Time Flies (#232)

I’m really trying my best to be present. To savor and cherish every second that passes me by in a day. I get to celebrate one of my best friends, Melissa, with her family and I’m grateful. The problem is as I write this post, is that today is already over.

This goes two ways though. I feel like I’m being mindful without the constant mental reminders. I engage in conversation, I use my senses to appreciate my surroundings, I listen to others, and it all falls into place from there. I can’t believe there’s already been 11 days of August because I feel like I just got home.

Life is both long and short, we gotta make the most of it anyway we know how.

08.11.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Going out on the boat
  2. Trying new things
  3. Swimming in a warm lake
  4. No traffic
  5. Delicious breakfast and cheesy eggs
  6. Premier League updates from my brother
  7. Shared laughter
  8. Finding new things in old bookstores
  9. Buffalo Chicken Calzonesssssssss
  10. My BSU friends and memories
  11. Mini golf with the Belanger’s
  12. Quick naps in the car
  13. Family adventures in the mini van
  14. A warm towel
  15. Pleasant surprises
  16. My grandma’s home made Italian food
  17. Getting organized and making plans
  18. The jet lag to help me write my blog
  19. That my family loves my cat too
  20. My discover weekly on Spotify
  21. Comfy pillows and sweatshirts
  22. The smell of rain
  23. Learning something new
  24. Reading newspaper comics with my dad
  25. The right here, right 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 a weird perspective from the pier. What’s your gratitude today?!

Embracing Change (#231)

I’m grateful for gratitude. It may seem like an intuitive statement but it’s true. Gratitude is powerful and sharing it allows us to be present. Change is always happening and gratitude grounds us in the here and now.

08.10.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Ice cream trips with Mel
  2. Celebrating Mel’s birthday with her family
  3. Gratitude
  4. A clean and nice smelling car
  5. Night time stretches
  6. BSU Greek life
  7. Sharing music
  8. Honest people and good communication
  9. Chocolate dessert
  10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
  11. A beer with my dad
  12. Harry Potter movie marathon
  13. Crimson and Weygand memories
  14. Heat lightning
  15. Home cooked meals and good grilling
  16. Cuddling with my cat
  17. Recliners and movies
  18. Sitting on my balcony
  19. Fresh smelling plants and flowers
  20. My Peer Mentor staff
  21. Working at UMass
  22. Summer audiobooks and book clubs
  23. The start of the Pats season
  24. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  25. Being exactly where I am
  • 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 my run with my mom. Grateful for her and our time together.

    Happy To Be Here (#230)

    I do well with structure and organization. Having a work schedule keeps me busy and keeps me moving. I love the work I do here at UMass and I’m surrounded be intentional and caring humans. I’m excited for staff to move in so we can get started.

    08.09.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Team building
    2. Shared laughter
    3. A good first impression
    4. The feeling of being unpacked
    5. My mom’s cooking
    6. Fruit smoothies
    7. The New England Patriots are BACK
    8. Banana bread
    9. Feeling organized
    10. Being back at work
    11. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    12. Walks through campus
    13. Seeing Jess and Carley
    14. The coolness of the wind
    15. Local bagels and pizza
    16. The warmth of the sunshine
    17. Teaching CORE again
    18. Days at the beach
    19. Safe travels
    20. Trains to Liverpool
    21. Board games with the family
    22. The smell of fresh flowers
    23. Friendly competition
    24. Good teachers
    25. 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 my balcony. I plan to spend a lot of nights out here.

    Taking It Easy (#228)

    08.07.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. My Spotify Discover Weekly
    2. Family dinner
    3. Talking things out with my sister
    4. My bed at home
    5. A chance to lace up my hiking boots
    6. Car rides with my brother
    7. A few deep breaths
    8. Walking meditation
    9. A couple miles around the track
    10. The warmth of the sun
    11. Seeing my grandma
    12. Sleeping in
    13. My supervisor, Adam at UMass
    14. Waking up to the sound of birds
    15. Game Of Thrones Sunday’s
    16. AC in the summer
    17. Good gym music recommendations
    18. Friends from BSU
    19. Working as an RA
    20. Home cooked anything
    21. Clean teeth
    22. The smell of fresh cut grass
    23. Chipotle trips
    24. Safe travels
    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 another landscape from Scotland.

    There’s No Place Like Home (#225)

    Today’s post will be a little shorter. I’m happy and grateful to be home. I’m not looking forward to the jet lag or getting used to my allergies around Ned but, that’s the least of my worries. These feelings pale in comparison to the gratitude and love I feel for being exactly where I’m supposed to be.

    08.04.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Hugs from my parents after getting off my plane in America
    2. Laughing with my family at dinner
    3. Safe travels and well wishes
    4. Chocolate chip airport cookies that didn’t actually taste that bad
    5. Local pizza
    6. Having a window seat on the ride home
    7. Good community
    8. The two peanut butter sandwiches my parents brought me after I got off the plane
    9. Vibrant sunsets
    10. A couple deep breaths
    11. The feeling after a shave and hot shower
    12. Eating dinner with my family
    13. Time to journal on the plane
    14. The smell outside after the storm
    15. Seeing my cat again
    16. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    17. My sister and her boyfriend, Sam. They tell great stories together
    18. Having a beer with my dad
    19. Gratitude
    20. The nice couple sitting next to me on the plane that shared their water with me
    21. Night time stretches before bed
    22. Catching up on TV
    23. I was able to stay up and see my brother when he got home
    24. My bed at home
    25. Being right here, exactly where I’m supposed to 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.

    Featured image of my luggage from my trip. Not the most fantastic of shots but I’m a little impressed with myself I was able to fit so much in three bags and wanted to share.

    A Summer To Remember (#224)

    That’s it.

    I have a hard time believing it’s somehow already August 3rd. I still remember jumping up and down in my room in sheer disbelief I was offered a paid internship working in England for the summer. I called my parents immediately to share the news, quickly followed by the anxiety of organizing a trip that would take advantage of every second I spent abroad. I had plans to go to Italy and Spain, I had to think big! I found my way to Iceland, I navigated big cities in the UK, and I did it all on my own. I was enjoying this new freedom I felt…and that was all stripped when I found out I filled out my VISA incorrectly. I was sent home shortly after starting my international adventure and suddenly my world began to crash before it even had a real chance to take off.

    Sitting at home was a nightmare. My positivity could only last so long. I was lucky enough to see my brother graduate high school but once the shine wore off, I couldn’t get out of my own head. I was resilient up until the point I wasn’t. I struggled to wait to return to England and when I FINALLY got back, I felt homesick and depressed. I never would have thought transitioning back would have been as hard as it was. So I buckled down, I developed a new routine for myself and made a plan. I took control of my time and I stopped making excuses for my negativity. I realized I made a mistake but there was no changing the past.

    Gratitude. Gratitude is what allowed me to be present more than anything else. In another life, I was born and raised in England. I’ve wanted to visit the UK for as long as I remember wanting to travel anywhere in the world. AND, I got to be there during the World Cup and enjoy the sport’s biggest tournament with people like me. No, my summer was far from perfect but it didn’t have to be. I learned something new about myself every day abroad and found new purpose within myself. Who knows if the same would be true if everything had gone according to plan. Change is good and it may not always feel like it but it propels us in ways we could never imagine on our road to BECOMING.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out over the summer, my readers, my followers, and my family for keeping me going. I could not have done any of this alone and my gratitude for you all deserves more than a line in a list. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I am a stronger person because of the kindness and patience that has been shown to me. Thank you. This was a summer to remember.

    08.03.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. Learning through adversity
    3. The reliant sunshine and summer warmth
    4. Exercise as a tool for my mental health
    5. Morning hikes and catching the sunrise
    6. The World Cup and sharing it with my brother
    7. My parents and their unconditional support
    8. The smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves against the dock
    9. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    10. Talking things out with my sister
    11. My summer audiobooks and the escape they provide
    12. My parents’ home cooking. I tried my best this summer but I miss theirs
    13. Getting organized and having a plan for the fall semester
    14. New perspective and clarity
    15. Time to journal and having a place to spill my thoughts
    16. Shared laughter and fun memories
    17. Change, and all it brings
    18. My comfy green sweatshirt as I wait through my 20-hour layover
    19. Good music to get me through my lows
    20. Walks through campus to work in the morning
    21. Routine and consistency to ease my mind
    22. Finding my way in a completely different country
    23. Sharing my daily gratitudes
    24. Life itself. I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be
    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.

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    Featured image of my favorite night in England this summer. I’ve been saving this picture and between the colors of the sunset and the moon, I’ll always have this. 

    Somehow, Someway (#223)

    My summer, similar to my suitcase….somehow, someway, it worked out. I couldn’t have imagined this would be how my summer would pan out but I’m grateful it did.

    There was no way I thought I was going to be able to fit everything in my suitcase but again, I’m grateful it did.

    This silly analogy often works on a much larger scale in life. The universe is unpredictable but with gratitude and positivity, it always works out the way it’s supposed to. We’re exactly where we’re supposed to be in life and for that reason we can be grateful.

    08.02.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. A couple deep breaths
    2. New friends from work
    3. One last walk through campus
    4. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
    5. Home cooking
    6. Getting organized
    7. Daily gratitude
    8. My friends checking in on me
    9. World Cup matches and watching England
    10. Trains to Liverpool
    11. The intern exchange to Scotland
    12. Love songs and music to sort through
    13. Fresh air
    14. The constant sunshine and warm weather
    15. Weekend hikes
    16. Celebrating others
    17. Chipotle rewards and trips with my friends
    18. My growth and progress
    19. A clear night sky and time to think
    20. FaceTimes with my cat, Ned
    21. When things work out
    22. Reminders to be patient
    23. American peanut butter
    24. Safe travels
    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.

    Featured image of the pond next to my office. One last view before I’m off tomorrow. It’s been a fun summer.

    Grateful my friend PJ got to visit! More pictures coming soon from my summer.