My Believing Women

By Samantha McKenzie “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” This was the music I grew up on….

For Better or Worse

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close…

There’s Beauty in Aging

By Samantha McKenzie I just celebrated a birthday, so aging has been on my mind. I’m not usually consumed with getting older, but I must admit, the closer I came to approaching more of my “middle-aged-ness,” the more concerned I grew. Will I be the oldest parent at my child’s graduation? Will I ever lose…

I Will Survive

“I come across too much material on “how to make a man want you,” “how to make a man commit,” “how to make a man finally pop the question,” “how to make a man take you seriously,” “how to get into a man’s emotions.” And I laugh. My dear fellow women, enough! Do not busy…

Growing Up as a Parent

By Samantha McKenzie I knew stepping into parenthood would be a challenge. I read a few books, talked for hours on the phone with my mother and countless other mothers for advice. Some tips I gladly held on to, while others I let go by the wayside. Mostly, I prayed, wondered and felt my way…

In the Moment

By Dawn Onley The older I get, the more I value the quiet solitude of an early morning walk. When it’s just me and nature, and the occasional hello from a passerby, I feel the most alive. Momentarily, during my walks, I’m free from life’s stresses, from the hustle and bustle and noise. And it…

Mastering My Fate and Captaining My Soul

By Samantha McKenzie Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul….

The Answer Isn’t Found in What Comes Easy. It’s Found in What Comes Hard.

By Dawn Onley Anything worth pursuing, anything worth accomplishing, any dream worth realizing takes hard work. Don’t believe anyone who tells you differently. There are no shortcuts. Refuse to drop another dime on a get-rich-quick scheme or a lose-weight-fast scam. Don’t get swept away by it. You could hit the Powerball or Mega Millions, but the…

Up Your Happiness Meter by Learning Something New

By Samantha McKenzie I’ve always been a huge fan of learning new things, but when I stumbled upon an article that suggests it leads to greater happiness, I was reenergized to find better ways to make my 24-hours more meaningful. According to Vanessa King, a positive psychology expert at Psychologies and Action for Happiness, human…

Pack Light

By Dawn Onley Moving gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s a headache. Nightmarish, even. Painstakingly looking for a new place to call home, and then securing that spot. Updating your new address with the post office to ensure your mail arrives when you do. Canceling the utility and security services, cable, phone, Internet. Tediously boxing…

Girls in Search of Our Help

“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello By Samantha McKenzie I work on a college campus and come in contact with thousands of…

Write it Down, Make it Happen

By Dawn Onley At the start of each new week, I put together a “To Do” list which is comprised of the work and household-related tasks I need to finish by the end of the week. Items like “draft press release” or “pay Pepco” are written out as reminders of things I need to get done,…