Wait With Expectancy

By Dawn Onley Have you ever prayed for something, and then waited for your prayer to be answered? Days and weeks pass by and still no answer, no resolution, nothing. You start to lose hope, and maybe even question God. You feel helpless and don’t know where to turn. One of the toughest things in…

Saying Goodbye to Your Impostor, Showing Off the Real You

By Samantha McKenzie What if I told you that you’ve been harboring an impostor? That living right inside of you is a make-believe person, a pretender, a look-a-like that you’ve created to help you exist. That after years of mistakes, disappointments and put downs, you unknowingly constructed an alternate self. She was created with good…

On Giving Thanks

By Dawn Onley One of the greatest things my parents taught me growing up was to express gratitude for everything. They would eyeball me when someone from church gave me a compliment or handed me something as small as a piece of candy. “What do you say?” my mom or dad would ask in what…

The Truth of Fear, The Power of Conviction

By Samantha McKenzie As a former “cocky New Yorker,” I grew up deathly afraid of being pushed in front of a moving train. I had read too many headlines of this gruesome act and as a precautionary measure, I chose to stand as far away from the edge as possible. In college, the tiny frogs…

Justice or Else: The Anniversary of the Million Man March

By Samantha McKenzie It was the summer of 1995 and I was proud to be a part of the community efforts to help sign young black men up to attend the Million Man March. In the year leading up to the march, I worked tirelessly to plan events, spread the word and drum up support…

Using Social Media to Inspire

By Dawn Onley Social media has many plusses. It gives us access to a plethora of information resources. There’s a group for just about everything, making it pretty difficult to not find what we’re looking for. But my favorite aspect is it allows us to reconnect with our colleagues and classmates, in a fun and…

Go With Your Gut, It Always Delivers

By Samantha McKenzie If I had to claim one superhero power, it would be my gut feeling. It has never steered me wrong. Like many other people, I’ve always had this intense feeling in the pit of my stomach that has warned me of danger and at other times helped me detect a person’s sincerity….

Experience is a Good Teacher

By Dawn Onley I purchased my first property when I was 24 years old, and I was extremely proud of that accomplishment. It made me feel grown up. It was a loft condo located just a half hour’s drive from Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. The perfect location, which surprisingly, didn’t come with an…

The Season of Transition

By Samantha McKenzie After several days of non-stop rain, threatening forecasts of a hurricane, and the chilly weather that serenaded most of my weekend, it was clear that the autumn weather had finally announced its arrival. There’s something to be said about having to stay indoors. It provided me the privilege to pause and the…