supervisors
  12. Feeling organized
  13. Backyard sports
  14. FaceTiming with Peter
  15. Vibrant sunsets
  16. Trips to Alaska
  17. People who inspire
  18. My continued education
  19. Bike rides with Stephen
  20. Carpools with Carley
  21. A clear night when you can see the stars
  22. Summer grilling and bonfires
  23. My headphones
  24. Being in nature and the warmth of the sun
  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 walking back in the rain.