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October 31, 2018

We are quickly coming up on November 9th – for most people a pretty average day – for me, a second birthday, if you will. On November 9th 2011, I posted my first “Happiness is” Facebook status. I was 17-years-old. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what w...

October 28, 2018

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is the opportunity to connect with other people in the non-profit and social good space. As a grantee of The Pollination Project, I can connect with others who care about making their world better.

That’s how I got conne...

October 24, 2018

“The problem is that, of all the crimes a writer can commit, playing it safe is among the most unforgivable.”

-Christopher Castellani

When I left for the #SmileProjectRoadTrip, people kept telling me I was going to find somewhere that I loved and that I was never going t...

October 21, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17th, I had the honor of speaking at Northgate Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of their Kindness Program Kickoff. The faculty and staff were amazing and welcoming from the second I walked into the main office and the students wer...

October 17, 2018

Coming off the #SmileProjectRoadTrip meant returning to the job hunt. When I first moved to New York City in January of 2016, I worked a lot. I spent my weekdays split between two nonprofit organizations, my weekends working at a breastfeeding resource center, and my e...

October 14, 2018

On the 46th day of the #SmileProjectRoadTrip, I was contacted by Kerry Dowdy, the lay pastor and Seminary Student at East Butler Presbyterian Church, near my hometown. She told me that she had recently preached a sermon where she talked about random acts of kindness an...

October 10, 2018

Sitting in my bedroom, head spinning as I’m wrapping my way around a never-ending list of things I feel l have to do and wondering how I immediately slipped back into the planner bound, laundry-down-the-hall lifestyle after a summer spent living out of a suitcase and a...

October 7, 2018

This summer, myself and The Smile Project’s Marketing and Logistics Manager, Zack, set out on a 56-day cross country journey to spread Kindness across America. One way we did this was by orchestrating a major “Pay it Forward” project from city to city. One group would...

October 3, 2018

I am notoriously bad at keeping story ideas, one-liners, and half-written anecdotes everywhere. My desktop is a cluttered mess of digital and physical “sticky notes” with quotes and reminders. There is one sticky note that I created almost three years ago. It was to be...

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