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September 30, 2018

They say the best way to get inspired to run a marathon is to go to a marathon. In 2016, I watched the marathon with my brother as the runners plodded past his apartment. I told myself I would complete a marathon in the next year. In 2017, I ran the New York City marat...

September 26, 2018

A few months ago, I quit my comfortable job at a major nonprofit to drive across the country spreading kindness. I learned so much during that trip (you can read more about the day to day joys of travel here) and coming back has continued to teach me lessons.

The other...

September 23, 2018

One of the most exciting days for The Smile Project was receiving a grant from The Pollination Project. Beyond the financial implications, the idea that there were people who believed in this mission of every day joy was humbling. Since then, I have had the amazing opp...

September 19, 2018

I was talking to a group of students that I formerly counseled at a leadership camp who are now in their first year of college. We were discussing the stresses of change, moving, and classwork. It’s been six years since I was in their shoes, but I can still remember my...

September 16, 2018

When people ask about the road trip, one of my reoccurring takeaways is that “we met the best people everywhere we went.” One perk to building a trip on service was the opportunity to meet and work with amazing nonprofit organizations everywhere we went.

South Dakota wa...

September 12, 2018

Driving west across the southern perimeter of America, Zack – the Marketing and Logistics Manager – put on Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind. This is important for a few reasons. First, I adore all things Billy Joel. Second, I live in New York City. Third, they menti...

September 9, 2018

The Smile Project Road Trip challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. It also inspired me in ways I couldn’t predict. I’m still feeling the reverberations of the adventure in every day moments where I find myself seeing the world a little differently.

I was in my parent’s...

September 5, 2018

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota is perhaps the most well-known event in the world of motorcycling. This year, the rally ran from August 3rd to August 12th, meaning from about Idaho on, we were on the Sturgis train. I had never seen m...

September 2, 2018

We were a few days out from the end of the trip. Sitting in Ohio, just a day or so of driving away from my childhood home in Pennsylvania, I received a text from a college friend asking about the trip.

Of course, I immediately went to the natural response of “it’s aweso...

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