Grateful For The Grind (#247)

Tomorrow starts another work week. I’m looking forward to what these days bring and what I’ll learn. I know it is these moments where hard work pays off.

08.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my cat, Ned
  2. The big trail in Western, MA
  3. The warmth of the sun
  4. Cheap beer
  5. A clean apartment and warm laundry
  6. Days I don’t have to set an alarm
  7. Premier League weekends
  8. My family
  9. Calzones of all kind
  10. My Kennedy PMs
  11. My friends who kept me going over the summer when I needed motivation
  12. Good Days breakfast
  13. Self-awareness
  14. My tools for good mental health
  15. Swimming after school
  16. Summers working at camp
  17. Time at the gym
  18. Sharing desserts
  19. Superhero movies
  20. Good communication
  21. Friends from home
  22. FaceTimes with my grandma
  23. When Ashley sends me cat videos
  24. Anything with cheese
  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 one of the craziest sunsets I’ve ever seen. This picture belongs to Niharika Kareddy, a good friend of mine.

A Culture Of Appreciation (#243)

From a very early age we are taught to “play nice” with others. As we grow up that sentiment turns into how we conduct ourselves professionally and work together. Gratitude can be part of that formula if others buy in.

Build your own culture of appreciation at work or at home by stressing the importance of gratitude. Start with yourself and share it with others, you may be surprised by the results.

08.22.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Naps
  2. Catching up with Peer Mentors
  3. Spending time with my cat, Ned
  4. Albums you can listen to front to back (Harry Hudson)
  5. The purple morning sunrise
  6. Sharing new music
  7. My friends who check in on me
  8. Visiting family on the west coast
  9. My one Patriot’s hat I wear everyday
  10. A clean apartment
  11. Good health
  12. Sharing a beer with my dad watching sports
  13. Time at the gym for my mental health
  14. Birthday desserts
  15. People who motivate and inspire
  16. A culture of appreciation
  17. Safe travels
  18. Laughing with my siblings
  19. Meditation to clear the mind
  20. Peanut butter and bananas
  21. The return of the NFL and college football
  22. Time to just watch the stars shine
  23. Driving with the windows down
  24. Clear communication
  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 the beautiful view from my balcony.

My Birthday! (#242)

To me, it’s just another day. I’m not a huge fan even though I’m lucky enough to share the day with my twin sister. I don’t like the attention and often times don’t feel comfortable accepting gifts. Today was an exception to my normal annual dreadful birthday experience. With gratitude, I love to celebrate and thank the people who work so hard to make my day special. I have people in my life who care about me and who want to see me happy. I’m grateful for another year of life and for all this year will bring. Here’s to being 24 and feeling capable of taking on the world.

08.21.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My sister, sharing the day with her has been my favorite thing about August 21st.
  2. My family
  3. My friends
  4. Good health
  5. Clear nights with bright stars
  6. When my uncle dressed up as a lobster for my  underwater themed birthday
  7. Summers hanging by the pool
  8. Wiffleball in the yard with my neighbors
  9. Watching the Revs under the lights
  10. Lazer tag
  11. Vinyl records and good music
  12. Fresh fruit and veggies
  13. Birthday surprises from the dream team
  14. When my mom calls to check in
  15. Chocolate desserts
  16. Nights spent listening to the rain outside
  17. Grilling in the summer
  18. Honest conversations
  19. Local pizza
  20. My Peer Mentors
  21. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved! Don’t worry if you didn’t get me anything, a small donation to my fundraiser would be perfect.

  22. Watching the morning fog with my tea
  23. Time at the gym
  24. New experiences and opportunities
  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.

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Featured image of the sunset ending what was a perfect day. Thank you, to everyone, for making it special. 

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.

    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.

    To Be Honest… (#216)

    To be honest, I’m exhausted. I’m staying up and writing this blog but having trouble making the list and reminding myself of the lessons I preach. I need to remind myself that I’m human, that self-care is important when I feel like this. I’m ready to go home. England has been an incredible experience and this summer has taught me so much. In a future blog, I’ll sit down and take the time to write about the lessons I’ve learned but for now, I’m just grateful to be here.

    07.26.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Sitting in the sunshine
    2. My audiobooks
    3. Second Chances
    4. Love and support
    5. FaceTiming with my cat
    6. The sound of rain
    7. Weekend hikes with my friends
    8. Time at the gym
    9. A couple of deep breaths
    10. New perspectives
    11. Patient teachers
    12. Handwritten notes and letters
    13. Calls from my dad
    14. Homecooked meals
    15. Learning from my mistakes
    16. Local Amherst pizza
    17. Teaching CORE again in the fall
    18. An empty campus
    19. Working Orientation in the summer
    20. Trailers before the movie
    21. Celebrating others
    22. Safe travels
    23. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

    24. Leaders of all kinds
    25. My family

     

    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 is not my own but I can always appreciate a beautiful skyline from a high up place. 

    Taking My Time (#198)

    The very last item on every single list so far has to do with living in the present and today I felt like I did that. I wasn’t concerned about anything other what was right in front of me and it felt good, I felt at peace. I’m grateful for the people who have taught me those lessons and who remind me of them when needed.

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Summer bonfires
    2. Clean laundry
    3. Organized music
    4. A good pen
    5. My SwiftKick internship
    6. Visiting my sister in NY
    7. Delicious street food
    8. Shade on a hot day
    9. Bandaids and sunscreen
    10. The smell of fresh cut grass
    11. Souvenirs from friends
    12. Talking things out
    13. The sound of rain on my window
    14. BSU Spring Carnival
    15. A hot shower
    16. Reliable people
    17. My beard in the winter
    18. Holding hands in the car
    19. Making new friends
    20. My process
    21. FIFA with Lucas
    22. Summer hikes with my friends
    23. A clean apartment
    24. Catching the sunrise
    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 is not my own but certainly somewhere I would like to be!