A YouTube star shares her thoughts on following your passion.

When Hannah Hart posted her first video on YouTube in 2011, she had no idea what it would turn into.

[ It] was originally only a joke for a friend, Hannah tells.

She had just moved from San Francisco to New York and was running as a proofreader. One night, she was chatting with her friend on the other side of the country when her friend shared that she missed Hannahs “drunk kitchen.”

I was like, Man, Ill send you a video right now, she remembers. So, utilizing Photo Booth on my MacBook, I shot a video, cut it up, and sent it to her, and then a bunch of strangers watched it.

Hart in the first episode of “My Drunk Kitchen.” Image via Hannah Hart/ YouTube.

The video ran viral .

It wasnt long before spectators started clamoring for another episode. So she made another one, and the YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen was born.

From there, Hannahs career as an online celebrity took off.

She not only continued inducing videos for her My Drunk Kitchen series, but she started experimenting with another type of videos too. She soon left her undertaking, endeavoured to Los Angeles, started collaborating with other YouTube celebrities, and objective up dedicating herself to her passion full-time.

When she went all-in, she discovered that she had a passion for entrepreneurship and that she enjoyed building something in a new medium.

Over the following six years, she created a brand for herself online . She has also written two books the parody cookbook My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going With Your Gut and Buffering: Unshared Narratives of a Life Fully Loaded and is currently the superstar of While the Water Boils, a YouTube series she makes in partnership with Barilla.

Hannah Hart in “While the Water Boils” season 3 trailer. Image via “While the Water Boils”/ YouTube.

Through it all, Hannah says, it was her passion for connecting with people that really drove her to build this career online.

I was always the person that was talking too much in class, always remaining after school to hang out with the teachers and saying, So, third grade, what stimulated you decide to get into elementary education? I just cant used to help, she tells, laughing. I find people really fascinating.

I love getting to know people, I love engaging, and I love hearing what other people passions are. Thats why she loves her work on “While the Water Boils, ” she adds.

[ It] is a series that allows me to do exactly that: satisfy fascinating people who otherwise I wouldnt have gotten the chance to kick it with , she explains.

Hannah Hart and Paul Nicklen at a seal rehab in Season 3 of “While the Water Boils.” Image via “While the Water Boils”/ YouTube.

“While the Water Boils” is now in its third season.

Guests so far on seasons one and two have included such people as Bill Nye, Wanda Sykes, and Theo Rossi. And in season three, she will be interviewing photographer Paul Nicklen, basketball legend Paul Pierce, and actress Grace Byers.

During each episode, Hannah gets the chance to talk with these people about what they are passionate about, whether it be wildlife photography, bowling, or card games. And while they talk, she cooks a special pasta recipe for them.

I am in no way a cook expert, Hannah tells, but I am an enthusiast, and theres nothing more engaging than sharing a dinner with someone. I love cooking with people. I love the energy thats in a kitchen.

Plus, the indicate allows Hannah to combine two of her love: food and talking to new and interesting people about their passions .

There is nothing more enliven than hearing person speak about something that “they il be” passionate about, she continues. Your passion can be botany, your passion can be whatever. But I love engaging with people who are interested in things, who have something to share, who have something to train its a little like nourishment for the soul, merely hearing their experiences and what brought them and led them on this path in life.

Hannah Hart and Grace Byers talk card games in Season 3 of “While the Water Boils.” Image via “While the Water Boils”/ YouTube.

Hannah followed her passion six years ago. Now, she wants everyone else to find theirs too.

She’s happy to share some advice for when you do, too.

First, try not to get overwhelmed by your decision to go after something. “People get so daunted by massive life changes . … I think they keep forgetting the incremental steps, ” she tells. “Just remember the importance of newborn steps.”

Second, don’t forget to drink plenty of water, she says with a chuckle. “Nobody beverages enough water.”

And ultimately, remember that it’s OK to try things alone first you don’t have to tell everyone what you’re going to do before you do it.

“I feel like people forget that you can experiment with something privately long before youre ever ready to share it publicly, ” she tells.

“So if opinion is whats hindering you from pursuing your passion, then merely keep it close to your chest first, ” she continues. “Then, when youre ready … when youve fallen so deeply in love with it that it doesnt matter what anybody thinks, then you can share it with the world.”

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How one teacher’s aquarium dream made science at this Texas school 10 times cooler.

What do you do if you’re an awesome science teacher and you want your kids to learn about water animals but don’t have water nearby?

That’s what James Jubran was up against as an aquatic science educator at Alief Elsik High School in Houston, Texas.

“We dont have the ability to go to lagoons, rivers, oceans or creeks, ” Jubran explains. The nearest big body of water is Trinity Bay, which is an hour away . Big field trips like that cost money, and the school doesn’t have the funding to attain them feasible .

Elsik is far from being the only school with this problem. Schools nationwide are dealing with massive budget cuts to their STEM programs( science, technology, education, and mathematics ). That’s a big obstacle for students looking to have careers in any of these fields.

Thankfully aquatic science fanatics at Elsik have Jubran grant writer extraordinaire.

Jubran with some of his students. All photos via Elsik High School, used with permission.

Jubran grew up in Florida surrounded by the ocean, and he was always fascinated by underwater ecosystems. He often went out on boats with his family, and he never missed an opportunity to go snorkeling or scuba diving.

He became a science teacher in Florida 10 years ago, but due to statewide school budget cuts, he lost his chore and decided to move inland to Houston, Texas, in 2006. He’s been at Elsik for five years but has always felt somewhat limited by the lack of access to water.

So in 2016, he wrote a award proposal for State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Program asking for help in constructing a gigantic aquarium for Elsik students as well as students at other nearby schools.

State Farm accepted the first 2,000 applicants for the grant, and narrowed that number down to 200. Those proposals were then made public so that people could vote on their favorites. Elsik students stimulated it their mission to vote as much as possible.

The top 40 proposals received $25,000. The grant Jubran wrote came in at# 8.

State Farm grant dispatchers and members of the school board.

Jubran immediately began pulling resources to build his dream aquarium, and within a couple months, it was finished.

The aquarium is 12 feet long, 9 feet tall, and 3 feet broad and can hold 1,100 gallons of water.

He decided to create a tropical ecosystem in the tank, home to all kinds of tropical fish. The aquatic residents were added slowly to the tank in order to build up good bacteria, which allows the tank to better manage fish waste. The slow process also helps make sure the fish all get along.

Today, there are 14 different species of fish living in the tank. They include threadfin geophagus, known for their digging abilities, Silver arowana, who are capable of grow to two feet long, carnivorous tiger oscars, shovelnose catfish, which look like their name sounds, and Redhooks the vegetarian version of piranhas.

A few redhooks in Elsik’s new aquarium.

The tank is located in the school cafeteria so that all of the students can enjoy it and, well, because it was too big to put upstairs near Jubran’s classroom.

The aquarium’s been in place for two months now, and everyone seems to love it and all its colorful inhabitants.

Threadfin geophaguses hanging out together.

Students are often considered pressed up against the glass watching the fish swimming around and interact with one another.

Jubran doesn’t love the thousands of fingerprints on the glass, but he appreciates the exuberance. He even has children he’s never met before coming up to him saying things like, oh, are you the guy who constructed the aquarium? Its so cool.”

I don’t know about that guy in the middle. He looks pretty fishy to me. HEYO!

And Jubran’s students, especially the ones interested in aquatic science careers, can’t get enough. Even though it’s the end of the school year, he’s begun assigning special teaching projects on species in the aquarium.

“Next year, students will learn everything they need to know about the fish, then develop and present a curriculum focused on the aquarium, ” Jubran says. That way, when students from other schools come by to check out the aquarium, Elsik students can actually teach them about what’s going on inside it.

And Jubran is not finished with his plans to bring water to Elsik he’s get even loftier schemes up his sleeve.

Jubran teaching his students about the aquarium.

“I’m going for a $100,000 award next year to build an even larger salt water aquarium for the other side of the school, ” Jubran says.

It might be four times as much as the previous grant, but considering his success at get that, there’s a very good chance he’ll be filling a larger aquarium with more exotic fish soon enough.

Jubran’s initiative just goes to show there’s enormous power behind one person’s desire to make a difference.

You don’t have to have a ton of money or a fancy upbringing to stimulate huge waves in your community. All you need to have is an idea and the tenacity to see it through .

One teacher can make a school a better, cooler place to learn and grow. As long as Jubran’s at Elsik, he’ll be working on exciting ways to do merely that.

If you want to find out more about Neighborhood Assist, and how it’s helping improve communities across the country, check out the program here.

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When comedians and puppets perform stories written by kids, the smiles are contagious.

In the world of Story Pirates, it’s not at all unusual to watch a play featuring a talking carrot on Saturn or flying cats.

That’s because the playwrights may seem a bit unconventional: They’re kids.

Story Pirates is an organization that pairs actors and comedians with stories written by young students . The results are fantastical productions that celebrate the power of imagination while also empowering children for a lifetime.

Check out their story: