Tag: inspiration

With The World At My Feet

Hello Internet!

Happy holidays to those that celebrate. Otherwise, I hope you are enjoying your spring weekend in fun and inventive ways. Yesterday was a big day for me. After what has been two years of graduate school, one semester of writing, and months upon weeks of planning my presentation, I have successfully completed and presented my Integrative Thesis Recommendations. This assignment has loomed over me and consumed my time and energy for far too long now and I’m grateful to be done.

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I couldn’t have done it without these people among many others. Something I have learned through this process is the importance of asking for help. This project was a culmination of long nights and worried weekends. The support and encouragement given to me was the fuel I needed to march on.

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Elliot

My hope is that with the conclusion of my research I can propel myself into whatever comes next. Uncertainty continues to mark my visions of the future. Maybe I learn to poorly play the violin, the instrument’s strings wailing under the pressure of my practice. Maybe learning a new language would be most fulfilling. Exploring new corners of the Earth I have yet to consider simply by listening. Whatever comes next, it is time I am most eager to learn about.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

I’m not interested in easy and I detest the idea of being average. I hope to change the world in extraordinary imperfect ways with time as my accomplice. One day at a time.

Sharing Gratitude and Creating Something Bigger Than Ourselves

Hi, internet!

As I have taken a step back from the daily posts, I have given time and thought to what my next Gratitude project will be. One of the most powerful lessons I learned during my 365 Days Of Gratitude was that Gratitude is meant to be shared. It is important to have Gratitude for yourself and for your process but others deserve to hear the same. A handwritten note or a big ol’ hug can go a long way for a friend or mentor.

I love the idea of paying it forward and I hope to inspire the same with Gratitude. Below you will find The Gratitude Wall. A digital wall to share, post, create, draw, and design.

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I have been inspired by those before me who have created colorful, thoughtful, spaces for people to show their love and appreciation. In today’s digital age, this wall can grow beyond the confines and access of a single space. We have the opportunity to share gratitude across the globe in so many different ways. I’m hoping you will join me in this venture. Post on the wall and share it with a friend. Encourage them to do the same and we can create a chain reaction of Gratitude.

I have aspirations of changing the world but something like that does not just happen overnight and it’s not something I can do alone. Change starts in ourselves, it extends to our communities and environments and continues on to shape the lives of others. The best part is, we have the power to start today. Sign the wall and post something of your own.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
― Barack Obama

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)! I’m looking for list makers and gratitude writers! 

Weather Your Storm (#214)

Suffering is part of life. We all experience and endure hardship in one form or another. Even after a hard day at the office, a fight with a loved one, life isn’t forever perfect after we fix it. The storm will come and go as will the challenges in our lives.

We can use gratitude to weather that storm, to remain resilient and hold true to our deepest morals and values. We can be grateful for the tools we have and the support present in our lives. We can be grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn. And we can use gratitude to remind us of the importance of our breath. For with each one we are one step closer to overcoming adversity.

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Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Feeling heard
  2. Old Disney movies
  3. Catching the sunset
  4. Sharing love
  5. A clear sky and a full moon
  6. Cereal snacks after school
  7. Making dinner together with Eric
  8. Collaborative playlists
  9. My Peer Mentors at UMass
  10. A productive morning at work
  11. Fresh fruit and vegetables
  12. My Patriots hat I wear every day
  13. When things go well
  14. Old friends from home
  15. Understanding and patience
  16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! I would love your donation 🙂
  17. Trying new things
  18. Nights spent sleeping next to my cat
  19.  Safe travels
  20. Instrumentals I can journal to
  21. Waking up feeling refreshed
  22. Texts from home
  23. An empty email inbox
  24. Warm socks in the winter
  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 from Scotland’s Highlands. I would love to come back and camp out here. The mountains were unreal and the weather seemed perfect for the occasion. 

Speak It Into Your Existence (#156)

How many thoughts do you think you have in a single day?

How many of them are positive and encouraging? How many of them do you tell yourself that you are capable and loved?

There’s a lot to be grateful for but I think that all starts with the self-talk that goes on in our heads. It stems from our routines and our habits. It extends to our relationships and communication. Be the person you want others to be for you. Be kind. Be honest. It starts with us. We have that power. Let’s use it for good.

05.28.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Funny stories and fond memories
  2. New friends
  3. Time outside
  4. Delicious food
  5. Lessons learned from sports
  6. My supervisor, Adam
  7. Unquestioning support
  8. Time to organize my music
  9. Starting work tomorrow!
  10. Sharing gratitude
  11. Talking things out
  12. Inspiration
  13. Interesting Netflix Documentaries
  14. Creators
  15. Checking in
  16. When it’s honest and from the heart
  17. Coaches, mentors, and role models
  18. My dad, for so many years of love and support
  19. The power of music
  20. A little help and direction
  21. A new belief
  22. Time to breath
  23. A hot shower
  24. Pleasent surprises
  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 me in New York after my first day at Swift Kick. I thought it only appropriate to highlight how change and new beginnings can bring so much learning and growth into our lives. As I start a new chapter tomorrow, I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the support that’s helped me get here.