An evening at the mall (#311)

Community post #2! Thanks so much to our guest writers – I’m excited to share more. This post is by a fellow gratitude writer. We connected and talked about the power of gratitude over email and now this.

Check out Ryan’s gratitude journal at

Yesterday, I went with a friend to get dinner and ice cream at a mall nearby. It was the nicest mall I’d ever been to, featuring art installations in walkways, tall glass on every storefront, and the bustling atmosphere of the holiday season.

We arrived at the restaurant we wanted to eat at. They had an hour-long wait. My friend put down his number and we left to wander the mall until our table was ready.

The two of us walked, window shopped, tried on and bought new shoes, and lounged in one of the many sitting areas littered across the expansive public space.

Before we knew it, our table was ready and we strode over to enjoy a delicious meal together.

I’m grateful that an evening like this can be commonplace in my life. I’m aware of how terrible others’ circumstances can be, how my own fortunate circumstances were gifted to me, and that this privilege is ephemeral and it will be gone sooner than I realize.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The safety of my friends and family.
  2. My capacity to fall in love and that I continually do so.
  3. That my body still works.
  4. That my body still works well.
  5. The people who have stepped into my life and become my mentors because of the mentors they themselves have had.
  6. My reclining couch that ruins most other couches I sit on.
  7. Books.
  8. Audiobooks.
  9. Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Wise Man’s Fear” on Audible.
  10. Being able to make and eat my own favorite meals any time I want.
  11. Having a job I inherently enjoy.
  12. That I’ve fallen into a line of work that I’m good at and is in relatively high-demand.
  13. Having co-workers who care about one another and that I genuinely enjoy spending time with.
  14. That I live in America at a time when opportunities to shape my own life have never been easier.
  15. That my psyche is still intact and hasn’t shattered under the stress of events I cannot cope with.
  16. This laptop that I got a super good deal on.
  17. My ability to learn.
  18. My curiosity that motivates me to learn.
  19. Relationships with my parents that have grown so fulfilling as I’ve gotten older.
  20. That I’ve never been part of the food chain.
  21. That I don’t live in constant fear or dread.
  22. Friendly neighbors with healthy boundaries.
  23. Explosive music for exhilarating runs.
  24. The people who love and care about me, even when I sometimes don’t feel worthy of love.
  25. That I’m still alive.

Thank you Jake for having me do a guest post on your gratitude list!

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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

It’s All Part Of The Process (#196)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. World Cup games
  2. Journals from Iceland
  3. Organized music
  4. Taking things slow
  5. Time at the gym
  6. New audiobooks
  7. The weekend
  8. Calls from home
  9. When things go right
  10. My cat, Ned
  11. The feeling of clean teeth
  12. New music
  13. Nights outside by the fire
  14. My favorite Sudoku book
  15. The mixtape my dad gave me
  16. The smell of Bacon
  17. Bagels on Sundays
  18. Falling asleep to the sound of rain
  19. Signs from the Universe
  20. Carpools to Soccer
  21. Clean clothes
  22. Good candle smells
  23. Sharing laughter
  24. My Peer Mentors
  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 of a blurry London. I’ve enjoyed exploring the city and making the most of my time here in England when possible. 

Taking It One Day At A Time (#193)

Part of blogging every day means writing about every day, even when there isn’t much to it. I’m grateful for gratitude on days like this. When seemingly there’s not much to a day, we always have gratitude.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Honesty
  2. The possibilities of Higher Education
  3. Good podcasts
  4. Clear skies
  5. Walks back from work
  6. FaceTimes from home
  7. Old photos
  8. My family
  9. A couple of deep breaths
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Fruit to start the day
  12. Clean water
  13. Texts from Cambodia
  14. Sudoku puzzles with my Grandma
  15. Trips to Liverpool
  16. Exploring new places
  17. Holding hands
  18. Friends from Iceland
  19. Helpful reminders
  20. Summers working Orientation
  21. Nights on Shea Durin hill
  22. Sharing music
  23. Time for hiking and being outside
  24. Frank and Holly
  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 of one of my favorite beaches back home. Would love to be by the ocean right now. 

Let The Universe Take Over (#188)

Got a little help writing my blurb today. When talking about happiness, purpose, and love, my friend Ashley had this to say –

I think far too often we can become so focused and determined on forcing ourselves to be happy, blindly pursuing what we think is fulfillment. We may try to force relationships, both romantic and not, in a desperate search for feeling love. I think true and actual happiness and fulfillment and love come to us in a way out of our control and in their own time and in their own surprising ways! Of course we can make conscious choices that will help us get there but we can’t really control it – all we can do is have faith.

Wow is she wise or what? I couldn’t agree more with her and as we let go to the power of the universe, we can find what we need most. I’m grateful for people like Ashley and lessons like this.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Walks down to the wharf
  2. A vibrant sunset
  3. Checking in
  4. New friends
  5. The universe
  6. The sound of seagulls
  7. The smell of the ocean
  8. Being on time
  9. Holding hands
  10. My siblings
  11. Helpful people
  12. The sunshine
  13. My own growth
  14. Lessons learned
  15. Time for hikes
  16. A chance to journal
  17. My fellow gratitude bloggers
  18. Trying new things
  19. Peanut butter
  20. Slow dances
  21. My heroes
  22. Tattoo stories
  23. “The way up”
  24. Comfy pillows
  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.

Featured image of the sun going down in Liverpool tonight. What a special day with my brother, one I’ll always be grateful for.

Starting Off On The Right Foot (#185)

It’s always important to go into new situations with an open mind. Be kind to others, be grateful you made it this far, and think positive!


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My brother
  2. Understanding and patience
  3. Movies before bed
  4. The sunshine
  5. Games in the yard
  6. Liverpool games on Saturday morning
  7. Clean water
  8. Having a plan
  9. Catching up
  10. The sound of the ocean
  11. Safety
  12. Being at UMass
  13. Texts from my family
  14. Talking game of thrones with my sister
  15. Eggs in the morning
  16. Signs from the Universe
  17. Shared laughter
  18. Oldies on the radio
  19. A friendly face
  20. Getting stuff done
  21. A clean apartment
  22. Getting back on track
  23. Summer months
  24. Dessert, always
  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.

Beyond grateful for my brother and sister and all the moments we share together. They truly are my best friends and incredibly important people in my life.

Another Day To Be Grateful For (#168)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Celebrating my friends
  2. My awareness
  3. Honesty
  4. Yard games
  5. Drinking with friends
  6. Getting back to the gym
  7. People who show me how
  8. The smell of fresh cut grass
  9. Family dinner stories
  10. Laughter
  11. Football (both kinds)
  12. A made bed and a clean room
  13. Clarity and understanding
  14. Good communication
  15. Signs from the Universe
  16. A good book on tape
  17. My introvert time
  18. Orientation as a new student and an OL
  19. The quiet breeze
  20. Good teachers and mentors
  21. Leadership lessons
  22. My beard in the winter
  23. No traffic
  24. The warmth of the sun
  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 the beach in California. Grateful for the sun and the warmth. The beach will always be one of my favorite places.

What Do You Call Home? (#160)

I’ve made posts about “Home” before. What it feels like, who you share it with. It’s an important feeling to come back to. It’s where you can use gratitude to keep you grounded and people to remind you how important the present is.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My parents
  2. A cool night’s breeze
  3. The summer months
  4. All that May brought
  5. Home cooking
  6. Shared laughter
  7. Catching up
  8. Warm blankets
  9. Night drives with the windows down
  10. Ice cream trips with Mel
  11. Honesty and good communication
  12. Trust and openness
  13. Getting a ride
  14. Soccer in stone park growing up
  15. Bike rides in the circle back home
  16. Not having to set an alarm
  17. Comfy pillows
  18. My cat Ned, and the happiness he brings me
  19. Talking Westworld with my dad
  20. Being home
  21. How the sun wakes me up
  22. How the birds chirp nearby
  23. How quiet the street is
  24. How lucky I am for so many reasons
  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 own. My family. Wouldn’t be here without these people.