Let It Out (#332)

Scream it, shout it, let out the feelings and emotions that trap and restrict us. These thoughts enter our minds and can so often feel suffocating without any kind of support. I’m encouraging everyone in 2019 to say how you feel, to be honest about what’s bothering you and speak it into existence. Only then, we can use gratitude to deal with these thoughts and feelings in the best ways.

01.08.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My continued education
  2. Friends from BSU
  3. Mutual support
  4. A couple deep breaths
  5. Safe travels and catching up
  6. New music
  7. World travel and experiences
  8. Clean water
  9. After school practice and games
  10. Time outdoors
  11. Catching the morning sunrise
  12. Time to read
  13. Nice candles and warm blankets
  14. New perspectives
  15. Talking things out
  16. My family
  17. A good night’s rest
  18. Teachers and educators
  19. A little understanding
  20. Good communication
  21. Time at the gym
  22. Self-growth
  23. A clear night to see the stars
  24. Sports and teamwork
  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)!

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Following My Heart (#331)

As I write my gratitude for the day, I feel the pounding of my heart inside my chest. Each thump bringing life to my body. Automatically, my heart knows what muscles require healing and which parts of my body need attention. Even when I’m not in-tune or aware of what I need, my heart continues on.

Not every day feels like a blessing. There are times I feel challenged to write my gratitude and share what I’m thankful for when I’ve had a crap day or something is on my mind. I feel like I have to constantly remind myself to let things go, to move on from my pain.

This is where I need to follow my heart. Even on my worst days, as I suffer from mental torture and irreparable heartbreak – my heart continues to beat. Sometimes it feels like we just can’t win. Everything seems to be going wrong and we can’t find a solution.

Breathe.

We have the strength to carry on. Our heart continues to beat, bringing us closer to something greater. Gratitude reminds us we’ve made it this far. That the lessons we’ve learned are worth something. Follow your heart and continue to beat on – one day at a time.

01.07.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My gratitude community on WordPress
  2. Basketball in the driveway
  3. Simple days
  4. Walks through the park with my mom
  5. Cambodia friends and memories
  6. Late night ice cream
  7. Talking things out
  8. Recognition when earned
  9. Monopoly nights
  10. Summer nights on the beach
  11. A little understanding
  12. Peaceful silence
  13. A good night’s rest and comfy pillows
  14. Cooking together
  15. Long drives to sort my music
  16. Signs from the Universe
  17. BSU friends and memories
  18. New goals and beginnings
  19. Patient thoughts
  20. Time for hiking and photography
  21. A chance to reflect and recharge
  22. Leadership lessons
  23. Adaptability
  24. Starting over
  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.

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

Featured image from an old hike.

Recipe For Peace (#330)

A tablespoon of Hope

A dash of Love

A pinch of Patience

Throw in a Couple Deep Breaths

Add some Kindness

And don’t forget your Gratitude

This recipe is far from exact. It’s a mixture that often times requires a balance. Whatever your recipe looks like, be sure to share it with those you care most for. What do you value? What do you need for peace?

01.06.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My own adventure
  2. A change in tide
  3. New (and organized) music
  4. Productive routines
  5. Encouragement and motivation
  6. Safe travels and future plans
  7. Waterfall hikes
  8. A good night’s rest and sleeping in
  9. Local pizza and bagels
  10. Volunteering and service to others
  11. My friends and family
  12. New beginnings
  13. My continued education
  14. Mentors and role models
  15. Carpools after practice
  16. Marathon Monday back home
  17. Time with my siblings
  18. Waking up with my cat
  19. Summer nights on the balcony
  20. Hammock naps
  21. The color that returns to the earth
  22. The sound of birds outside my window
  23. Time at home
  24. Tools for my mental health
  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)!

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Always Searching (#329)

On this wonderful journey through life, I feel myself searching for more. Searching, looking for the next opportunity or thing that may bring me happiness.

I’m starting to learn that I don’t have to.

The best the Universe has to offer me has been right in front of me the whole time. It is with gratitude I feel this to be true. Nothing is as sweet or as fulfilling as the present moment. Nothing can take away from the power of right now.

So if you find yourself searching like me, stop and remember your breath. Use gratitude to tie you to this moment and let the rest figure itself out.

01.05.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The morning sunshine
  2. Productive practice
  3. Time at the gym
  4. A new perspective
  5. Cooking with Julie
  6. Movie nights and recliner seats
  7. My family
  8. Tattoo stories
  9. Clean water and Cambodia stories
  10. bTeachers and mentors
  11. Summer audiobooks and walks through campus
  12. Finally unpacking from being home
  13. Incredible views on worthwhile hikes
  14. Learning new things
  15. Time for reflection
  16. A couple deep breaths
  17. Waking up in the morning
  18. Learning how to drive from my mom
  19. Warm blankets
  20. Any chance to play soccer with friends
  21. Yard games with my neighbors growing up
  22. My continued education
  23. Sharing gratitude
  24. A little support
  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.

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

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Gratitude and Relationships (#328)

Letting people know I appreciate them is one of my favorite things to do. Whether that be over text or in person, it’s my hope that my gratitude for them can strengthen our bond. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.

01.04.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The morning fog and rain
  2. Funny dreams
  3. A clear night to see the stars
  4. Tattoo stories
  5. Shared laughter
  6. Catching up
  7. Safe travels back to Amherst
  8. NFL Weekends and game day snacks
  9. The sound of the train passing in the night
  10. Clean water
  11. Time at the gym
  12. Feeling well rested and a chance to sleep in
  13. The cool ocean breeze in the summer
  14. The sound of seagull gulls
  15. Organized music
  16. Sticking to my goals
  17. Movie nights
  18. Time with my siblings
  19. My continued education at UMass
  20. Getting my steps in
  21. A summer abroad
  22. Comfy pillows
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. Home cooked food
  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)!

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Reflective Clarity (#327)

Through gratitude and reflection, I can bring myself back to the present. I take my time and write down thoughts from the day. I feel like I frame it the same way I clean my apartment. I need to make sure everything is in the place it needs to be before I can take on what’s next.

01.03.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Shared gratitude
  2. Basketball in the driveway
  3. My family
  4. Board games and cards nights
  5. Honesty
  6. Quality time with my brother
  7. Safe travels
  8. Friendly animals
  9. Walks in the state park
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Warm winter days
  12. Pickup during the week
  13. Embracing change
  14. Soccer after school with my friends
  15. Leadership lessons
  16. Fresh fruit and veggies
  17. Clean water
  18. Catching the sunrise
  19. Visiting my uncle in LA
  20. A little help
  21. Cambodia memories
  22. Learning new things
  23. Self growth
  24. Walking mediation
  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.

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

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Allowing Ourselves To Dream (#326)

There’s been times in my life where I’ve been afraid to try. I don’t want to look foolish or incapable, so I don’t put myself out there. Learning comes from experience. Even if we don’t accomplish our goals, we can still use gratitude to reflect on the journey so far.

There’s no shame in failure.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

When we allow ourselves to dream, we have a chance to make a plan and work towards our goals. We can use gratitude throughout the process despite the outcome or the adversity. It starts with us.

01.02.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The birds returning from winter
  2. Family dinner together
  3. FaceTiming with Julie
  4. Time at the gym with my brother
  5. Making new friends
  6. Leadership lessons and sharing values
  7. Teaching CORE
  8. Mentors and impactful educators
  9. A few deep breaths
  10. Cambodia memories and moments
  11. Trying new things
  12. Catching the sunrise
  13. Talking things out
  14. New music to end my day
  15. A little luck
  16. Feeling safe
  17. What hard work brings
  18. Time with Ned
  19. Active listening
  20. Honest communication
  21. Patient thoughts
  22. Warm socks and blankets
  23. Long car rides with the window down
  24. Shared laughter
  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 Scotland