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June 30, 2019

When it came time to pick my Essence for June, I picked Connection (with Community being a buzzword I flirted with all month).

I chose Connection because each June, I return to Western Pennsylvania to counselor at Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). RYLA is a world-wi...

June 26, 2019

In winter, my hands got dry. A result of frequent hand washing, a result of frequent bathroom breaks, a result of perpetually having a mug of tea in one hand and a reusable water bottle in the next, my hands were always dry.

I was drying them on a paper towel in the off...

June 23, 2019

What do you do when someone offers you a life changing experience? Do you take the jump or stay with what’s comfortable?

I faced this decision at the end of April last year. Liz texted me, “I wish you could quit your job and join my road trip” on April 28. She apparentl...

June 19, 2019

In 2011, I was gifted an incredible opportunity – a chance to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. RYLA is a leadership and personal development camp that take place in communities around the world. It remains one of the most influential and life-changing...

June 16, 2019

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is the opportunity to meet and connect with other social entrepreneurs. Through a nonprofit Facebook group, I connected to Hope Bradley and Rebecca Hyde, the Founder and Co-Founder of Dependa Strong.

Without further ado,...

June 12, 2019

I really wanted this Fellowship.

There’s a different sort of notification beep I get when someone messages my main Smile Project email account. I was expecting a confirmation on June 1st. On May 27th, I knew seeing that name in my inbox wasn’t a good sign.

I knew I didn’...

June 9, 2019

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is the opportunity to meet and connect with other social entrepreneurs. Through a nonprofit Facebook group, I connected with Sylvia McKelvey from Tennessee. Sylvia is the founder of 3 Wishes For Her.

Without further ado,...

June 5, 2019

My goodness are birthdays fun. Partially because of cake and camaraderie, but also because I have made birthdays a dedicated day of giving in my life and for that reason, they feel extra special.

It started when I was a little girl. I received an invitation to my best f...

June 2, 2019

Intro:

My dear friend Laura Lavigne is the founder of the Center for Happiness in Anacortes, Washington.  I was extremely blessed to spend six weeks near the end of 2018 living with her in Anacortes and helping out in small ways at the Center. One of the first things La...

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