Being Open To Change (#215)

07.25.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Free pizza for lunch
  2. Handwritten notes and letters
  3. Mental health counseling
  4. Summer jijutsu lessons
  5. New music from Reddit
  6. After school cartoons
  7. Game of Thrones Sundays
  8. Swimming in the Rez
  9. Personal growth
  10. Saturday morning Liverpool matches
  11. Carpools to classes
  12. Supportive communities of people
  13. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! Thank you to those who have already donated and helped out, it means the world.

  14. Summers as a camp counselor
  15. The change of seasons
  16. The smell of the ocean
  17. Peanut butter sandwiches and celery
  18. Time at the gym
  19. Long walk and going for runs with my mom
  20. First responders and those that give their lives to helping people
  21. A couple of deep breaths and patient reminders
  22. The promise of a new day
  23. Talking things out
  24. Change
  25. The precious present, 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.

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Featured image from Scotland. The beautiful landscape is something I hope to be able to revisit. Grateful for my time there. 

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.

07.17.18

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.

    My Power Within (#206)

    There are a lot of people I look up to. They’re strong, self motivated, and have this innate confidence I often wish to emulate.

    I’m grateful. I didn’t always believe I had it. I didn’t always feel capable but I know over time that’s changed. My heart ache, my moments of learning, it’s helped me recognize my own power within. My power comes from my breath and is sustained with each moment of gratitude and appreciation for this life and my place within an ever changing universe.

    07.16.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. One step at a time
    2. Orientation dance parties
    3. A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. Check out my CLEAN WATER project and see how you can get involved!
    4. Punk music with Riley
    5. Time at the gym
    6. Naps after work
    7. A few deep breaths when I’m anxious
    8. The sound and smell of rain
    9. Runs through campus
    10. College football season and PAC 12 after dark
    11. My brother hearing out my crazy dreams
    12. Honesty
    13. Reclining seats at the movies
    14. My friends who encourage and support me
    15. Embracing change
    16. PC Gaming with my dad
    17. Neighborhood wiffleball games
    18. The smell of seaweed
    19. My grandparents
    20. Real instruments
    21. Spotify music and my favorite albums
    22. My fraternity
    23. Love songs and feel good music
    24. Phone calls Home
    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 Loch Ness in Scotland. The day was perfect as the ferry did a small loop in the massive lake. The sun was out and the breeze felt good. The sky was blue and it was the perfect day to spot an underwater sea monster.

    Getting Back In A Groove (#204)

    Traveling to Scotland was amazing but I’m glad to be back in England. With the time I have left at Essex, it’s my goal to make the most of it in every way possible. I’m happy I’m here and after everything this summer, I’m grateful to be exactly where I am.

    07.14.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Catching up on sleep
    2. Clean water
    3. Sharing pictures
    4. Morning cartoons
    5. Local cartoons
    6. The warmth of the sun
    7. Safe travels
    8. Teamwork
    9. Creative people
    10. Walks through an empty campus
    11. Summer beach music
    12. My family
    13. A couple of deep breaths
    14. Time to journal
    15. Cereal snacks
    16. Lawn games
    17. Home cooked meals
    18. Gratitude
    19. The smell of the ocean
    20. Watching the Pats on Sundays
    21. Good teachers
    22. Working at the Food Bank with Bryan
    23. Learning new things
    24. Change
    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.

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    Featured image from Loch Ness. So many cool moments after exploring the Scottish highlands. It was a great day with so many moments to appreciate. 

    My Own Adventure (#203)

    This summer has taken me to some pretty incredible places. Grateful to spend my day surrounded by nature in places I never dreamed I’d be able to visit.

    07.13.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Haggis
    2. My audiobook
    3. Being in nature
    4. My family
    5. Helpful humans
    6. Incredible views
    7. Keeping notes
    8. Getting my steps in
    9. My hometown
    10. Videos of my cat
    11. Music to relax
    12. Texts from Home
    13. Supporting my friends
    14. Quick snacks
    15. Warm brownies
    16. Sleeping in my own bed
    17. Clean water
    18. Life lessons
    19. A full day
    20. Funny tour guides
    21. A few deep breaths
    22. Having a plan of action
    23. Stories from Loch Ness
    24. Free travel
    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 the dam in the Scottish highlands. One of my favorites but MANY more to come.