Checking In (#280)

Just a few pictures from the past few days. I’m grateful for all of it!

10.13.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My friends from UMass
  2. Peanut butter and bananas
  3. A sound of the train outside my house
  4. Belief in something greater
  5. Sharing ice cream
  6. Good teachers and mentors
  7. Smiling until your face hurts
  8. Clean water
  9. Trust and understanding
  10. Learning to play instruments
  11. Embracing change
  12. Running in the rain
  13. Feeling organized
  14. New music
  15. Productive practice
  16. Climbing into my warm bed at the end of the day
  17. My headphones
  18. Weekend hiking
  19. Camping under the stars
  20. Morning tea and nighttime stretches
  21. My family
  22. My summer of safe travels
  23. Leadership lessons
  24. Focus and attention
  25. Being 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.

Be Intentional (#279)

I’m guilty.

Often times I find myself going on autopilot. I have a long week or a tough day and I regress back to unhealthy habits or a general laziness.

Every day we have to make the choice about bringing positivity and gratitude into this world. I know what I’m asking isn’t easy and inspiring others is no small feat.

But let me ask you this. If not you, then who?

Be the person that makes positive change. Demonstrate gratitude in the all the ways you know how. Give what you can and find balance from there.

You are the change you wish to see in this world.

10.12.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Nice surprises
  2. Making dinner together
  3. FIFA with friends after school
  4. My sight and senses
  5. Shared anything
  6. Comfy pillows
  7. Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  8. Watching the sun go down
  9. Bryan The Lion
  10. Safe travels
  11. Ice Cream with Julie
  12. My Swift Kick Internship
  13. New books to read
  14. My cat, Ned when he wants to hang
  15. A clear night to see the stars
  16. Water parks in the summer
  17. The change in foliage
  18. My supervisor Adam
  19. Bike rides through campus
  20. Efficient meetings
  21. My family
  22. Clean water
  23. Time at the gym
  24. Life lessons
  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 from Acadia in Maine

Making Traditions (#272)

It’s October! That only means one thing in the Ames household….decorations for Halloween are going up. My dad has made it a point to be the spookiest house on our street. Granted, we live in the suburbs so we’re surrounded by families who have kids so none of the decorations are “actually scary”.

Why not make Gratitude a tradition in your daily schedule? Leave the once a year traditions to my dad and our Halloween decorations. You can use gratitude and share it with others all year long.

10.01.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Warm blankets and cozy socks
  2. Sleeping in
  3. My class on educational leadership
  4. Making dinner with Julie
  5. My cat Ned
  6. Morning tea to start the day
  7. My brother and my family
  8. Learning new things
  9. Clean dishes and a clean apartment
  10. Big Y granola for my yogurt
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Buffalo chicken salads
  13. Talking things out
  14. NFL Football
  15. Oldies radio
  16. Nighttime thunderstorms
  17. Handstand practice and time at the gym
  18. The change of color in the leaves
  19. Sharing music
  20. After school cereal snacks
  21. No traffic
  22. Friends from home
  23. A night at the movies
  24. Books on tape
  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.

Doing my best to be present. Featured image is celebrating my present.

Author Your Own Amazing Story (#260)

It is my belief that mediocrity only exists because those are the limits we set for ourselves. We accept average as our norm and grow complacent with the outcome.

You can author and create the life you always wanted and you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to start. Begin right now. Use gratitude to recognize your growth overtime but ground yourself in the here and now. Each breath is new. Each moment we have in a day has the potential to change our lives. So why not you?

09.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Love and positivity
  2. Good communication
  3. My family
  4. New music all weekend
  5. Sharing a beer with my dad
  6. Summer grilling
  7. Time in my hammock
  8. My journal
  9. Change
  10. Friendly supermarkets
  11. Stories about Home
  12. The blogging community and the people I’ve met thanks to my lists
  13. Landscaping with my friends
  14. My continued education
  15. Walks to the Rez
  16. Happy tears
  17. Good books
  18. Lessons learned
  19. Belief and understanding
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  22. Roller coasters
  23. Late night ice cream trips
  24. Good friends
  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 is not my own.

September Gratitude (#253)

August has come and gone. It’s time for a new month full of new challenges and new opportunities.

09.01.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. College football
  2. A clean apartment
  3. New music Friday
  4. The steps of Boyden
  5. A couple deep breaths
  6. Fixing broken things
  7. Helping friends
  8. Strong relationships
  9. My family
  10. Patience
  11. The echo in a parking garage
  12. Meetings with my advisor
  13. Learning new things
  14. Local grocery stores
  15. A little support
  16. Late night FaceTime calls from Bryan
  17. The warmth of the sun
  18. When the gym has normal hours
  19. My headphones
  20. New opportunities
  21. Have to vs. Get to
  22. Cheesy Mac and Cheese
  23. Old friends
  24. Learning to set up a hammock
  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.

Featured image from the top floor of the Kennedy tower! Love being back at school.

Keeping Busy (#239)

Being back at UMass means being busy. It’s good for me to have things to do. It keeps me organized and being productive brings me happiness. I can carve out routines and schedules and it all helps me “feel good”. This moment feels good.

08.18.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Weekend Premiere League
  3. A couple deep breaths
  4. The places I’ve been
  5. Sharing a birthday with my sister
  6. The uncertainty of the horizon
  7. Watermelon in the summer
  8. Cupcakes with good frosting
  9. Good dreams
  10. Challenge and adversity
  11. A clean apartment
  12. Warm blankets and socks
  13. Morning tea
  14. Trying new things
  15. The weekend
  16. When my friends visit
  17. Texts from my Grammy
  18. Watching classic movies with my parents
  19. Learning how to play an instrument
  20. Being back at UMass
  21. A clear night to see the stars
  22. Runs through campus
  23. My Peer Mentors
  24. The cool breeze running through the trees
  25. This 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 from Anfield. Another match Monday!

    Reunited! (#238)

    To share a bit of happy news, I got to see an old friend from BSU. I’m grateful.

    08.17.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Bryan visiting me at UMass
    2. The sound of the rain
    3. Heat lightning across the sky
    4. Morning tea
    5. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    6. Good health
    7. Walks around the pond with my grandma
    8. Peanut butter
    9. Late night ice cream
    10. Crimson memories
    11. Learning new things
    12. Chicken fries and honey mustard
    13. Sharing music
    14. My Kennedy Peer Mentors
    15. Jess and Carley
    16. Frank and Holly
    17. Mom and Dad
    18. Bike rides through an empty campus
    19. Time at the gym
    20. New beginnings
    21. FIFA tournaments with friends
    22. Card games with my dad
    23. Getting things done
    24. The weekend to relax
    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 Dakota landscape. This picture is not my own.