Another Gratitude List (#137)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Finishing my first year of grad school
  2. Everyone that supported me through this process
  3. Countless sunsets
  4. Reflective walks to and from the gym at night
  5. Good music and sharing with others
  6. Good professors
  7. Car rides with Carley
  8. Dream team meetings
  9. Living in Emerson
  10. My supervisor, Adam
  12. My mental health tools still working
  13. My cat, Ned for being my source of happiness
  14. Home cooked meals
  15. Saturday morning soccer games
  16. Finding friends playing indoor in the winter
  17. FaceTimes before bed with my BSU friends
  18. Change!!
  19. I can finally start planning and packing for Europe
  20. New opportunities
  21. Spending time with my family
  22. A DAY OFF
  23. The warmth of the sun
  24. The green returning to the trees
  25. Today and every day


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 Main street in Siem Reap! It was dry season when we went so the water level was really low but typically it would be higher. 

May The Fourth Be With You (#132)

Whether it’s the force from Star Wars that drives you or something religious or more spiritual, I hope you feel that power every day. There’s something bigger than ourselves out there. I hope you feel it with the sun. I hope you feel it with your loved ones. I hope you can use gratitude to identify and celebrate your force every day.

Also, Star Wars is cool!


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My cat, Ned, and his antics
  2. Getting stuff done, only two classes remain!
  3. New Music Friday! This was the best one in a while
  4. Good hugs
  5. Determination
  6. People who motivate me
  7. Time at the gym
  8. My middle school jams
  9. Night time stretches
  10. Hand-me-downs from my dad
  11. Healthy habits
  12. Warm days and cold nights
  13. Peanut butter and bananas
  14. My brother, and working towards our goals
  15. Tuesday night soccer
  16. The nighttime breeze
  17. The rain and summer thunderstorms
  18. People who hold the door open for me at awkward distances
  19. Sharing gratitude
  20. Runs with my mom
  21. Waking up to the sunlight
  22. My supervisor, Adam and how much he cares about my success
  23. Talking things out
  24. Sharing laughter
  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 isn’t my own but it’s related to a place where I feel most connected with the Universe. Up high, alone with the mountain breeze and the sun overhead. Serene. At peace. Balanced. 

Let’s Keep It Going (#124)

List number 2 of the promised gratitude! This is kinda fun. Can you keep up?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. New pens
  2. Good group members
  3. Honesty
  4. Good teachers and bad teachers
  5. Learning moments
  6. Clean air and the outdoors
  7. Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority at BSU
  8. My peer Mentors
  9. Rainy days with my cat
  10. Songs you can shake your butt to
  11. People who inspire me
  12. Real Philly Cheesesteaks
  13. Coming home
  14. The sunshine
  15. Frank and Holly
  16. A handy box of tissues
  17. Popcorn, movies, and recliner seats
  18. Sharing gratitude
  19. Stepping outside my comfort zone
  20. My trust in the unknown
  21. Positivity! There isn’t enough of it in this world
  22. A few deep breaths
  23. Self-care
  24. Artistic expression
  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 of the Universe all around us. Again, this picture is not my own but I can certainly appreciate the meaning behind it. 

Mystery Blogger Award (#116)

Thank you to my friend gratitude4gratitude for the nomination! Check out his posts, a fellow gratitude blogger with a great outlook on life. Happy to keep the chain going and nominate other new bloggers. Of course, I’m going to infuse my gratitude list for the day as well but thought I would participate in this first.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma


1 – Thank whoever nominated you and include the link to their blog

2 – Tell your readers three things about yourself

3 – Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award (I don’t know that many bloggers)

4 – Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

5 – Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

Three Things You Should Know About Me:

  1. I use gratitude as a way to support my mental health
  2. I’m learning to embrace and celebrate change
  3. I think patience is the key to my best self


5 Questions I Was Asked To Answer

1 – Was there a turning point in your life? If so when?

Entering graduate school was a major change because it forced me to grow up and mature quickly. I am not the same person I was a year ago and it’s both exciting and terrifying thinking about what is still to come.

2 – What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?

I went to Cambodia and learned I had privilege in more ways than I ever thought. I recognize my privilege frequently but going to such a poor country opened my eyes to the work that needs to be done. I’ve learned it is my duty to serve others and give what I can to support people with the greatest gift you can give someone, your time.

3 – Where are you right this second?

Sitting in bed, my cat laying next to me, enjoying the sound of rain outside my apartment window in Amherst, Massachusetts. Home of the 5x Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

4 – What’s the strangest thing you enjoy?

I crack my joints A LOT and love the feeling of it. I end up sounding like a bowl of snap, crackle, pop cereal after I’m done (kinda) but it’s a good feeling.

5 – What are you grateful for today?


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Calls from my Mom
  2. Clean water
  3. Clearing my head with exercise
  4. Written notes and letters
  5. Talking things out
  6. When my cat greets me at the door
  7. A couple deep breaths
  8. Comfy pillows
  9. The fact that I only have one more week of class
  10. Holding hands
  11. Crimson memories and living with my best friends
  12. The warmth of the summer sun
  13. Time to organize my music
  14. Days I get to sleep in
  15. Pajama Day
  16. Working as an LCG here at UMass
  17. Morning and nighttime stretches
  18. When my friends cheer me up
  19. Faith in the Universe and signs when I need them
  20. Learning new things
  21. Dancing in the rain
  22. Meaningful lyrics
  23. Summers spent working with my friends at BSU
  24. Rolling down the Shea Durgin Hill
  25. This very moment

1 Blogger I Want To Nominate

This is Stef

A blog with some really imaginative and moving poetry. Worth checking out 🙂

Your 5 Questions

  1. What are you most proud of?
  2. What’s one thing on your bucket lifetime list?
  3. If you could teleport anywhere in the world instantaneously, where would you go first and why?
  4. What’s something you’re currently working on?
  5. Why did you start writing?

Please feel free to answer of these questions yourself in the comment section! Would love to hear some replies.

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.



Expect The Unexpected (#106)

There’s no way of knowing what the future holds. For that reason, it places more emphasis on living in the present and being grateful for what we do have. Regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, we can be grateful we made it this far.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. RHA Wednesdays
  2. Soccer documentaries
  3. Practice in the rain
  4. Learning new skills
  5. Hanging with my cat all day
  6. Time at the gym
  7. A full fridge
  8. My family
  9. Being outside in the summer
  10. Skyhawks Camp as a kid
  11. Runs by the ocean
  12. Acoustic music to put me to sleep
  13. Arcade Games
  14. Road trips
  15. Backyard competitions with my brother
  16. My fraternity brothers in Sigma Pi
  17. Outdoor adventures
  18. Listening to vinyl music with my parents
  19. Technology
  20. Learning of all kinds
  21. Getting some help
  22. Cozy blankets
  23. People who keep me organized
  24. Feeling understood
  25. The 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 a fiery sky out here at UMass. Makes me excited for summer nights on the other side of the world. 

Discover What Sets You Free (#93)


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. The Universe
  2. My existence
  3. A power bigger than ourselves
  4. A little luck
  5. Inspiration and Motivation in all forms
  6. Good timing
  7. Kind people
  8. The love I get from my cat, Ned
  9. My student staff members
  10. Football in the snow
  11. Free food
  12. Good communication
  13. Tattoo stories
  14. Learning how to play instruments
  15. Grilling in the summer
  16. The ocean and its waves
  17. Going to conferences for free
  18. The slow pace of pioneer valley and the suburbs
  19. The feeling after you brush your teeth
  20. Days I get to pet animals
  21. Patience
  22. Organized playlists and good music
  23. Catching the ice cream truck
  24. A full list of gratitude
  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 my parents taking a walk together last fall. My mom loved this picture so much she got it framed!