Learn To Adapt (#56)

02.17.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. A good workout
  2. Counseling at BSU
  3. Train stations
  4. Time to journal
  5. Hopefully one last snow
  6. Patience
  7. Dr. Curry
  8. My Fraternity Brothers
  9. Fresh air
  10. DJs Wings on the Cape
  11. My Grandparents
  12. Working in Kennedy this year
  13. Ismaris and Kay helping me apply to UMass
  14. When my Mom drives out to visit
  15. People that encourage my best
  16. Staying at BSU after wanting to transfer
  17. Slow but steady improvement
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. Lessons I learned from playing sports
  20. People who took care of me after each of my concussions
  21. Competition and drive
  22. My family
  23. Summer popsicles
  24. New music from old artists
  25. The 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.

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Featured image of me plus the horizon over sunset mountain in Cambodia. I remember Stenie and I practically sprinting up that mountain proving we could keep up the pace. We got to the top and couldn’t believe we made it just in time for the sun to go down.

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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

Not Just Another Day (#53)

02.14.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Team Tidal Wave and Trivia Bowl victories
  2. A full day of things to do
  3. Time to climb and people who give me tips
  4. CONVINCING Liverpool victories in Champions League
  5. Anytime I get to eat frosting
  6. Sharing Music
  7. Teaching extra CORE classes
  8. Lofi Hip Hop
  9. Summers with Skyhawks
  10. Mornings I can get up on time
  11. FIFA tournaments with the team
  12. My family
  13. Warm blankets
  14. The rain as it cleanses everything
  15. My Grammy’s dogs
  16. Conversation about the Universe
  17. Feeling fulfilled
  18. Being trusted with more responsibility
  19. Students who inspire
  20. Working with Carley and Jess in Kennedy
  21. Covers of my favorite songs
  22. When Laughter fills your body
  23. Frank and Holly
  24. Dr. Kevin Curry
  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.

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Featured image of what may be the first picture that isn’t a landscape photo but I wanted to introduce my cat, Ned! He’s named after the King of the North, Ned Stark from Game of Thrones. Ironically, my cat hates the cold. 

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.

Keep Pushing (#51)

02.12.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. My Monday finally being over
  2. 1:1’s with my supervisor
  3. The sunshine
  4. A great CORE co-facilitator and an awesome class
  5. Improv with Mr. Harrington
  6. Spotify music
  7. My family
  8. Spontaneous phone calls with Bryan
  9. Burrill with Tameka and Liv
  10. League with Peter
  11. Rock climbing
  12. Morning yoga
  13. Eggs and Ketchup
  14. Fresh smelling flowers on the top of mountains
  15. Time I get to spend with Ned
  16. Airconditioning
  17. Exceeding expectations
  18. Cozy blankets and socks
  19. Movie nights
  20. Going with the flow
  21. Being patient
  22. Whoever invented french fries
  23. A couple of deep breaths
  24. A good stretch
  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.

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Featured image of Matador Beach at night. One of my favorite days in LA with my Uncle. 

A Fresh Mindset (#50)

I may only be about 14% of the way to finishing my goal but 50 straight days of blogging feels great!

Sometimes I treat my gratitude list like a chore when it shouldn’t be. I’ve decided to start blogging throughout my day instead of just at the end of it. Hopefully that helps expedite my nightly routine and I can go to bed earlier.

I remember starting this blog 50 days ago thinking it wouldn’t be challenging. I was poorly mistaken but it has been a lesson I’ve enjoyed learning. With anything, we must adapt to change. This isn’t a goal I’m going to give up on and finding different ways to accomplish this means fine tuning and good reflection.

50 days down, 315 to go.

02.11.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The gratitude journal
  2. Lofi Dubstep and the rain
  3. Trying new cultural foods
  4. Friendly animals
  5. Group projects with equal effort
  6. New hobbies and new friends
  7. Lots of learning
  8. Coming back to Ned after a long day
  9. That my plants aren’t dead yet
  10. Nature and the planet we share
  11. My peer mentors and good programs
  12. Laughing and smiling until your face hurts
  13. Second chances
  14. Folk music
  15. Progress
  16. A good workout
  17. My family, especially my brother today
  18. Music, for keeping me sane
  19. Trips to Good Days
  20. A positive mindset
  21. Trying new things
  22. People who inspire my best
  23. The Universe
  24. Restful Sleep
  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 path leading through Joshua Tree. Feeling adventurous at 2am here on the East Coast!

I’m Going To Climb Mt. Everest (#49)

I might be a decade away from actually being ready to make the climb but I’m holding myself to it. Call it a bucket list item, but this is my goal and I’m shooting for the stars.

02.10.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Rock Climbing Lessons
  2. An empty gym
  3. Refreshing rain
  4. Time with my cat
  5. More trips to chipotle
  6. My family
  7. Good vibes from the Universe
  8. Water
  9. Belts, I think they’re really useful for pants
  10. The dreams I remember in the morning
  11. Time to read
  12. Having a great supervisor
  13. Crazy guitar solos
  14. Deep breaths
  15. Slow dances
  16. Being able to grow a beard to keep my face warm
  17. Meeting new people
  18. Setting new goals
  19. Time to journal
  20. Fresh fruit and peanut butter
  21. That feeling after you do abs
  22. Positive people
  23. Sharing
  24. Talking sports with my brother
  25. Every moment from 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 the literal and figurative long road ahead of me if I want to climbMt. Everest. I don’t want to say “maybe one day I’ll do it”, because conviction is the only way I’m going to make it to that summit.