Smiles All Around

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Little Bits of Happy

I'm Incredibly Humbled

Posted on September 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Hello all you lovely people!

This week, I want to talk about you guys. I love you all so much. You see, I started this project January 3rd in 2014 but waited until January 14th 2015 to finally post this website. Since that very day, I've loved every second. I've gotten to have conversations with people I never would have met otherwise and helped so many more people than 2014 me could ever imagine. If anyone has ever talked to me in depth about my viewers, they would probably tell you about how annoying I got because I'd keep talking about how grateful I am. When I first spoke this idea out in a STEM class, a lot of people laughed. I mean, I wouldn't really blame them. I had this very rough idea and all I knew is I wanted to make people happy. At the time I didn't know how, what to do or where to go. I just knew what I wanted to do and I wasn't going to give up on it. My persistence began to stand out and my mentor seemed to catch on to it. I kept it as a thought and never did anything real about it until August 18th. It was the first day of school and I knew I had to accomplish my idea this year. Even though I thought about it all summer, it was still pretty rough to start. I had to put myself miles outside of my comfort zone, but I knew I had to do it. The idea kept scratching at me and I couldn't get it to go away. I worked with so many different people and shared my story of why and people were starting to get the point. I could never express my undying gratitude for the amazing people that helped me put this all together and worked with my stubbornness. Then the day happened. I clicked publish and cried. I knew it was going to start slow but it was there for everyone and I started to feel all of my hard work pay off. I kept going and it was time to present it. I still remember how stressed I was about it. I must have written and rewritten my entire speech ten times until I remembered it word by word. The day was February 13th 2015 and it all went so much better than I thought it would. I was so overwhelmed that so many people actually loved it and wanted to know more. I don't know how to explain how I felt while presenting. It was almost like I was shining brighter than ever before. I was 100% me and I was in love with that feeling. Though my hands were shaking the entire time and I tripped over. a couple of my words, I did it. As time went on I kept presenting and Smiles All Around got bigger and bigger. This is where every single one of you come in. The new and old viewers. You all have no idea how happy you make me. You guys make me feel like I can do anything and I would have the most amazing supporters right beside me. The ongoing love and support from you guys is completely out of this world. I know this might just seem like some fake gratitude that some people do. But I promise you, every single day I wake up and even if I don't believe in myself that day, I know I've got so many people right next to me and that in itself, is enough. I could only wish to make all of you as happy as you have made me. I just want to thank you. Thank you for making me smile everyday and making my dream come true. Though this idea isn't finished quite yet because I never want it to finish for I have so much left to do, thank you for what we have right now. I believe it's very important to look around you as often as you can and be grateful for all that you have and accomplished. And I am. I'm so incredibly grateful for all of you. So thank you. Thank you all so much for e love a support. I want you to all know that I appreciate it more than anything in the world and I promise you all that I will stay humble and grateful as long as I live.

-laura

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