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With The World At My Feet

Hello Internet!

Happy holidays to those that celebrate. Otherwise, I hope you are enjoying your spring weekend in fun and inventive ways. Yesterday was a big day for me. After what has been two years of graduate school, one semester of writing, and months upon weeks of planning my presentation, I have successfully completed and presented my Integrative Thesis Recommendations. This assignment has loomed over me and consumed my time and energy for far too long now and I’m grateful to be done.

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I couldn’t have done it without these people among many others. Something I have learned through this process is the importance of asking for help. This project was a culmination of long nights and worried weekends. The support and encouragement given to me was the fuel I needed to march on.

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Elliot

My hope is that with the conclusion of my research I can propel myself into whatever comes next. Uncertainty continues to mark my visions of the future. Maybe I learn to poorly play the violin, the instrument’s strings wailing under the pressure of my practice. Maybe learning a new language would be most fulfilling. Exploring new corners of the Earth I have yet to consider simply by listening. Whatever comes next, it is time I am most eager to learn about.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

I’m not interested in easy and I detest the idea of being average. I hope to change the world in extraordinary imperfect ways with time as my accomplice. One day at a time.

March Gratitude Recap!

Another video!

I definitely felt more comfortable in front of the camera and I’m eager to improve. I miss the daily posts and interacting with the WordPress community on a more regular basis. I really enjoyed interacting with and having conversations with professionals dedicated to education. I can fondly remember some of the most outstanding teachers I have had, simply because of how they made me FEEL. It’s not always about content, I would be unable to tell you about some of the specific details about old tests or assignments. What I can share is how I felt at home walking into each of these anointed classrooms. I was welcomed and encouraged to do my best work and to be myself. I hope to one day do that for students of my own.

As I wrap up my Master’s Degree, I’m looking forward to doing more writing and sharing here on the Gratitude Journal. The sun has helped my motivation this past week and I’m excited for it to continue to get warmer.

Keep on the lookout for a published version of 365 Days Of Gratitude!

My dream for the Gratitude Journal is to recruit as many writers as possible. The blog would continue to post daily and share gratitude lists from all over the world in combination with larger projects and ideas meant to be shared. If this is something you’re interested in, follow the links to Guest Blogging up above.

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Community Post: Finding My Identity

This post is written by Katie Lemons, a wonderful blogger, and creator you can learn more about at (Hot & Sour). Katie was recognized as a recipient of Amazon’s Top 35 Family Lifestyle blogs. 

I am a woman. I am Chinese-American. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a scientist. I am a writer. I am all of these things, yet none of these words can accurately portray my individuality or even begin to explain the essence of who I am.

It wasn’t until after my son was born that I truly began to think deeply about my own identity. Before then, I had taken it for granted that I knew who I was, that it wasn’t something that needed to be reflected upon. But after having a child, my identity became inextricably intertwined with the little person who was now a permanent fixture in my life. It was only when I tried to separate myself from the role of motherhood that I realized I didn’t know where to begin.

Little by little, I began to realize that my identity is not defined by my roles, my job, or my hobbies. Rather than looking for labels to describe me, I began to look at the various aspects of my life as the things which bring me overwhelming joy. It wasn’t until I began to appreciate and be thankful for the things I have that I was able to shift my focus and live life to the fullest.

I am grateful for…

  1. The feeling of sinking into my bed, after an exhausting day
  2. Watching my son eagerly absorbing everything the world has to offer
  3. Reading a book that truly resonates with me
  4. Finding something in common with someone else that is totally unexpected
  5. Witnessing the immense love my son continuously receives from his grandparents
  6. A long hug with my husband after work
  7. Sleeping in on the weekend when my son visits with his grandparents
  8. A big bowl of delicious noodle soup
  9. Discovering a TV show that my husband and I both love
  10. Amazon Prime Two Day Shipping
  11. Coming home to a house cleaned top to bottom by my husband
  12. Creative inspiration
  13. Making a difference and being recognized at work
  14. Connecting with old friends without missing a beat
  15. Financial security
  16. The feeling of comfort and nostalgia when eating food I grew up with
  17. Doing something random and silly that causes my son to laugh from his belly
  18. Finding a great deal on something I was going to buy anyway
  19. Listening to podcasts
  20. People and situations that are placed in my life that facilitate personal growth
  21. My health and well-being
  22. Knowing that what I do makes a difference in patients’ lives
  23. A workplace and supervisors that are incredibly supportive of parenthood
  24. Changing into my pajamas and snuggling under a blanket on the couch
  25. Being a homeowner with two parks within walking distance of our neighborhood

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For more from Katie, check out her blog at Hot & Sour, where she writes about motherhood, marriage, food, culture, and much more.

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Sharing Gratitude and Creating Something Bigger Than Ourselves

Hi, internet!

As I have taken a step back from the daily posts, I have given time and thought to what my next Gratitude project will be. One of the most powerful lessons I learned during my 365 Days Of Gratitude was that Gratitude is meant to be shared. It is important to have Gratitude for yourself and for your process but others deserve to hear the same. A handwritten note or a big ol’ hug can go a long way for a friend or mentor.

I love the idea of paying it forward and I hope to inspire the same with Gratitude. Below you will find The Gratitude Wall. A digital wall to share, post, create, draw, and design.

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I have been inspired by those before me who have created colorful, thoughtful, spaces for people to show their love and appreciation. In today’s digital age, this wall can grow beyond the confines and access of a single space. We have the opportunity to share gratitude across the globe in so many different ways. I’m hoping you will join me in this venture. Post on the wall and share it with a friend. Encourage them to do the same and we can create a chain reaction of Gratitude.

I have aspirations of changing the world but something like that does not just happen overnight and it’s not something I can do alone. Change starts in ourselves, it extends to our communities and environments and continues on to shape the lives of others. The best part is, we have the power to start today. Sign the wall and post something of your own.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
― Barack Obama

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)! I’m looking for list makers and gratitude writers! 

My Next Project!

Thanks for watching! Still trying to master video but I’m excited to share this first installment. Now that I have completed 365 days of gratitude, I’m ready for what comes next.

Follow The Gratitude Journal for bi-weekly videos and posts in-between about living life with positivity. I want to hear your story!

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

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365 Days Of Gratitude

All I can hear are my thoughts. The forest surrounds me on my accent to the top of the mountain. The Earth crunches beneath each step I take, always moving forward. The days come and go. The darkness of each day leaves subtle reminders of its presence and power. I feel lost despite only just beginning. It is a story of overcoming, adventure, and gratitude.

I started writing about gratitude because of my depression. I needed to fight my inner darkness one way or another and was desperate for a solution. I saw writing as a positive outlet for my thoughts and feelings and was interested in something different. “Why not start a blog?” I thought. I needed a way to hold myself accountable, and I knew others struggle with mental battles similar to my own. The Gratitude Journal evolved over time. I connected with fellow bloggers and found a new community. I shared posts with friends and families that responded with gratitude lists of their own. I was inspired by loved ones and mentors to keep moving forward.

I took The Gratitude Journal with me everywhere I went. Each moment from the start, intertwined with lessons learned and celebrated breathsI brought The Gratitude Journal with me abroad. I traveled to places I have only dreamed of visiting. Despite my feelings of fear and uncertainty, I framed my experiences with gratitude and appreciation. I sat silently in the black sand and watched the waves leave the shores of Iceland, listening to wind howl and sing. I walked the streets of London, in tune with the beat of the city and the life of the summer sun.

I came home energized and eager to start my last year of my Master’s degree. Gratitude, still a present thought, had taken on a new form. Gratitude needed to be more than just a collective appreciation of fond memories and busy days. I had to learn to be grateful for pieces of myself that I had previously scrutinized and detested. Especially, if I was going to have gratitude for everything else. I possessed a renewed thankfulness for my past and present. Although at times I struggled to find balance in my routine and posted less consistently, the skills I learned were ever present. Gratitude is many things. I have learned gratitude starts with a breathe. It is an anchor to the present moment and a tool against the darkness. Its power grows when shared with others and can be communicated in many ways, both big and small.

Looking through old entries at quotes, stories, and pictures, I feel joy. In some ways, I never saw the end until it arrived. I was so ingrained in my process that the end result was never what was most important. I am proud I got to celebrate milestones, birthdays, adventures, and friends along the way. Although this chapter may be coming to a close, I will still carry The Gratitude Journal with me on my journey.

I stand at my mountain top, my chest rising and shrinking with each breath. The horizon gleams in the distance, each ray of sun reflecting off of rain covered trees. My vision clears and I see new peaks and valleys, invisible from the base of my climb. I stop to rest and reflect but my muscles and bones ache for the familiar and constant pain of the trail. New mountains call out, signal flares of opportunity rocket to the dusk-colored curtain above my head. The stars peek through. A chance to begin again, guided by gratitude. 

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Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Worldly experiences and safe travels
  3. Frank and Holly, for teaching me about my process
  4. Exercise to clear my head and help me breathe
  5. Learning to ‘be myself’
  6. Teachers, Mentors, and Coaches, that pushed me to be my best
  7. Being a part of something bigger than myself
  8. The Good Days and the Bad Days
  9. Name tags, Helen’s Tree, and late night talks on the steps of Boyden
  10. Rain, for its touch brings new life and the sound brings me sleep
  11. A peanut butter sandwich when I need it
  12. Sharing music with friends
  13. My cat Ned, for his company and intelligence
  14. Late night ice cream, always
  15. Pickup soccer on Tuesdays
  16. Chasing the sunrise before school
  17. World cup games and perfect pronunciations
  18. Comfy pillows and warm blankets
  19. Tattoo stories and reasons why
  20. Quiet talks and fall colors at Horn Pond
  21. Hope for the future
  22. Space and time to journal and recharge
  23. Home cooked meals and cooking together
  24. Shared values and going deeper
  25. The precious present, for it, is a gift

 

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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Time To Reflect (#312)

With my fall semester coming to an end, I feel like I finally have time to breathe. I’m grateful to watch summer to fall, fall turn to winter. Each day brings something different. I remind myself change is GOOD with each breath I take.

I haven’t been perfect. I’ve certainly made mistakes but I work hard to recognize and learn from them. I’m looking forward to the new year. A year full of the unexpected.

The best is still yet to come.

12.12.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Finishing up finals
  2. Trying new things
  3. Old movies
  4. A good night’s rest
  5. Taking it day by day
  6. Authors that inspire
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Our little cabin
  9. Late night ice cream
  10. The warmth of the summer sun
  11. Songs from Anfield
  12. Big stretches
  13. Time at the gym
  14. Sharing and connecting with gratitude
  15. A few deep breaths
  16. Cozy blankets and warm sweats
  17. Safe travels
  18. Time to journal
  19. Weekends with my brother
  20. Local pizza
  21. Learning and reflection
  22. Clean water
  23. My family
  24. A successful fall semester
  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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from Cambodia.

I can win this day (#310)

An exciting and new opportunity I want to start with the Gratitude Journal is to invite guest bloggers to contribute. It is with great pleasure that people can connect through gratitude and hopefully inspire others to share and reflect on their own.

Our first submission is below ~

Gratitude Journal #1

The world is complex and overwhelming, but I am strong, I have people who support me and I can win this one day.

Today I am thankful:

  • A very hot shower on a very cold day.
  • Clean laundry because my husband took care of it.
  • Cookies for breakfast, just because.
  • Time to meditate.
  • Time to relax and just breathe.
  • Warm boots.
  • Warm coat.
  • It was 11 degrees and my truck started on the first try.
  • My husband started a new job Monday and things are going great.
  • I had a problem at work and both my bosses supported me 100%.
  • I brought my 5 lb dog to work which brought me lots of happy visitors.
  • Gas is very affordable this week.
  • My freezer is full so I don’t have to go shopping.
  • My favorite show is on tonight.
  • I am halfway through holiday shopping.
  • I have enough money to be able to donate to charity.
  • My children and grandson are healthy and doing fine.
  • My younger daughter is almost finished with her thesis.
  • My older daughter has achieved work-life balance.
  • I am looking forward to my grandson’s 3rd birthday in a January.
  • There is a free holiday party at work!
  • My dog, Kylo is making so many people smile today.
  • I am busy, but I put all my obligations on a list and it feels good to mark them off.
  • I turn 57 tomorrow and I feel good about that.
  • I miss my parents but I know they live within me.

 

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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

 

Right Here, Right Now (#309)

Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.

Eckhart Tolle

11.29.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time at the gym
  2. Quiet nights
  3. Pickup soccer
  4. My mental health tools
  5. Warm blankets and cozy mornings
  6. My family
  7. Late night ice cream
  8. Unexpected adventures
  9. My friends at UMass
  10. Pictures from home
  11. Life in color
  12. Sharing new music
  13. Rainy days and cloudy mornings
  14. Hand written notes
  15. A little support
  16. My breath
  17. Patient lessons and teachers
  18. Hanging with my mom
  19. Time to read outside of class
  20. Trying new things
  21. Bed time stretching
  22. Clean water
  23. Messages from Cambodia
  24. Good food
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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Give It Everything (#307)

John Wooden, one of my favorite coaches and philosophers said –

It’s so easy to relax, to cut corners, to let down after you’ve reached your goal, and begin thinking you can just “turn it on” automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. Don’t think you can make up for progress by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?

To me, the same applies to our energy when it comes to positivity. If we have the power to impact others, to be kind, and to show others gratitude – we must give our pursuits everything we have and then find a way to do it all again. This is how we create change, it starts with us!

11.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Getting to teach CORE
  2. Safe travels
  3. My friends from BSU
  4. Time for writing
  5. Sharing new music
  6. Clean water
  7. Calls from home
  8. My grandparents
  9. Bike rides on the weekends
  10. Good news
  11. Feeling organized
  12. A little support
  13. Vinyl music and all-time records
  14. Edinburgh tours and souvenirs
  15. Piano lessons
  16. Board game nights with the family
  17. Home cooking
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Learning new things
  20. Soccer after school
  21. The sound of rain on my window
  22. That clean apartment smell
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. A positive mantra
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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Featured image from Malibu with my Uncle!