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November 28, 2018

We were at a staff dinner once, when my former boss asked us the following question: If you could go anywhere in the world for a weekend, a week, a month, and a year, where would you go? It’s a really fun travel brain storm that finds me with different answers every si...

November 25, 2018

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is the opportunity to connect with other people in the nonprofit 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 virtually...

November 21, 2018

At church a month or so ago, I was sitting with my friend’s daughters when one of them scribbled all over the other’s blank drawing paper. Noting the older girl’s trembling lip, I quickly sat next to her and asked her if she was upset because of the scribbles on her pa...

November 18, 2018

I was in a museum once, reading about Native American culture when I stumbled upon a “way of life” type reflection. I don’t remember the exact context, but I have the four questions.

I’d think if someone were to put four questions for self-reflection, they would include...

November 14, 2018

I was in a public space recently, watching a young girl with a notepad. She was sitting quietly and drawing a sort of anthropomorphic cat. Each page had a similar looking cat but some had capes while others had helmets. Some were wearing cool boots and utility belts an...

November 11, 2018

I was scanning the “notes” section of my phone the other day – a usual catchall for everything from directions to peoples addresses to life-changing epiphanies I have at three a.m. that make significantly less sense in the morning light. I stumbled upon a longer note f...

November 7, 2018

Before we left on the #SmileProjectRoadTrip,  I asked my co-pilot Zack to look up any similar organizations or groups that had embarked on a kindness road trip. He immediately found a group called Random Acts of Kindtrip.

On May 17th – about a month before we left on ou...

November 4, 2018

There was no part of me that wasn’t going to finish.

Of course, when I received the email in March 2017, that I had won the lottery for the 2017 New York City marathon, I was ecstatic, albeit a little nervous. I had been a distance runner my entire life, but I had never...

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