To the multi-hyphenates, freelancers, and non-9-5-ers: this one is definitely going to give you an extra boost today. Patrick Thornton runs his own Professional Writing & Editing Services business, while also writing for publications like Ranker, and working as managing editor of Ghost Proposal. Since beginning undergrad as an arts administration major, to realizing additional passions in the writing space and getting his MFA, Patrick is an incredible example of being open to opportunities and letting his path go its own unique way.
By following his heart, he has created a world for himself filled with utilizing his skills and passions in various ways, helping others along the way. In addition to his writing and editing work, his services include: creative content, SEO, grant proposals, resume consultation. On his website, you can find writings about everything from Victorian era hygiene to paranormal activity to Judy Garland!
From his first encounter with a successful, well-known author who told him, “nobody really knows if they’re any good,” he knew to take risks and go for it-- and it has worked out indeed! As he emphasizes, it takes courage, self-awareness, and vulnerability. In this episode, you will see how Patrick is a prime example of making a successful career out of following this guidance!
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News! S.2 Ep.4
I have been a part of the New York Foundling’s junior board for about eight years now, and this is how I crossed paths with today’s guest, Travis Welcome.
He is one of THE most passionate people I’ve ever met, the embodiment of living to help the world become a better place. Travis is the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation at Change for Kids. Prior, he was with Mott Haven Academy and The Felix Organization, and volunteers many hours with organizations including the New York Foundling.
With all the students he encounters, he strives to ensure that “each and every one of them has the ultimate world to succeed”.
Travis goes on to say, “One idea and the right resources— anything’s possible”.
You are not going to want to miss hearing from this inspiring man!
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Universities dealing with the struggles of covid-19 in a show about good news?
Yes, because wait until you hear about the teamwork, creativity, and, most of all, care that has gone into this past year. And that window into the hope and love Butler and other colleges have shown was just a bonus on top of my chat with Meg--a person who is the embodiment of finding ways to make a difference every single day through her work and relationships.
Meg Haggerty is the Director of New Student & Family Programs at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. So many emotions by the end of this interview. Teamwork to create unique solutions for keeping students learning and engaged throughout a growing pandemic, the mental health impact on all, and to hear how Meg and her team have been striving to engage students and find solutions to help them their physical and mental health.
The care (there’s that word again!) Meg shows for each and every person she encounters is so apparent, and she does such a beautiful job illustrating her journey and growth through Butler University, under the umbrella of always being ready to help others. As Meg says, you never know how much of an impact being you, your unique self, will have on others--and yourself. And, to highlight Meg’s favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou.
People need people, and Meg is a fantastic example of going the extra mile to make a positive impact in the day-to-day, throughout a pandemic, within her work environment, and in her family. Enjoy.
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We need extra good news. I’ve been saying that since we started last March, but now there is the added layer of cold winter...so yes, we need extra good news.
In trying to do my part in keeping spirits inspired and happy, S(M)GN is back. This time, with mini interviews about people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way. (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!)
Episode 2 takes us to Lily Kirchner, from Chippewa Falls, WI, where she has recently founded Light For Autism Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness and advocacy to autism and early intervention, and to "provide funding for services, resources, and extra curricular activities to individuals who do not qualify under insurance, educational, and waiver guidelines".
Lily and her husband, Bryan, are parents to two wonderful boys, Jim and Will, both diagnosed with autism. They are forces for good in this world: showing nothing but love, and working hard to help their boys and many others.
If autism is new to you, here is a definition from Autism Speaks: "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today."
Lily is a light of hope and an amazing example of putting one's challenges into action for good!
Season one of S(M)GN may be found here.
New episodes released each Friday.
Have stories of following your passion you know would inspire others? Reach out! We need all the good news :)