A Path of Love and Passion

By Dawn Onley What should I do with my life? That is both the name of the book and the million-dollar question best-selling author Po Bronson posed to more than 900 ordinary Americans who had one thing in common: the desire to dust off their hidden passions long stored away in the china cabinets of their…

Leaders are Born Every Day

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a leader born every day. I’m not talking about people you’ve read about in history books or the ones you’ve seen posted up in current magazine articles. I’m not even referring to the recognizable names of those who have won tons of awards, increased profit margins, built empires or left some…

Actions Trump All

By Dawn Onley A wordsmith by profession and calling, I understand the significance of the written and spoken word. I’m a big proponent of vision boards and have purposefully practiced writing down my goals, in various formats, for over a decade. Words are powerful. I need no convincing of this. When President Obama was campaigning…

Find the River that Connects You

By Samantha McKenzie We have more in common than we can ever imagine. As I flip through the channels, I am bombarded with news stories of controversy, conflict and an extraordinary amounts of harsh criticism. Every day feels like a battle of some sort. We spend entirely too many man hours picking sides, placing blame and…

When Did We Get So Busy?

  By Dawn Onley I can’t ever recall being this busy. In. My. Life. In my “spare” time, I’m planning a wedding, still adjusting to a temporary move while slowly beginning the process of looking for a permanent one, co-writing this blog, and being mommy to a toddler boy, to name a few items. I’ve…

I Am Because of Who You Are

By Samantha McKenzie “It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong.” Bishop Desmond Tutu The African people have a philosophy known as “Ubuntu” (pronounced uu-boon-too) which loosely means, I am because of…

Reliving Memories and Creating New Ones

By Dawn Onley  Funnel cake. Pizza. Italian sausage. Rides. Blue Ribbons. Fun. A few days ago, I took my son to the Great Frederick Fair. If you are outside of western Maryland, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it, but it is a true country fair, complete with an assortment of rides, games,…

Prejudice: Don’t Pass it On

By Samantha McKenzie American prejudice and racism has taken its toll on us. Some argue that it’s been there all along and technology just made it more visible. Some say that the cases we are seeing on the daily newsfeed are a reflection of a small percentage of bad apples, but doesn’t represent the whole….

Today is Priceless

By Dawn Onley Nothing is worth more than this day. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not your birthday next month. Not a future date or goal. Nothing. Today is all we truly have – and some of us won’t even have this full day. Many focus on money, but today is worth more than the…

Setting the Scene for Great Communication

By Samantha McKenzie Humans are hardwired for pleasure, so it’s no mystery that when we are faced with difficult situations, we tend to feel uncomfortable. Studies show that women also tend to avoid verbal confrontations more often than men. We take our hardwiring seriously, don’t we?! Actually, women avoid having tough conversations – at home…

A Meaningful Life

By Dawn Onley I don’t fear death. When it’s my time to go, I’ll go. There’s a peaceful serenity that is settled within me, drawn from an indisputable fact: we all must die. Granted, the older I get, the thought of my loved ones dying still saddens me. It’s been almost a year since my…

An Imperfectly Perfect Me

By Samantha McKenzie I’m notorious for taking pictures. My older sister still laughs at me today because as a child, I was always cheesing in front of a camera. It didn’t matter who pulled out the camera or for what occasion, I could strike a pose in 1.5 seconds flat. Ever since I can remember,…