Change is IMPORTANT (#17)

After some time away from my apartment at UMass, it was important that I made some changes. My routines for Fall semester worked for all intensive purposes then, but there’s no guarantee it works now. I rearranged my closet and moved around some tables. I’m not sure if I entirely like the changes yet or if they are more conducive to my daily routine but I felt tremendously better about work tomorrow and starting my Spring semester. If everything stayed the same, that would mean I’m not growing and I’m not learning. Patience is our key to the best this life has to offer. That has to apply to change too. Change is all around us and sometimes we wish things would just get better right away or fast forward to the point when it does.

Who Moved My Cheese is one of my all-time favorite books for many reasons but one of them is how it describes change. I suggest reading this Spencer Johnson classic and apply it to your own life.

So here comes 2018, head on. Change is all around us, it just depends on how we’re going to react.

01.09.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Sleeping in my own bed that I can actually fit in (I’m 6’2″)
  2. My newest book just came in the mail
  3. A clean apartment and being organized for tomorrow
  4. Oreo ice cream
  5. My family
  6. Seeing my cat after a week + away
  7. Relatable podcasts
  8. Water
  9. People who follow through and check in
  10. Frank Ocean Albums
  11. My fraternity
  12. Baggy sweatpants
  13. Mentors at BSU who helped me get here
  14. The patience of my father
  15. How much my mother loves my cat
  16. Fifa 09 free kicks
  17. Friends from Ashland
  18. Any chance to play Monopoly
  19. Time to binge shows on Netflix
  20. RHA Wednesdays and EBoard meetings
  21. Being in RA in Shea Durgin for two years
  22. Heaters and blankets
  23. The Lion King
  24. The feeling of brushing your teeth
  25. Being exactly where I should be

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.

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featured image of my new arrangement in my living room. Space for the sunlight and morning meditation! 

No Expectations (#9)

Today was perfect. It was the first full day with my Uncle in LA and we did so much. Packing so much into one day has left me exhausted but grateful above all else.

Coming into this trip I had no idea what to expect. I thought this vacation was going to go one way and it has gone in a very different direction. I’m so happy with how my time has been spent here and none of it was planned this way.

To me, this emphasizes the need to live in the present. Let go of expectations of the future and the rigidity involved in making plans. Let life happen and go with the flow. Be grateful for each moment along the way and it won’t matter if your day is planned to the second or you just have an idea of what you’d like to do. Take a deep breath, and make the most of every moment.

This was the best way to start my 2018 and I hope you were able to do the same.

01.01.18

Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Morning mediation
  2. Organic fruit and healthy food
  3. Funny stories and uncontrollable laughter
  4. Hidden restaurants and delicious food
  5. Unexpected hikes
  6. Family of all kinds
  7. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  8. Peanut butter
  9. Nights on the balcony watching the sun go down
  10. Drunk texts from my brother
  11. People who share their gratitude with me!
  12. Sunday mornings in bed
  13. The feeling after a finished to-do list
  14. Home-made Pizza
  15. The warmth of the sun on my skin and the beautiful weather in LA
  16. The stars and how they connect us all
  17. Five Guys Burgers
  18. Nature and the great outdoors
  19. People with kind and gentle hearts
  20. Neck pillows for flights across the country
  21. Sharing pictures and experiences
  22. Harry Potter Movie Marathons
  23. Any kind of dessert
  24. People who give good hugs
  25. The promise of a new year and new opportunities

Tips: Holidays and Gratitude (#2)

Whether you dress up a tree, light a menorah, have your own family tradition, or twiddle your thumbs all day, the season is upon us. A blanket of snow brings the promise of new beginnings underneath. The holidays can be a tough time for people and for good reason. To the people who may be grieving, anxious, trapped with the in-laws, or you’re feeling isolated and alone….you matter. For this reason, gratitude should be a staple of your holiday season and a staple to the end of your 2017.

Tips for Gift Giving and Receiving

Gifts shouldn’t be what this time is about but there’s no denying the stress it brings. If you’re like me, you’re awful at receiving gifts. Trust me, I try to be grateful! Unfortunately, there is an element of awkwardness I can never seem to escape. I would much rather give a gift than receive one and it becomes much easier for me to show gratitude. You don’t have to break the bank to give a good gift either. Reflect on what that person enjoys, why the two of you connect, and go from there! Sometimes something simple speaks the loudest.

Saying thank you can go a long way. If you’re feeling crafty; writing thank you notes, decorating candy canes, or constructing a gingerbread Taj Mahal are all easy ways you can show gratitude. Check out some of these ideas on Pinterest on how to say thank you without the uncomfortable hugging part.

However you spend this time, I hope you can take a moment to recognize and celebrate the people who matter most to you.

12.25.17

In an effort to reaffirm the holidays aren’t about the gifts, this list won’t include any of the incredibly nice things I’ve received from my friends and family. Today I’m grateful for…

1. Seeing my grandma light up as we bring in her brand new wheelchair

2. Leftover pizza from the night before

3. Tattoo stories

4. Vibrant sunrises

5. Living on the perfect hill for sledding

6. Game of Thrones Sundays

7. My journal

8. When my cat comes and says goodnight

9. Bacon burgers from Five Guys

10. Teachers and coaches of all kinds

11. Dancing in the rain

12. My family

13. Not having to set an alarm for the next day

14. Walks on the beach

15. My time in Cambodia and the people I connected with

16. Laughing with my siblings

17. Self-growth and how far I’ve come

18. The opportunity to be the commencement speaker for my graduating class

19. People who send me music they enjoy

20. My fraternity brothers

21. Learning new things

22. Gratitude

23. Frank and Holly, the people who taught me to love my process

24. The feeling after a long hard run

25. This. Present. Moment.

Tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and opportunities. Do your best to make the most of every breath before that. Love. Your. Process. Be patient with yourself and others as you take it one day at a time.

Happy holidays, internet!