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30 Good Things that Happened in April

Hello and welcome back to another edition of All the Good Things, a monthly series where I highlight all the good things (get it?) that happen in each 30-day (or so) span. I hope it can be a reminder that amongst all the well known bad, there is a lot of undercover good happening in our world.

Let’s dive right in!

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1) Officer Oliver reported for duty

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2) This Humboldt hockey player showed incredible bravery in the wake of a tragedy

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3) These dog nannies took care of their kids

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4) This 108 year old man met his great-great grandchild and namesake

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5) This incredible joke was made

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6) This girl’s video about bullying received a big response from the Yankees

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7) This boy got the photoshoot of a lifetime

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8) This woman tried to water her plants

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9) This man’s picture ended up being worth more than 1000 words

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10) This photographer went the extra mile to get the perfect shot

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11) The co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge got his voice back

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12) The police identified this missing dog by singing its favorite song

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13) This boy saw color for the first time

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14) Chuck E Cheese made this announcement

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15) This woman made geode art

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16) Google honored Maya Angelou for her 90th birthday

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17) This woman gave us an important reminder

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18) This family found their daughter after a 24-year search

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19) This girl tried her hand at captioning New Yorker cartoons

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20) The Rock surprised this girl over her school’s PA system

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21) This man got a nearly drowned prairie dog back on its feet

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22) Melissa McCarthy gave some inspirational words about finding success

“When you spend 20 years working your butt off, you know yourself better. If you’re handed everything you want at 19 or 20, you may actually believe all of the people who are like, ‘You’re amazing.’ I think I would have been probably cuckoo [if I’d been successful] at 18. I think the best thing I could have done was struggle until I was 30. I always assume every job is my last. Twenty years of desperately trying to get a single job gets deep in your DNA.”

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23) This dog taught his brother how to “sit”

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24) Model Nyles DeMarco politely called out this woman for creeping pictures of him

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25) The royal baby was born

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26) And so were a bunch of others whose parents didn’t expect to find paparazzi waiting for them outside the hospital.

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27) These truck drivers joined together to save a man’s life

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28) This girl surprised her prom date

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29) This woman drank alcohol for the first time since giving birth

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30) This boy ran home

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what May brings!

You can view last month’s post here.

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28 Good Things that Happened in February

Hello and welcome back to another edition of All the Good Things, a monthly series where I highlight all the good things (get it?) that happen in each 30-day (or so) span. I hope it can be a reminder that amongst all the well known bad, there is a lot of undercover good happening in our world.

Let’s dive right in!

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1) This dog took a detour

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2) This girl discovered the wonder of books

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3) This couple took some incredible engagement pictures in Bolivia’s Salt Flats

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4) This pig got creative

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5) These choir students joined together to sing the national anthem.

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6) This boy brought his valentine flowers

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7) This spiderman put on a show

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8) This woman found a miracle

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9) The Winter Olympics!

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10) Mr. T discovered curling—and gave all the athletes some encouraging words.

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11) And this family caught their own share of Olympic inspiration

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12) This couple proposed to each other at the exact same time

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13) This professor said hello

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14) Jamie Dornan from 50 Shades and James Corden made an incredible collaboration

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15) This man learned to use a cellphone

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16) This man drew honest portraits of his family

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17) This woman had fun with her trainer

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18) This student wrote a letter to his teacher after her dog, Charlie, died

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19) This family rapped together

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20) Drake bought everyone’s groceries

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21) David Harbour (a.k.a Chief Hopper on Stranger Things) danced with penguins

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22) Tiffany Haddish met Oprah

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23) Olympic favorite Adam Rippon, showed what it’s like to a be a good teammate

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24) Shaun White got to watch fans react to his gold medal winning run

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25) This 4 year old boy donated his bone marrow to save his twin brothers.

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26) This baby was comforted by one of his mommy’s shirts

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27) After living in 24 different foster homes throughout his life, this man was finally adopted. 

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28) Will Smith sang La Bamba

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what March brings!

You can view last month’s post here.

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31 Good Things that Happened in January

Hello and welcome back to another year of All the Good Things, a monthly series where I highlight all the good things (get it?) that happen in each 30-day (or so) span. It’s a reminder that amongst all the well known bad, there is a lot of undercover good happening in our world.

Let’s dive right in!

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1) This woman hilariously rejected the idea of New Years Resolutions

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2) This girl let Beyonce welcome her into the new year

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3) This woman paid tribute to her pregnancy cravings

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4) This guy made a memorable appearance on TV

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5) Demi Lovato set a great goal for the new year

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6) This woman won money on HQ trivia

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7) This boyfriend came up with an amazing gift idea

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8) This t-rex shoveled snow

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9) This girl left some amazing advice behind

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10) This man made do with what he had to make his dog happy

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11) The Times Up Movement took the world by storm

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12) Oprah gave a powerful speech at the Golden Globes

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13) This woman repaired a butterfly’s broken wing

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14) This man saw his wife’s new haircut

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15) This hippo created her first painting

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16) This girl showed off her skills on the subway

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17) Sterling K. Brown gave a great speech after his SAG award win

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18) This late wife played one last trick on her husband

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19) This girl used her tragedy to try and make a positive difference

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20) This girl made a valid plea

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21) Beck released a music video with the cutest cast ever

 

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22) This horse worked up some courage

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23) Vikings fans donated over $200k to the Saints’ punter’s charity

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24) Olympian Michael Phelps started teaching his son the ropes

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25) This girl apologized to someone she used to bully

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26) Reddit encouraged people to share kind things strangers have done for them

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27) This grandma got the royal treatment from her sisters

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28) This 3rd grader got the welcome party she deserved after missing 15 months of school for cancer treatment

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29) This girl woke up to an amazing surprise from a stranger

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30) This dad made a YouTube tutorial

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31) These twin brothers weathered the flu together

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what February brings!

If you missed any of the “All the Good Things” posts from 2017, you can check them out here.

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34 Things that Make Me Happy

While reading Lily Collins’ book, Unfiltered, I fell in love with a chapter where she listed things that maker her happy. She made sure to be specific, which I thought was important because it made the list unique to her, and I can only assume made her smile while she was writing it. After reading through her list, I was immediately inspired to make my own. So, here are 34 things that make me happy:

  1. Writing (figured I’d start with an obvious one)
  2. Night driving with loud music
  3. John Cusack movies
  4. Laughing at commercials that shouldn’t be funny
  5. Macaroni & cheese
  6. Watching sports (on TV or in person, both ones I know and new ones I can obsessively ask questions about so I can learn the rules)
  7. Converse shoes
  8. Chocolate milk
  9. Watching awards shows and crying when people achieve their dreams
  10. Getting even one Jeopardy question right
  11. Houseplants (especially those that don’t die right after I buy/plant them)
  12. Fishing
  13. Harry Potter
  14. Finding the perfect gift
  15. Collecting ticket stubs, programs, menus, or any other souvenir I can get when I go somewhere new
  16. Proving myself (and others) wrong
  17. Listening to podcasts when I get ready in the morning
  18. Saying words that end in “-sts” (a.k.a lists, casts, etc. I just love that noise!)
  19. Ice cream in waffle cones
  20. When waiters bring you mints with your bill
  21. A clean house
  22. Making people laugh
  23. Dangly earrings
  24. Excel spreadsheets
  25. Going to church
  26. The Olympics
  27. Trying every single new flavor of Oreo
  28. Crossword puzzles
  29. Dancing at weddings
  30. Requesting Whitney Houston’s, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” at weddings
  31. A good playlist
  32. Big cozy jackets
  33. Finding weird places to stop/things to look at on road trips (i.e. WLRA’s)
  34. Ending this list on my lucky number (17) multiplied by 2. (a.k.a nerdy math-ish things)

31 Good Things That Happened in October

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened in that 30-day (or so) span, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy October to you!

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1) Ellen kicked off October with her own list of good things

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2) The cast of Mean Girls turned the attention to those who need it

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3) Eric Church wrote a song in light of the Vegas shooting

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4) As did Maren Morris & Vince Gil

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5) This little girl started reading Harry Potter for the first time

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6) This high school runner gave up his race to carry his teammate across the finish line

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7) Everything went pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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8) This football team continued an amazing tradition

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9) We finally found out what Nickelodeon slime was made out of

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10) This dog was recsued from a well

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11) This little guy got to be a pilot for a day

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12) This girl sang her new rescue dog a lullaby

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13) Burger King released a creative anti-bullying ad

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14) This woman got pulled over for “suspected DUI” but quickly found out it was part of something much bigger

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15) Contestants on Miss Peru, took a stand against gender violence. 

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16) This therapy dog contined bringing joy to veterans

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17) The #MeToo campaign on social media brought light to millions of victims of sexual assault and formed a united front determined to finally put an end to it.

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18) This dad helped his son get through his first round of shots (and vice versa)

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19) This man took makeup lessons so he can help his wife who is going blind

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20) This dad turned his son’s wheelchair into a Game of Thrones dragon

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21) This high school football player with cerebral palsy scored an 80 yard touchdown

 

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22) Hailey, a girl from a previous good things post, threw out the first pitch at the World Series

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23) This boy met his little brother for the first time

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24) This police officer helped an 8 year old boy celebrate his birthday after no one picked him up from school.

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25) The man behind “Haircuts for the Homeless” was gifted a barbershop by a stranger

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26) This 82 year old man hiked the entire (2,190 mile) Appalachian Trail

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27) This nurse sang to her dying patient

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28) This little girl laid down the law

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29) Season 2 of Stranger Things was released!

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30) This couple brainstormed their Halloween costumes…

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31) …And then this weatherman won Halloween

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what November brings!

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30 Good Things That Happened in September

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened in that 30-day (or so) span, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy September to you!

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1) This boy reminded us that everyone is different

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2) This girl became the 19th member of her family to wear this dress on her first day of Kindergarden

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3) This girl got responses from MLB teams to help make her dream come true

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4) This toddler tried to feed her baby sister

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5) This woman had a bouquet of donuts at her wedding

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6) This woman offered to give away her wedding dress to the victims of Hurricane Irma, with a great condition

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7) This man and this woman shared a dance

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8) Chance the Rapper organized an awards show for educators that will premiere next year.

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9) In the wake of Hurricane Irman, this Florida man gave a woman the last generator at Lowe’s

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10) This bug loving little girl got her first publication in a scientific journal

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11) Jessica Biel danced into Ellen the only way you ever should

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12) This organization provided photo shoots for children and families struggling with cancer

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13) This family bought their dad glasses so he could see color for the first time

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14) This organization set a new world record…with border collies

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15) After watching from the sidelines for 2 years, this police officer got to lead his favorite cheer

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16) This man founded a knitting group to help connect with the homeless

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17) This dog made it home

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18) This bride surprised her grandmother by wearing her old wedding dress

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19) This police department threw their 18 year old horse a retirement party

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20) These guys cleaned the ocean through the sale of bracelets

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21) This dog saved over 50 people after the Mexico earthquake

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22) This family created the ultimate domino effect to find out the gender of their baby

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23) This 2 year old got $20 from a stranger for a very special reason

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24) These girls got teddy bears with a special surprise inside

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25) Stephen Colbert & Nick Kroll raised money for Puerto Rico by asking celebrities to share awkward photos from puberty

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26) This girl did a backflip

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27) This little girl held her dad’s hand

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28) This mom reminded us how thankful we should all be for teachers

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29) Andy Samberg shared his new experiences with being a dad

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30) After a long journey of fertility issues, this mom told her kids she was pregnant

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what October brings!

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31 Good Things That Happened in August

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened in that 30-day (or so) span, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy August to you!

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1) This baby and this dog made us all jealous with their friendship

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2) This girl turned her skin disease into art

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3) This boy scored a touchdown

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4) These couples played a life size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos at a marriage retreat

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5) Phil Lewis a.k.a Mr. Moseby from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody got to reminisce

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6) This man proved that size truly does not define strength

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7) Taylor Swift went to court to stand up for sexual assault victims everywhere

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8) This father and son connected

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9) This daughter was reminded how much mother’s care

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10) David Beckham showcased a dad’s love by staying up late building a Disney Lego castleFullSizeRender

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11) After sending a text to the wrong number, this guy got an amazing response

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12) This woman adopted a dog who has waited patiently for a home

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13) Delish introduced us to s’mores sushi

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14) This girl posted an amazing Tinder bio

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15) This girl continued to inspire the world with her story

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16) This bird found a new passion

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17) These Tough Mudder competitors displayed the true definition of a team

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18) This woman showed us her incredible dog

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19) These boys gave their grandpa one last gift (via Love What Matters)

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“My grandfather was in the hospital last week and while admitted he was having intermittent episodes of confusion. Some of it was related to his mild dementia and some of it was the pain medicine. At one point, he asked, ‘Have they given me the go ahead to play?’ I said, ‘The go ahead to play?’ He said, ‘Yes, did the doctor give me my permit to play?’ I said, ‘Play what??’ He said, (in a somewhat annoyed tone) ‘Lindsay, I want to play ball with the boys.’ He was referring to my two sons. They are 11 and 8. Choking back tears, I just smiled and said, ‘Of course you can play.’ Now, here we are exactly one week later. My grandfather was cremated this morning at 10am. All on their own my sweet boys decided to put this in the casket with him. It says “Come play anytime. Love, Chase and Trav.”

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20) The solar eclipse brought some wonder to the world…

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21) …and served up some grade-A puns

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22) Neighbors and strangers alike came together to help one another

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23) JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, started a campaign to raise $200,000 for victims of hurricane Harvey…and has currently raised almost 10 million dollars!! (You can donate here)

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24) John Cena was surprised by a few of his fans

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25) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo donated money to a cause close to his heart

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26) Rapper Logic released and performed his new song “1-800-273-6255”—the number for the National Suicide Prevention Line—on the VMA’s, and the organization saw a huge influx in calls. (via Buzzfeed)

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27) This couple achieved their dream of visiting every Cracker Barrel in the US

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28) This cartoonist captured what it’s like for parents to watch their kids grow up fast (via Huffington Post)

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29) This sister shared some serious love

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30) This mom & son started school (via Huffington Post)

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31) This important reminder was shared

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what September brings!

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31 Good Things that Happened in July

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened in that 30-day (or so) span, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy July to you!

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1) This woman did a sexy photoshoot as a surprise for her fiance…dressed as a dinosaur

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2) Nickelodeon released information about the new Hey Arnold! movie

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3) This husband gave his wife of 30 years a very special gift for their anniversary

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4) The 4th of July

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5) Kelly Clarkson had an amazing response to an internet troll

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6) This man started a new job

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7) This man received a much deserved dose of humanity

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8) This guy proposed to his girlfriend/dance partner in the middle of a dance

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9) This man got a surprise birthday party from his favorite breakfast restaurant

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10) This police officer attended a birthday tea party for the first baby he ever delivered

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11) This little girl learned her second word

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12)  This man combed his sick wife’s hair

It doesn't get any cuter than this. ❤️

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13) This kind police officer found way to help a woman he was called to arrest

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14) This mom shared a hilarious story about farting during yoga.

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15) With some divine intervention, this woman got the surprise of a lifetime

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16) One Country gave us this recipe for Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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17) San Diego Comic Con released some much appreciated nerd-out material. (Including this trailer for the new season of Stranger Things!)

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18) This woman got to meet Luke Bryan

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19 Billy Zane, Kate Winslet & Leonardo Dicaprio posted this photo together with an iconic caption

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20) This dog made people smile

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21) This man found a way around sitting in rush hour traffic

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22) This girl made eye shadow a nostalgic art

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23) This dad took a dance class with his daughter

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24) It was announced that Mean Girls: The Musical is officially a thing!

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25) The Vancouver Aquarium introduced the world to this baby sea otter

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26) This guy found out he was going to be a dad…

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27) …and then found out it is a boy!

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28) This guy gave a baby some encouragement

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29) After being told to “move to the batters’ box” Adrian Beltre moved the batter’s box to him, resulting in one of baseball’s most hilarious rejections

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30) This man found an amazing display of love

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31) And these guys brought their groceries in the only way you ever should (#onetrip)

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what August brings!

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#ShoutYourStrong

Throughout our lives, possibly even multiple times a day, we will tell ourselves, “I can’t.” It’s too far, it’s too high, I’m too weak, I just can’t do it.

Well, to put it lightly, we’re wrong, so wrong.

The truth is, we can do anything, you can do anything.

In today’s world, we are not strangers to sharing what we do. With a wide variety of social media outlets, we can document nearly every moment of our day. In doing so we have the ability to connect with and inspire others, as well as express ourselves in a unique way. When we post, we start a conversation, and today I’d like to start one that, while not necessarily new, is still extremely important and very personal to me.

As some of you may know, I climbed Mt. Whitney a few years ago and it changed my life. It woke me up from a long period of negativity and an “I can’t” mentality, and jump-started my path to self-acceptance. Throughout the training process and ultimately the final climb, I discovered something within myself that I can only describe as “my strong.”

We all have it. No matter who we are, where we come from, or what battles we are fighting, our strong is the intangible measure of what we can do, and against all odds, it moves us forward.

Today I hope to encourage all of you to not only discover your strong, but embrace it, utilize it, and share it with the world. So, I’m starting the hashtag #shoutyourstrong, which aims to celebrate all that we are accomplishing, both in the physical and mental battles we are fighting.

It is my hope that this hashtag can act as a community, a celebration of the positive changes we are all making in our lives amongst the ever-present negativity found both on- and offline.

#ShoutYourStrong will strive to inspire, not spark comparisons. We are all facing different struggles and we should not let the success of others diminish our own, nor should we be discouraged to share our steps forward, even if they seem small. For when we have the courage to admit what we’re going through, we give ourselves a voice. When we find the strength to fight back, we allow that voice to echo. And should another who struggles hear that echo, it might finally give them the courage to speak.

So today I encourage you to join the conversation. For no matter who you are or what you’re going through, and as hard as it may be to believe, you do have a unique strength inside of you that will help carry you through whatever comes your way. And not if, but when you find it, don’t just share it, shout it!

#shoutyourstrong

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Good Day to be a Duck (How a Puddle Gave Me Perspective)

A few weeks ago I found myself wearing rain boots to work for the first time in my entire life. They were relatively new, in that I’ve never warn them in the 2 years they’ve sat in my closet, so the fit was awkward and squeaky. When I opened the office door I tried my best to tip toe towards my desk so I could quickly change into work shoes. I sat down at my chair and glanced up at the screen revealing all the security camera feeds. Grey on grey on grey.

“Bleh,” I said, “it’s so ugly outside.”

Like most Southern Californians, I’ve never exactly hated the rain, though whenever it arrives I have no idea what to do. At the sign of the first drop, umbrellas seem too scientific to work and intersections become impossible to cross. I reminisce about sunshine like it wasn’t 70 degrees the day before and I sit in 40 minutes of extra traffic on every freeway in Los Angeles.

As I sat at my desk considering all the changes I would have to make in my day and silently cursing my already damp hair and socks, my great uncle walked through the door with his signature cheerfulness.

“Good morning glories!”

I looked up and smiled, “good morning Uncle Ted! It’s really coming down out there!”

“Yup, it’s a good day to be a duck!”

I paused, letting his words sink in as he hummed and sat down at his desk to start working.

When I was little, my dad used to love taking pictures of the ducks that floated across the surface of the lake near my family’s cabin. They always looked so peaceful. One morning, when my dad took my sister and me fishing, he pointed behind us at a female duck gliding our direction. He grabbed his camera, flipped his baseball hat backwards and began snapping.

“Well, would you look at that,” he said from behind the lens.

Just then the duck curved to the left, revealing a line of fluffy ducklings following behind her.

At my desk, I looked up at the security camera screen again; every feed showed a section of the property swarmed by puddles. For me and many of my coworkers, these would provide nothing but grief and wet socks on our way through the parking lot, but those ducklings would have loved to splash and play, just as they did that morning on the lake. It was a good day for them, simple and easy.

Later that week, after the rain had stopped and my boots were back in the corner of my closet, I awoke again to a “bad” day. Lost keys, missed alarm, ripped T-shirt. I got in my car with a head full of steam and horrible outlook on the day ahead.

About halfway through the drive, I got stopped at a light that is never red.

“That figures!” I yelled in frustration.

Just then I saw the cause of the stop: an older woman and what I assumed to be her grandson, crossing the street. The boy held a balloon in his right hand, and his grandmother’s finger tips in the other. When the signal came for them to cross, he skipped alongside her and she laughed before kicking her feet up to do the same thing. It was a good day for them, simple and easy.

I thought of the ducklings, and of what my Uncle Ted proclaimed amongst the cumbersome storm. How our bad days could very well be good days for someone else.

The woman looked over at me and smiled brightly. And as I looked from her to the boy to the balloon I couldn’t help but smile back and let the trivial things from my morning fall away.

A few weeks later when the rain started up again, I walked outside to grab the mail and stepped directly into a deep puddle with my tennis shoe. I stood there for a second, feeling the cold water seep in, wetting my sock and my skin and sending a shiver up my spine. The grey sky thundered in the morning air and I laughed.

“It’s a good day to be a duck.”

And as I walked back into the warm house I get to call home, I realized that I was that duck.

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