Surrounded (#261)

I love football season. I love my New England Patriots. I love Tom Brady. But most of all, I love spending my Sunday with my family enjoying the game. Sports are an important part of my life and I’m grateful for the past decade plus of excellence the Patriots have demonstrated during the fall and winter seasons.

It’s not about winning. I’m grateful to spend the time with my family and have something we all enjoy together. I’m grateful for the game day snacks and traditions my family has. I’m grateful for the time my family shares rooting for our local team.

09.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Time to organize my music
  3. Understanding and patience
  4. Home movies
  5. Writing lessons
  6. My journal
  7. Time at the gym
  8. Learning from my mistakes
  9. My Peer Mentor staff
  10. Working at UMass
  11. Shared laughter
  12. Rolling down the Shea Durgin hill
  13. My BSU friends
  14. New audiobooks and podcasts
  15. Good communication
  16. Morning yoga and tea
  17. A couple deep breaths
  18. Safe travels
  19. My fraternity brothers
  20. Safe travels
  21. Being helpful
  22. When my mom watches my cat, Ned
  23. Learning something new
  24. Clean dishes
  25. The present 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 is not my own.

Author Your Own Amazing Story (#260)

It is my belief that mediocrity only exists because those are the limits we set for ourselves. We accept average as our norm and grow complacent with the outcome.

You can author and create the life you always wanted and you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to start. Begin right now. Use gratitude to recognize your growth overtime but ground yourself in the here and now. Each breath is new. Each moment we have in a day has the potential to change our lives. So why not you?

09.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Love and positivity
  2. Good communication
  3. My family
  4. New music all weekend
  5. Sharing a beer with my dad
  6. Summer grilling
  7. Time in my hammock
  8. My journal
  9. Change
  10. Friendly supermarkets
  11. Stories about Home
  12. The blogging community and the people I’ve met thanks to my lists
  13. Landscaping with my friends
  14. My continued education
  15. Walks to the Rez
  16. Happy tears
  17. Good books
  18. Lessons learned
  19. Belief and understanding
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  22. Roller coasters
  23. Late night ice cream trips
  24. Good friends
  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 is not my own.

Anything but… (#240)

The featured image might be black and white but my life has been quite the opposite. Life is being out loud and in color, coming in on all stations. I’m grateful to be exactly where I am. Living life one day at a time.

08.19.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Fun car rides
  2. Roller coaster rides
  3. Staff bonding
  4. Family vacations
  5. Books on tape
  6. Weekend cartoons
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Trust
  9. New beginnings
  10. Being back at UMass
  11. Gratitude
  12. Dippin’ Dots
  13. Spotify
  14. The sunshine
  15. A couple deep breaths
  16. Fresh fruits and veggies
  17. Local bagels
  18. Pancakes on the weekend
  19. New routines
  20. Sunscreen
  21. Catching the sunset
  22. Great views
  23. Time for me
  24. Premier league weekends
  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 Iceland. I’m playing around with black and white to learn how to focus on different parts of the picture with my photography.

Keeping Busy (#239)

Being back at UMass means being busy. It’s good for me to have things to do. It keeps me organized and being productive brings me happiness. I can carve out routines and schedules and it all helps me “feel good”. This moment feels good.

08.18.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Weekend Premiere League
  3. A couple deep breaths
  4. The places I’ve been
  5. Sharing a birthday with my sister
  6. The uncertainty of the horizon
  7. Watermelon in the summer
  8. Cupcakes with good frosting
  9. Good dreams
  10. Challenge and adversity
  11. A clean apartment
  12. Warm blankets and socks
  13. Morning tea
  14. Trying new things
  15. The weekend
  16. When my friends visit
  17. Texts from my Grammy
  18. Watching classic movies with my parents
  19. Learning how to play an instrument
  20. Being back at UMass
  21. A clear night to see the stars
  22. Runs through campus
  23. My Peer Mentors
  24. The cool breeze running through the trees
  25. This 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 Anfield. Another match Monday!

    Up With The Sun (#234)

    I’m not sure if it’s the jet lag or something else but my body has been eager to wake up around 3am and 6am this past week or so. I’ve decided not to fight it and I’ve enjoyed the benefits of being up early. Sitting in the morning, listening to the birds and watching the day begin has been quite calming. I use this new found time in the morning to write my blog and drink my tea. This is a routine I could get used to!

    08.13.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Foggy mornings
    2. The deep green in the trees
    3. Warm tea
    4. FaceTime with my mom
    5. The cool breeze from my balcony
    6. The return of college football
    7. My Peer Mentor staff
    8. Anything my dad grills
    9. Change
    10. People who aim to inspire
    11. Catching the sunrise
    12. Nighttime stretches
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    14. Learning new things
    15. My summer audiobooks and podcasts
    16. Friends from home
    17. My time in the UK
    18. Working here at UMass
    19. Quiet mornings
    20. Time with Ned, my cat
    21. My family
    22. Buffalo chicken salad from Big Y
    23. Gratitude
    24. The hope of what the future brings
    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 of the still and perfect morning. The fog stretching over the deep green seeded trees along with my hot cup of tea allow me to be grateful when starting my day. The current state of construction will hopefully wrap up soon.

    Happy To Be Here (#230)

    I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

    08.09.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Team building
    2. Shared laughter
    3. A good first impression
    4. The feeling of being unpacked
    5. My mom’s cooking
    6. Fruit smoothies
    7. The New England Patriots are BACK
    8. Banana bread
    9. Feeling organized
    10. Being back at work
    11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    12. Walks through campus
    13. Seeing Jess and Carley
    14. The coolness of the wind
    15. Local bagels and pizza
    16. The warmth of the sunshine
    17. Teaching CORE again
    18. Days at the beach
    19. Safe travels
    20. Trains to Liverpool
    21. Board games with the family
    22. The smell of fresh flowers
    23. Friendly competition
    24. Good teachers
    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 my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    Time With My Mom (#227)

    I need to preface this post by saying my mom and I are incredibly alike for a lot of different reasons. We can be stubborn and emotional but also quite caring and intuitive. She and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but our relationship has dramatically improved over the past couple of years.

    We spent the weekend, just us, down on the cape. We did a 9 mile morning run and got breakfast together after. It was the perfect get-away before heading back to work and school later this week. I’m grateful I got to spend that time with her and turn my phone off for a bit. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

    08.06.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Morning runs with my mom
    2. Breathing in the beach air
    3. Walks through the sand
    4. Funny morning selfies
    5. Blueberry muffins
    6. The warmth of the summer sun
    7. Feeling organized and focused
    8. My sister coming back from NY for the week while I’m home
    9. Hanging out with my brother
    10. Good podcasts and audiobooks
    11. Spending time with my cat, Ned
    12. Car rides with the windows down
    13. Old stories about growing up
    14. Clean, warm laundry
    15. Outdoor showers after the beach
    16. Allergy medicine
    17. Home cooked Mac and cheese
    18. Afternoon naps
    19. Sleeping in my bed at home
    20. Local bagels
    21. Waking up to the sound of birds
    22. Good advice
    23. Vinyl music with my parents
    24. A clear sky full of stars at night
    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 of my mom looking out at the ocean from our morning run.