Fall Back in Love with Yourself

By Samantha McKenzie It’s Friday, the hopeful day that ushers in the weekend and a good time to spend taking care of yourself. I challenge all my sisters to use a portion of this weekend to “fall back in love with yourself.” I know it may sound strange, but we spend a good portion of…

Volunteers are the real MVPs

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” -— Martin Luther King, Jr. By Dawn Onley…

Sorry. Not Sorry.

By Samantha McKenzie Ladies, we don’t have to apologize for everything.  We just don’t.  Let’s just agree that there are many things we should apologize for before we begin. Apologize if you truly are sorry for an injury you may have caused, large or small – that was not your intention. Apologize if you’ve hurt…

Say ‘yes’ to YOU in 2019!

By Dawn Onley Happy New Year! If you are like me and experienced a tough 2018, chances are you are so glad to see 2019! In the waning days of last year, I felt like I wanted to wrap myself up in protective gauze or saran wrap and just preserve my sanity for a little…

It’s Okay to Use the “F” Word

By Samantha McKenzie It’s okay to say the “F” word. No really. It’s okay to talk about your failures. Failure is the one word in the English language that has the worst reputation but is the prerequisite to everything we hope to achieve. As a child, I only learned about failure through eavesdropping on adult…

The Year of the Woman

By Samantha McKenzie 2018 was dubbed the year of the woman. And it was. As I reflect on all that’s happened this year, I’m proud of the female accomplishments that flooded our timelines. We were badass! We roared. We shouted. We disturbed the norm. We saw women making bold moves, setting new records and owning their…

‘You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with’

By Dawn Onley Think of the five people whom you spend the most time around. It could be family or friends, even colleagues or associates. Think of their personality traits, what you talk about with them, how you engage. Are they positive? Caring? Uplifting? Motivating? Generous? Honest? Joyful? Loving? Loyal? Enthusiastic? Do they encourage you? Do…

We Must be the Biggest Champions of Self Love

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a lot of pressure placed on women to be a certain dress size or maintain a certain body type. While the messages may begin on the outside, they take root inside of us as we begin to internalize negative thoughts of not being good enough. With the influence of the internet and…

Making room for what I love, and discarding all the rest

By Dawn Onley A bad wind storm this spring caused an oak tree to fall on my house. My husband and I were sound asleep as the wind howled outside, only awakening to the BOOM of the impact. We were forced to leave our home while a general contractor essentially rebuilt from the roof down,…

Don’t Live a Life of Almosts…

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”  ~ Pope John XXIII By Samantha McKenzie Do you have a life full of almosts?…