My friend went to Greece and the Syrian refugee crisis became personal

It wasn’t until mid-October when the Syrian refugee crisis became more than a far removed idea for me. My friend, Ryan Thomas, called to tell me he was moving to Greece for three months to help the Syrian refugees. I froze at these words. I was paralyzed with fear for…

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Unplug your holidays and put down your damn phone

Have you ever had a moment when you truly want to kick yourself? Like, you’re so disappointed in your actions that you want to travel back in time and shake your younger self? I just had that moment. Well, several of those moments, and maybe you can relate. This last…

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Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Nothing beats loving what you do and who you do it for

I’ve been working one job or another since I was 16. I’ve been a sales associate for a frozen yogurt shop, a bead store (which I didn’t even know was a thing until my best friend and I stumbled across their “Now Hiring!” sign), a retail store and Murray State…

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