Productive and Positive (#235)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Rollerblading with my fellow LCGs
  2. Game of Thrones Sundays
  3. My Kennedy Peer Mentor staff
  4. Learning new things
  5. Late night ice cream trips
  6. Songs you sing in the car with the windows down
  7. Chipotle bowls with guacamole
  8. My friends here at UMass
  9. Time in the office to get things done and get organized
  10. Coming home to my cat, Ned
  11. GEO covering my gym membership costs
  12. Sharing Spotify
  13. An empty email box
  14. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  15. Walks around Horn Pond with my Grandma

  16. Time to relax
  17. Leadership lessons
  18. The sound of rain falling on windshields and car hoods
  19. My favorite teachers
  20. Catching up with old friends
  21.  A couple of deep breaths and the gratitude that comes with it
  22. The warmth of the sun
  23. Learning how to play the piano
  24. Walking to the beach and the sound of sandals clapping against the cement
  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 Scotland! 

Being Open To Change (#215)


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.


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

200 Days Of Gratitude (#200)

The title says it all. I believe gratitude has allowed me to be present during 2018 in ways I’ve never experienced before in my life. The blog in combination with my daily journal emphasizes everything I feel; the good, the bad, and the gratitude.With less than half a year remaining, I’ve learned some really valuable lessons from gratitude that I hope you all can apply to your own lives. Here are three that stand out to me.


My background in anatomy and physiology wants to believe it’s the simple process of air entering and leaving the lungs but it’s become representative of so much more for me. Monk Nhat Hanh says in a fantastic podcast with Oprah, “Enlightenment is already there when you breath in”. Breathing for me has become the physical manifestation of patience. It calms me down and brings me clarity. The optimal mindset for finding gratitude in each moment.

Little Moments

I’ve learned I won’t always set personal records at the gym, I won’t be in the best mood 24/7, and the sun certainly won’t shine every day of the week. Finding little moments to appreciate and focus on helps bring new perspective to an otherwise gloomy or overwhelming day. Gratitude hasn’t eradicated my fears or completely quelled my anxiety, but it helps me see it past it at the end of the day. What this means is I get to start each and every day with a clean slate and a good attitude. Gratitude does that.

Accepting Change

This might be the biggest one. Change happens EVERY DAY. For me personally, I’ve been so resistant to the idea of living a different life and moving on. I loved my undergrad at BSU. I loved my life living on campus. I loved my routines and found comfort in what I hoped would last a lifetime. I’m not sure if gratitude taught me how to deal with change better, maybe that’s come with experience and age. What gratitude has taught me is how to be present when change is occurring. As we plunge further into the unknown, I know I can be grateful I’ve not only made it this far but I can appreciate how I got here. With the help of family, friends, mentors, and so many others, I know because of gratitude – I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be in an ever changing Universe. 07.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A few deep breaths
  2. Sharing podcasts and audiobooks. So many lessons learned from intelligent people open to sharing their experiences in our digital / technological age.
  3. Clean water. Going to Cambodia changed my life and inspired my journey in more ways than I initially comprehended.
  4. Friends who inspire my best self. Too many of them to list here but I am constantly inspired by these people and their unconditional support keeps me going.
  5. Great music. It feels like I have headphones in all day long and because of inspired and passionate artists, my mood benefits.
  6. My cat, Ned. Although I miss him dearly this summer I know he’s waiting for me at home and the time we spend together never fails to bring me happiness.
  7. The sunshine. The warmth on my skin simply walking from my apartment to work is a little thing that makes a huge difference.
  8. Home cooked meals. Not much I have to say about just how much I love and appreciate food and sharing it with others.
  9. My family. They’ve helped me get through my toughest times and this list wouldn’t be complete without them.
  10. Frank and Holly. The first two people to really teach me about “Loving my process”.
  11. Safe travels. I’ve been to a lot of places so far in 2018 and I’m grateful I’ve made it to all them in one piece. We live in a dangerous world!
  12. Holding hands. It takes a lot for me to let others into “my space” which makes the feeling extra special for me.
  13. Time at the gym. A chance to clear my head and feel refreshed after a long day sitting in the office.
  14. Vibrant sunsets. Something about the color in the sky acts as the perfect reminder everything is going to be okay even when it doesn’t feel like it.
  15. Kind strangers. There’s a lot of negativity in the world and when people I’ve never met demonstrate patience, care, and positivity, I really appreciate that.
  16. Time to journal. Similar to the gym, it’s the perfect opportunity to clear my head. A fantastic tool for my mental health wellbeing.
  17. Learning new things. I hope this is something I can do every day of my life so I’m appreciative of when I can identify this and build those skills for the future.
  18. Colored ice pops in the summer. I mean, nothing even came close to helping beat the heat than a couple blue ice pops.
  19. Nature. I love being outside and I’m constantly in awe of our planet. The serenity of it all is definitely something to be grateful for.
  20. New experiences. This goes hand in hand with embracing change. I wouldn’t be here if I lived in my comfort zone for the rest of my life. This is where the learning happens.
  21. The sound of rain. Nothing calms me down more or help me fall asleep faster. Definitely grateful.
  22. Clean laundry. I try not to take things like this for granted when others don’t have that access. Lots of things feel like a luxury when I know others have so little.
  23. My continued education. I’ve had a great experience in grad school so far and I’m thrilled to see what my final year brings.
  24. My grandma. For reasons I don’t want to get into, I’m grateful for the memories we’ve shared and how much she loves me.
  25. The here and now. Not much left to say. Grateful just to be here.
  • 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 one of my all time favorite places. So often my mind goes back to here when I think about gratitude and patience.

    Highs and Lows (#135)

    Highs and lows are apart of life, that’s how we find balance. Didn’t have a great day but for me, it’s still important to make time for gratitude. Start again tomorrow with the new sun and new opportunities.


    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Seeing my dad today, hard to describe how much I love and appreciate him, even when we fight and argue
    2. All of my family, their support and love is unwavering
    3. Friends that have checked in and tried to motivate me
    4. Time at the gym, getting a good sweat was exactly what I needed
    5. Healthy foods and healthy habits make a healthy mind
    6. Clean water and my time in Cambodia
    7. My supervisor and getting to work with him again next year
    8. The end of semester countdown is now in single digits
    9. New music and people who share
    10. Walks through campus
    11. The warmth of the impending summer
    12. Growing up playing soccer with some of my best friends
    13. Acoustic guitar and stretching before bed
    14. Hand-written notes and letters
    15. Love and everything that comes with it
    16. Sharing gratitude and those who write their own lists!
    17. My process and being exactly where I am because it’s exactly where I should be
    18. Positive reminders and helpful hints
    19. A couple deep breaths
    20. New opportunities
    21. People who inspire confidence in myself
    22. My ugly ID picture that always gets a laugh when people see it
    23. Quiet spots and peaceful moments
    24. Homecooked food
    25. Today, and being right here


    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 nature landscape. What can I say, I enjoy being outside! 

    Deep Breath, Exhale Doubt, Breath In Life (#64)


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. My higher ed cohort
    2. Second chances
    3. A full day
    4. Time for the gym
    5. New friends and new opportunities
    6. Bruno’s Pizza
    7. My fellow LCGs
    8. Wonderful Wonderful album by the Killers
    9. My siblings, especially my brother tonight
    10. #Teamkennedy and car pools to class
    11. Patient professors
    12. New music tomorrow!!
    13. Getting the job in England, wow.
    14. My mom’s cooking
    15. My cat, Ned. I’ll miss him this summer
    16. Honest communication
    17. Walks around the pond with my grandma in the fall. I loved feeding the ducks with her
    18. My dad always being my coach growing up
    19. My friend Erika, she’s one of a kind!
    20. Dr. Curry and Fran for helping me get more involved in international service work
    21. My mom for all those rides home from school
    22. Sports for reminding me anything is possible through hard work and support
    23. Clear days, sunny skies, and warmer weather
    24. Good Days with Mel
    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 Grand Canyon. Who knew it snows in Nevada??? Apparently even the largest hole in the ground can be covered by snow and mist. This was the only picture I got from the day as the mist covered everything else soon after.

    Stay Focused (#46)


    Today I’m grateful for…

    1. FaceTiming with friends from BSU
    2. Chapter on Wednesday with my brothers
    3. My favorite floor partner, Stenie
    4. The Shea Durgin Hill in the summer
    5. Becoming an RA and starting in Pope
    6. The Lost Panera
    7. Carver Pond
    8. Boyden Steps
    9. Summer Apartments with John
    10. Frank and Holly
    11. Some of the worst supervisors ever so I could learn how to be better for my own staff
    12. Sundays playing Civ and watching football
    13. Lane’s Chocolate Brownies
    14. My mentors working in Res Life
    15. Conference Road Trips to UVM
    16. Dear World (
    17. Speaking at Commencement
    18. Traveling to Cambodia
    19. My first class freshman year with Professor McCarthy. She always told us to, “Run with the fastest”. I’ve remembered ever since
    20. Runs through campus in the summer
    21. Spotify Music
    22. Dr. Jakari Griffith and Dr. Cindy Kane for helping me create a Residential Learning Community dedicated to Leadership
    23. Getting to work on a real TED event
    24. Auntie in ECC who always remembered my omelet order
    25. This 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.

    IMG_0661Featured image of the place I think of as my home. This is probably my best picture of Boyden among many other attempts. It was a warm night and the grass was so green. I have spent A LOT of time on that quad and on those steps.