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...

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...

May 22, 2019

While I was racking my brain for the best way to spend my 25th birthday, I decided to do a little crowdsourcing. After spending all 24 hours of my 24th birthday volunteering in and around New York City the year prior, I knew I had to do something big.

Finally, a dear fr...

May 21, 2018

I was supposed to be running a marathon right now. The thought briefly danced across my sweaty temple as I dug my hands into the dirt at MacArthur Park in Midtown Manhattan. I’ve always loved birthdays, always seen them as an opportunity to do good. Perhaps that’s how...

May 22, 2017

Intro:

The New Year had me thinking a lot about goals, values, ambitions, motivations, life, and how excited I was to wear my new fuzzy socks. With all the talk of “look how far you’ve come in a year” and “can you believe that was only 1 year ago” I found myself even mo...

May 18, 2017

I love birthdays,” I can hear myself saying to every stranger I meet. “The two most important things to know about someone are their birthday and their middle name… followed closely by their favorite candy bar.”

With my birthday just a few days away, though, I’ve been...

May 22, 2016

As I said last week - I love birthdays. I also love free food. Therefore what you are about to read is a summary of how I turned 22 and turned the most mature I’ve ever been in my life.

#BirthdayGiveBack – a brief summary.

In early May, I had a coupon code for a free cof...

May 15, 2016

I love birthdays. Birthdays and middle names. They’re the two most important things you can know about a person.

This is another example of one of my pointless theories. I like middle names and birthdays because I’m good at remembering names and dates and remembering so...

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