O N L Y M A K E B E L I E V E

As a volunteer for Create-A-Thon, a 24-hour event to rebrand non-profits, my team and I were tasked with giving Only Make Believe, a local theater organization in Brookland, Washington D.C., a differentiated identity from their headquarters in N.Y.C.

We created a promotional video for their website in order to help them tell their story to the public and inspire current and perspective donors to contribute to OMB. In addition, we built brochures, social media templates, email promotional image templates, and a best practices guideline for social media usage.

Only Make Believe is a small team dedicated to a high impact mission on using the gift of theater to brighten the lives of children in hospitals, care facilities, and special needs schools; free of charge to every site, family, and child. As of today, OMB has served 68.4K children. This project brought five creatives together with varying backgrounds, who didn’t previously know each other and in just 24-hours, created something impactful while having fun along the way.

 

A L A S K A

A retreat to the great north with my close friends, Emilie Dawson and Katie Epner, for a week of exploration. We flew into Anchorage to start our trip completing my first half marathon with Emilie, running from the city center to the misty coast.

Our next stop was Girdwood, a small ski town that has a beautiful trail called the 'Tandem Hand Tram.' Once you hike through the rainforest, you encounter a rickety, cart that crosses you can use to help cross a valley by your own strength.

Mantasuska was a must for us to cross off our bucket list. We traveled here with our two new native friends to walk over our first glacier together!

For our last stop, Katie and I traveled down to Homer, a small fishing town at the most southern point of Alaska that is home to the television show, 'Deadliest Catch.' Here we ate copious amounts of fresh seafood, explored the beaches littered with bald eagles, and soaked up the enchanting grey backdrop that surrounded us. This breathtaking state ignited us all with a refreshing breath of connectivity with the outdoors that we desperately needed.

 

C O L U M B I A, S C

In 1962, Busby's Beauty Shop opened in Columbia S.C. by Odis Busby. His son, Robert Busby, took over the family business in 1968 continuing his legacy as a place of classic southern charm served with a smile. Mr. Busby still has his door open Monday through Saturday, first come, first served; the quintessential southern experience.

 

W A S H I N G T O N, D C

A journey to the Women's March in Washington. D.C. on January 21st, 2017 with four of my closest female allies. People of all ages, races, and gender came together to participate in a peaceful assembly to lead by example and show how love can outshine hatred even in the darkest of times. From the overstuffed metro stations to the crowded sidewalks of the national mall, this was an exceptional day for humanity to celebrate communal compassion.

 

M E X I C O C I T Y

Waking up on a bed supported by cement blocks and the sun beaming through a window pane that leads to our mural-covered porch—we’ve somehow found ourselves in a bohemian, garden hostile in Mexico City.

My friend Olivia and I were out on a walk in our hometown of Medford, Massachusetts three weeks prior to this moment, when I asked her if she had plans for Memorial Day weekend. She was free and I wanted to go on an adventure, so here we are.

Our five-day trip brought us through the blossoming gardens of Frida Kahlo’s childhood home to the colorful canals of Xochimilco, and much more. One unique characteristic of Mexico City is that there are taco stands at every corner with plastic stools and a surplus of condiments to personalize your meal. As you begin to craft your taco, the heat from the grill billows in the air in the midst of conversations between customers, cooks, and passerby's. With each new stand we indulged in, chatter rippled through the air and new friendships were made. Something was different here than home – people here had time to talk, and we left the country with souvenirs of stories you could not pack in your suitcase, they lived in our heart.

 

B O L I V I A

In southwest Bolivia thousands of years ago, a lake dried out and left behind a beautiful desert of salt spanning over 11,000 sq km. This vast landscape is called Salar de Uyuni, or the salt flats in English. When you begin to embark on a journey across this desert, all you can see for miles is the sky reflected off of the crystal white land, creating a dreamy reality. Enjoy the birds eye view and let your mind explore the wonders of this natural beauty.

Shot by: Aaron Fedor Edited by: Deveney Williams Music by: Niel Paul and Olivia Morrissey

 

V E G A S

When your best friend gets a suite in Vegas for her 24th birthday the only response is, when’s the next flight? Here’s a 60-second look at a weekend of a weekend in the City of Sin.

 

N O L A

Founder of The Mindful Pumpkin, Marta, brought together founder of Trust Your Vision, Estephany and myself to attended Collision, a technology start-up conference in New Orleans. During the day we were amazed by speakers like Alexis Ohanian and Sophia Bush, sketch noting invaluable career advice and letting our minds become inspired by the myriad of entrepreneurial characters around us. New Orleans is a city of amazing eats and music that will have you dancing all night long down Fremont Street. Nola is also home to the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, and when I was there in 2016, we were graced by the legend himself, Stevie Wonder, who gave a thrilling performance on a 95 degree summer afternoon.

 

 

D U M O N T,  N J

Retro Fitness Tenafly is a gym located in New Jersey that has takes fitness to a new level with its healthy lifestyle environment. 

 

N A S H V I L L E & T E X A S

On the edge of turning 23, I decided to take three weeks busing through a couple states I knew nothing about: Tennessee and Texas. With the help of some amazing new friends, a trip originally intended for hedonistic reasons, turned into a journey of self-growth, love, and independence I could only dream of. While meeting a friend downtown one night, we introduced ourselves to someone new over a burger at a dive bar on Broadway St, the main street in Nashville. Like any conversation between strangers that start over burgers, we got into the thick of life and love. When the last fry was left on the plate, we parted ways. As we walked back to our car, I had a burning feeling of inspiration rumbling in my stomach. This conversation ignited my artistic purpose for the next three weeks, to capture advice from anyone I happened to strike-up a conversation– now the fun was about to start.