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,…

The Little Things Mean the Most

By Dawn Onley It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A cup of coffee prepared just right. An early morning walk. A scrumptious meal. Tickling my toddler son and hearing his giggles. Getting caught up with a friend. Reading a good book. Catching a movie with my family. Football season. Yesterday, I was in…

Glass Ceilings Were Meant to Be Shattered

By Samantha McKenzie “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt The term “glass ceiling” was coined in the late 1970s to describe the “unseen, yet unbreakable barrier” that kept minorities and women from moving up the corporate ladder and closing the gender pay gaps. Each…

Defiantly Joyful

By Dawn Onley Tomorrow marks a sad day in our nation’s history. It also marks one of the happiest days in my family’s history. The terroristic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 will forever live in infamy in America. When the terrorists commandeered four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and…

Live a Little, Love a Lot and Laugh Out Loud

By Samantha McKenzie It’s perfectly okay to break out of a routine. Actually, it’s highly encouraged. Don’t get me wrong, routines have their rightful place. They help us stay organized. They ensure that all of our chores are completed. But most of all, they provide a safe haven and security blanket for the masses to…

From Victim to Victor

  “The lesson will always repeat itself, unless you see yourself as the problem–not others.” ― Shannon L. Alder By Dawn Onley Let’s be honest: You are the problem. Although your girlfriends are good at deluding you and making you feel like it’s always someone else’s fault (that ex-boyfriend, your parents, other friends, your boss,…

Measuring Our True Wealth, Capitalizing On Our Gifts

By Samantha McKenzie The measure of a man shouldn’t be counted by the money he has accumulated nor by the trinkets he’s collected along the way. His true wealth is in discovering his calling and then working to utilize his gift to benefit himself and others. All too often we allow our bank account and property…

The Power of Mentorship

By Dawn Onley Since college, I’ve been blessed with some great mentors. They have spent countless hours giving me invaluable advice, reviewing and editing my work, providing feedback, and making vital introductions, all of which has helped to steer me along a successful journalism path. At one time, they had all been where I was…

Treasures at the Bottom of the Sea

By Samantha McKenzie Every once in a while I hear something that stops me dead in my tracks. A while back, I was talking with a colleague who had recently turned in her resignation and was gearing up for the next phase of her life as a doctoral student. She was about to embark on her…