September 23, 2020

I have a very tiny pocket-sized planner that I adore. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are on the left side. Thursday – Sunday, the right. On Wednesday night, I rip the left page out and it almost feels like a new week begins halfway through. 

In December 2019, I made a p...

September 20, 2020

In 1981, the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution creating the International Day of Peace, a worldwide observance that takes place each year on September 21. The UN General Assembly established this occasion as a devotion to strengthening the ideals of peace...

September 16, 2020

I was 17-years-old when I first put joy into words. 

Hi, everyone! Liz Buechele here. I’m the founder of The Smile Project, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading Happiness through youth empowerment, intentional acts of kindness, and daily gratitude practices. But before Th...

September 13, 2020

My first year as a volunteer race director for a 5K in New York City was an extreme experience of growth and development. I learned so much about collaboration, teamwork, race logistics, and leadership. It was an amazing opportunity.

A week before the event, I was infor...

September 10, 2020

While my formal major was communication studies, when I reflect back on my college career, I think most of my time was spent studying how many activities, sports, and classes I could cram into one week before the overwhelm shut me down.

I was a master at filling every s...

September 6, 2020

On a video call last month, discussing the things that are keeping us inspired right now when a friend’s reflection across the screen says, “what if nothing is?” We shrug. We feel it too. We talk about the ebbs and flows of what has turned into an unprecedented and unc...

September 2, 2020

I have a very good friend who spent years working long hours in a stressful corporate environment. After years of this, they left the industry and worked somewhere else that, by their definition, was easier and more relaxed. They eventually left the “easier job” and st...

August 30, 2020

As someone who is constantly on the search for knowledge and thrives off learning new skills—even if at an elementary level—I was immediately taken and impressed by this week’s Service Spotlight. Tushar Jain is the founder of Hack-a-Solution, a free virtual event to in...

August 23, 2020

My entire life has been filled with literature—a simple fact I feel exceptionally grateful for every single day. Whether a bedtime story, a trip to the library, or writing my own adventures in blank books, writing has been a consistently beautiful and therapeutic thing...

August 19, 2020

In addition to running The Smile Project, yours truly works full time for an amazing education nonprofit. I absolutely love my job, my colleagues, and so on, but when our executive director said our (virtual) office would be closed last Friday, I immediately wondered h...

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