Middle Of The Road (#162)

“I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful that I am better than I used to be”

John Wooden

It’s a long road ahead but I’ve found myself to be in a good place along the way. Remembering my breath to enjoy the ride.

11.17.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Basketball in the driveway
  3. A change in season
  4. Comfy pillows and warm blankets
  5. Time at home
  6. Letting things go
  7. My grandparents
  8. Talking things out when needed
  9. Hot yoga with my mom
  10. Time to journal
  11. Good tea and good conversation
  12. My cat, Ned
  13. Cereal snacks
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. Friends abroad
  16. A week off from school
  17. The colorful setting sun
  18. Time to heal
  19. A couple of deep breaths
  20. The sound of the train passing
  21. Local bagels
  22. Safe travels and good stories
  23. Meeting new people
  24. Patient thoughts
  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 last winter

It’ll Be Alright (#298)

Adversity can be suffocating. It can isolate you and make you question everything. The walls close in, you feel trapped in this moment and there doesn’t seem to be any way out…

I’m here to remind you to hold on to hope. To be patient with your process and to tell you that you’re strong enough to get through this. Strong enough to find your way out. Remember to breathe and take it one day at a time. You’ll find your way.

It’ll Be Alright

11.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A little bit of good luck
  2. Watching the Celtics with my dad and brother
  3. A clear night to see the stars
  4. Tattoo stories
  5. My process. My journey.
  6. Crossing things off my to-do list
  7. Being helpful
  8. Shared laughter and fun stories
  9. When my cat wakes me up after I hit snooze on my alarm
  10. A new perspective
  11. Perseverance and determination
  12. Embracing change and offering support
  13. Catching the sunrise
  14. Summer camp and the warmth of the sun
  15. The sound of birds outside my window
  16. Clean water
  17. A clean apartment
  18. Exploring new places
  19. Comfy pillows and warm blankets
  20. Driving with the window down and the music up
  21. Positive energy from others
  22. Safe travels and good health
  23. Late night ice cream
  24. Time for hiking and photography
  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 Lucas, one of the most inspiring people I know.

Visions Of The Future (#296)

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Jim Rohn

I’ve felt stuck of late. I have these dreams and aspirations of a career in education. Unfortunately, my work doesn’t align with my goals and I’m afraid I’m wasting time. I’m doing my best to make changes that help me in the present and not some theoretical date in the future. My journey is my own and there’s no prescribed method or fast track to doing it. The lessons I learn have been taught to me by time and adversity and there’s no better teacher.

11.06.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My parents and their support
  2. Summer days spent outside
  3. A clean and warm apartment
  4. Mentors and role models
  5. My education
  6. Sledding down the hill in the winter
  7. FaceTiming with friends
  8. My club, Liverpool, even when they lose
  9. Change
  10. Getting picked up after school
  11. Clean teeth
  12. My fraternity brothers
  13. Honest communication
  14. Trips to the beach
  15. Reading through old journal entries
  16. Good advice
  17. Clean water and my friends from Cambodia
  18. Catching the morning sunrise
  19. Waking up next to my cat
  20. Learning new things
  21. Patient thoughts
  22. Family owned breakfast places and real maple syrup on my pancakes
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. Signs from the Universe
  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 of the fog at UMASS.

Keeping Up (#295)

In my Monday class, we talk about leadership. We talk about being a good role model and how impactful GOOD role modeling can be within a school or an organization.

I view my blog in the same way. I hope to role model having a positive mindset, using gratitude, and trusting the unknown. I appreciate followers who have kept up and those who have just joined the journey.

Hearing about gratitude in your life reminds me why I started the blog. Thank you for your time and energy, it makes a difference.

11.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The rain on my windshield
  2. Adaptability
  3. Mutual support
  4. Leadership lessons
  5. New beginnings
  6. My family group chat
  7. Coming home to my cat Ned
  8. A chance to rest my legs
  9. Healing at my own pace
  10. Gratitude
  11. Morning pancakes
  12. Safe travels
  13. A couple deep breaths and a reminder to let things go when I need to
  14. Good health
  15. Clean water
  16. Embracing change
  17. Walks to the grocery store
  18. Card games with my dad
  19. After school cartoons
  20. Late night ice cream and stretching
  21. Comfy sweatshirts
  22. Figuring it out
  23. A little patience
  24. A good book to read at the gym
  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 of the summer sun in Liverpool. Wishing I could go back to simpler times.

The Long Road Ahead (#286)

Sometimes, we’re a deep breath away from where we’re supposed to be but till have to be patient until we get there. It’s a long road ahead on a lifeline journey.

10.21.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Self care
  2. Embracing change
  3. A little luck
  4. My continued education
  5. My family
  6. Positivity and inspiration
  7. Trying new things
  8. Catching up with old friends
  9. Music that makes you think
  10. Staying with my Uncle in California when I needed support
  11. Funny stories from work
  12. All kinds of ice cream
  13. Time at the gym
  14. Creative self expression
  15. Winter coats
  16. New perspectives
  17. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  18. Fresh fruit
  19. Time to read
  20. My headphones
  21. Handwritten notes and letters
  22. BSU intramurals
  23. Indoor soccer
  24. Morning stretches
  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 Iceland

How Far We’ve Come (#285)

Grateful for my process.

Grateful for my learning.

Grateful for the people who have helped me get here.

I’m grateful for all of it.

10.19.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for exercise
  2. My Peer Mentors
  3. Greeting the rising sun
  4. Riding my bike through campus
  5. Free food
  6. Lessons from Walking To Listen
  7. Comfy sweats and a warm apartment
  8. The WordPress community
  9. My talkative cat, Ned
  10. Ice cream
  11. The weekend
  12. Good communication
  13. My summer in the UK
  14. Netflix Movies
  15. Backyard soccer
  16. My family
  17. The sound of birds in the morning
  18. Things we create
  19. The Universe
  20. Inspiring teachers
  21. Life lessons
  22. Healthy snacks
  23. Trying new things
  24. Embracing chance
  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.

Gratitude and Celebration (#278)

Holidays, birthdays, special occasions are all synonymous with gratitude for some. For others, it’s a day of reflection. Gift giving can be challenging but I think I have it figure it. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time in whatever way you can. It’s that simple. Show them you care! Take the time to write them a note or a card. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.

Happy birthday, Julie!

10.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Vibrant sunsets
  2. Clean water
  3. Relaxing at the beach
  4. Old man basketball
  5. Home cooked meals
  6. My town library
  7. Revolution soccer nights
  8. Family traditions
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Sharing music
  11. Patience
  12. Comfy sweatshirts
  13. Safe travels
  14. Getting things done
  15. Leadership lessons
  16. Teachers and mentors
  17. Good parking
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. Chocolate anything
  20. Talking things out
  21. Written notes and letters
  22. Happy pictures and good memories
  23. Trampolines
  24. New books
  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.