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January 19, 2020

As we begin the new year, we once more begin our search to share stories of inspiring individuals and the organizations they run. This week’s #ServiceSpotlight is coming to you from Frisco, Texas. Andrea Sibley is the Founder of No Guts All Glory, a group whose mission...

January 15, 2020

I have a distinct memory of getting into an argument with my older brother. I don’t remember how it started, but it ended with him saying, “there’s always someone cooler than you.” My little heart pouted. Naturally, when we both ran to Mom, my brother protested that he...

January 12, 2020

I’ve been involved with The Pollination Project, a grant-funding organization for a number of years now. Every single day, The Pollination Project awards seed grants up to $1,000 to an individual or group who is making a difference in their community. This global organ...

January 8, 2020

United States radio host Bernard Meltzer ran an advice call-in show from 1967 through the 1990s. Bernard is accredited with the following quote: 

“Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no,...

January 5, 2020

Remember those “Eat This Not That” books that talked about healthy dietary switches? For some reason when it came time for me to reflect on my 2020 aspirations, that is what I thought of. 

I wondered what small swaps I could make in my life. I thought about the times wh...

December 31, 2019

I’ve written for the blog already about how 2019 was a very challenging one for me personally.

A few weeks later, though, it was time for me to review my year in Essences. Essence (vs form) refers to the feelings and emotions we experience. The form may be something lik...

December 29, 2019

It would be a lot easier if you picked the excerpts you like as you write the posts so when it comes time to write the year-end post in December, all your links and quotes are already there. 

I remember so clearly giving myself little “life hacks” this year that mostly...

December 27, 2019

When I was in middle and high school, my best friend (and cross country teammate) and I would frequent a local park with a 1.1 mile loop. We would run our entire workout together and then, sometimes after even seven, eight, or ten mile days, we’d race. 

We’d line up nea...

December 22, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Marleen Lammers, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Penda Photo Tours & Penda Trust, a photography based NGO in Cape Town, South Africa. Keep reading to learn more about how Penda is pulling together travel and the ar...

December 18, 2019

I was sitting on the floor of my childhood bedroom, surrounded by all the contents of my closet. To my left was a stack of old Smile Project business cards, my right a hula hoop, and directly in front of me, the grey backpack that carried me through three and a half ye...

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