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September 12, 2018

Driving west across the southern perimeter of America, Zack – the Marketing and Logistics Manager – put on Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind. This is important for a few reasons. First, I adore all things Billy Joel. Second, I live in New York City. Third, they menti...

September 9, 2018

The Smile Project Road Trip challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. It also inspired me in ways I couldn’t predict. I’m still feeling the reverberations of the adventure in every day moments where I find myself seeing the world a little differently.

I was in my parent’s...

September 5, 2018

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota is perhaps the most well-known event in the world of motorcycling. This year, the rally ran from August 3rd to August 12th, meaning from about Idaho on, we were on the Sturgis train. I had never seen m...

September 2, 2018

We were a few days out from the end of the trip. Sitting in Ohio, just a day or so of driving away from my childhood home in Pennsylvania, I received a text from a college friend asking about the trip.

Of course, I immediately went to the natural response of “it’s aweso...

August 30, 2018

When I started planning for The Smile Project road trip, I ran the idea by some of my closest friends and family. I was met with pretty unanimous support. I was sure someone was going to tell me to calm down and be rational. Nobody did.

Then I talked to my most “Devil’s...

August 15, 2018

The road trip ends tomorrow. I have no idea how that is possible. On one hand, I am excited to hug my parents and play with my dog. On the other hand, I’m not nearly as exhausted or burnt out as I thought I might be and could easily consider adding a few more states in...

August 12, 2018

I think I lost all concept of time on the trip. Or maybe my concept of time just became utterly warped. One of our running jokes in the car would be, “Oh that happened ‘a California ago.’” A week on the road almost became comparable to a year of “normal life.” We could...

August 8, 2018

In Rapid City, South Dakota, we worked with Dress for Success and a group called EMERGE that hosts discussions about social change and community service while incorporating service projects every month. They were a joy to meet, work with, and share the story of the smi...

August 5, 2018

Who would have imagined I would fall so in love with Rapid City, South Dakota?

I connected with a lady in Rapid City before the trip began who helped me orchestra a Kindness Link there. We brought them new bras for the city’s new Dress for Success program and EMERGE (a...

August 1, 2018

I am convinced that we have met the best people everywhere we’ve gone. And at the same time – I know that there are hundreds, thousands, millions more just like them that are in every community, helping their neighbors, serving with kindness, and loving everyone they m...

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