The Wind and The Rain

It was the kind of day when the sun could melt the sidewalk. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, nor had there been for weeks. The farmer’s patience was regularly tested in his profession, but this drought seemed unwavering. It had been weeks since his crops last tasted water. The farmer bent over and picked up a small handful of soil. The bed of earth planted to support the farmer’s crops was expectingly dry and crumbled in his calloused hand.

“I know you’re hurting”.

The farmer spoke quietly to his plants. He had done all he could to prepare his fields for a barren summer, but had he done enough, the farmer wasn’t certain. A farmer without rain is like a fisherman without a rod. It would only take a few more days of dry heat to spoil his future fall harvest.

It was just before dawn but the sky was still draped in darkness. The farmer stirred in his sleep and awoke to a familiar baritone rumble outside his secluded cabin. The sound shook the very foundation of his modest home.

“It has to be thunder“.

He had pleaded and prayed for the promise of rain. The farmer lifted himself from his bed and rushed outside with a childlike eagerness. The sound was a devine message the farmer dare not misinterpret. It was thunder alright but it was also so much more. Directly overhead, the farmer saw outlines of storm clouds and streaks of lightning. Again, the thunder roared with power.

As the wind picked up with an unmistakable intensity, what the farmer saw next was no apparition. Lightning illuminated a part between the clouds and there the farmer saw what he believed to be the face of God.

The farmer marveled as The Wind spun, guided, and twisted a school of rain. A gentle hold bound the pair as they moved in the sky with grace. Now, The Rain started to fall gently to the Earth, seemingly, one at a time. The farmer kept his curious, sunken brown eyes locked above him.

The Rain turned heavy and slapped against the farmer’s flesh. The Wind now deafening, caused the farmer to retreat inside. The farmer took up a new viewing point from inside his cabin, dripping on the wood floor beneath his boots. The farmer now saw what he couldn’t before from inside the storm.

“They’re dancing”.

The farmer’s memory flashed with the same brevity and intensity of the lightning. He saw his wedding day and his beautiful bride. He remembered them glide across the dance floor, alone in a crowded room. He blinked and he saw The Wind, always changing, moving The Rain with a determined unpredictability. He blinked again and his mind returned to the past. They were in love. He saw himself and his wife give their vows and solidify an ancient and sacred connection. A connection like the one between The Wind and The Rain. One always finding and supporting the other.

His mind wavered between two realities, unsure where to anchor. The farmer snapped from his trance as The Rain rolled down the face of the farmer’s home.

The rainstorm didn’t dissipate, it just moved. The Rain turned to a quiet patter on the glass window in use. The sun was coming up and brought clarity to the panorama outside the farmer’s home. He returned outside and felt the dirt turn back to soil. Once again, his crops could grow with a fervent fashion. The Wind sang with a different tune. The song, played for the lonely crop fields, brought the farmer peace.

The farmer was always grateful for The Wind and The Rain. He would spend his whole life searching and waiting for its return. The cycle regularly tested the farmer’s faith and patience. To the farmer, it was like falling in love over and over, and over again. He was grateful for The Wind and The Rain but never expected the pair to stay. Too much would destroy everything the farmer worked so hard to grow. Even in the farmer’s old age, he had still yet to find an everlasting and ethereal balance between love and work. The eventful morning would hold him over for the time being. Eager, for the return and renewal of The Wind and The Rain.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my family and time to reflect
  2. Teamwork and encouragement
  3. The process of learning
  4. The warmth of the summer sun
  5. Sharing gratitude

Back In Time (#008)

Yesterday I realized my total number of blog posts didn’t match the corresponding number. I went back through and realized this trend started because it took less than 10 days for me to miscount to the correct number lol.

Because it’s three numbers I missed, each will have a theme. #008 is all about a blast from the past. Gratitude for what got me here and what has made me who I am today.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Soccer practice after school
  2. Playing in the culdesac
  3. Guitar hero and DDR with friends
  4. Walks home from school
  5. Board game nights with the family
  6. My parents letting me decorate my room
  7. Basketball in the driveway
  8. Sledding down the hill
  9. Top 10 plays in the morning
  10. Weekend cartoons
  11. Being an RA, so much has come from taking advantage of this opportunity
  12. Mentors and good supervisors
  13. My family
  14. Stereo and CD jams
  15. Running through town before school
  16. Nights at the train station
  17. Starlight exploration
  18. Theatre arts classes and after school musicals
  19. Middle school band memories
  20. Home cooked meals and summer grilling
  21. Our Disney World vacation
  22. Life lessons about trust
  23. Visiting family on the west coast
  24. Late night ice cream
  25. Formative years and learning from experiences

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.


My Little Red Journal (#293)

Today marks one year of the red journal. I’ve had journals before and I’ll have journals after but this journal is special. This past year has been quite a roller coaster but having a place to process my thoughts and feelings has been a saving grace. I’ve tried using that space to be more creative, to write descriptively, and to challenge myself.

I see my gratitude blogging with a very similar purpose. It’s a place where I can share what’s on my mind with the intention to spread gratitude and positivity when I’m able. Thanks for coming along for the journey.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. The warmth of the sun in California
  3. My healing and my process
  4. A clear night sky outside my home
  5. Local Ashland Pizza
  6. Nights you can hear the train go by
  7. Peanut butter
  8. The sound of rain outside my window
  9. Waking up next to my cat
  10. Sharing ice cream with Julie
  11. Talks about life and good advice
  12. Safe travels all summer
  13. My continued education
  14. Waking up and catching the sunrise
  15. Being outside and hammock naps
  16. Warm blankets and cozy socks
  17. Happiness and positivity
  18. My friends and brothers from BSU
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. Stopping to listen
  21. Signs from the Universe
  22. Gratitude
  23. Embracing change with an open mind
  24. Strong relationships and a little support
  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.

Ned waking up in the morning. He meowed, NO CAMERAS THIS EARLY shortly after 😂

All About Values (#291)

Today was great! My class talked about gratitude without any prompting from me, I promise. All of the values we discussed are important and worthy of admiration. It all contributes to building positive and encouraging environments for the people around us.

These are students that want to make a difference. People who care about making positive changes in their environment. I’m so grateful to share these discussions and learn about their “why”.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Patriots football
  2. Time with my cat
  3. Making it to the gym
  4. Old man basketball with my dad
  5. Peanut butter snacks
  6. My headphones
  7. Talks about purpose
  8. Clean water
  9. Teaching CORE
  10. My education
  11. Working with my Peer Mentors
  12. Local pizza
  13. New candles for my apartment
  14. Time to breathe
  15. My family
  16. Trust and understanding
  17. Belief in others
  18. Patience for myself and others around me
  19. Life lessons and good books
  20. Gratitude!
  21. Late night ice cream
  22. Consistency and support
  23. Creativity of others and inspiration
  24. My mentors and teachers
  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 Ned and I watching the Pats win.

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.


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.


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)


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)


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.


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.


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.