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! 

    Life Is About Change (#164)

    I’ve had a really difficult time writing about gratitude this past week. I have enjoyed being home and the time off has been the break I have been looking for. That being said, this was completely unexpected.

    I’m grateful this has all coincided with my brother’s graduation but this was never the original plan. On Wednesday of last week, I got an email saying I needed to return back to the U.S to fix an issue with my work VISA. This news was devastating. I wanted nothing more than to just BE in England this summer. Living and working at the University of Essex was a dream come true. I felt like I was letting people down like I was letting myself down for not catching this before it became an issue.

    I felt ashamed that I was back in Ashland, just waiting for my VISA to get processed. After talking things through and really taking a breath to consider the entire situation, I know I can make this work. Soon enough, I’ll be back in the UK working as an intern in the same position like nothing had happened. I’m currently working remotely from home in the meantime. I’m grateful for my parents and their unconditional support. This is something I know I need to learn from.

    The reason I titled this blog about change is that none of this was the original plan. I was never supposed to be home for my brother’s graduation or these special moments with my family. Yet, here I am. Life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will but with a little bit of patience and a positive mindset, I’ve found myself here, happy.

    The waiting game is tough and I feel bad about my lack of presence in England but I’ll be back before I know it. I’ve gotten some really good advice from friends and family about the situation and I’m grateful to have these people in my corner. All I know is that I just have to take this life one day at a time and the rest will figure itself out.

    06.05.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Ice cream trips with Mel
    2. Family dinner
    3. Relaxing with my cat
    4. Good timing
    5. New music and good playlists
    6. FaceTimes with Bryan
    7. Time with my cat
    8. Monopoly nights with my dad and brother
    9. The green trees and foliage around my house
    10. Honesty
    11. Trying again
    12. Reassurance and support
    13. Positive people
    14. Catching up on Gratitude
    15. The change of seasons and warm weather
    16. The authors who inspired this list
    17. Safe travels
    18. Good health
    19. Runs through town
    20. Summer Grilling
    21. Learning something new
    22. A couple deep breaths
    23. Good advice and helpful reminders
    24. The smell of the flowers outside my home
    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 a building in London. I appreciated the architecture, color, and angle of the building. Something I’m looking forward to returning to when I go back to the UK this summer. 

    Catching Up (#163)

    This blog comes a few days late for a very good reason. I’ve been enjoying myself being home and ad quite a bit going on. I’ve done this once before but I’ll use my journal to catch up and keep my gratitude list promise.

    06.04.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Being prepared
    2. Lunch with my mom
    3. Heart to hearts
    4. The cleansing rain
    5. My friends who check in
    6. Safe flights
    7. A good plan
    8. Naps when I can take them
    9. A little support
    10. Time with my family
    11. People who are on time
    12. The tree outside my home I used to climb
    13. Ashland Pizza Palace nights
    14. Sharing things
    15. Popcorn and movies
    16. Chill music and good headphones
    17. A clean car
    18. My opportunities at UMass
    19. People who believe in me
    20. Peace and quiet
    21. Time to journal
    22. A good night’s rest
    23. Home cooked meals
    24. My team at Essex
    25. The 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.

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    Featured image of a rose given to me one night in London. I enjoy filling this page with color and this certainly does the job. 

    Speak It Into Your Existence (#156)

    How many thoughts do you think you have in a single day?

    How many of them are positive and encouraging? How many of them do you tell yourself that you are capable and loved?

    There’s a lot to be grateful for but I think that all starts with the self-talk that goes on in our heads. It stems from our routines and our habits. It extends to our relationships and communication. Be the person you want others to be for you. Be kind. Be honest. It starts with us. We have that power. Let’s use it for good.

    05.28.18

    Today I’m Grateful For…

    1. Funny stories and fond memories
    2. New friends
    3. Time outside
    4. Delicious food
    5. Lessons learned from sports
    6. My supervisor, Adam
    7. Unquestioning support
    8. Time to organize my music
    9. Starting work tomorrow!
    10. Sharing gratitude
    11. Talking things out
    12. Inspiration
    13. Interesting Netflix Documentaries
    14. Creators
    15. Checking in
    16. When it’s honest and from the heart
    17. Coaches, mentors, and role models
    18. My dad, for so many years of love and support
    19. The power of music
    20. A little help and direction
    21. A new belief
    22. Time to breath
    23. A hot shower
    24. Pleasent surprises
    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 me in New York after my first day at Swift Kick. I thought it only appropriate to highlight how change and new beginnings can bring so much learning and growth into our lives. As I start a new chapter tomorrow, I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the support that’s helped me get here.