Living In The Present (#153)

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since I arrived in Europe but wow has so much happened. Every day has brought something new and exciting. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait for what’s to come. It was really great being able to FaceTime with some of my friends tonight and reflect. I moved into my Essex apartment today, meaning I finally have a permanent place to stay for the first time at the same time I’ve been abroad. Travel is fun but also incredibly draining. Tomorrow’s sun will bring new life and new opportunities.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Safe travels
  2. My internship in England
  3. FaceTimes before bed
  4. Sharing music and Spotify New Music Friday
  5. Catching up
  6. A little laughter
  7. Family traditions
  8. Disney movies
  9. Learning new things and setting goals
  10. Singing in the car
  11. The summer sun
  12. A cool night’s breeze
  13. The sound of rain against the window
  14. Anything by or about Frank Ocean
  15. Time to journal
  16. A clean and organized room I can call my own
  17. Summer bonfires
  18. Clean teeth
  19. Time for hiking and photography
  20. A little room decoration
  21. Summers working Orientation
  22. Friendly flatmates
  23. Open space and green trees
  24. Videos and pictures of 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 of the historically famous Anfield stadium. Tomorrow my team play in the Champions League Final and I can’t wait!! It’ll be a hell of a game whatever the result and I can’t wait to support them. Grateful for the games they’ve played and the joy they’ve brought me. One more boys, let’s go and bring home a 6th European title. 

Expect The Unexpected (#151)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Letting loose
  2. Happy accidents
  3. The sunshine
  4. Getting my steps in
  5. My family
  6. Spending time with Stenie
  7. Such kind hosts at my Air BnB
  8. The cleansing rain
  9. A little understanding
  10. Fellow gratitude writers
  11. All kinds of learning
  12. A day at the movies
  13. Travel
  14. New music
  15. Talking things out
  16. New music
  17. Signs from the Universe
  18. Nighttime stretching
  19. Time to journal
  20. Change of all kinds
  21. Much needed naps
  22. Good food
  23. Good company
  24. Summers working Orientation
  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 seal outside of Buckingham Palace. I really liked how the picture came out and wanted to share! 

Highs and Lows (#135)

Highs and lows are apart of life, that’s how we find balance. Didn’t have a great day but for me, it’s still important to make time for gratitude. Start again tomorrow with the new sun and new opportunities.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing my dad today, hard to describe how much I love and appreciate him, even when we fight and argue
  2. All of my family, their support and love is unwavering
  3. Friends that have checked in and tried to motivate me
  4. Time at the gym, getting a good sweat was exactly what I needed
  5. Healthy foods and healthy habits make a healthy mind
  6. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
  7. My supervisor and getting to work with him again next year
  8. The end of semester countdown is now in single digits
  9. New music and people who share
  10. Walks through campus
  11. The warmth of the impending summer
  12. Growing up playing soccer with some of my best friends
  13. Acoustic guitar and stretching before bed
  14. Hand-written notes and letters
  15. Love and everything that comes with it
  16. Sharing gratitude and those who write their own lists!
  17. My process and being exactly where I am because it’s exactly where I should be
  18. Positive reminders and helpful hints
  19. A couple deep breaths
  20. New opportunities
  21. People who inspire confidence in myself
  22. My ugly ID picture that always gets a laugh when people see it
  23. Quiet spots and peaceful moments
  24. Homecooked food
  25. Today, and being right here


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 nature landscape. What can I say, I enjoy being outside! 

May The Fourth Be With You (#132)

Whether it’s the force from Star Wars that drives you or something religious or more spiritual, I hope you feel that power every day. There’s something bigger than ourselves out there. I hope you feel it with the sun. I hope you feel it with your loved ones. I hope you can use gratitude to identify and celebrate your force every day.

Also, Star Wars is cool!


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My cat, Ned, and his antics
  2. Getting stuff done, only two classes remain!
  3. New Music Friday! This was the best one in a while
  4. Good hugs
  5. Determination
  6. People who motivate me
  7. Time at the gym
  8. My middle school jams
  9. Night time stretches
  10. Hand-me-downs from my dad
  11. Healthy habits
  12. Warm days and cold nights
  13. Peanut butter and bananas
  14. My brother, and working towards our goals
  15. Tuesday night soccer
  16. The nighttime breeze
  17. The rain and summer thunderstorms
  18. People who hold the door open for me at awkward distances
  19. Sharing gratitude
  20. Runs with my mom
  21. Waking up to the sunlight
  22. My supervisor, Adam and how much he cares about my success
  23. Talking things out
  24. Sharing laughter
  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 isn’t my own but it’s related to a place where I feel most connected with the Universe. Up high, alone with the mountain breeze and the sun overhead. Serene. At peace. Balanced. 

Mystery Blogger Award (#116)

Thank you to my friend gratitude4gratitude for the nomination! Check out his posts, a fellow gratitude blogger with a great outlook on life. Happy to keep the chain going and nominate other new bloggers. Of course, I’m going to infuse my gratitude list for the day as well but thought I would participate in this first.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma


1 – Thank whoever nominated you and include the link to their blog

2 – Tell your readers three things about yourself

3 – Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award (I don’t know that many bloggers)

4 – Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

5 – Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

Three Things You Should Know About Me:

  1. I use gratitude as a way to support my mental health
  2. I’m learning to embrace and celebrate change
  3. I think patience is the key to my best self


5 Questions I Was Asked To Answer

1 – Was there a turning point in your life? If so when?

Entering graduate school was a major change because it forced me to grow up and mature quickly. I am not the same person I was a year ago and it’s both exciting and terrifying thinking about what is still to come.

2 – What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?

I went to Cambodia and learned I had privilege in more ways than I ever thought. I recognize my privilege frequently but going to such a poor country opened my eyes to the work that needs to be done. I’ve learned it is my duty to serve others and give what I can to support people with the greatest gift you can give someone, your time.

3 – Where are you right this second?

Sitting in bed, my cat laying next to me, enjoying the sound of rain outside my apartment window in Amherst, Massachusetts. Home of the 5x Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

4 – What’s the strangest thing you enjoy?

I crack my joints A LOT and love the feeling of it. I end up sounding like a bowl of snap, crackle, pop cereal after I’m done (kinda) but it’s a good feeling.

5 – What are you grateful for today?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Calls from my Mom
  2. Clean water
  3. Clearing my head with exercise
  4. Written notes and letters
  5. Talking things out
  6. When my cat greets me at the door
  7. A couple deep breaths
  8. Comfy pillows
  9. The fact that I only have one more week of class
  10. Holding hands
  11. Crimson memories and living with my best friends
  12. The warmth of the summer sun
  13. Time to organize my music
  14. Days I get to sleep in
  15. Pajama Day
  16. Working as an LCG here at UMass
  17. Morning and nighttime stretches
  18. When my friends cheer me up
  19. Faith in the Universe and signs when I need them
  20. Learning new things
  21. Dancing in the rain
  22. Meaningful lyrics
  23. Summers spent working with my friends at BSU
  24. Rolling down the Shea Durgin Hill
  25. This very moment

1 Blogger I Want To Nominate

This is Stef

A blog with some really imaginative and moving poetry. Worth checking out 🙂

Your 5 Questions

  1. What are you most proud of?
  2. What’s one thing on your bucket lifetime list?
  3. If you could teleport anywhere in the world instantaneously, where would you go first and why?
  4. What’s something you’re currently working on?
  5. Why did you start writing?

Please feel free to answer of these questions yourself in the comment section! Would love to hear some replies.

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.



Stop To Smell The Roses (#72)

Slow down! It’s easy to get caught up in the challenges life throws at us. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of where you are and where you’re going. Use gratitude to find yourself balanced in the middle of it.


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Supportive co-workers
  2. Student leaders
  3. Sports and teamwork
  4. Late night dancing
  5. The emotional support from my cat
  6. Safe surgeries
  7. New music
  8. Blog advice
  9. People who share gratitude
  10. Peanut butter of course
  11. My family
  12. Clean water
  13. A good book to get lost in
  14. Giving back
  15. Drive in movies
  16. Frosting, it’s my favorite food
  17. Taking a day off
  18. One day closer to vacation
  19. People who encouraged me to get involved
  20. Vibrant sun sets
  21. Chats with my plants
  22. Morning yoga
  23. Comfy clothes
  24. Expressing myself with music
  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 Pasadena Rose Bowl parade. These flowers were some of my favorite.