Embracing Change (#231)

I’m grateful for gratitude. It may seem like an intuitive statement but it’s true. Gratitude is powerful and sharing it allows us to be present. Change is always happening and gratitude grounds us in the here and now.

08.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Ice cream trips with Mel
  2. Celebrating Mel’s birthday with her family
  3. Gratitude
  4. A clean and nice smelling car
  5. Night time stretches
  6. BSU Greek life
  7. Sharing music
  8. Honest people and good communication
  9. Chocolate dessert
  10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  11. A beer with my dad
  12. Harry Potter movie marathon
  13. Crimson and Weygand memories
  14. Heat lightning
  15. Home cooked meals and good grilling
  16. Cuddling with my cat
  17. Recliners and movies
  18. Sitting on my balcony
  19. Fresh smelling plants and flowers
  20. My Peer Mentor staff
  21. Working at UMass
  22. Summer audiobooks and book clubs
  23. The start of the Pats season
  24. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  25. Being exactly where I am
  • 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 run with my mom. Grateful for her and our time together.

    A Fresh Start (#229)

    Today, I drove back to UMass. As much as I loved my time in the UK, I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Fittingly, my supervisor Adam was one of the first people I got to see after arriving which made me happy.

    It’s hard to believe I’m in my last year of graduate school. A year away from my degree, a year away from no more homework, a year away from the unknown. There are a lot of changes occurring and I feel the gravity of each of them. I’ll be working with a new staff, in a new area, with new responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m grateful for the training and support I receive because without it, I wouldn’t be here.

    I am fortunate to continue my education and I’m grateful it will allow me to help people in so many different ways.

    08.08.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Starting over
    2. My new apartment balcony
    3. Getting help unpacking
    4. Ice cream and staff bonding
    5. Walking meditation
    6. Advil and eye drops
    7. Cindy pillows
    8. Eggs for breakfast
    9. Working in OSIL and walking through the RCC saying hi to everyone
    10. Silent heat lightning in the sky
    11. Being back at UMass
    12. Time to journal
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    14. Good song recommendations
    15. The sound of rain on my window
    16. The support from my parents
    17. When I have time to read other blogs
    18. The freedom to choose my destiny
    19. Summer audiobooks
    20. Anything from the grill
    21. New opportunities
    22. Free lunch from work
    23. Morning yoga stretches
    24. Positive people
    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 a very foggy view from my apartment. Looking forward to a new year.
  • Time With My Mom (#227)

    I need to preface this post by saying my mom and I are incredibly alike for a lot of different reasons. We can be stubborn and emotional but also quite caring and intuitive. She and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but our relationship has dramatically improved over the past couple of years.

    We spent the weekend, just us, down on the cape. We did a 9 mile morning run and got breakfast together after. It was the perfect get-away before heading back to work and school later this week. I’m grateful I got to spend that time with her and turn my phone off for a bit. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

    08.06.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Morning runs with my mom
    2. Breathing in the beach air
    3. Walks through the sand
    4. Funny morning selfies
    5. Blueberry muffins
    6. The warmth of the summer sun
    7. Feeling organized and focused
    8. My sister coming back from NY for the week while I’m home
    9. Hanging out with my brother
    10. Good podcasts and audiobooks
    11. Spending time with my cat, Ned
    12. Car rides with the windows down
    13. Old stories about growing up
    14. Clean, warm laundry
    15. Outdoor showers after the beach
    16. Allergy medicine
    17. Home cooked Mac and cheese
    18. Afternoon naps
    19. Sleeping in my bed at home
    20. Local bagels
    21. Waking up to the sound of birds
    22. Good advice
    23. Vinyl music with my parents
    24. A clear sky full of stars at night
    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 mom looking out at the ocean from our morning run.

    An Old Friend (#221)

    Growing up, I tried desperately to fit in with certain people. I would let them push me around and make me feel worthless and un-worthy of this real love or friendship. PJ was someone who never did that.

    We lived down the street so we would always carpool together to and from both games and practices. My dad coached so it only made sense that he come along. PJ always treated me with respect and is undoubtedly my oldest friend to this day. From long car rides after games to summer jobs landscaping, we’ve done a lot. Now, he’s here in England and it’s different.

    We’re not those same kids anymore and I’m glad. We’ve both grown so much I’m proud of our progress. We’re at two very different points in the journey. He has just arrived and is looking forward to taking advantage of his two weeks in Europe. I on the other hand, am looking forward to being home. The next few days together will be interesting to say the least but I’m grateful our paths continue to cross and we can share this experience together.

    07.31.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The month of July and everything I’ve learned these past weeks
    2. Summer landscaping
    3. My dad for coaching my teams
    4. Friday night revs games
    5. Being cozy and warm when it’s cold
    6. Karaoke songs in the car
    7. My siblings
    8. Old movies and popcorn
    9. Sharing stories and laughter
    10. Free drinks!
    11. My bed sat home
    12. Getting stuff done
    13. People who hold open doors and show consideration to others
    14. New music in the Discover Weekly
    15. Walks to the grocery store
    16. My audiobooks
    17. New England sports
    18. Fried food and French fries
    19. My brother and PJ both visiting this summer
    20. Change and growth
    21. New perspectives
    22. Summer pickup on the turf
    23. Leaders and captains who inspire me
    24. When things work out / safe travels
    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 isn’t of PJ but it’s of a fresh perspective of a familiar place. Mt. Tolmie in Washington is important to me but a place I try and look at with fresh eyes. The same is true for my friend PJ’s visit. We have old memories I’m happy to be looking at with fresh eyes.

    Opening Up (#218)

    I never thought this blog would become what it has. Being honest with myself and putting it out there for the internet to read was scary at first. I’m grateful for the support I’ve found online and the perspective I’ve gained from sharing gratitude. I look forward to my post every night and I truly am grateful for gratitude.

    07.28.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Old Man Basketball on Wednesday’s
    2. Fresh fruit and vegetables
    3. Warm laundry
    4. Trips to the library with my mom
    5. Summer audiobooks
    6. Lawn games
    7. After school club practices
    8. Lazy weekends
    9. Orientation days
    10. Walks around Horn Pond
    11. Vibrant sunsets
    12. Shared laughter
    13. Change
    14. Ice cream trips with friends
    15. Feeling healthy
    16. Sleeping next to my cat
    17. Learning new things
    18. Piano lessons
    19. Local pizza
    20. Jijutsu lessons
    21. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    22. Sunday Patriot games
    23. The smell of the ocean
    24. My headphones
    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 one of my first sunsets at UMass. Looking forward to being back.

    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.

    07.20.18

    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.

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    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. 

    The Things I Can’t Control (#208)

    I can work hard 9-5, type until my hands and wrists are fatigued. I can actively reach out to my friends when I’m in need of support. But, there are things in life we can’t control.

    I’m grateful when those things not only go well but highlight meaning or purpose. It’s important for me to recognize them as a higher power, the Universe, to strengthen my belief in what I can’t explain. Sometimes these signs are worth listening to and sometimes I just feel lucky. Whatever the reason may be, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    07.18.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Yoga and meditation
    2. Patient tutoring
    3. When things go well
    4. School spirit
    5. Working as an RA
    6. Landscaping with my friends in the summer
    7. Walks into Colchester
    8. Time at the gym
    9. Walks around the pond with my grandma
    10. A calm breeze
    11. Shared laughter
    12. Understanding
    13. Monopoly nights with my family
    14. Fond memories
    15. Practice after school
    16. Time to journal
    17. Texts from Home
    18. Quiet confidence
    19. Colorful sunrises
    20. Bridgewater State University
    21. Pleasant surprises
    22. Honest people
    23. The Universe
    24. People who inspire
    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.

    I’ve done a lot of traveling this summer and I’m grateful I’ve made it safely everywhere I’ve gone. Thank goodness for that.