There’s No Place Like Home (#225)

Today’s post will be a little shorter. I’m happy and grateful to be home. I’m not looking forward to the jet lag or getting used to my allergies around Ned but, that’s the least of my worries. These feelings pale in comparison to the gratitude and love I feel for being exactly where I’m supposed to be.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Hugs from my parents after getting off my plane in America
  2. Laughing with my family at dinner
  3. Safe travels and well wishes
  4. Chocolate chip airport cookies that didn’t actually taste that bad
  5. Local pizza
  6. Having a window seat on the ride home
  7. Good community
  8. The two peanut butter sandwiches my parents brought me after I got off the plane
  9. Vibrant sunsets
  10. A couple deep breaths
  11. The feeling after a shave and hot shower
  12. Eating dinner with my family
  13. Time to journal on the plane
  14. The smell outside after the storm
  15. Seeing my cat again
  16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  17. My sister and her boyfriend, Sam. They tell great stories together
  18. Having a beer with my dad
  19. Gratitude
  20. The nice couple sitting next to me on the plane that shared their water with me
  21. Night time stretches before bed
  22. Catching up on TV
  23. I was able to stay up and see my brother when he got home
  24. My bed at home
  25. Being right here, exactly where I’m supposed to be
  • 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 luggage from my trip. Not the most fantastic of shots but I’m a little impressed with myself I was able to fit so much in three bags and wanted to share.

    Expect The Unexpected (#151)


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Letting loose
    2. Happy accidents
    3. The sunshine
    4. Getting my steps in
    5. My family
    6. Spending time with Stenie
    7. Such kind hosts at my Air BnB
    8. The cleansing rain
    9. A little understanding
    10. Fellow gratitude writers
    11. All kinds of learning
    12. A day at the movies
    13. Travel
    14. New music
    15. Talking things out
    16. New music
    17. Signs from the Universe
    18. Nighttime stretching
    19. Time to journal
    20. Change of all kinds
    21. Much needed naps
    22. Good food
    23. Good company
    24. Summers working Orientation
    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 seal outside of Buckingham Palace. I really liked how the picture came out and wanted to share! 

    May The Fourth Be With You (#132)

    Whether it’s the force from Star Wars that drives you or something religious or more spiritual, I hope you feel that power every day. There’s something bigger than ourselves out there. I hope you feel it with the sun. I hope you feel it with your loved ones. I hope you can use gratitude to identify and celebrate your force every day.

    Also, Star Wars is cool!


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My cat, Ned, and his antics
    2. Getting stuff done, only two classes remain!
    3. New Music Friday! This was the best one in a while
    4. Good hugs
    5. Determination
    6. People who motivate me
    7. Time at the gym
    8. My middle school jams
    9. Night time stretches
    10. Hand-me-downs from my dad
    11. Healthy habits
    12. Warm days and cold nights
    13. Peanut butter and bananas
    14. My brother, and working towards our goals
    15. Tuesday night soccer
    16. The nighttime breeze
    17. The rain and summer thunderstorms
    18. People who hold the door open for me at awkward distances
    19. Sharing gratitude
    20. Runs with my mom
    21. Waking up to the sunlight
    22. My supervisor, Adam and how much he cares about my success
    23. Talking things out
    24. Sharing laughter
    25. The 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 isn’t my own but it’s related to a place where I feel most connected with the Universe. Up high, alone with the mountain breeze and the sun overhead. Serene. At peace. Balanced. 

    Let’s Keep It Going (#124)

    List number 2 of the promised gratitude! This is kinda fun. Can you keep up?


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. New pens
    2. Good group members
    3. Honesty
    4. Good teachers and bad teachers
    5. Learning moments
    6. Clean air and the outdoors
    7. Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority at BSU
    8. My peer Mentors
    9. Rainy days with my cat
    10. Songs you can shake your butt to
    11. People who inspire me
    12. Real Philly Cheesesteaks
    13. Coming home
    14. The sunshine
    15. Frank and Holly
    16. A handy box of tissues
    17. Popcorn, movies, and recliner seats
    18. Sharing gratitude
    19. Stepping outside my comfort zone
    20. My trust in the unknown
    21. Positivity! There isn’t enough of it in this world
    22. A few deep breaths
    23. Self-care
    24. Artistic expression
    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 the Universe all around us. Again, this picture is not my own but I can certainly appreciate the meaning behind it. 

    100 Days of Gratitude! (#100)

    100 days of gratitude. That’s 2,500 listed things, people, foods, places, smells, critical thoughts, beliefs, and a whole lot else I’m grateful for SO FAR. I’m excited to share this with my gratitude readers because you all have been so encouraging and supportive of this list and the concept of gratitude / thanks / and appreciation.


    I still have many more lists ahead of myself but this is a cool milestone 🙂


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Working with Carley. Our car rides back from class, chats in the office, and everything else has made this year at UMass special. She’s become one of my best friends and I have loved working with her.
    2. My Peer Mentors. I am a brand new supervisor with A LOT to learn. They’ve been patient with me as I have been patient with them. Together we’ve had a special year and they teach me a lot about myself and how I work with others. They’re a really great group, even if they do stress me out sometimes.
    3. My family, I write them into every list for a reason but I am so lucky to have supportive parents and siblings. These people are my best friends and I have had a lot of good days thanks to these people.
    4. My cat. He’s been a fantastic emotional support and gives me a reason to get up in the morning when I’m grumpy and tired.
    5. Stretching before bed. It has done wonders for me and it’s important to be “flexible” in life.
    6. Working with Kelcey and teaching CORE. She is a fantastic co-facilitator and we have an outstanding class. So many of these students will positively change UMass during their time here.
    7. My supervisor, Adam. He really understands me as a person and has been so helpful and encouraging during my process of transitioning to grad school this year.
    8. Music! It’s a mood booster, a time consumer, and a window to the soul O.O (wow). I love sharing music with people and it’s something I really enjoy to do with my friends. This is a really cool instrumental I used today when my anxiety was acting up ($
    9. Clean Water! I take it for granted all the time here but wow does it make a difference in the way I live my life here in America compared to Cambodia.
    10. The sound of birds summer mornings. I love being warm and cozy but I’m not a fan of being hot. I love the summer but I’m not a fan of my birthday. Overall, it’s a good time for me.
    11. The smell of the ocean once you get to the cape. I’ll miss my family in England this summer.
    12. Peanut butter. It just had to make the 100-day list lol. It’s not only delicious, it’s simple. No dishes, no mess, just a man and his sandwich.
    13. My bed. It’s not only big enough for me to fit on but it’s my safe space and where I recharge for the next day.
    14. Learning new things. That’s my goal for every day on this planet and I’m grateful for the really good ones.
    15. Laughing with Melissa. Monday’s are always my longest day but FaceTiming with her helped turn my day around.
    16. THE Bridgewater State University. So many people I love are there and it’s become my home away from home. It changed my life and helped make me who I am today.
    17. Inspiration in every form. I love good quotes, movies, clips of people who want nothing more than to make you believe in yourself. I hope to be that person for as many people as possible.
    18. Good food. Man, I love food.
    19. My laptop still works after 8 years of use. Can’t take that stuff for granted.
    20. Patience. It’s been the biggest lesson I’ve been trying to learn for the past year and I can see my progress. It’s been so helpful for a lot of reasons and something I know I can go back to when I’m stressed out.
    21. Laughter. I’m someone who really enjoys humor and I think genuine laughter can be the mark of a good connection between however many people.
    22. Honesty. Sometimes it’s scary but it can feel liberating when you get it off your chest. It’s also good to know and trust others are being truthful with you. Definitely, something I’m grateful for on both ends.
    23. Reflection. With reflection comes learning and I LOVE learning. Whether it’s out loud as I’m processing with one of the many supportive people in my life, or just in my journal, it makes me happy.
    24. Gratitude. It’s changed my life for the better in every way.
    25. The present moment! 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 me giving my commencement speech. Telling people “Love Your Process”, and that we have a lot to be grateful for.

    Discover What Sets You Free (#93)


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. The Universe
    2. My existence
    3. A power bigger than ourselves
    4. A little luck
    5. Inspiration and Motivation in all forms
    6. Good timing
    7. Kind people
    8. The love I get from my cat, Ned
    9. My student staff members
    10. Football in the snow
    11. Free food
    12. Good communication
    13. Tattoo stories
    14. Learning how to play instruments
    15. Grilling in the summer
    16. The ocean and its waves
    17. Going to conferences for free
    18. The slow pace of pioneer valley and the suburbs
    19. The feeling after you brush your teeth
    20. Days I get to pet animals
    21. Patience
    22. Organized playlists and good music
    23. Catching the ice cream truck
    24. A full list of gratitude
    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 my parents taking a walk together last fall. My mom loved this picture so much she got it framed!

    A Steep Climb (#32)

    With the start of a new semester comes new challenges. There are many reasons why I believe this semester will be more difficult than the last but that is ultimately a good thing. I’m excited about the new learning and experiences that will come hand in hand with the change in difficulty. You don’t have to lower your expectations, just find new ways to meet them.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. My fellow LCG Erika for being my best friend here at UMass
    2. People who want to try new things with me
    3. Good professors in tough classes
    4. To be able to teach CORE this semester
    5. My family and my parents for their constant support
    6. The tools that help me handle stress and adversity
    7. Summers at UNH
    8. A day off from work every now and again
    9. The sunshine and nice weather
    10. Cartoons after school
    11. Time at the gym
    12. Comfy sweatshirts
    13. Meaningful lyrics
    14. Second chances
    15. Live music
    16. My brother
    17. Sigma Pi and Greek Life at BSU
    18. Time to think and breath
    19. The Ashland train station
    20. Late night pizza
    21. FIFA tournaments with friends
    22. Being organized and feeling prepared
    23. Daily quotes
    24. People that check in
    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 Mt. Rainier in Washington! Took this picture on my first trip by myself. It was an incredible trip with some incredible views. 

    I Believe In You (#24)

    Sometimes I wonder how I made it this far in life. Then I remember I have some pretty special people who love me and support me unconditionally and I felt pretty lucky.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Friends who read this blog!
    2. Time at the gym
    3. My family
    4. Agendas and schedule organizers
    5. My new Peer Mentors
    6. New playlists on Spotify
    7. The Universe
    8. Vinyl Music
    9. A good hair day
    10. A snow day in the morning (Speaking into my existence)
    11. Anything with buffalo sauce and bleu cheese
    12. Handwritten notes and letters
    13. Netflix
    14. Friends that share their gratitude
    15. Jijutsu Lessons
    16. International Opportunities
    17. A good book
    18. My fellow LCGs and my supervisor Adam
    19. My apartment, it may be small and there may be a light that prevents me from sleeping, but it’s starting to feel more like home.
    20. My headphones
    21. Empty nights at the Tinsley Gym
    22. Indoor Soccer and Forekicks and the John Smith Bubble
    23. The stash of spoons I have in my car for ice cream
    24. Sweatshirts
    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 my favorite Bridgewater lake frozen over. If I remember correctly, I got some pretty delicious pizza on this day too. 

    No Expectations (#9)

    Today was perfect. It was the first full day with my Uncle in LA and we did so much. Packing so much into one day has left me exhausted but grateful above all else.

    Coming into this trip I had no idea what to expect. I thought this vacation was going to go one way and it has gone in a very different direction. I’m so happy with how my time has been spent here and none of it was planned this way.

    To me, this emphasizes the need to live in the present. Let go of expectations of the future and the rigidity involved in making plans. Let life happen and go with the flow. Be grateful for each moment along the way and it won’t matter if your day is planned to the second or you just have an idea of what you’d like to do. Take a deep breath, and make the most of every moment.

    This was the best way to start my 2018 and I hope you were able to do the same.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Morning mediation
    2. Organic fruit and healthy food
    3. Funny stories and uncontrollable laughter
    4. Hidden restaurants and delicious food
    5. Unexpected hikes
    6. Family of all kinds
    7. The feeling after you brush your teeth
    8. Peanut butter
    9. Nights on the balcony watching the sun go down
    10. Drunk texts from my brother
    11. People who share their gratitude with me!
    12. Sunday mornings in bed
    13. The feeling after a finished to-do list
    14. Home-made Pizza
    15. The warmth of the sun on my skin and the beautiful weather in LA
    16. The stars and how they connect us all
    17. Five Guys Burgers
    18. Nature and the great outdoors
    19. People with kind and gentle hearts
    20. Neck pillows for flights across the country
    21. Sharing pictures and experiences
    22. Harry Potter Movie Marathons
    23. Any kind of dessert
    24. People who give good hugs
    25. The promise of a new year and new opportunities

    First Steps (#7)

    As I start my time out here in LA, I am so incredibly grateful just to be here. The sun is warm and my body feels new energy with each breath. As much as I love being home and everything about Massachusetts, change is both important and necessary. I had an honest conversation with my mom before I left and we talked about stepping outside my comfort zone. There haven’t been many moments in my life where I have branched out because most times I live cautiously with a guarded heart. Yesterday, I made the conscious choice this was something I needed. I am trying to embrace this feeling of freedom and I hope to act on it again and again as I move forward in life.

    I’m excited to share more stories and pictures from my time here! Also figuring out what time and when to post the blog while I’m here so thank you for your patience. 


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. West Coast Smashburger
    2. Extra legroom on long flights
    3. Friendly faces and new connections
    4. Increasing independence
    5. Meaningful dreams
    6. Good music and new playlists
    7. A warm sun (sorry Massachusetts)
    8. A good stretch in the morning to start my day
    9. New adventures and new experiences
    10. My Family but especially my Uncle for so many reasons
    11. Conversations that go beyond small talk
    12. The Good / Better / Best for a day
    13. A beautiful sky with the promise of more
    14. Anytime I can brag about TB12 and my Patriots
    15. People in LA who don’t mind when I ask for help or direction
    16. Puppies of all kinds
    17. Safe flights. Taking off and landing will always stress me out
    18. Having the opportunity to learn about different religions and beliefs
    19. Not having social media anymore, it is freeing
    20. Being able to grow a beard, my face is always warm and it’s great
    21. Music by Tash Sultana (
    22. An ocean breeze
    23. Our National and State Parks, nature is important
    24. A good pair of sweatpants
    25. Inspiration in all forms