The Best Version Of Myself (#211)

After finishing John Wooden’s A Lifetime of Observations today, his ideals and lessons gave me a lot to think about. His book focused on; character, compassion, preparation, faith, patience, leadership, and hard work among other teachings. His words resonated with me. Listening, stirred a feeling inside that makes me want to be my best.

I will never be a perfect person. I need to allow myself the grace to make mistakes. All I can do is give my maximum effort in all circumstances. That much is in my control. I’m grateful for the lessons learned throughout my life. Learning and improving every day means being patient with my process. I’m grateful for the people who instill these lessons in me. At the end of the day, I’m the only one who can foster and create the best version of myself. I’ve been given these tools to succeed and it’s my job to make a change. I’m grateful for my process. It’s all part of the journey.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Good communication
  2. Home cooking
  3. Laying with my cat after a tough day
  4. Access to fresh fruit and vegetables
  5. Good role models
  6. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  7. Late night mac and cheese
  8. Feeling refreshed
  9. Sharing gratitude
  10. The friends who inspire me to “run with the fastest”
  11. Taking it one day at a time
  12. My family
  13. Car rides with the windows down and the music up
  14. Bike rides through campus in Amherst
  15. Weekend hikes
  16. Making folders on Spotify to organize my music
  17. My process
  18. Catching the sunrise
  19. Adam, my supervisor at UMass
  20. Carpools with Carley
  21. That cozy feeling in the winter
  22. The feeling of sand between your toes
  23. When people give their time to a cause
  24. Signs from the Universe
  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 pier from Southend. One of my favorite days in England. It was just me in that moment. The wind, the water, and time to reflect. 

Gratitude In Honesty (#210)

Today I must have journaled for hours. I walked the mile-long pier and found a bench staring straight into the endless horizon. I sat in awe of the mighty current as the wind whipped across my face. I struggled to keep my page as the wind engulfed my entire being. With what felt like the promise of the storm, I decided to walk halfway back to the mainland and found some cover. There, I sat and reflected on this past year. It was almost a year ago to this day I was moving into UMass and starting my first year of graduate school. Life was different then. I was different then.

I’ve learned a lot over the course of the year. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and encountered challenges I wish I handled differently. Having the time to journal and reflect on these things helps me be grateful in a different way. I’m grateful others have shown me patience and compassion. I’m grateful to be given support when I needed it the most. Holding myself accountable is important to me. Taking a hard look at my imperfections doesn’t make me a perfect person, far from it. My goal is to learn from these mistakes and when looking back, I’m grateful for these lessons I learn every day.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The sound and smell of the ocean
  2. My journal
  3. Vinyl music with my parents
  4. Square-dance classes
  5. Buffalo chicken and Patriots games
  6. Classic movies
  7. Monopoly nights
  8. A couple of deep breaths
  9. New music Friday on Spotify
  10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  11. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  12. My audiobooks
  13. Dream Team meetings with Jess and Carley
  14. Tattoo stories
  15. My teammates and good coaches
  16. West coast In-N-Out Burgers
  17. Learning new things
  18. Good news
  19. Driving through the Pacific Northwest
  20. Lessons about leadership
  21. A clear sky
  22. Morning runs to the train station
  23. Holding hands
  24. Sleeping in
  25. Right here, right 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 my time in Southend today. The walk to the pier, the time by the water, it all mad for a great day.