August 30, 2018

When I started planning for The Smile Project road trip, I ran the idea by some of my closest friends and family. I was met with pretty unanimous support. I was sure someone was going to tell me to calm down and be rational. Nobody did.

Then I talked to my most “Devil’s...

August 26, 2018

Yesterday, I had the joy of going to the wedding of a dear friend who is like an older brother to me. Throughout the years, he has believed in me and The Smile Project even when I was doubting everything. The ceremony was one of the most beautiful things I have ever ex...

August 23, 2018

I started posting “Happiness is” statuses in November 2011. I was 17 years old. When I realized I had a following and when I realized how much the daily posts had impacted my own life, I decided I wanted to start “The Smile Project.” I began selling inspirational merch...

August 19, 2018

Sitting. I spent over 16 hours this weekend sitting. The road trip officially ended in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 16th. I got the idea in my head to go to New York City for one night (Saturday, August 18th). The trip really needed to come full circle.


August 15, 2018

The road trip ends tomorrow. I have no idea how that is possible. On one hand, I am excited to hug my parents and play with my dog. On the other hand, I’m not nearly as exhausted or burnt out as I thought I might be and could easily consider adding a few more states in...

August 12, 2018

I think I lost all concept of time on the trip. Or maybe my concept of time just became utterly warped. One of our running jokes in the car would be, “Oh that happened ‘a California ago.’” A week on the road almost became comparable to a year of “normal life.” We could...

August 8, 2018

In Rapid City, South Dakota, we worked with Dress for Success and a group called EMERGE that hosts discussions about social change and community service while incorporating service projects every month. They were a joy to meet, work with, and share the story of the smi...

August 5, 2018

Who would have imagined I would fall so in love with Rapid City, South Dakota?

I connected with a lady in Rapid City before the trip began who helped me orchestra a Kindness Link there. We brought them new bras for the city’s new Dress for Success program and EMERGE (a...

August 1, 2018

I am convinced that we have met the best people everywhere we’ve gone. And at the same time – I know that there are hundreds, thousands, millions more just like them that are in every community, helping their neighbors, serving with kindness, and loving everyone they m...

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