Today did not go as expected. We had one plan, we were going to do one thing, and that completely changed for the best! Making time to literally smell the roses in Pasadena was such a cool opportunity and tons of fun. The Rose Bowl Parade Floats weren’t on the agenda at the start of the day but it was one of the best parts for sure.
Sometimes you just have to accept where you are because the present is what matters most. Embrace the now, put your phone down, ask open ended questions and engage this moment to the fullest. With gratitude, every breath can be powerful if you allow it. Enjoy where you are, no matter what the plan was before.
Today I’m grateful for…
- Morning sunshine meditation and stretches
- Recliner chairs at the movies
- Orange slices at halftime during soccer games
- The feeling when you’re covering your feet in the sand at the beach
- Meeting new people and going to new places
- A comfy pillow at the end of your day
- Time to nap
- My family and especially my uncle
- Trying new foods
- Autumn leaves and big sweatshirts
- The guys I grew up playing soccer with and the feeling after senior night
- Holding hands in the car
- Creative and passionate people
- Electric cars and how quickly they charge
- Tea and all the new kinds I’m trying
- 5 dollar Pizza on Wednesday’s
- Lists to keep you organized
- New books to read
- Pictures of my cat Ned from my family while I’m on vacation
- A full moon and how it lights up the sky
- Professors and friends at UMass who helped me get a 3.9 GPA in my first semester
- Feeling purposeful
- Having the capacity for gratitude and being able to recognize it
- Smelling good smells and all of my senses
- Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday.
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.
Today I’m grateful for…
- Morning mediation
- Organic fruit and healthy food
- Funny stories and uncontrollable laughter
- Hidden restaurants and delicious food
- Unexpected hikes
- Family of all kinds
- The feeling after you brush your teeth
- Peanut butter
- Nights on the balcony watching the sun go down
- Drunk texts from my brother
- People who share their gratitude with me!
- Sunday mornings in bed
- The feeling after a finished to-do list
- Home-made Pizza
- The warmth of the sun on my skin and the beautiful weather in LA
- The stars and how they connect us all
- Five Guys Burgers
- Nature and the great outdoors
- People with kind and gentle hearts
- Neck pillows for flights across the country
- Sharing pictures and experiences
- Harry Potter Movie Marathons
- Any kind of dessert
- People who give good hugs
- The promise of a new year and new opportunities
As I start my time out here in LA, I am so incredibly grateful just to be here. The sun is warm and my body feels new energy with each breath. As much as I love being home and everything about Massachusetts, change is both important and necessary. I had an honest conversation with my mom before I left and we talked about stepping outside my comfort zone. There haven’t been many moments in my life where I have branched out because most times I live cautiously with a guarded heart. Yesterday, I made the conscious choice this was something I needed. I am trying to embrace this feeling of freedom and I hope to act on it again and again as I move forward in life.
I’m excited to share more stories and pictures from my time here! Also figuring out what time and when to post the blog while I’m here so thank you for your patience.
Today I’m grateful for…
- West Coast Smashburger
- Extra legroom on long flights
- Friendly faces and new connections
- Increasing independence
- Meaningful dreams
- Good music and new playlists
- A warm sun (sorry Massachusetts)
- A good stretch in the morning to start my day
- New adventures and new experiences
- My Family but especially my Uncle for so many reasons
- Conversations that go beyond small talk
- The Good / Better / Best for a day
- A beautiful sky with the promise of more
- Anytime I can brag about TB12 and my Patriots
- People in LA who don’t mind when I ask for help or direction
- Puppies of all kinds
- Safe flights. Taking off and landing will always stress me out
- Having the opportunity to learn about different religions and beliefs
- Not having social media anymore, it is freeing
- Being able to grow a beard, my face is always warm and it’s great
- Music by Tash Sultana (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVDJ8O3lPBA)
- An ocean breeze
- Our National and State Parks, nature is important
- A good pair of sweatpants
- Inspiration in all forms
What’s something you always wish you had more time for? We only have 24 hours in a day and far too often, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough. With another 3 hours in a day, who knows!? We might be able to pursue interests and hobby’s, become professionals doing what we love. Unfortunately, that 24 hours thing seems pretty set in stone. That leaves us with only one option, you have to make time.
Tomorrow is a mystery and continually saying we’ll make time for that trip abroad “one day” just won’t cut it. Set a goal, identify the steps, and like I said yesterday, don’t give up.
Whether this means you have to wake up earlier, manage your time better, or let something go, your bucket list isn’t going to accomplish itself. So I’ll ask again, what’s something you want to make time for in the new year? Why not start tomorrow?
Today I’m grateful for…
- Clearing my head at the gym
- Dancing in the rain
- New adventures
- What patience brings
- Warm clothes from the dryer
- My discover weekly on Spotify
- My family and their constant encouragement
- My favorite RA floor partner, Stenie Simon
- My fellow SOCs, past, present, and future
- My very comfy mattress pad
- Living in Shea Durgin
- Dr. Kevin Curry and everything about Cambodia
- A good pair of goggles that doesn’t let water seep in when you dive in
- Blue Gatorade because it’s obviously the best flavor, even though blue isn’t a flavor…
- New personal records
- People who encourage your ‘best self’
- Homemade food
- Piano lessons when I was younger. It helps me appreciate real musicians that much more
- When you lucid dream
- Warm days and cold nights
- That day I snuck into the movies with my friends, only to find out we went to the wrong movie
- Soccer tournaments with my team
- Honest people
- Travel and everything you learn along the way
- My process
Tomorrow I’m traveling to Los Angeles to stay with my Uncle! I’m excited to share pictures and stories while I’m there.
People have a tendency to give in when things get hard. You question yourself, your direction, and your purpose when the answer has always been right in front of you. Faith. Faith is unique to every individual you come across. Whether you believe in God, The Universe, or a giant spaghetti monster in the sky, do not lose hope and do not falter. You hold these beliefs for a reason. You’ve made it this far, for a reason. It’s hard to trust the unknown. It’s hard to put faith in tomorrow when today may have seemingly failed you. That’s up to you to decide. Gratitude allows us to find the value in each day. Gratitude can be the fuel you need to keep going when you’re going through hell.
Don’t ever give up. (motivational video link)
It’s easy to make excuses. It’s easy to say this is too hard and too much work. You stand in the face of opposition and it feels like your entire world is closing in on you. The self-doubt you hear in your head spreads like a virus to the point of indecision. Paralyzed with fear, it’s easier just to give up and call it quits. You can make yourself feel better by resorting back to old habits and feeling comfortable again. Let me say it loud enough for the people in the back.
DON’T GIVE UP.
Today I’m grateful for…
- My cat Ned
- Unpopped bubble wrap
- Songs that make you think
- A moment of peace to meditate
- The support I get from my friends
- Autosave when my laptop crashes
- A good lazy river
- Not only feeling heard but understood as well
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Walks in my local state park
- Memories on Cape Cod
- 10 Deep Breaths
- Both years of working Orientation at BSU (shoutout to my secret OL x2)
- Warped Tour Music
- All 67,106 yards and 493 touchdowns Tom Brady has thrown in his career (postseason included)
- The fact that I no longer sleepwalk around my house in the night
- The smell of burgers on the grill in the summer
- Foam rollers and good stretches
- My fam
- Discovering new places
- Laying on the quad and sitting on the Boyden steps
- When your airplane finally lands safely because flying stresses me out
- An empty email inbox
- Signs from the Universe
- My process and being exactly where I’m supposed to be.