I’ve been at the helm of this blog for the past year, searching for stories about miserable situations that turned wonderful, radical acts of kindness and people who, through sheer force of will, refused to be defeated.
I’ve been surprised, delighted and sometimes brought to tears. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorites from the year.
Walter Carr was a college student with a broken-down car.
He was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning — at a home 20 miles from his apartment in Alabama. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn’t about to miss his first day of work. He needed the job. He concluded there was only one option: He would walk.
According to Google Maps, it would take eight hours on foot. As a former high school cross-country runner, he knew he could do it in less. “I’ve always been that person who figured things out on my own,” Carr said. “I went out walking.”
"The affordability for starting a business here is great, and the cost of living is better," Luke Marklin, CEO of Bellhops, an on-demand start-up for moving that operates in more than 50 cities nationwide, tells CNBC Make It.
Four weeks ago, after joining Bellhops as CEO, we held our first company-wide meeting, a “no-holds-barred” Q&A. I thought I would be ready to answer anything, but I wasn’t ready for ‘what is your dream job’?
Each year Bellhops Moving participates in the Annual Chili Cook-off in Birmingham, Alabama benefiting the Exceptional Foundation.