Time Flies (#232)

I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.

08.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going out on the boat
  2. Trying new things
  3. Swimming in a warm lake
  4. No traffic
  5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
  6. Premier League updates from my brother
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Finding new things in old bookstores
  9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
  10. My BSU friends and memories
  11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
  12. Quick naps in the car
  13. Family adventures in the mini van
  14. A warm towel
  15. Pleasant surprises
  16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
  17. Getting organized and making plans
  18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
  19. That my family loves my cat too
  20. My discover weekly on Spotify
  21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
  22. The smell of rain
  23. Learning something new
  24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
  25. The right here, right 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 a weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

Happy To Be Here (#230)

I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

08.09.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Team building
  2. Shared laughter
  3. A good first impression
  4. The feeling of being unpacked
  5. My mom’s cooking
  6. Fruit smoothies
  7. The New England Patriots are BACK
  8. Banana bread
  9. Feeling organized
  10. Being back at work
  11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  12. Walks through campus
  13. Seeing Jess and Carley
  14. The coolness of the wind
  15. Local bagels and pizza
  16. The warmth of the sunshine
  17. Teaching CORE again
  18. Days at the beach
  19. Safe travels
  20. Trains to Liverpool
  21. Board games with the family
  22. The smell of fresh flowers
  23. Friendly competition
  24. Good teachers
  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 my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    A Fresh Start (#229)

    Today, I drove back to UMass. As much as I loved my time in the UK, I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Fittingly, my supervisor Adam was one of the first people I got to see after arriving which made me happy.

    It’s hard to believe I’m in my last year of graduate school. A year away from my degree, a year away from no more homework, a year away from the unknown. There are a lot of changes occurring and I feel the gravity of each of them. I’ll be working with a new staff, in a new area, with new responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m grateful for the training and support I receive because without it, I wouldn’t be here.

    I am fortunate to continue my education and I’m grateful it will allow me to help people in so many different ways.

    08.08.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Starting over
    2. My new apartment balcony
    3. Getting help unpacking
    4. Ice cream and staff bonding
    5. Walking meditation
    6. Advil and eye drops
    7. Cindy pillows
    8. Eggs for breakfast
    9. Working in OSIL and walking through the RCC saying hi to everyone
    10. Silent heat lightning in the sky
    11. Being back at UMass
    12. Time to journal
    13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    14. Good song recommendations
    15. The sound of rain on my window
    16. The support from my parents
    17. When I have time to read other blogs
    18. The freedom to choose my destiny
    19. Summer audiobooks
    20. Anything from the grill
    21. New opportunities
    22. Free lunch from work
    23. Morning yoga stretches
    24. Positive people
    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 a very foggy view from my apartment. Looking forward to a new year.
  • 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.

    Time With My Mom (#227)

    I need to preface this post by saying my mom and I are incredibly alike for a lot of different reasons. We can be stubborn and emotional but also quite caring and intuitive. She and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but our relationship has dramatically improved over the past couple of years.

    We spent the weekend, just us, down on the cape. We did a 9 mile morning run and got breakfast together after. It was the perfect get-away before heading back to work and school later this week. I’m grateful I got to spend that time with her and turn my phone off for a bit. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

    08.06.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Morning runs with my mom
    2. Breathing in the beach air
    3. Walks through the sand
    4. Funny morning selfies
    5. Blueberry muffins
    6. The warmth of the summer sun
    7. Feeling organized and focused
    8. My sister coming back from NY for the week while I’m home
    9. Hanging out with my brother
    10. Good podcasts and audiobooks
    11. Spending time with my cat, Ned
    12. Car rides with the windows down
    13. Old stories about growing up
    14. Clean, warm laundry
    15. Outdoor showers after the beach
    16. Allergy medicine
    17. Home cooked Mac and cheese
    18. Afternoon naps
    19. Sleeping in my bed at home
    20. Local bagels
    21. Waking up to the sound of birds
    22. Good advice
    23. Vinyl music with my parents
    24. A clear sky full of stars at night
    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.

    Featured image of my mom looking out at the ocean from our morning run.

    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.

    Taking It Slow (#220)

    Each day that passes means I’m one closer to going home. Time has never moved this slowly my entire life but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I’ve been productive with my time here in England. Although my work isn’t the most rewarding, I’ve worked on a number of projects and feel prepared for the fall semester. I’m still looking forward to heading home and seeing my family but I’ve certainly been able to savor every last second of my summer in the UK 🇬🇧.

    07.30.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Mistakes and moments of learning
    2. A full night’s rest
    3. The sound and feeling of rain
    4. Firefighters and first responders
    5. My siblings
    6. Late night mac and cheese
    7. Delivering pizza in high school
    8. The sound of the train passing in the night
    9. My friends at UMass
    10. Time outside
    11. Rainy days and vinyl records
    12. Love
    13. A little bit of bravery
    14. Patriot games on Sundays
    15. Local homemade ice cream
    16. Talks about the Universe
    17. A “yes and” mentality
    18. A clear sky and a full moon
    19. Working for Swift Kick in New York
    20. Time at the gym and people who keep me working towards my goals
    21. Holidays with my family
    22. Good dreams
    23. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    24. Lazy days with my cat, Ned
    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 an older hike. Wouldn’t be able to pick out the mountain but the view still reminds me of the fresh air and warm sun my friends and I shared.