The Art of Being
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The Art of Being

Something I’ve come face-to-face with many times this year is how simple life really is and how complicated we make it. Oftentimes, we show our life through a highlight reel– the exciting highs and the devastating lows. It’s as if we are trying to prove the worthiness of our lives by saying, “Look at all...

Community and Love
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Community and Love

I was out with my community one night for an event; an older woman came up to me and asked, “Are you, volunteers?” I said yes and she asked a question I wasn’t prepared for: “What experiences have changed you so far?” I was initially taken aback because people who I’ve known for a grand...

For the Love of Community
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For the Love of Community

Service is a part of who I am and makes me feel whole. It makes my heart beat, and I love allowing people to feel seen and heard. Even though service is my passion, I really feel so grateful for the quality time that I get to spend with my community members. After a long...

Finding God in the Everyday
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Finding God in the Everyday

Starting anew, in a new place with a new job and roommate, isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I romanticized the glamour of my 9 to 5 volunteer job and New England fall, but working and living in Methuen is nothing like that idealistic image that I had created in my brain. As...

To Know a City
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To Know a City

Before moving to Philadelphia to begin my year of service as an AV I tried to imagine what the city would be like. Coming from a home-grown town in Montana, I anticipated a shift in the pace of daily life, the scenery which would surround me, and the types of activities popular in the area....