When You’re Nearing the Finish Line

By Samantha McKenzie Finish lines represent the big “win” for runners and marathon enthusiasts. They remind us that we’ve accomplished a goal, achieved an objective and made it to the end.  To the champion, it is the moment of truth, when all of your hard work finally pays off. You did it! I saw a…

What Are You Seeking?

Whatever you are searching for, you will find. Peace. Contentment. Happiness. Joy. Love. Whatever it is, the Bible says ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Buddhists believe whatever you are looking at is a projection of your own mind. We see…

When Your Sunshine is on Fire

By Samantha McKenzie I’m just gonna put it out there. I love, love, love the sunshine. I love the one I see up in the sky each day (collective amen!) and I love the one I see inside of other people. I gravitate to the energy of people who are alive and doing something that…

Strengthening Our Gratitude Muscle

By Dawn Onley I read a note that someone posted on Facebook six years ago, challenging their friends to write something they are thankful for each day during the month of November, and to post it to their page. I did it that year, and have been doing it ever since. I think it’s a…

It’s Time You Tell Your Story

By Samantha McKenzie We all love a good story. We want the happily ever afters, the heroes who save us from darkness and the successful endings that separate us from the ordinary. Whether we like getting it out of a book, a television drama series, or near the water cooler at work, most of us have…

I’m Not Lucky. I’m Blessed.

By Dawn Onley At the risk of sounding hokey, I don’t believe in coincidence or luck. I don’t believe in fluke. I believe in divinely orchestrated occurrences. I believe in things that are beyond my level of comprehension conspiring to my benefit. I believe in ‘God winks’, which author SQuire Rushnell decribes as “messages of…

Grow the Flowers, Not the Weeds

We all have the potential to grow. The question is, are we willing to nurture that potential in the right way?   When you are on a path to meeting up with your best self, you will face many challenges. Roll up your sleeves and go for it. Hang on to the positive experiences and send…

Random Things I Don’t Understand

By Samantha McKenzie When it comes to intelligence and common sense, I rank myself somewhere in the middle. I know lots about what I do know, but I accept that there are things I will never understand. Forever a seeker of knowledge, the more I topics I tend to study, the more I realize how…

Giving, Receiving and Asking for Help

By Samantha McKenzie I know you. I see you over there. You’re the first to volunteer for a good cause. The first to write out what you are going to buy everyone else for Christmas. You are the one that the family calls on for help. You give without wanting anything in return. You make…

Carpe Diem: Go Ahead and Seize the Day

Taken from Horace’s book Ores, the term means seize, enjoy and make use of the day. The advice is offered by Siduri to Gilgamesh, and is followed by “quam minimum credula postero,” which translates into “put little trust in tomorrow.” This ancient wisdom inspires us to make good use of the time we have now and use…

Joy Still Comes in the Morning

By Samantha McKenzie Death. Disaster. Disappointment. If you’ve lived long enough you’ve experienced them all. They arrive at our doorsteps uninvited. Sometimes the results of our choices. Other times through the decisions of others. They can often be the consequences of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But we endure. Every…

Things Have a Magical Way of Working Out

No matter how much time you spend worrying, you are not always in control. Somewhere in the depths of the deep dark universe, God has already set aside a solution to your problems. Leave your mind open to the possibilities that everything will be okay. Let the mysteries of life simply unfold.