Read This if You Need A Reason To Smile



The Smile Project is a collection of short stories about women embracing who they are by being courageous, connected and authentic. My mission is to spread smiles, one story at a time. So take a few minutes to read, enjoy, and then go show off those pearly whites! 

Mira’s heart is heavy. Self-loathing consumes her. It’s been a tough couple of months and after an especially dismal evening, her mind is racing with doubts. Mira questions what she is doing and where to go next. Feelings of hopelessness overcome her as tic-tac sized tears stream down her face. Mira is alone.

Along comes Abby. She sees Mira is hurting, slumped over. Abby takes Mira’s hand, leads her out to the balcony, and they stand together in silence. The night is starless, but when they squint, they can make out faint outlines of palm trees swaying against the dark sky.

Abby breaks the silence.

“Things are hard, but I’m here. You know that, right?”

Mira responds by saying, “Yes, but I don’t know how to ask for the help I need. I don’t know how I got here. I try and push to be great, to be the BEST, and I feel so hollow when things don’t materialize.”

“You’re a fighter. You’ll come out of this stronger and better from this experience. Of all of the people in my life, I’m not worried about you because I know you are capable of getting through this.”

This last sentence cloaks Mira like a warm blanket and, for the first time that day, a smile forms. Mira looks up into her comrade’s eyes; she sees what looks like dancing obsidian butterflies and Mira feels lighter.

“OK, I’ll try be a little easier on myself.”

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend’s support, please crack a smile, even in your darkest hour. Good friends are hard to come by.

This post, entitled “Butterfly Obsidian Eyes,” and other stories appear on Mini’s creative writing blog, The Smile Project.


I’m a late 20-something life explorer with a slight always-on-the-go itch. I have lived and traveled all over for the past 15 years. I live in Los Angeles where I spend my days helping to build Kaleo, a knowledge-sharing software startup. On most days, you can find me with a green tea and writing anywhere I can find a few quiet moments. Before coming to Los Angeles, I had a software company in Boston that I started after working at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Nielsen, and Fiksu. I have been fortunate to see firsthand how technology transforms, connects and elevates across many different industries. The Smile Project is my way to connect with others, share inspiring stories and have a lot of fun along the way. From my heart to yours, enjoy!  

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