Right Before Bed (#207)

Today I was asked how I manage to make time to keep up with my daily blog. In truth, the routine has been cemented into my brain. I do my best to be consistent but there are times the blog gets posted an hour (or more) later than when I usually post. I don’t always write a huge blurb about the importance of gratitude or a life lesson that’s been on my mind, but the process still takes some time.

Writing my blog right before I fall asleep works for a couple reasons. The easy explanation is my blog gets to include every ounce of gratitude I can squeeze out from the past 24 hours. That made the most sense before I started. What I didn’t anticipate was how it would make me feel as I ended my day and as I start the next one. Regardless of what may have been bothering me from work, an anxious thought, or something with my friends, I have gratitude to clear my mind. It’s helped me let go of any negativity I was holding on to and start my next day with a positive outlook. Each new sunrise brings change and gratitude has helped me embrace that fact.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Old home movies
  2. The warmth of the sun
  3. My siblings
  4. Positive influences
  5. Good teachers
  6. Talks about space and our existence
  7. New audiobooks
  8. Time at my Grammy’s for holidays
  9. A good album all from front to back
  10. The rain
  11. My time in Cambodia. Check out my CLEAN WATER project to see how you can help too.
  12. New friends
  13. A bed long enough for me to fit on
  14. The change of seasons
  15. Carpools with Carley
  16. New ways to stay informed with the news
  17. Sharing music
  18. Gratitude
  19. Buffalo chicken dip and Pats games
  20. FaceTimes with my cat
  21. Understanding from others
  22. Patient people
  23. Quotes that make you think
  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 the fog resting over the lake in Scotland we stopped at. A peaceful place I got a lot of great pictures from. Grateful I have a place where I can share my photography.

    The Price Of Patience (#192)

    The title may be misleading. I think there’s a major difference between indecision and patience. What we give to both of these things is what I’ll call “the price we pay”.

    Indecision can result in missed opportunities. What we give to indecisiveness, or the price we pay, is how we let anxiety manifest. We let our fears get the best of us. The negative self talk in our head gets all the attention. We spend time investing in the things we can’t control and instead are left without options.

    Patience is something different. Patience only costs a couple deep breaths and is rewarded with the best our Universe has to offer. When anxiety feels overwhelming, it comes down to what our focus and how we spend our most valuable asset, time.

    How do you see patience? How do you remind yourself of its importance? When is a time you were grateful for a couple deep breaths?


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A little help
    2. Clean water
    3. A fantastic World Cup
    4. Texts from Home
    5. Gratitude
    6. Talking things out
    7. Peanut butter
    8. Friends from home
    9. Celtics Basketball
    10. Monopoly nights with my family
    11. Warm sweatshirts
    12. Feeling better
    13. Hosting TEDx at BSU
    14. Caring mentors
    15. Music before bed
    16. Friendly competition
    17. Local pizza
    18. Kind people
    19. My Orientation backpack
    20. Learning
    21. My Peer Mentors at UMass
    22. The summer sun
    23. Patient reminders
    24. My comfy neck pillow
    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 me speaking at graduation specifically about gratitude and patience.

    I’m Going To Climb Mt. Everest (#49)

    I might be a decade away from actually being ready to make the climb but I’m holding myself to it. Call it a bucket list item, but this is my goal and I’m shooting for the stars.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Rock Climbing Lessons
    2. An empty gym
    3. Refreshing rain
    4. Time with my cat
    5. More trips to chipotle
    6. My family
    7. Good vibes from the Universe
    8. Water
    9. Belts, I think they’re really useful for pants
    10. The dreams I remember in the morning
    11. Time to read
    12. Having a great supervisor
    13. Crazy guitar solos
    14. Deep breaths
    15. Slow dances
    16. Being able to grow a beard to keep my face warm
    17. Meeting new people
    18. Setting new goals
    19. Time to journal
    20. Fresh fruit and peanut butter
    21. That feeling after you do abs
    22. Positive people
    23. Sharing
    24. Talking sports with my brother
    25. Every moment from today

    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 literal and figurative long road ahead of me if I want to climbMt. Everest. I don’t want to say “maybe one day I’ll do it”, because conviction is the only way I’m going to make it to that summit.

    Dream Big (#44)


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. My CORE class and my co-facilitator Kelcey
    2. Talking football with Erika and Carley
    3. Joint staff meeting with all of the RAs and Peer Mentors
    4. An album to listen through with Von
    5. Team Kennedy
    6. Angelo Mota music (https://open.spotify.com/album/1S0fcr4Lb2oKICLyaBq6fo?si=l-v8dVpQTnOHUiFSgWxXbA)
    7. My cat, Ned
    8. A day off from the gym
    9. A clean apartment
    10. Gravity keeping us where we should be
    11. Huge sweatshirts
    12. House Council tonight
    13. Surviving middle school and high school
    14. My Peer Mentors
    15. Speaking it into my existence
    16. Letting it go
    17. The people who knew I would be upset the Pats lost last night
    18. Warmer weather and sunny days
    19. Fellow gratitude bloggers!
    20. How helpful a couple deep breaths is
    21. How good the granola and yogurt I had this morning tasted for breakfast
    22. My family
    23. Being here at UMass
    24. Liverpool games I have time to watch
    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 fire red sunset over Western MA. Days like that I really feel lucky.

    Embracing The Now (#10)

    Today did not go as expected. We had one plan, we were going to do one thing, and that completely changed for the best! Making time to literally smell the roses in Pasadena was such a cool opportunity and tons of fun. The Rose Bowl Parade Floats weren’t on the agenda at the start of the day but it was one of the best parts for sure.

    Sometimes you just have to accept where you are because the present is what matters most. Embrace the now, put your phone down, ask open ended questions and engage this moment to the fullest. With gratitude, every breath can be powerful if you allow it. Enjoy where you are, no matter what the plan was before.


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Morning sunshine meditation and stretches
    2. Recliner chairs at the movies
    3. Orange slices at halftime during soccer games
    4. The feeling when you’re covering your feet in the sand at the beach
    5. Meeting new people and going to new places
    6. A comfy pillow at the end of your day
    7. Time to nap
    8. My family and especially my uncle
    9. Trying new foods
    10. Autumn leaves and big sweatshirts
    11. The guys I grew up playing soccer with and the feeling after senior night
    12. Holding hands in the car
    13. Creative and passionate people
    14. Electric cars and how quickly they charge
    15. Tea and all the new kinds I’m trying
    16. 5 dollar Pizza on Wednesday’s
    17. Lists to keep you organized
    18. New books to read
    19. Pictures of my cat Ned from my family while I’m on vacation
    20. A full moon and how it lights up the sky
    21. Professors and friends at UMass who helped me get a 3.9 GPA in my first semester
    22. Feeling purposeful
    23. Having the capacity for gratitude and being able to recognize it
    24. Smelling good smells and all of my senses
    25. Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday.

    Tips: Holidays and Gratitude (#2)

    Whether you dress up a tree, light a menorah, have your own family tradition, or twiddle your thumbs all day, the season is upon us. A blanket of snow brings the promise of new beginnings underneath. The holidays can be a tough time for people and for good reason. To the people who may be grieving, anxious, trapped with the in-laws, or you’re feeling isolated and alone….you matter. For this reason, gratitude should be a staple of your holiday season and a staple to the end of your 2017.

    Tips for Gift Giving and Receiving

    Gifts shouldn’t be what this time is about but there’s no denying the stress it brings. If you’re like me, you’re awful at receiving gifts. Trust me, I try to be grateful! Unfortunately, there is an element of awkwardness I can never seem to escape. I would much rather give a gift than receive one and it becomes much easier for me to show gratitude. You don’t have to break the bank to give a good gift either. Reflect on what that person enjoys, why the two of you connect, and go from there! Sometimes something simple speaks the loudest.

    Saying thank you can go a long way. If you’re feeling crafty; writing thank you notes, decorating candy canes, or constructing a gingerbread Taj Mahal are all easy ways you can show gratitude. Check out some of these ideas on Pinterest on how to say thank you without the uncomfortable hugging part.

    However you spend this time, I hope you can take a moment to recognize and celebrate the people who matter most to you.


    In an effort to reaffirm the holidays aren’t about the gifts, this list won’t include any of the incredibly nice things I’ve received from my friends and family. Today I’m grateful for…

    1. Seeing my grandma light up as we bring in her brand new wheelchair

    2. Leftover pizza from the night before

    3. Tattoo stories

    4. Vibrant sunrises

    5. Living on the perfect hill for sledding

    6. Game of Thrones Sundays

    7. My journal

    8. When my cat comes and says goodnight

    9. Bacon burgers from Five Guys

    10. Teachers and coaches of all kinds

    11. Dancing in the rain

    12. My family

    13. Not having to set an alarm for the next day

    14. Walks on the beach

    15. My time in Cambodia and the people I connected with

    16. Laughing with my siblings

    17. Self-growth and how far I’ve come

    18. The opportunity to be the commencement speaker for my graduating class

    19. People who send me music they enjoy

    20. My fraternity brothers

    21. Learning new things

    22. Gratitude

    23. Frank and Holly, the people who taught me to love my process

    24. The feeling after a long hard run

    25. This. Present. Moment.

    Tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and opportunities. Do your best to make the most of every breath before that. Love. Your. Process. Be patient with yourself and others as you take it one day at a time.

    Happy holidays, internet!