December 31, 2019

I’ve written for the blog already about how 2019 was a very challenging one for me personally.

A few weeks later, though, it was time for me to review my year in Essences. Essence (vs form) refers to the feelings and emotions we experience. The form may be something lik...

December 29, 2019

It would be a lot easier if you picked the excerpts you like as you write the posts so when it comes time to write the year-end post in December, all your links and quotes are already there. 

I remember so clearly giving myself little “life hacks” this year that mostly...

December 27, 2019

When I was in middle and high school, my best friend (and cross country teammate) and I would frequent a local park with a 1.1 mile loop. We would run our entire workout together and then, sometimes after even seven, eight, or ten mile days, we’d race. 

We’d line up nea...

December 22, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Marleen Lammers, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Penda Photo Tours & Penda Trust, a photography based NGO in Cape Town, South Africa. Keep reading to learn more about how Penda is pulling together travel and the ar...

December 18, 2019

I was sitting on the floor of my childhood bedroom, surrounded by all the contents of my closet. To my left was a stack of old Smile Project business cards, my right a hula hoop, and directly in front of me, the grey backpack that carried me through three and a half ye...

December 15, 2019

There is nothing more encouraging to me than meeting and connecting with people around the world who are dedicated to improving the lives of others. That’s why I am so excited to share this week’s Service Spotlight. 

Sanelise Dasoyi is the Projects Coordinator for Susta...

December 11, 2019

This year has been really hard and I don’t know that I’ve always been the best version of myself. In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve really recognized who I am, perpetually stuck in this “weird place” and not knowing quite how to get out. 

I was talking to a frie...

December 8, 2019

This week’s Service Spotlight comes to us from Cleveland, Texas where we are introduced to Alma Rodriguez and  the NarizMojada Foundation, a group dedicated to helping animals that are often overlooked. Keep reading to learn more about their great work.

Liz: Let’s start...

December 4, 2019

This is a guest post written by Ariana Scott. Ariana is a sophomore at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania studying Sociology and Political Science. She has journaled over 800 days of Happiness.


As a student at a small liberal arts university, I have had the ch...

December 1, 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...

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