How Far We’ve Come (#285)

Grateful for my process.

Grateful for my learning.

Grateful for the people who have helped me get here.

I’m grateful for all of it.

10.19.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for exercise
  2. My Peer Mentors
  3. Greeting the rising sun
  4. Riding my bike through campus
  5. Free food
  6. Lessons from Walking To Listen
  7. Comfy sweats and a warm apartment
  8. The WordPress community
  9. My talkative cat, Ned
  10. Ice cream
  11. The weekend
  12. Good communication
  13. My summer in the UK
  14. Netflix Movies
  15. Backyard soccer
  16. My family
  17. The sound of birds in the morning
  18. Things we create
  19. The Universe
  20. Inspiring teachers
  21. Life lessons
  22. Healthy snacks
  23. Trying new things
  24. Embracing chance
  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.

Doing My Best (#284)

I’ve had to remind myself quite frequently this week that there’s no such thing as perfection. Gratitude and meditation are considered practices because you can always improve. I’ve had to remind myself that I’m doing the best I can and that’s enough.

I’m grateful for my learning and my process. I know after a couple deep breaths, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

10.17.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for me
  2. Waking up next to my cat
  3. Feeling pain free as I come back from injury
  4. My music and my headphones
  5. Ice cream trips in the summer
  6. My family
  7. UMass dining
  8. 10 seconds of incredible bravery
  9. Change and letting things go
  10. My Peer Mentor staff
  11. Bike rides through campus
  12. Support and understanding
  13. The warmth of the rising sun
  14. Clean water
  15. Time for reading
  16. My breath to ground me
  17. Warm scarves and socks
  18. Gratitude
  19. Study guides
  20. Cereal snacks
  21. Movies in class
  22. Trust and patience
  23. When things go as planned
  24. My friends and my support system
  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.

As the cold creeps in, I remember this gray lake fondly. I spend a lot of time thinking here.

Belief and Gratitude (#283)

10.16.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time to read
  2. $5 movies
  3. Late night ice cream
  4. Shared anything
  5. The sound of rain on my windshield
  6. Safe travels
  7. The people I work with
  8. When things go right
  9. Board game nights with my family
  10. My Spotify Discover Weekly
  11. Support and care
  12. An empty email inbox
  13. People who keep me organized
  14. Trust and patience
  15. Peanut butter and bananas
  16. People who inspire
  17. A clean apartment
  18. My family and talking things out
  19. Leadership lessons
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. The power of The Universe
  22. Sledding in the winter
  23. Fun staff meetings
  24. Teamwork
  25. The 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.

Practice, Practice, Practice (#282)

Just like anything, gratitude takes practice. Repetition helps us learn skills. For example, I’ve been working on handstands for the past month and I’ve seen real progress.

It’s taken me a lot of work to just get this far and I know I have a long way to go before I hit my goals. Gratitude works in the same way for me.

I’m constantly trying to find gratitude in little moments and unfortunate circumstances. I’m training my brain to use positivity to reshape my thoughts and experiences because I’m working towards a goal of living a happier life. You don’t have to master these things in a day. It’s a practice and that requires your time and attention every day until you get it right.

10.15.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Granola Bars in the morning
  2. Positivity
  3. Green plants and trees
  4. Nighttime stretching
  5. A clear sky and a warm day
  6. Waking up next to my cat
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Runs through campus
  9. The changing colors of fall
  10. Anything shared
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Intentionality and meaning
  13. Progress and growth
  14. Lessons time teaches you
  15. My family
  16. Kindness and understanding
  17. Good timing
  18. Teachers and mentors
  19. Learning new things
  20. Music you can dance to
  21. Trust and patience
  22. Sleeping in
  23. Time to journal
  24. UMass Amherst
  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.

Keep It Up (#277)

If you need to hear it from someone, let that person be me.

You’re doing a great job.

What you do, matters.

Just take it one day at a time.

Thank you for being you.

10.08.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Big comfy sweatshirts
  3. Safe travels
  4. My family for making me laugh
  5. Car rides with my cat (I’m serious!)
  6. A clean apartment
  7. Good surprises
  8. Doing things for others
  9. Time at the gym
  10. Great teachers
  11. Morning bike rides with Julie
  12. A couple deep breaths
  13. My local grocery store
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. A clear night to see the stars
  16. Instrumentals to put me to sleep
  17. Warm, clean laundry
  18. Hot showers
  19. UMass Amherst and my continued education
  20. Good coaches and mentors
  21. What patience brings
  22. Naps in Iceland
  23. My fraternity brothers
  24. Sleeping in
  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 from the first sunrise in Maine!

In Tune With Something Greater (#276)

A silent moment. Your chest rises and falls with your breath entering and leaving your body. You can feel your fingers pulsating. The wind rustles the leaves on a nearby tree. It’s just you and your surroundings.

In these moments I find peace and clarity. I find gratitude in the sounds I hear. I find gratitude in my senses and ability.

10.07.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My journal before bed
  2. Ice packs for injuries
  3. Netflix movies
  4. Catching the sunrise
  5. My family
  6. A little understanding
  7. Safe travels
  8. Kind hearted people
  9. Time for hiking
  10. Bike rides through Western MA
  11. Waking up with my cat, Ned
  12. Fun weekends
  13. Train rides home from Bridgewater
  14. Crimson memories
  15. Nights on the Boyden steps
  16. Cereal snacks
  17. Talking with my friend Erika
  18. Sharing music
  19. Good teachers
  20. Clear instructions
  21. Sharing gratitude!
  22. After school sports with my friends
  23. Being organized
  24. The smell of fresh cut grass
  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 my balcony. It’s important to sit and listen whenever possible.

Making Traditions (#272)

It’s October! That only means one thing in the Ames household….decorations for Halloween are going up. My dad has made it a point to be the spookiest house on our street. Granted, we live in the suburbs so we’re surrounded by families who have kids so none of the decorations are “actually scary”.

Why not make Gratitude a tradition in your daily schedule? Leave the once a year traditions to my dad and our Halloween decorations. You can use gratitude and share it with others all year long.

10.01.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Warm blankets and cozy socks
  2. Sleeping in
  3. My class on educational leadership
  4. Making dinner with Julie
  5. My cat Ned
  6. Morning tea to start the day
  7. My brother and my family
  8. Learning new things
  9. Clean dishes and a clean apartment
  10. Big Y granola for my yogurt
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Buffalo chicken salads
  13. Talking things out
  14. NFL Football
  15. Oldies radio
  16. Nighttime thunderstorms
  17. Handstand practice and time at the gym
  18. The change of color in the leaves
  19. Sharing music
  20. After school cereal snacks
  21. No traffic
  22. Friends from home
  23. A night at the movies
  24. Books on tape
  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.

Doing my best to be present. Featured image is celebrating my present.