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Hanging out on Washington State University campus with @jacobsiebe, @haileyvik and a few other friends. We're seeing Eric Hutchinson... I have no idea who he is. Anybody heard of him?

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It feels so good to have THOUSANDS of copies of the new issue of the #Goodnewspaper ready to ship out to our subscribers next week! I've just been handing them out to people I bump into herein Nashville. I'm so proud of our team and the way this came out. Goodness gracious. I can't wait for y'all to read this!
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CONTEST! @adamjk was the first person I didn't already know to say yes to being on my podcast. I'd admired his hopeful yet real perspective and work for quite some time but then getting to know him left me with a whole new appreciation for him.
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@sammiharveyco and I have since gotten to hang with him. And Adam was a huge supporter and resource during our Kickstarter for the #Goodnewspaper.
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@adamjk has a brand new book coming out next week (10/3!) and I got to read an early copy. I've loved all of his books but I think this is my favorite. It's beautiful, hopeful, and helpful for any creative trying to put more good out in the world.
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You can check out the book and preorder it ($1 of every preorder goes to the @teganandsarafoundation!) at @thingsarewhatyoumakeofthem!
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Oh, and we're running a giveaway for two copies of his book on our @goodgoodgoodco account! I didn't tell Adam we were doing that so hopefully that's okay! 🤷🏼‍♂️ Go follow @goodgoodgoodco and enter right now and definitely preorder another copy as well. :)
Mello is a legend in Nashville. But her story started out humbly.
I was introduced to Mello, the founder & owner of @imageopticalnashville as the final part of a fun storytelling campaign I’ve been working on.
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I spent the morning with her in her cute shop & got to hear her story. Growing up with 11 siblings, Mello knew that she’d have to pay her own way through college, so after she graduated high school, she got a job in a restaurant to pay the bills. One day a man named Steve came in and as Mello served him his food he asked if she’d want to work in the optical business.
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The only experience she’d had with the industry was getting glasses in the 3rd grade. All she could picture about the industry was that it was made up of almost exclusively men wearing white coats and that there wasn’t much selection in eyewear.
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Steve told Mello that things were changing. That she could be a woman wearing one of those white coats — and that more fashion was coming to the glasses world.
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Mello went on to accept a job working for Steve and learned from him for 5 years. (He later sold his shops & they became the first locations for an iconic glasses company.)
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She then moved to Nashville to open up her own shop which has become truly influential & well-respected. For nearly 30 years, she’s served the music industry in Nashville, working with labels & custom fitting and styling glasses for classic country music stars and modern artists. (She used to send cakes to all the record labels in town as gifts to build relationships.)
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She showed me an old scrapbook filled with cuttings of photos from magazines with celebrities & musicians she’d styled glasses for. She even told me about styling a T Swift music video a few years ago.
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Her store is fully independent & she has no interest in expanding. She loves going to work every day because she loves helping people see well and look good. I love that!
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Huge thank you to @americanexpress for introducing me to so many inspiring business owners so we could create this storytelling series to celebrate that over 1 million more places in the US started accepting Amex cards in 2016 #storyportrait #AmexWelcomed #AmexAmbassador
I feel like I'm still recovering from the awesomeness of last week's #STORY2017. I've been to @storygathering 4 times now and each year I come away incredibly inspired and encouraged by this community of storytellers.
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I was absolutely honored to get to present on stage this year and share my own personal journey of hitting a wall creatively and letting curiosity guide me toward creating something that meant a lot to me. That something ended up being the #Goodnewspaper and @goodgoodgoodco. (Thanks to the generous folks at STORY we got to give out 900 copies of Issue 02 of the #Goodnewspaper to attendees!)
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Sharing on stage was amazing (and terrifying, as always), but even more amazing was learning from so many storytellers I deeply admire.
Old friends like @bradmontague, @heyamberrae, @sproctor, @bethanyhaleywilliams, @harrisiii, and @estherhavens.
And new friends like @amenabee, @matthewluhnstory, @macgeidt, @colorbyspiegel, @missaniela, @jjaggard, @imjimkrueger, @sideshowmediagroup, @thismovedme, and @lizvice.
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I'm already looking forward to #STORY2018. See you there?
I got to spend some time last week with my friend @ruthielindsey at the @lifeisgoodco HQ for #PositiveThinkingDay!
We both spoke and shared our stories alongside some incredible people we both admire.
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While I was at HQ I got the opportunity to do a podcast interview with somebody I've admired for a while: @adamjohnfoss.
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Adam is a former prosecutor making a huge difference in the United States criminal justice system. After he saw the brokenness in the US criminal justice system first hand, he didn't just give in to the way the system worked, or even just leave and try his hand at something else. He decided to stay put and use compassion and understanding to make a difference in the system and people's lives — from the inside.
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My team rushed to push the episode live within a few days so y'all could hear it quick. It's a REALLY good one. Download it now to listen to on your next drive/workout/etc in the link in my bio!
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Thanks for hosting us @LifeisGoodCo and helping us remember that even in the face of our world’s biggest challenges, there is opportunity. #thisisoptimism
It's coming! 🎉
Issue 02 of the #Goodnewspaper! Pre-order in the link in my bio.
I moved to Nashville two years ago this week. Two of my best friends joined me to drive my completely packed Camry across the country from Portland — a city I loved — to Tennessee — so I could be with a girl I loved.
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It's been an amazing two years living in the same city as @sammiharveyco.
It's been an amazing two years of getting to know and work with so many creative people at @weld.
And it's been an amazing year of learning from others, trying new things, taking chances, and working harder than I ever had before.
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Here's to new places, great people, and colorful murals. 🍻
The first thing I did when I landed in Boston was take a lyft to get a salad from @sweetgreen (not sponsored, just obsessed!) and then walk across the street to the BEAUTIFUL Boston Public Library. Goodness gracious, y'all. This place is gorgeous. I can't believe I can just walk into this place and spend an afternoon working surrounded by this beauty.
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I'm a HUGE fan of this city.
Stay. Find out what you were made for.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I celebrate this day every year, and try to publicly share words of encouragement for people who may be struggling.
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But this year, World Suicide Prevention Day hits closer to home than ever. In the last year I feel like I've been bombarded with people in my life who are struggling to make it through the day. I've sat with friends in their lowest moments, praying that they'll experience their highest moments once again.
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Depression, mental health, and suicide does not discriminate. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all people in the US and the 2nd for people under 35.
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I know so many of you reading this struggle on a daily basis to get out of bed — to keep going. And for the rest of you, there's no doubt someone in your life struggling — even if it doesn't seem obvious that they're struggling.
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If you're struggling, know that it gets better. You're not alone. You're alive. And we're on your side.
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Please, stay. Please stay to find out what you were made for. There's hope ahead for you.
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If you're in need of hope or a reminder that your pain is real and you're not along, follow my friends at @twloha.
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And if you're in crisis, please text my friends at @crisistextline at 741741 to talk to a crisis counselor 24/7.
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#WSPD17 #IWasMadeFor
Today I'm working alongside my two favorite editors 😍 on the finishing touches of Issue 02 of the #Goodnewspaper. The @goodgoodgoodco team and I have been quietly working away at this since we finished Issue 01 and we're all so proud of it!
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I'm so excited for y'all to see this!
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The link to subscribe to the Goodnewspaper is in my bio
Who's got their eclipse glasses?!
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Shoutout to my mom and dad for mailing @sammiharveyco and me these for the eclipse! (With this little note!) Thanks for taking care of our eyes all the way from Oregon! #eclipse #eclipse2017
Sammi is out of town so I have Poptart to myself for the weekend. 💙 So far we've gone on a little road trip, played all around my studio @weld, and eaten cheese. (Don't tell Sammi about that last one!)
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Behind the scenes photo of this shot (from a few weeks ago) in my IG Story! 💙
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PS: Somehow I've become an obsessive dog dad I'm so sorry.
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PPS: Zoom into her collar
“I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard” — Malala Yousafzai
"So little of my life has been planned." This was the entire theme of my conversation with Harry Dziedzic, the owner of @harriedandhungry— a cafe and well-respected caterer in Seattle.
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At the age of 13, Harry wouldn’t have believed that his future plans included owning a restaurant.
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Even the name of the establishment wasn't planned. Though it seems like the name may have come from Harry's own namesake — he actually came to be the owner in a series of unplanned events.
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Harry actually initially moved across the country to Seattle with a plan of pursuing a career in music. When he arrived in town, he couldn’t make enough money with music to cover rent so he rolled with Plan B by deciding to look on Craigslist for a job.
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He found this job working for Harried & Hungry and immediately worked hard to take on as many responsibilities as possible. This wasn’t in the plans, but quickly, he had become a key part of the staff.
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Heartbreakingly, another terrible change of plans brought tragedy to the forefront of Harry’s life. Only 7 months into this new job, Harry’s boss, the owner, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The cancer spread over the course of a few years and unfortunately, Harry’s boss passed away.
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During this time, Harry had taken on the role of a caretaker, driving his boss to and from chemo. He had also taken on even more responsibilities at HH.
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With nobody else to run the place, Harry took on the role of managing this restaurant and continuing the legacy of its owner/his friend/his mentor.
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Harry has invested the last several years of his career into growing HH into the thriving business it is today.
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It wasn’t at all what Harry expected for his life, but he says he loves where he’s at today. Sometimes that’s how life goes. It’s not planned, but it’s best that way.
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I’m so glad the folks at @americanexpress connected me with Harry as a part of the fun sponsored storytelling campaign we’re working on. (This storytelling opportunity is a celebration of the fact that over 100,000 more restaurant locations started accepting Amex in 2016.) #storyportrait #AmexWelcomed
"Only broken people can help other broken people heal." —@jasonradical
It might just have been the best food truck I’ve ever eaten at.
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As a part of this rad sponsored campaign I’m doing with @americanexpress I was introduced to Syd Suntha — the founder and owner of @breadandcircuses. (They’re celebrating the fact that over 18,000 more places in the Seattle-Tacoma area started accepting Amex in 2016.)
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Bread and Circuses rolls up to a new spot to serve their delicious food every day. On the day I met Syd, his truck just so happened to be at a music festival in the heart of Seattle. Syd and I sat outside his food truck, listened to music, ate popsicles, and talked about his journey.
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Syd's background is actually in fine dining. He learned the art of making food in culinary school and then nice restaurants, working in large expansive kitchens with limitless room and possibilities.
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After a number of years, Syd grew less interested in the world of traditional restaurants and wanted to try something new. So he moved to the exact opposite end of the spectrum and got a job working at one of the first and most-iconic food trucks in Seattle.
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As his interest in food trucks grew, Syd slowly started learning everything about the world of food carts, such as the mechanical, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, etc. Over a couple beers, Syd’s friend convinced him to take a leap and open his own food truck — Bread and Circuses.
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It was here that Syd started to become passionate about combining his two food experiences — as opposite as they may be. He wanted to take his high-class culinary expertise and bring it to the streets.
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Sometimes the best art is created under the greatest constraints. This is what propelled Syd to serve some of the best food in all of Seattle… from a truck. The limitations of a small kitchen and staff, limited ingredients, and modest prices energized Syd to create something unique, different, and delicious.
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I’m incredibly inspired by the way Bread and Circuses has thrived under limitations. And I’m very happy I got to sample a whole lot of the menu, too. (OMG - the brussels sprout caesar!) 😍 #storyportrait #AmexWelcomed
I love this city. 💙 I grew up visiting Seattle and always feel a great sense of nostalgia when I go back. Just found and edited this photo from a recent visit.
Two years ago today, I sneakily flew out to Nashville to ask a girl to marry me. I had a few friends in on the plan and they helped me get her out to the park where she and I hiked on our first date.
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When she got there I opened up this notebook and read her a dozen pages about our adventures, our love, and our future. Then, with butterflies in my stomach and flowers in my hand, I got down on one knee.
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Today we drove out to the same spot, went on a hike (with our puppy this time) — and I read from the same notebook and got down on the same knee.
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I'm never going to stop asking her if we can spend the rest of our lives side by side.
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Thanks for saying yes year after year and day after day, @sammiharveyco. Happy proposal-versary. I love you.
Just got back to rainy Nashville from humid Atlanta and dreaming of last week on the lake with my girl and my pup. 💙
It was an absolute honor to share my personal story as well as the #Goodnewspaper story with the incredible community at @plywoodpeople's #PlyPresents. Thank you, Atlanta! @goodgoodgoodco