July 1, 2020

I’ve often referred to the Service Spotlight series that we run on The Smile Project blog as one of the most eye-opening parts of my work. No matter where I am in the world, I have the incredible gift of being connected to changemakers around the globe.

This week’s Spot...

June 28, 2020

The other day, in a particularly talkative mood, I found myself responding rapidfire to a friend’s simple question of “how was your day?”

I told them the day was wonderful. “Great day of work. Went for a gentle walk. Made brownies. Learned new things in my Spanish langu...

June 24, 2020

The Leaders Readers Network (formerly Give More HUGS) has been a huge source of inspiration for The Smile Project, so when I was introduced to this next group and realized their connection to The Leaders Readers Network, I was instantly sold. 

Manogna Jonnalagadda and P...

June 17, 2020

As COVID-19 swept across the world, communities far and wide have had to deal with the repercussions of a global pandemic. In Cameroon, Birndze Bete Dzekewong, Founder and CEO of African Youth for Sustainable Agriculture (AYOSA), stepped up to support communities in ne...

June 14, 2020

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is being able to connect with changemakers around the world. This week’s #ServiceSpotlight is a beautiful example of that. Joseph F. Kolapudi works with TribesforGOOD, an organization based in India. Let’s meet him. 

Liz...

June 10, 2020

I was talking to a friend the other night when they said something that reminded me of a quote I had long forgotten. 

In the television show Modern Family, a character explains: “There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You'd think the dreamers would fin...

June 7, 2020

To the graduating seniors in the Class of 2020: 

This isn’t the way it was supposed to be. You already know that. But let’s put it on the record: This isn’t the way it was supposed to be and that really sucks. 

You had plans for spring sports, musicals, concerts, dances,...

June 3, 2020

In my life, I feel so grateful to have been taught, mentored, and guided, not just by teachers, managers, and coaches, but also by my peers, by students I’ve counseled at camps, and really by anyone who takes the time to listen, learn, and grow with me. This week’s Ser...

May 31, 2020

There’s nothing I can say right now that hasn’t been said. And frankly, as a white woman, it isn’t my voice you need to listen to. 

To say I am angry is an understatement. I think of those wheel of emotions posters they have in therapist offices that break down emotions...

May 27, 2020

Working from home in my brother’s childhood bedroom – using his dresser as a standing desk because I fell so hard rollerblading that to sit down would be nearly impossible – I walk past a box of childhood photos and my eye draws to one of my grandfather and I. It’s swe...

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