May 31, 2020

There’s nothing I can say right now that hasn’t been said. And frankly, as a white woman, it isn’t my voice you need to listen to. 

To say I am angry is an understatement. I think of those wheel of emotions posters they have in therapist offices that break down emotions...

May 27, 2020

Working from home in my brother’s childhood bedroom – using his dresser as a standing desk because I fell so hard rollerblading that to sit down would be nearly impossible – I walk past a box of childhood photos and my eye draws to one of my grandfather and I. It’s swe...

May 24, 2020

When I was a little girl, my high school aged babysitter seemed so old. Not old in an “Old Maid” (our favorite card game) way, but old in the “knew what to do when I got stung by a bee” way. 

When I was in middle school, my high school and college aged brother...

May 22, 2020

I typically wake up on May 20th, unsure of what to expect. But I know three things to be consistent: I will talk to my family and loved ones, I will eat a lot of birthday cake, and I will be blown away at the kindness of The Smile Project community.

When I first started...

May 17, 2020

As many regular readers of this blog know, every year, I organize a "Birthday Give Back" project.


When I turned 24, I spent 24 consecutive hours doing service work in NYC. When I turned 25, Smile Project volunteers from 39 cities, 6 countries, and 4 continents spread j...

May 13, 2020

An old boss of mine had a saying: “if you’re old enough to recognize a problem in the world, you are old enough to do something about it.” Through my work with The Smile Project, I am inspired every day by young people, not just recognizing problems, but stepping up to...

May 10, 2020

For the past couple months, my mornings have begun with a blaring alarm clock, a splash of water, and bare feet on a yoga mat. It’s a new thing for me, to be putting energy and time into a yoga practice, but something I am already seeing genuine and profound benefits f...

May 6, 2020

Last summer, I had the joy of working for an amazing activism summer camp. Through mutual connections at the camp and in other nonprofit spaces, I was connected to an amazing social justice and political activist from the Bay Area, CA named Paula Orrego. 

Getting to kno...

May 3, 2020

So I bought some refrigerated tea. Before I continue, it’s important to note that I don’t really drink anything except water, plant-based milk, and hot tea. I never drank soda as a kid, the coffee gene skipped me, and alcohol has never been a thing for me. 

Because of t...

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