We need to get serious about kindness. We need it, a lot of it, and in our hyper-busy, overly tech-connected lives, we’re not getting enough. By becoming intentional about kindness, we can build and nurture the connections that help to create a healthy community. On the surface, kindness may seem like a “soft” issue, but the evidence is overwhelming that…

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People say everything happens for a reason. I have been through some difficult times in my life, and I know and believe that everything truly does happen for a reason. However, when life is not going so great, it is difficult to believe in that silver lining. It can be difficult to have faith and trust for the future when…

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In January 2007, I spent a Saturday at the University of San Diego in Resident Assistant training. Resident Assistants (RAs) are those students who live among their peers on college campuses to provide support, create community, and enforce school policies. The prototypical RA worked as a babysitter or camp counselor in high school, and may have been voted the “Friendliest” or…

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My story starts with a problem. My family and I lived in a quaint 2,200 square foot home on a beautiful five-acre property. We had animals aplenty, great neighbors surrounding us, and gorgeous views of stunning sunsets. Every spring, the thunderous roar of hundreds of frogs echoed from our marsh down the cul-de-sac, awakening slumbering creatures from hibernation. We loved our…

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It’s nice to care about the community in which you live; it’s even more impressive to care about the greater community as a whole, or a community where you’re just a visitor. This is about an amazing group of students I work with who spent their time and energy giving back to the community around their school. The Lotus House is a Women and…

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