Acts of Love (#271)

Love, gratitude, positivity, it all starts with us. Whether you have a list or your sending thoughtful texts, demonstrate love in whatever way you know how. You may inspire gratitude in ways you could have never imagined.

09.28.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Making meals together
  2. Trust and honesty
  3. Summer freckles
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. People who inspire
  6. New music Friday!
  7. Safe travels
  8. Time at the gym
  9. Each and every breath
  10. Mango Chutney
  11. Books on the bike
  12. Classic movies
  13. Chipotle trips
  14. Friends from home
  15. Soccer practice after school
  16. The rain and the life it brings
  17. New beginnings
  18. Acts of love
  19. Fresh air and sitting on the balcony
  20. Hammock naps
  21. When my mom would pick me up from school
  22. Good feelings and good vibes
  23. Peace and positivity
  24. Leadership lessons
  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 Eagle Lake in Maine!

Out Of My Control (#268)

I probably sound like a broken record to my friends. I think I started when I was in England because I recognized there was only so much I could do thousands of miles from home.

“I’m not worried about the things I can’t control”

There was no point! I wasn’t going to keep stressing when life took the choice out of my hands. Life is impermanent. Things change. I had to keep reminding myself of these things with a hint of gratitude.

09.24.18

Today I’m Grateful For

  1. Handstand practice
  2. My educational leadership class
  3. Rainy mornings
  4. Time at the gym
  5. One to one meetings with my peer mentors
  6. Teaching CORE class and working with students
  7. Leadership lessons
  8. Cozy slippers
  9. Good parking
  10. Old man basketball
  11. Seeing my family
  12. FaceTimes before bed
  13. Gratitude
  14. Liverpool
  15. My job as an LCG and the support I get
  16. The change in foliage
  17. Irish breakfast tea
  18. Being outside
  19. Bike rides through campus
  20. Buffalo Chicken Calzones
  21. My teammates and coaches
  22. Good teachers
  23. My favorite hoodie
  24. Feeling balanced
  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 Seawall, Maine. Julie and I had so much fun being there together.

Happy Birthday, Ned! (#264)

09.12.18

The old man turns 11. One year again today, I adopted Eddard Stark Ames but I like to call him Ned for short. He’s not the friendliest but he sure knows how to cuddle. He’s an old man set in his ways but has brought love and affection to my family and me. When I adopted Ned, I wasn’t sure how my parents would react. They weren’t thrilled about the idea but I think they realize how special Ned is. He’s always around to listen and can appreciate a good piece of ham. Looking forward to spending many more birthdays with my cat Ned.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my cat
  2. Rainy days inside
  3. Sleeping in
  4. Snow days off from work
  5. Mellow music and rain mixes
  6. Time at the gym
  7. Clean water
  8. My mom for watching Ned all summer
  9. Safe travels
  10. Time to journal and reflect
  11. Talking things out
  12. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  13. A clean apartment
  14. Visiting family in California
  15. Honesty
  16. Time for photography
  17. Nighttime stretches
  18. Gratitude
  19. Warm water with lemon
  20. Making new friends
  21. Having new experiences
  22. The community of bloggers on WordPress
  23. Good directions
  24. Chipotle
  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 birthday boy

Gratitude in Remembrance (#263)

09.11.18

For my American readers, today is a day we all know too well. I was too young to remember any of the images but what I do remember is my parents. My mom, in tears desperately trying to reach my dad. Teachers at school, stunned. My heart goes out to those impacted by today and I have gratitude for the first responders who gave their lives.

We can use gratitude in so many different ways and we feel it for so many different reasons. But today, I just want to say thank you.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Spotify Discover Weekly
  2. Home made anything
  3. The fan keeping me cool
  4. The green trees in western Mass
  5. The view from my balcony
  6. Hot tea in the morning
  7. Time to read
  8. Shared silence
  9. Getting things done
  10. Tubing in the winter
  11. Singing in the car
  12. Safe travels
  13. Good health
  14. Peanut butter sandwiches
  15. Good parking and no traffic
  16. Getting rides to school in the morning from my mom
  17. Bike rides with my family
  18. Learning new things
  19. Games in gym class
  20. Chocolate desserts
  21. Being busy
  22. Staff meeting
  23. Life map timelines
  24. My Kennedy peer mentors
  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 the Liverpool Dock

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.

Grateful For The Grind (#247)

Tomorrow starts another work week. I’m looking forward to what these days bring and what I’ll learn. I know it is these moments where hard work pays off.

08.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my cat, Ned
  2. The big trail in Western, MA
  3. The warmth of the sun
  4. Cheap beer
  5. A clean apartment and warm laundry
  6. Days I don’t have to set an alarm
  7. Premier League weekends
  8. My family
  9. Calzones of all kind
  10. My Kennedy PMs
  11. My friends who kept me going over the summer when I needed motivation
  12. Good Days breakfast
  13. Self-awareness
  14. My tools for good mental health
  15. Swimming after school
  16. Summers working at camp
  17. Time at the gym
  18. Sharing desserts
  19. Superhero movies
  20. Good communication
  21. Friends from home
  22. FaceTimes with my grandma
  23. When Ashley sends me cat videos
  24. Anything with cheese
  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 one of the craziest sunsets I’ve ever seen. This picture belongs to Niharika Kareddy, a good friend of mine.

No Stress (#236)

Life is good. There are a list of superlatives I could use for being exactly where I am. The logical part of conscious is reminding myself it won’t last forever. Something will come up, some challenge or anxiety, but I’m coming to accept that’s part of life. I’m more concerned with enjoying my current situation before worrying about what might go wrong. I’m grateful for this moment and I think that’s what is most important. Whatever happens, I know I’ll be able to handle it.

08.15.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The morning sun
  2. When my cat sits with me on the balcony
  3. Making a plan
  4. Catching up and FaceTiming with friends
  5. Gratitude lists and fellow bloggers
  6. Irish breakfast tea
  7. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  8. Rainy days and nothing to do
  9. Carpools with Carley
  10. Sharing music
  11. Morning runs and getting sweaty
  12. Being back at UMass
  13. Trying something new
  14. Taking the stairs
  15. When my family comes to visit
  16. Time and change
  17. Staring contests with the horizon
  18. Summers working Orientation
  19. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  20. RHA Wednesdays
  21. Curly fries in Bears Den
  22. The cool breeze
  23. Access to fresh fruit and vegetables
  24. Celebrating others
  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 sunset yesterday. I often times wish I had my camera on me more. My iPhone just doesn’t do some of these moments justice.