Allison Burney

"To live will be an awfully big adventure." - Peter Pan

If James Barker Can Do It, Why Can’t I?

James Barker

Break out of small-town life, that is. Dream bigger. Achieve extraordinary things. Reach people on the world stage. Make an impact by bringing people together. These are all things that James Barker is already well on the road to doing – and he still hasn’t hit 25 years old. His beginnings, though, don’t look much […]

What I’ve Learned About Making Tough Decisions

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We barely slept that night. Waking up at some ridiculous hour, maybe 2 or 3 a.m., I stumbled into my clothes still half asleep and began rounding up the last few items to stuff into my suitcase. Dad greeted me in the kitchen, surprisingly chipper for being awake at such an odd time. “All ready […]

What “Taking a Second Look” Really Means (And Why We Should Do It More Often)

The other night, I was scanning my Facebook feed when I came across a picture that my boyfriend had shared. The image, which immediately caught my eye, featured silhouettes of five human bodies, with heart symbols shrinking in size from left to right, while the corresponding brain symbols grew in size dramatically. My eyes were […]

Why We Should Be Saying “YES” to More Adventures


“And then I remembered: Adventures are the best way to learn.” My experience so far is that it’s absolutely true. Adventure is by far the best way to learn something new, stretch yourself, and grow as a person in the process. Any kind of adventure will do, and there are so many to choose from […]

Powerful Reflections on “Bell Let’s Talk” Day

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Wednesday, January 25th was Bell Let’s Talk Day. I’d heard about it in past years, but had forgotten about it by the time this year’s annual day rolled around. As I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I saw more and more photos framed in blue with the words “Bell Let’s Talk” across the bottom, and […]