Taking My Time (#198)

The very last item on every single list so far has to do with living in the present and today I felt like I did that. I wasn’t concerned about anything other what was right in front of me and it felt good, I felt at peace. I’m grateful for the people who have taught me those lessons and who remind me of them when needed.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Summer bonfires
  2. Clean laundry
  3. Organized music
  4. A good pen
  5. My SwiftKick internship
  6. Visiting my sister in NY
  7. Delicious street food
  8. Shade on a hot day
  9. Bandaids and sunscreen
  10. The smell of fresh cut grass
  11. Souvenirs from friends
  12. Talking things out
  13. The sound of rain on my window
  14. BSU Spring Carnival
  15. A hot shower
  16. Reliable people
  17. My beard in the winter
  18. Holding hands in the car
  19. Making new friends
  20. My process
  21. FIFA with Lucas
  22. Summer hikes with my friends
  23. A clean apartment
  24. Catching the sunrise
  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 is not my own but certainly somewhere I would like to be! 

Taking It One Day At A Time (#193)

Part of blogging every day means writing about every day, even when there isn’t much to it. I’m grateful for gratitude on days like this. When seemingly there’s not much to a day, we always have gratitude.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Honesty
  2. The possibilities of Higher Education
  3. Good podcasts
  4. Clear skies
  5. Walks back from work
  6. FaceTimes from home
  7. Old photos
  8. My family
  9. A couple of deep breaths
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Fruit to start the day
  12. Clean water
  13. Texts from Cambodia
  14. Sudoku puzzles with my Grandma
  15. Trips to Liverpool
  16. Exploring new places
  17. Holding hands
  18. Friends from Iceland
  19. Helpful reminders
  20. Summers working Orientation
  21. Nights on Shea Durin hill
  22. Sharing music
  23. Time for hiking and being outside
  24. Frank and Holly
  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 one of my favorite beaches back home. Would love to be by the ocean right now. 

Everything Has Its Place (#186)

Everything has its place and everything has a purpose. I spent weeks worrying about my work and my future. I was negative, unmotivated, and resentful of my current situation.

I was in the wrong space. 

We all belong to the present. We all belong in the here and now. Otherwise, we’re distracted and misplaced. We have enough to tend to in the present to stress about everything we can’t control. I’m grateful I’m here. I’m grateful I’m with my brother. I’m grateful for the people who remind me I don’t have to go through life alone.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Catching the last train home
  2. The lights in London
  3. A clear sky and a bright moon
  4. Sharing laughter
  5. Change
  6. New podcasts and perspectives
  7. Bonfires in the summer
  8. Getting my steps in
  9. The sunshine
  10. Getting things done
  11. The people I work with at UMass
  12. My introvert time
  13. Mindfulness and breathing
  14. Movies before bed
  15. A hot shower
  16. Check-ins from my parents
  17. Getting lost and getting lost again
  18. My personal mission
  19. Books on tape
  20. A little understanding
  21. Days I get to sleep in
  22. An empty email box
  23. Random acts of kindness
  24. Healthy habits
  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 of the London Eye. Spending this time with my brother has been special. I’m grateful we’re here together and I’m happy to be getting back on track. 

Saying Goodbye (#141)

Tonight is my last night in this apartment. It marks the end of my first year of graduate school. These past two semesters have challenged me academically in ways I wasn’t initially ready for. Transitioning from Bridgewater was hard and UMass has a much larger campus. I was accustomed to feeling more connected to my campus and the people and that was much harder here in my role. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly incredible humans that make me grateful to be here. Each of them have helped make this place feel more like home. I’m looking forward to building on what I’ve started here and I have my tools to fall back on.

Adopting my cat Ned changed my life. I really needed something to love after going through a really tough summer. He got me up in the morning when I didn’t want to get up. He would greet me at the door after a long day of work and class. He listened to me rant and question the universe when nothing made sense. I will miss him dearly when I’m in England but I’m grateful for the healing he’s provided me. He needed a good home and I needed a good cat. I’m thankful my mom was so eager to watch him this summer while I’m away.

If you’re interested in adopting an animal or learning more about the process, check out what I used here!

This apartment is home to a lot of good memories and bad memories. I learned a lot about myself in the past year and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The future is bright but I’m thankful for today.

ALSO, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Grateful for my mom for so many reasons.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Mellow beats on Spotify ( https://open.spotify.com/track/6vPDjg4zuLlJrzgm9vqZCj?si=4s5EngiXSXaX85Nlw0O81g)
  2. Mother’s Day with my family
  3. Going home
  4. The help I got from my mom and sister clearing my apartment
  5. Healing
  6. New beginnings and what’s to come
  7. My cat, Ned
  8. My BSU friends seeing me off before Europe
  9. Time in Ashland
  10. A chance to say goodbye
  11. Double sided tape
  12. A VERY clean apartment
  13. Old friends
  14. UMass Moving
  15. All the good books and podcasts recommended to me for my trip
  16. Warm socks
  17. Taco Tuesdays
  18. My walks to and from the gym
  19. The feeling of clean teeth
  20. Help planning my trip to Iceland
  21. Comfy pants
  22. Sunny days and warm weather
  23. FaceTimes with friends
  24. Tattoo stories
  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.


This was me in front of Emerson during the summer! That feels like a lifetime ago now. I still wear those shoes all the time too in case you were wondering.


Featured image of my favorite sunset I chased looking out from my apartment. This was early on in the summer when I was still nervous about the move. Something about the colors put me at ease. I’m grateful for this past year for so many reasons, even the little ones.