I can win this day (#310)

An exciting and new opportunity I want to start with the Gratitude Journal is to invite guest bloggers to contribute. It is with great pleasure that people can connect through gratitude and hopefully inspire others to share and reflect on their own.

Our first submission is below ~

Gratitude Journal #1

The world is complex and overwhelming, but I am strong, I have people who support me and I can win this one day.

Today I am thankful:

  • A very hot shower on a very cold day.
  • Clean laundry because my husband took care of it.
  • Cookies for breakfast, just because.
  • Time to meditate.
  • Time to relax and just breathe.
  • Warm boots.
  • Warm coat.
  • It was 11 degrees and my truck started on the first try.
  • My husband started a new job Monday and things are going great.
  • I had a problem at work and both my bosses supported me 100%.
  • I brought my 5 lb dog to work which brought me lots of happy visitors.
  • Gas is very affordable this week.
  • My freezer is full so I don’t have to go shopping.
  • My favorite show is on tonight.
  • I am halfway through holiday shopping.
  • I have enough money to be able to donate to charity.
  • My children and grandson are healthy and doing fine.
  • My younger daughter is almost finished with her thesis.
  • My older daughter has achieved work-life balance.
  • I am looking forward to my grandson’s 3rd birthday in a January.
  • There is a free holiday party at work!
  • My dog, Kylo is making so many people smile today.
  • I am busy, but I put all my obligations on a list and it feels good to mark them off.
  • I turn 57 tomorrow and I feel good about that.
  • I miss my parents but I know they live within me.

 

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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

 

Right Here, Right Now (#309)

Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.

Eckhart Tolle

11.29.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time at the gym
  2. Quiet nights
  3. Pickup soccer
  4. My mental health tools
  5. Warm blankets and cozy mornings
  6. My family
  7. Late night ice cream
  8. Unexpected adventures
  9. My friends at UMass
  10. Pictures from home
  11. Life in color
  12. Sharing new music
  13. Rainy days and cloudy mornings
  14. Hand written notes
  15. A little support
  16. My breath
  17. Patient lessons and teachers
  18. Hanging with my mom
  19. Time to read outside of class
  20. Trying new things
  21. Bed time stretching
  22. Clean water
  23. Messages from Cambodia
  24. Good food
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

Featured image from summer hikes

Give It Everything (#307)

John Wooden, one of my favorite coaches and philosophers said –

It’s so easy to relax, to cut corners, to let down after you’ve reached your goal, and begin thinking you can just “turn it on” automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. Don’t think you can make up for progress by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?

To me, the same applies to our energy when it comes to positivity. If we have the power to impact others, to be kind, and to show others gratitude – we must give our pursuits everything we have and then find a way to do it all again. This is how we create change, it starts with us!

11.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Getting to teach CORE
  2. Safe travels
  3. My friends from BSU
  4. Time for writing
  5. Sharing new music
  6. Clean water
  7. Calls from home
  8. My grandparents
  9. Bike rides on the weekends
  10. Good news
  11. Feeling organized
  12. A little support
  13. Vinyl music and all-time records
  14. Edinburgh tours and souvenirs
  15. Piano lessons
  16. Board game nights with the family
  17. Home cooking
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Learning new things
  20. Soccer after school
  21. The sound of rain on my window
  22. That clean apartment smell
  23. A couple deep breaths
  24. A positive mantra
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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Featured image from Malibu with my Uncle! 

Take It To Another Level (#306)

The work will get done.

I have to keep reminding myself of this as the fall semester comes to an end and I still have so much to take care of.

The work will get done, I keep saying. 

Each breath acts as an anchor, knowing I have goals I am working towards. Planning only gets us so far – and similarly – so does writing lists. I want to live out loud when it comes to gratitude and positivity. I want to take those next steps and live each moment and use each action to demonstrate gratitude. This looks like patience. This looks like empathy and encouragement.

Ultimately reminding myself, I need to take life one day at a time. The best is yet to come. The work will get done but saying it isn’t enough. Taking action brings life to another level.

11.25.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time for photography
  2. Support from Julie
  3. Handwritten cards of encouragement
  4. Sharing stories and laughter
  5. Summer bonfires and s’mores
  6. Camping in Acadia
  7. An empty email inbox
  8. My family
  9. New Weekend Music
  10. A little support from my friends
  11. My summer in the UK
  12. Being cozy and warm when it’s cold
  13. Great teachers and mentors
  14. Time to journal
  15. Inspiration from others
  16. Clean water
  17. Making my bed in the morning
  18. Basketball with my dad and brother
  19. Getting back into my routine
  20. A good night’s rest
  21. Positive people
  22. Exercising for my mental health
  23. Late night ice cream
  24. A clean apartment
  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.

ATTN: Make sure you check out my current giveaway! See how you can give back with gratitude. From now until the start of December.

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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.