Your Path Is Your Own (#357)

Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. 
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.

Charlotte Eriksson

02.22.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The end of a long week
  2. Facilitation practice
  3. A chance to finally relax
  4. Thoughtful expression
  5. A chance to journal and reflect
  6. Safe travels around the word
  7. Lessons learned
  8. Learning to let go
  9. Challenging professors
  10. My family and texts from home
  11. Time with my cat, Ned
  12. Sharing stories and pictures
  13. Clean water and morning tea
  14. The warmth of the summer sun
  15. Home cooked meals
  16. RHA and Chapter Wednesdays
  17. The Boyden Steps
  18. People who encourage and inspire
  19. A chance to help
  20. Singing in the car
  21. A clean apartment and a clear mind
  22. Sharing gratitude
  23. Walks through campus in the summer
  24. A couple deep breaths
  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 from the BSU lake

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Finding A Balance (#356)

I’ve come to learn that our world isn’t so black and white. It shouldn’t have to be all or nothing in every circumstance. Sometimes the answers we seek go beyond option A and option B. We need to find for ourselves a middle ground. A way to consider the needs of others and ourselves.

Life isn’t about all or nothing. Life is built on both patience & action, consistency & adaptability, life & death. These concepts of life don’t simply go beyond the mundane of our day to day. Balance needs to exist in all things. Sleep, work, play, it all needs to fit in the only 24 hours we have each day. Let gratitude help get you there. One day at a time.

02.20.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A warm cup of tea
  2. Walks through an empty campus
  3. Hanging out with my cat
  4. My supervisors, Adam and Danielle
  5. Time to journal
  6. Bedtime stretches
  7. My continued education
  8. Talking things out
  9. My family
  10. Naps after work
  11. The sound of rain while I sleep
  12. Summer grilling
  13. The bike trail in Northampton
  14. Classic movies
  15. Home cooking
  16. Snow days and cancelled classes
  17. Getting stuff done
  18. Good communication and good company
  19. Healthy living and constant progress
  20. Learning new things
  21. Teaching CORE at UMass
  22. Music you can dance to
  23. Sharing gratitude
  24. Comfy pillows and blankets
  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 from Acadia

Start With A Breath (#355)

Whatever the challenge, no matter how difficult, remember to take your time. There’s nothing you are unequipped to handle. You are exactly where you should be.

Take a breathe. You’re doing great.

Sometimes the reminder is helpful. After a long day, remember you’ve done all you can. Tomorrow is a new day, a new opportunity to achieve your goals.

Just start with your breathe.

02.19.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Talking things out
  2. Seeing my mom and brother
  3. My cat, Ned
  4. Time at the gym
  5. My CORE students
  6. Feeling better
  7. Making the most of it
  8. Pick up soccer
  9. Sharing music suggestions from my PMs
  10. Safe travels
  11. Walks around the pond with my grandma
  12. Moments of learning
  13. Patient reminders
  14. Honest communication
  15. Getting stuff done
  16. Late night talks with my dad
  17. Clean water
  18. Texts from Cambodia
  19. My friend Riley for always checking in
  20. Sharing gratitude
  21. Late night ice cream with JV
  22. The warm summer sun
  23. Embracing change
  24. Trips to Big Y
  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.

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

Featured image of the imminent sunset.

The Work Starts Now (#353)

It’s important to recognize how far we’ve come. We can use gratitude when looking back at the adversities we overcome and the lesson’s we have learned. To get where we want to go, what we have done isn’t enough.

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

We must continue. We must keep fighting, keep moving towards our goals. Then we can use gratitude for what keeps us going.

02.15.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Meeting the vibrant sunrise with warm tea and my cat by my side
  2. Liverpool football games
  3. Quality time with JV
  4. A clean apartment is a clean mind
  5. Mentors, teachers, and coaches
  6. My family
  7. An opportunity to prove myself
  8. A good feeling
  9. Sharing gratitude with this community
  10. Late night ice cream
  11. Ezra Bell (here) on Spotify
  12. Routine and planning
  13. Peanut butter sandwiches
  14. Clean water and texts from Cambodia
  15. Reasons to celebrate
  16. A reminder of Spring
  17. Perfect descriptions
  18. Earth’s impossible moments of beauty
  19. What comes after the rain storm
  20. Time to be an introvert
  21. Calls from home
  22. Tools for my mental health
  23. Learning from mistakes
  24. A good book
  25. The precious, 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.

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

Forever missing the warm Cambodian sun.

Valentine’s Day (#352)

For many years, I was “alone” on Valentine’s Day. A Hallmark holiday that ultimately made me feel worse about my relationship status more than anything else. This year, a friend opened my eyes to a new perspective.

Valentine’s Day is about spreading love celebrating the heart. It’s not about if you’re dating anyone or going to the fanciest candlelight restaurant. The day is about gratitude for those you care about most. That’s something I can get behind.

02.14.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Store bought frosting
  2. Time to take care of my to-do list
  3. My classes and continued education
  4. Clean water and texts from Cambodia
  5. Catching the morning sunrise
  6. Hanging out with my cat, Ned
  7. My family
  8. The sound of the train passing in the night by my house
  9. Time at the gym
  10. Teachers, mentors, and coaches
  11. The upcoming weekend
  12. Practice, practice, and more practice
  13. Eating right and feeling good
  14. Working together to achieve something
  15. People who inspire
  16. The sound of birds chirping outside my window in the morning
  17. New learning
  18. Time to journal and reflect
  19. Summer grilling with my dad
  20. Ultimate frisbee friends
  21. Hanging out with my siblings in NY
  22. Safe travels and good health
  23. An opportunity to try
  24. Moments I can redefine myself
  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.

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

Classic picture of Ned

It’s About The Process (#351)

Lifelong learning is not something that just happens over night. It is trials and tribulations, tests and practice that helps us learn important lessons and skills. For me gratitude takes practice too.

I may not have the best day every day but I can try my hardest to have a better day after. I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the support I’ve received. I know that I’m not alone and that asking for help goes a long way. I didn’t always know this. It’s been something I have picked up because of mistakes and honest conversation. Ultimately, all I can do is try my best. The rest will figure itself out. It’s a process.

02.13.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Warm summer days
  2. Waking up with my cat
  3. Nights in Acadia
  4. Stepping outside my comfort zone
  5. BSU friends and mentors
  6. Local pizza and bagels
  7. The opportunity to teach and educate
  8. Late night ice cream
  9. Safe travels
  10. Liverpool games
  11. Warm blankets and comfy pillows
  12. Learning new things
  13. Time outside
  14. A chance to journal and reflect
  15. Home cooked meals
  16. My family
  17. Getting things done
  18. Time for myself
  19. A little help and support
  20. Cooking with Julie
  21. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  22. Talking with my parents
  23. Better dreams
  24. Letting things go
  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.

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

The icy tundra outside my apartment.

Hope and Gratitude (#350)

Like a sweet duet, finely balanced in perfect harmony, hope and gratitude bring us to the present.

Hope – a positive energy focused towards the future. A belief that things will get better with time.

Gratitude – a chance to recognize the best of what was. Found surprisingly in both the big things and the little things.

A balance of the two allow us to live in the here and now. Gratitude for what brought us here and hope in what’s to come.

02.11.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. A reminder to breathe
  2. Embracing change
  3. Positive thoughts and inner kindness
  4. A contagious smile
  5. Teaching CORE with Lila
  6. My Peer Mentor staff and supervisors
  7. Time to get stuff done
  8. Talks with my mom
  9. Waking up on time after forgetting to set an alarm
  10. A clear night sky to see the stars
  11. Summer working orientation at BSU
  12. New Music Friday on Spotify
  13. Spending meaningful time together
  14. Escaping to the gym
  15. Teachers, mentors, and coaches
  16. A little help and support
  17. The warm summer sun
  18. Sharing gratitude
  19. The morning sunrise shrouded in fog
  20. Home cooking
  21. Time to reflect and breathe
  22. Signs from the Universe
  23. A much needed hug
  24. A good book
  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)!

A view from Cambodia 🇰🇭