Writing gratitude is useful but telling others is when it holds the most value. A reminder never hurt anyone how grateful you are for their existence.
Today I’m grateful for…
- My supervisor Adam
- Rock climbing with Erika
- Time for the gym
- The kind employees that left EMS open for me as I rushed in 10 minutes before close
- Clear instructions with grad work
- Coming home to my cat, Ned
- The long weekend with my family
- Laughing with my peer mentors
- Spotify new music Friday
- Old movies with my dad
- Sledding in the winter
- The warmer weather
- The promise of Spring
- Growing up with my siblings
- AIM Chats
- Sharing gratitude
- Morning yoga and stretches
- Chapters in my life
- A couple deep breaths
- What patience brings
- Lessons my parents taught me
- A roof over my head
- People who have helped me get here
- 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 night I made a change in my life.
Today, my plans changed. I was originally going to go to Catalina Island and was very excited about the hike I had planned. Instead, I spent the day getting a much needed massage and my first day at a spa. I did in fact spoil myself but I’d rather focus on why these plans changed.
For me, I found what I needed to on my first hike. I learned so much at Joshua Tree and didn’t want to spoil anything by going on another glorified day hike. I learned this wasn’t the experience I was looking for and felt like I was failing to meet my morals and standards by doing this hike at Catalina.
Today, I want to emphasis taking a moment. I personally went to the spa but you can take care of yourself in other ways. Self care is extremely important and should be a staple of your routine. Sometimes it’s nice to indulge and take an entire day at the spa but there are other ways to do this. Watching your favorite series on Netflix, cooking your favorite meal, sleeping in, are all ways you can take care of yourself to find easier ways to recognize gratitude. Ultimately, it’s up to you and that choice gives you power.
Today I’m grateful for….
- Late night pancakes
- A day at the spa
- Eggs of all shapes and sizes
- Seeing new places
- Self-care and self-love
- My family and my uncle
- Playing Soccer growing up
- Good music and Spotify
- The moon and the stars
- No traffic
- Staying in LA for free
- Peanut butter, always
- The geek trees and color in Southern California as Massachusetts continues to be hit by snow
- Dogs that let me pet them
- Cereal after school
- Trying new things
- Live music and artists that play with passion
- Meet some YouTube idols
- The existence of Chicken Parmesan
- For my bed after a long day outside
- My grandparents
- Be there for my family and my younger brother when things don’t go according to plan
- Popping your ears after a long day
- People who reach out when you need support
- Today and every day on vacation with my Uncle
The road you travel is sure to have its challenges. Life wouldn’t be complete without those moments of doubt, questioning, and failure. I think why I enjoy blogging and journaling so much is because it gives me the chance to reflect. I can look back on this road with gratitude and recognize I’ve come so far. The same is true for hiking.
Whatever the peak you are trying to reach, you have the strength to get there. When we attain those goals, we make new ones and set our sights higher. This is when it can get difficult for people. So often we get comfortable and that can lead to complacency. I want to challenge you to climb to new heights and set goals for 2018. We can set a low bar and be proud when we’ve accomplished what we’ve already been able to do, or we can go one step further. You can choose to be vulnerable and set goals that require hard work and follow through. You can set your sights on new peaks and new opportunities to climb higher than you ever have before. Look back at how far you’ve already climbed and how this road has tested you. You might be surprised as to what you find.
Today I’m grateful for…
- Sunsets on the beach
- Being outdoors and good hikes
- Nutella Pizza
- The smell of new books and what they hold inside
- Laying down and listening to music
- Time at the gym
- The people at UMass who are going to finally help me turn the light off outside of my apartment
- Reading new blogs and learning new skills
- Our Tuk-Tuk drivers in Cambodia for making us laugh and teaching us Khmer
- Amusement Parks and Rollercoasters
- Jijutsu teachers this past summer
- Easy Mac late at night
- A good series or movie on Netflix
- My dog cousin Shayna
- Touching the Pacific Ocean today
- Getting my Graduate Degree for free
- Brownies in ice cream
- My family of course
- My introvert time
- Boston Celtics Basketball
- Friends from home
- Crowded car rides with friends and dog
- Laughing with friends and getting free pizza
- Yurba Mate Latte
- Today. The here and now.
People have a tendency to give in when things get hard. You question yourself, your direction, and your purpose when the answer has always been right in front of you. Faith. Faith is unique to every individual you come across. Whether you believe in God, The Universe, or a giant spaghetti monster in the sky, do not lose hope and do not falter. You hold these beliefs for a reason. You’ve made it this far, for a reason. It’s hard to trust the unknown. It’s hard to put faith in tomorrow when today may have seemingly failed you. That’s up to you to decide. Gratitude allows us to find the value in each day. Gratitude can be the fuel you need to keep going when you’re going through hell.
Don’t ever give up. (motivational video link)
It’s easy to make excuses. It’s easy to say this is too hard and too much work. You stand in the face of opposition and it feels like your entire world is closing in on you. The self-doubt you hear in your head spreads like a virus to the point of indecision. Paralyzed with fear, it’s easier just to give up and call it quits. You can make yourself feel better by resorting back to old habits and feeling comfortable again. Let me say it loud enough for the people in the back.
DON’T GIVE UP.
Today I’m grateful for…
- My cat Ned
- Unpopped bubble wrap
- Songs that make you think
- A moment of peace to meditate
- The support I get from my friends
- Autosave when my laptop crashes
- A good lazy river
- Not only feeling heard but understood as well
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Walks in my local state park
- Memories on Cape Cod
- 10 Deep Breaths
- Both years of working Orientation at BSU (shoutout to my secret OL x2)
- Warped Tour Music
- All 67,106 yards and 493 touchdowns Tom Brady has thrown in his career (postseason included)
- The fact that I no longer sleepwalk around my house in the night
- The smell of burgers on the grill in the summer
- Foam rollers and good stretches
- My fam
- Discovering new places
- Laying on the quad and sitting on the Boyden steps
- When your airplane finally lands safely because flying stresses me out
- An empty email inbox
- Signs from the Universe
- My process and being exactly where I’m supposed to be.