It’s odd. All of my future goals and aspirations actually begin here in the present. It’s a challenge to reframe my thoughts in the present moment, ultimately as I look forward. I’ve come to learn this is a balance we must keep and something gratitude can help with.
I’m grateful for this moment first.
It’s a process and I’m trying to be patient with my own.
I have to keep reminding myself of this as the fall semester comes to an end and I still have so much to take care of.
The work will get done, I keep saying.
Each breath acts as an anchor, knowing I have goals I am working towards. Planning only gets us so far – and similarly – so does writing lists. I want to live out loud when it comes to gratitude and positivity. I want to take those next steps and live each moment and use each action to demonstrate gratitude. This looks like patience. This looks like empathy and encouragement.
Ultimately reminding myself, I need to take life one day at a time. The best is yet to come. The work will get done but saying it isn’t enough. Taking action brings life to another level.
Yesterday I realized my total number of blog posts didn’t match the corresponding number. I went back through and realized this trend started because it took less than 10 days for me to miscount to the correct number lol.
Because it’s three numbers I missed, each will have a theme. #008 is all about a blast from the past. Gratitude for what got me here and what has made me who I am today.
Today I’m Grateful For…
Soccer practice after school
Playing in the culdesac
Guitar hero and DDR with friends
Walks home from school
Board game nights with the family
My parents letting me decorate my room
Basketball in the driveway
Sledding down the hill
Top 10 plays in the morning
Being an RA, so much has come from taking advantage of this opportunity
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.
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?
Today I’m Grateful For…
Love and positivity
New music all weekend
Sharing a beer with my dad
Time in my hammock
Stories about Home
The blogging community and the people I’ve met thanks to my lists
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.
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.