Tag: journal

Unexpected Learning (#158)

05.30.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My parents
  2. Talking things out
  3. Unquestioning support
  4. Being home
  5. My health and well-being
  6. A quiet night
  7. My brother and sister
  8. The feeling of being home
  9. Calming music
  10. Getting things off my chest
  11. A second chance
  12. A little understanding
  13. A good audio book
  14. A clean room
  15. An organized schedule
  16. Tattoo reminders
  17. A clear night sky
  18. A good pen to write with
  19. Friendly faces
  20. My mental health tools
  21. Free counseling at BSU
  22. Nights at the train station
  23. Falling asleep to thunder storms
  24. My friends who read the blog
  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 my family. Feeling especially grateful for their love and support today. Picture was from last summer.

Trying New Things (#148)

The old me would have stayed in my room and watched movies till my back hurt from laying down.

What I ended up doing today was far more fun. I walked around, I asked questions, I even stayed out past dark. Because my phone doesn’t connect to the Internet I have no map or direction other than what I remember for landmarks. Getting home felt like a sense of accomplishment to top off a really great day.

It only makes me more excited to share this with people when they visit this summer.

05.20.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing Anfield and having a great experience
  2. Sharing pictures and stories with friends
  3. Freedom
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. Friendly people
  6. Embracing change
  7. Catching up with long emails
  8. Time outside
  9. Safe travels
  10. Good burgers
  11. Popcorn and movies
  12. FaceTime with my family
  13. Pictures of my cat
  14. Live music
  15. Dedication
  16. Growing up playing soccer and the lessons I learned
  17. Soft pillows and warm blankets
  18. Home cooked meals
  19. Sleeping in
  20. A little luck
  21. Long drives
  22. A clear night sky
  23. The smell of fresh cut grass
  24. Guidance and good advice
  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 of another picture from my adventure in Iceland! Slowly but surely I’m editing and will upload a full blog soon.

Another Gratitude List (#137)

05.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Finishing my first year of grad school
  2. Everyone that supported me through this process
  3. Countless sunsets
  4. Reflective walks to and from the gym at night
  5. Good music and sharing with others
  6. Good professors
  7. Car rides with Carley
  8. Dream team meetings
  9. Living in Emerson
  10. My supervisor, Adam
  11. SO MUCH LEARNING
  12. My mental health tools still working
  13. My cat, Ned for being my source of happiness
  14. Home cooked meals
  15. Saturday morning soccer games
  16. Finding friends playing indoor in the winter
  17. FaceTimes before bed with my BSU friends
  18. Change!!
  19. I can finally start planning and packing for Europe
  20. New opportunities
  21. Spending time with my family
  22. A DAY OFF
  23. The warmth of the sun
  24. The green returning to the trees
  25. Today and every day

 

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 Main street in Siem Reap! It was dry season when we went so the water level was really low but typically it would be higher. 

Highs and Lows (#135)

Highs and lows are apart of life, that’s how we find balance. Didn’t have a great day but for me, it’s still important to make time for gratitude. Start again tomorrow with the new sun and new opportunities.

05.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing my dad today, hard to describe how much I love and appreciate him, even when we fight and argue
  2. All of my family, their support and love is unwavering
  3. Friends that have checked in and tried to motivate me
  4. Time at the gym, getting a good sweat was exactly what I needed
  5. Healthy foods and healthy habits make a healthy mind
  6. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  7. My supervisor and getting to work with him again next year
  8. The end of semester countdown is now in single digits
  9. New music and people who share
  10. Walks through campus
  11. The warmth of the impending summer
  12. Growing up playing soccer with some of my best friends
  13. Acoustic guitar and stretching before bed
  14. Hand-written notes and letters
  15. Love and everything that comes with it
  16. Sharing gratitude and those who write their own lists!
  17. My process and being exactly where I am because it’s exactly where I should be
  18. Positive reminders and helpful hints
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. New opportunities
  21. People who inspire confidence in myself
  22. My ugly ID picture that always gets a laugh when people see it
  23. Quiet spots and peaceful moments
  24. Homecooked food
  25. Today, and being right here

 

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 another nature landscape. What can I say, I enjoy being outside! 

Let Go Of Expectations (#133)

I had a really hard time writing gratitude tonight. I wouldn’t say I’m pissed off at the world but I do constantly find myself asking why. Why am I here? Why did this happen? Why does this matter?

I’m learning to let go. Let go of expectations that I can understand why everything happens within our Universe. Let go of expectations that revolve around the things I can’t control. Let go of the past. I’m grateful I made it this far, no need to be nostalgic.

05.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Saying yes and stepping outside my comfort zone
  2. The sunshine and the warmth of the summer to come
  3. Making new friends
  4. Soccer outside and time at the gym
  5. A full day
  6. Playing card games
  7. Making music
  8. Learning of all kinds
  9. Back scratches
  10. Clean water
  11. Hanging out with my friend Peter and talking about life
  12. Spontaneous dancing
  13. Standing in the rain
  14. Naps on Boyden Quad
  15. Friends from Orientation
  16. Morning runs
  17. Comfy pillows
  18. Summer hikes with Lucas
  19. Yard games
  20. Change
  21. My growth, no matter how slow
  22. A strive towards balance
  23. Positive encouragement
  24. Tips on Europe
  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 a big landscape from my hike in Palm Springs with my Uncle. 

Prioritize Yourself (#131)

This first year of grad school has tested me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. A good lesson I’ve learned is to take care of myself before I worry about everything else. I find myself feeling grateful the next day when I can start to be productive again after taking care of my mental health first.

05.03.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The cleansing rain
  2. Vibrant sunsets
  3. Getting things off my chest
  4. Time for self care
  5. New opportunities
  6. Different perspectives
  7. Getting the support I need
  8. This semester coming to an end
  9. Good group mates
  10. Time to relax and listen to music
  11. Signs from the Universe
  12. My peer mentor staff
  13. Early morning gym sessions
  14. Spontaneous dancing
  15. Air conditioning
  16. Clean water
  17. Times I can help my friends
  18. Helpful reminders
  19. Waking up with the sun
  20. Family board games
  21. Throwing the disc around on the beach
  22. Kept promises
  23. Time
  24. Being alive
  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 of a pink sky over one of my favorite places in Bridgewater.

It’s All About Your Perspective (#128)

I think there’s always more than one way of looking at a situation. You can talk about fate, destiny, whatever you want to call it…but I think we have the CHOICE to decide how we treat others and how we treat ourselves. You can act every day with positivity and gratitude if you so wish, and I think that’s pretty powerful.

04.30.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The last full month of this semester is finally over
  2. Losing my shoes and then finding them after not knowing I lost them lol
  3. The yearbook activity we did at the last staff meeting
  4. The dream team, working with Jess and Carley this year has been a blessing
  5. One of my favorite professors, Chrystal! We had our last class today
  6. Helpful tips from fellow travelers
  7. My family
  8. Celtics playoff wins and talking basketball with my dad
  9. Funny cat pictures from my friends
  10. Honesty, even when it’s hard
  11. Clean water
  12. Time to journal and reflect
  13. A year full of learning
  14. New music from Discover Weekly on Spotify
  15. A new, crisp tip on a recently opened pen
  16. The ocean breeze
  17. The smell of rain
  18. Sundays in bed
  19. My process
  20. What hard works bring
  21. Finding new communities
  22. My brothers in Sigma Pi at BSU
  23. Sharing my bed, love, and kisses
  24. Spontaneity
  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 how I plan on spending my weekend once my work is done. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I know I just have to finish a couple more assignments before I can truly relax. 

Starting Is Half The Battle (#127)

Feeling the end of semester burn out. I have a couple assignments left but have lost all motivation to finish. This is my personal reminder to be grateful I’ve made it this far and the encouragement I need to make it to the end. In less than a month, I’ll be in England celebrating change and new beginnings. Just have to be present here first.

04.29.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Thoughtful reflection
  2. The summer sun
  3. Old friends
  4. Mentors and teachers
  5. The rain
  6. Warm green tea to soothe my throat
  7. My family
  8. Helping out at the library and assisting with summer reading last year
  9. Naps in the car, not while I’m driving
  10. Catching up
  11. Love
  12. Time for me
  13. Helping people out
  14. Peanut butter
  15. Signs from the Universe
  16. Sleep, even though I don’t get enough of it
  17. Gratitude!
  18. Clean water
  19. Friendly passing smiles
  20. Accountability and ownership
  21. Life lessons and growing up
  22. The funny faces my cat makes
  23. Summers working at BSU
  24. Introvert time
  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 my friend Kim in Cambodia!

Whatever It Takes (#125)

I am far from perfect. VERY VERY FAR (lol).

Something I know I do well is adapt. I am as hard working as they come and when I set a goal for myself or make a promise to another person, there’s nothing I won’t do to help make it happen. I can be resourceful, quick thinking, and futuristic. These may be skills I learned or maybe it’s something that has come easily to me. Whatever it is, I’m grateful.

04.27.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Double sided tape
  3. Making new friends
  4. A new Patriots season
  5. Fellow cat owners
  6. Purpose
  7. Light night ice cream runs
  8. Trust
  9. FIFA tournaments
  10. My family
  11. Meditation
  12. My education
  13. Staff bonding
  14. Back massages
  15. Patience
  16. Fellow gratitude bloggers
  17. My dad’s failed attempts at humor
  18. The summer months
  19. Good leadership
  20. My process and my growth
  21. The ocean breeze and the permanence of the tide
  22. A good book and time to read
  23. Determination
  24. Kept promises
  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 a peaceful landscape. Again, not my own photograph. Looks like somewhere I would want to travel to! 

A Little Bit Of Hope (#120)

04.22.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Peaceful night’s
  2. My family
  3. Making new friends
  4. The feeling of stepping outside my comfort zone
  5. Sunday Patriot Games
  6. JCole’s new album KOD (https://open.spotify.com/user/1242212991/playlist/33F2pKy4PRak1Kfc1h1RfV?si=4zMQ9SA1SWWfHaXoqNJyQw)
  7. An empty and well marked trail
  8. Stories my Grandma tells me when I visit
  9. Supportive supervisors
  10. True Collaboration
  11. Being on a team
  12. Leaderships lessons
  13. The train station back home
  14. Anytime I can watch the sun set
  15. The vibrant colors painted across the sky
  16. When I can, “Run With The Fastest”. Which means I try surround myself with people who will encourage my personal best.
  17. Extra pillows
  18. Hot chocolate on a cold day
  19. Acoustic Guitar before bed
  20. Healing and learning
  21. Signs from the Universe
  22. Handwritten notes and emails
  23. A trust in the unknown
  24. Patience
  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 of one of my favorite places. The sunsets in Amherst are pretty good but the sunsets in Bridgewater can’t be beat.