When It Rains It Pours (#217)

It rained today!! Not sure how closely you follow weather in the UK but it’s been uncharacteristically dry.

I’ve written it many times before but I’m someone who LOVES the rain. I love the smell of water seeping into the ground. I relax listening to the rain fall against my window sill. I feel refreshed when the droplets land on my skin, as if like a plant, giving me new life.

I couldn’t help but smile when I got caught in the storm. It seemed all too fitting as I watched a plane fly across the last piece of clear sky before the rain fell. It felt like the Universe was giving me one last push to make it home. Reminding me I’m a week away from being on that flight myself. I can’t wait to see my family, to pet my cat, and to eat some decent peanut butter.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Tattoo stories
  2. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  3. Monopoly night
  4. Soccer in the backyard with my brother
  5. Walks around the park with my mom
  6. New music Friday on Spotify
  7. A helpful hand
  8. A clean apartment
  9. Weekend hikes
  10. Movies on the projector
  11. Catching the sunset
  12. Wednesday nights after Chapter
  13. Crimson memories
  14. New Years resolutions
  15. My BSU friends
  16. Gratitude and people who share it
  17. The World Cup this summer
  18. My family
  19. Change of all kinds
  20. Eggs in the morning
  21. Time at the gym
  22. Constructive feedback and learning
  23. My peer mentor staff
  24. The dream team with Jess and Carley
  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 hike at Arthur’s Seat in Scotland. What a beautiful morning overlooking and an incredible city.

    It’s All Part Of The Process (#196)


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. World Cup games
    2. Journals from Iceland
    3. Organized music
    4. Taking things slow
    5. Time at the gym
    6. New audiobooks
    7. The weekend
    8. Calls from home
    9. When things go right
    10. My cat, Ned
    11. The feeling of clean teeth
    12. New music
    13. Nights outside by the fire
    14. My favorite Sudoku book
    15. The mixtape my dad gave me
    16. The smell of Bacon
    17. Bagels on Sundays
    18. Falling asleep to the sound of rain
    19. Signs from the Universe
    20. Carpools to Soccer
    21. Clean clothes
    22. Good candle smells
    23. Sharing laughter
    24. My Peer Mentors
    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 of a blurry London. I’ve enjoyed exploring the city and making the most of my time here in England when possible. 

    Life Is About Change (#164)

    I’ve had a really difficult time writing about gratitude this past week. I have enjoyed being home and the time off has been the break I have been looking for. That being said, this was completely unexpected.

    I’m grateful this has all coincided with my brother’s graduation but this was never the original plan. On Wednesday of last week, I got an email saying I needed to return back to the U.S to fix an issue with my work VISA. This news was devastating. I wanted nothing more than to just BE in England this summer. Living and working at the University of Essex was a dream come true. I felt like I was letting people down like I was letting myself down for not catching this before it became an issue.

    I felt ashamed that I was back in Ashland, just waiting for my VISA to get processed. After talking things through and really taking a breath to consider the entire situation, I know I can make this work. Soon enough, I’ll be back in the UK working as an intern in the same position like nothing had happened. I’m currently working remotely from home in the meantime. I’m grateful for my parents and their unconditional support. This is something I know I need to learn from.

    The reason I titled this blog about change is that none of this was the original plan. I was never supposed to be home for my brother’s graduation or these special moments with my family. Yet, here I am. Life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will but with a little bit of patience and a positive mindset, I’ve found myself here, happy.

    The waiting game is tough and I feel bad about my lack of presence in England but I’ll be back before I know it. I’ve gotten some really good advice from friends and family about the situation and I’m grateful to have these people in my corner. All I know is that I just have to take this life one day at a time and the rest will figure itself out.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Ice cream trips with Mel
    2. Family dinner
    3. Relaxing with my cat
    4. Good timing
    5. New music and good playlists
    6. FaceTimes with Bryan
    7. Time with my cat
    8. Monopoly nights with my dad and brother
    9. The green trees and foliage around my house
    10. Honesty
    11. Trying again
    12. Reassurance and support
    13. Positive people
    14. Catching up on Gratitude
    15. The change of seasons and warm weather
    16. The authors who inspired this list
    17. Safe travels
    18. Good health
    19. Runs through town
    20. Summer Grilling
    21. Learning something new
    22. A couple deep breaths
    23. Good advice and helpful reminders
    24. The smell of the flowers outside my home
    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 building in London. I appreciated the architecture, color, and angle of the building. Something I’m looking forward to returning to when I go back to the UK this summer.