October 30, 2019

About halfway through October and halfway under my covers, I was desperately trying to fall asleep when I thought of my monthly Essence

Man, I struggled enough with Accepting September,” how am I going to write a blog post in two weeks explaining that I, once again,...

October 27, 2019

No matter what I read in the news or what is going on in the world, I choose to believe that the world is kind and that people are good. Being e-connected to Jan Murry Lopez, the President and Founder of B.E.S.T. Service Dogs in Carmichael, California reinforced that b...

October 23, 2019

A couple weeks ago, a former colleague and dear friend reached out to me about an initiative she leads at her new job. After talking about it more, I could feel my own excitement growing and my own heart bouncing with that little jolt of inspiration you get when you fe...

October 20, 2019

When a friend told me that his friend’s son was in New York City for university and was interested in nonprofits, I immediately agreed to be connected. After our first coffee date, I was energized and inspired about service and community. Later, when my new friend’s fa...

October 16, 2019

One of my favorite things about running The Smile Project blog is all the inspiration I gain from talking with changemakers across the world. This week is no exception. Maulidi Hamisi Mwinyikai is the Executive Director of the Kishoka Youth Organization in Mtongwe, Mom...

October 13, 2019

My dad kept talking about the Mars Applefest. It was my first week back in Pennsylvania after almost four years in Manhattan. A sucker for fall festivals and homemade desserts, I finally conceded and found myself in the small town of Mars, Pennsylvania, 30 minutes outs...

October 9, 2019


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...

October 6, 2019

This week, we are excited to bring you a project from Nairobi, Kenya. Co-founded by Godfrey Were Khalonyere, Here’s Life C.B.O. is a nonprofit organization helping vulnerable populations in his home country. 

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Godfrey and his pr...

October 2, 2019

I have a vivid memory of lounging on a futon with one of my closest friends many years ago, telling him that September was the one month of the year that could be erased from the calendar and nobody would care. 

He started to speak and I continued my calendar roast.

I me...

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