Be On Your Own Team (#315)

I think I take myself for granted sometimes. I mess up and I have zero sympathy for it.

I should have done better.

I can’t believe I did that.

I’m not good enough.

These anxious thoughts echo and return more than I’d like to admit. Something I saw recently inspired me.

“Commit to always being on your own team”. Brent Huras may just be a talking internet head but I find myself in agreement!

I’m working on having gratitude for me. Allowing myself grace when I mess up. It’s a process, believe me.

12.18.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Time for reflection
  3. A clean apartment
  4. Learning from mistakes
  5. Going home to my family
  6. Assorted desserts and fun messages
  7. Indoor soccer in the winter
  8. Friends from home
  9. Spending quality time together
  10. Shared anything
  11. New candle smells
  12. Revs nights at Gillette
  13. Home cooking
  14. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  15. The warmth of the summer sun
  16. New music
  17. My Peer Mentor staff
  18. Good health and safe travels
  19. Tattoo stories
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Local pizza
  22. Time at the gym
  23. A good book
  24. My education and great teachers
  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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image of Loch Ness!

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.

Happy Birthday, Ned! (#264)

09.12.18

The old man turns 11. One year again today, I adopted Eddard Stark Ames but I like to call him Ned for short. He’s not the friendliest but he sure knows how to cuddle. He’s an old man set in his ways but has brought love and affection to my family and me. When I adopted Ned, I wasn’t sure how my parents would react. They weren’t thrilled about the idea but I think they realize how special Ned is. He’s always around to listen and can appreciate a good piece of ham. Looking forward to spending many more birthdays with my cat Ned.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my cat
  2. Rainy days inside
  3. Sleeping in
  4. Snow days off from work
  5. Mellow music and rain mixes
  6. Time at the gym
  7. Clean water
  8. My mom for watching Ned all summer
  9. Safe travels
  10. Time to journal and reflect
  11. Talking things out
  12. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  13. A clean apartment
  14. Visiting family in California
  15. Honesty
  16. Time for photography
  17. Nighttime stretches
  18. Gratitude
  19. Warm water with lemon
  20. Making new friends
  21. Having new experiences
  22. The community of bloggers on WordPress
  23. Good directions
  24. Chipotle
  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 birthday boy

Taking A Moment (#257)

I am a thinker. I overthink, I over analyze, I lock my conscious inside my head until I feel like I’ve gone mental. The blog has been a great way for me to take a moment and relax. Sometimes talking things out allows us to verbalize what’s wrong or what’s been on our minds. Shape those thoughts with gratitude if possible and let go of the things we can’t control.

09.05.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Seeing my brother
  2. Time at the gym
  3. Mental clarity
  4. Sitting with my tea
  5. Carpools with Carley
  6. Simple times
  7. A couple deep breaths
  8. Sharing new music
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Long drives chasing the sunset
  11. Catching up
  12. Old man basketball on Wednesdays
  13. Local bagels for breakfast
  14. Peanut butter
  15. A clear sky full of stars
  16. The sound of the train passing in the night
  17. The fan next to my bed
  18. Learning to let things go
  19. When people open up
  20. An empty email inbox
  21. Teamwork and putting in equal effort
  22. Understanding
  23. Patience
  24. My mental health tools
  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.

Featured image from the Rose Bowl parade earlier this year in Pasadena.

Happy Birthday, Mom! (#248)

Happy birthday! 🎂🎁🎉

We didn’t always see eye to eye. I think this is because her and I couldn’t be more alike. Growing up we would but heads and get into arguments because of our stubborn natures. We struggled to address our miscommunication and didn’t do much to fix it. Our relationship has grown with time and I’m grateful to have such an amazing woman love and support me unconditionally. I realized my mom says the things she does because she just wants me to be safe, happy, and healthy. She cares about my success and will worry appropriately. Once I learned that much, figuring out the rest was easy for us.

She is an educator, a runner, and an early riser. She taught me how to stay organized and how to dance to oldies radio. I’m grateful for my mom for more reasons than my daily list can handle. Happy birthday, Mom ❤️.

08.27.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My mother
  2. Rides to school in the morning
  3. Morning runs and half marathons
  4. Unconditional support and encouragement
  5. Getting my curly hair from my mom
  6. Home cooking and special recipes
  7. Spending a day on the water
  8. Sharing stories and audiobooks with Mom
  9. A clean home
  10. Warm hugs from my mom
  11. Trips to her favorite ice cream parlor
  1. The superpowers you get from drinking tea
  1. The view from my balcony
  2. Good communication amongst my staff
  3. When I can help or serve others
  4. Adaptability
  5. My Discover Weekly from Spotify
  6. Board games and family nights
  7. Walks to the beach
  8. Cake frosting
  9. My fraternity brothers
  10. Challenges and adversity
  11. Gratitude
  12. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  13. 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 another unreal sunset in Western MA at UMass. Taken by Niharika Kareddy.

Anything but… (#240)

The featured image might be black and white but my life has been quite the opposite. Life is being out loud and in color, coming in on all stations. I’m grateful to be exactly where I am. Living life one day at a time.

08.19.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Fun car rides
  2. Roller coaster rides
  3. Staff bonding
  4. Family vacations
  5. Books on tape
  6. Weekend cartoons
  7. A clean apartment
  8. Trust
  9. New beginnings
  10. Being back at UMass
  11. Gratitude
  12. Dippin’ Dots
  13. Spotify
  14. The sunshine
  15. A couple deep breaths
  16. Fresh fruits and veggies
  17. Local bagels
  18. Pancakes on the weekend
  19. New routines
  20. Sunscreen
  21. Catching the sunset
  22. Great views
  23. Time for me
  24. Premier league weekends
  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 Iceland. I’m playing around with black and white to learn how to focus on different parts of the picture with my photography.

Reunited! (#238)

To share a bit of happy news, I got to see an old friend from BSU. I’m grateful.

08.17.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Bryan visiting me at UMass
  2. The sound of the rain
  3. Heat lightning across the sky
  4. Morning tea
  5. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  6. Good health
  7. Walks around the pond with my grandma
  8. Peanut butter
  9. Late night ice cream
  10. Crimson memories
  11. Learning new things
  12. Chicken fries and honey mustard
  13. Sharing music
  14. My Kennedy Peer Mentors
  15. Jess and Carley
  16. Frank and Holly
  17. Mom and Dad
  18. Bike rides through an empty campus
  19. Time at the gym
  20. New beginnings
  21. FIFA tournaments with friends
  22. Card games with my dad
  23. Getting things done
  24. The weekend to relax
  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 of the Dakota landscape. This picture is not my own.