Taking It Easy (#228)

08.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My Spotify Discover Weekly
  2. Family dinner
  3. Talking things out with my sister
  4. My bed at home
  5. A chance to lace up my hiking boots
  6. Car rides with my brother
  7. A few deep breaths
  8. Walking meditation
  9. A couple miles around the track
  10. The warmth of the sun
  11. Seeing my grandma
  12. Sleeping in
  13. My supervisor, Adam at UMass
  14. Waking up to the sound of birds
  15. Game Of Thrones Sunday’s
  16. AC in the summer
  17. Good gym music recommendations
  18. Friends from BSU
  19. Working as an RA
  20. Home cooked anything
  21. Clean teeth
  22. The smell of fresh cut grass
  23. Chipotle trips
  24. Safe travels
  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 another landscape from Scotland.

    What’s Your Self Care Look Like? (#226)

    Today was perfect. I spent the day at the beach with my mom and brother, enjoying the sun and the water. We walked from the tiny home a family friend has leant us and made the most of every second here today. We got ice cream with my dad and told old stories we’ve each heard a thousand times before.

    To me, this was exactly what I needed after getting back from England. I wasn’t stressed about work or school, I was just here in this moment. This for me is self care. Spending time with the people I love. I feel reinvigorated and truly cherish the time I get with my parents and siblings.

    08.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. The crash of the waves and smell of the water
    2. The sand between my toes
    3. Homemade ice cream
    4. Crossing the bridge to the cape
    5. Cards with my dad and brother
    6. Tattoo stories and dreams of the future
    7. Spending time with my family
    8. Gratitude
    9. Having a day for myself
    10. Summer grilling and making food together
    11. Drives with the windows down
    12. Oldies radio with my mom
    13. Hanging outside
    14. Catching up with my brother
    15. Dirty knees and feet from the grass
    16. A clear night sky and the sound of grasshoppers outside my window
    17. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    18. When things work out
    19. New podcasts and books
    20. The jet lag works the opposite way and wakes me up early in the morning
    21. Time to read
    22. Exploring the swamp
    23. Bug spray
    24. Local seafood
    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 of Loch Ness and not the cape because I didn’t take my phone or camera with me today. It was nice not having anything on me but I’m still glad I can share my gratitude at the end of the day.

    A Summer To Remember (#224)

    That’s it.

    I have a hard time believing it’s somehow already August 3rd. I still remember jumping up and down in my room in sheer disbelief I was offered a paid internship working in England for the summer. I called my parents immediately to share the news, quickly followed by the anxiety of organizing a trip that would take advantage of every second I spent abroad. I had plans to go to Italy and Spain, I had to think big! I found my way to Iceland, I navigated big cities in the UK, and I did it all on my own. I was enjoying this new freedom I felt…and that was all stripped when I found out I filled out my VISA incorrectly. I was sent home shortly after starting my international adventure and suddenly my world began to crash before it even had a real chance to take off.

    Sitting at home was a nightmare. My positivity could only last so long. I was lucky enough to see my brother graduate high school but once the shine wore off, I couldn’t get out of my own head. I was resilient up until the point I wasn’t. I struggled to wait to return to England and when I FINALLY got back, I felt homesick and depressed. I never would have thought transitioning back would have been as hard as it was. So I buckled down, I developed a new routine for myself and made a plan. I took control of my time and I stopped making excuses for my negativity. I realized I made a mistake but there was no changing the past.

    Gratitude. Gratitude is what allowed me to be present more than anything else. In another life, I was born and raised in England. I’ve wanted to visit the UK for as long as I remember wanting to travel anywhere in the world. AND, I got to be there during the World Cup and enjoy the sport’s biggest tournament with people like me. No, my summer was far from perfect but it didn’t have to be. I learned something new about myself every day abroad and found new purpose within myself. Who knows if the same would be true if everything had gone according to plan. Change is good and it may not always feel like it but it propels us in ways we could never imagine on our road to BECOMING.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out over the summer, my readers, my followers, and my family for keeping me going. I could not have done any of this alone and my gratitude for you all deserves more than a line in a list. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I am a stronger person because of the kindness and patience that has been shown to me. Thank you. This was a summer to remember.

    08.03.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. Learning through adversity
    3. The reliant sunshine and summer warmth
    4. Exercise as a tool for my mental health
    5. Morning hikes and catching the sunrise
    6. The World Cup and sharing it with my brother
    7. My parents and their unconditional support
    8. The smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves against the dock
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    10. Talking things out with my sister
    11. My summer audiobooks and the escape they provide
    12. My parents’ home cooking. I tried my best this summer but I miss theirs
    13. Getting organized and having a plan for the fall semester
    14. New perspective and clarity
    15. Time to journal and having a place to spill my thoughts
    16. Shared laughter and fun memories
    17. Change, and all it brings
    18. My comfy green sweatshirt as I wait through my 20-hour layover
    19. Good music to get me through my lows
    20. Walks through campus to work in the morning
    21. Routine and consistency to ease my mind
    22. Finding my way in a completely different country
    23. Sharing my daily gratitudes
    24. Life itself. I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be
    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.

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    Featured image of my favorite night in England this summer. I’ve been saving this picture and between the colors of the sunset and the moon, I’ll always have this. 

    Looking Back (#222)

    July was a month full of learning, challenge, and helpful reminders. My brother had just left England and I struggled to transition back into life here in the UK. I felt homesick in ways I didn’t expect and didn’t feel fulfilled at work.

    It took me some time to find a good routine that worked with my demanding schedule. I found my groove at times and felt burnt out at others. I really had to remind myself to be present and take life one day at a time.

    I listened to a number of different audiobooks, each with different themes and morals that I reflected onto my own situation. Those were helpful and reignited my love for “reading”. The stories and authors inspired me to work on my own writing habits so I can hopefully publish something of my own one day. Who knows!

    I’m incredibly grateful for this summer. All the ups and downs made these past couple of months one to remember. Tomorrow is my last full day and I’ll write a more comprehensive reflection then. Until that point, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    08.01.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Catching up
    2. Walks through London
    3. Being an RA at BSU
    4. Positive people
    5. Texts from my family
    6. Sunny days and clear skies
    7. Gratitude
    8. Summer grilling
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    10. Talking things out
    11. Video games after school with my friends
    12. Carpools to UNH camp
    13. Time
    14. Wiffleball in the yard
    15. A good night’s rest
    16. Stretches before bed
    17. My audiobooks and podcasts
    18. After gym dinners with my friend Peter
    19. Good advice
    20. An empty email inbox
    21. Change
    22. Learning about music history
    23. American peanut butter
    24. My time in England
    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 London eye. Loved visiting the city and had a great time exploring and walking around when I did.

    Being Open To Change (#215)

    07.25.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Free pizza for lunch
    2. Handwritten notes and letters
    3. Mental health counseling
    4. Summer jijutsu lessons
    5. New music from Reddit
    6. After school cartoons
    7. Game of Thrones Sundays
    8. Swimming in the Rez
    9. Personal growth
    10. Saturday morning Liverpool matches
    11. Carpools to classes
    12. Supportive communities of people
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! Thank you to those who have already donated and helped out, it means the world.

    14. Summers as a camp counselor
    15. The change of seasons
    16. The smell of the ocean
    17. Peanut butter sandwiches and celery
    18. Time at the gym
    19. Long walk and going for runs with my mom
    20. First responders and those that give their lives to helping people
    21. A couple of deep breaths and patient reminders
    22. The promise of a new day
    23. Talking things out
    24. Change
    25. The precious present, 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.

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    Featured image from Scotland. The beautiful landscape is something I hope to be able to revisit. Grateful for my time there. 

    Weather Your Storm (#214)

    Suffering is part of life. We all experience and endure hardship in one form or another. Even after a hard day at the office, a fight with a loved one, life isn’t forever perfect after we fix it. The storm will come and go as will the challenges in our lives.

    We can use gratitude to weather that storm, to remain resilient and hold true to our deepest morals and values. We can be grateful for the tools we have and the support present in our lives. We can be grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn. And we can use gratitude to remind us of the importance of our breath. For with each one we are one step closer to overcoming adversity.

    07.24.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Feeling heard
    2. Old Disney movies
    3. Catching the sunset
    4. Sharing love
    5. A clear sky and a full moon
    6. Cereal snacks after school
    7. Making dinner together with Eric
    8. Collaborative playlists
    9. My Peer Mentors at UMass
    10. A productive morning at work
    11. Fresh fruit and vegetables
    12. My Patriots hat I wear every day
    13. When things go well
    14. Old friends from home
    15. Understanding and patience
    16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! I would love your donation 🙂
    17. Trying new things
    18. Nights spent sleeping next to my cat
    19.  Safe travels
    20. Instrumentals I can journal to
    21. Waking up feeling refreshed
    22. Texts from home
    23. An empty email inbox
    24. Warm socks in the winter
    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.

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    Featured image from Scotland’s Highlands. I would love to come back and camp out here. The mountains were unreal and the weather seemed perfect for the occasion. 

    Making Time For Gratitude (#212)

    Your gratitude list doesn’t have to take hours or be eccentric in any way. Sometimes, a simple thank you text can go a long way. Make time for gratitude in whatever way you can.

    07.22.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. FaceTimes with my dad
    2. Ice cream trips with Mel
    3. Time to journal
    4. Walks home from school
    5. Finding my place at BSU
    6. Good communication
    7. Leadership lessons
    8. Friends from home
    9. The summer rain
    10. FIFA games with Lucas
    11. Monopoly nights
    12. Local pizza
    13. Relaxing Sundays
    14. Peanut butter sandwiches before class
    15. Safe travels
    16. Climbing with Erika
    17. Sharing a birthday with my sister
    18. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    19. New opportunities
    20. Friendly competition
    21. Soccer in the yard with my brother
    22. Indoor with my friends
    23. Friendly pets
    24. Another day 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 from the Scottish Highlands. The land felt primordial, I felt in tune with the earth and the mountains that stretched overhead.