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.

Loving the Little Girl Inside of You

By Samantha McKenzie I love being a woman. In fact, each year I discover more fascinating (and peculiar) things about myself. Growing up and open is an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But there are times when I look in the mirror and I don’t recognize myself. Instead, I see…

Paying it Forward with Acts of Kindness

By Samantha McKenzie It was nothing for my mom to send me down the street to ask my aunt for a cup of sugar or a stick of butter when she suddenly realized she had run out. It was actually common practice for us to exchange portions of food with our next door neighbor until…

Leaning in to Discomfort

By Samantha McKenzie I’m nose deep in the first few chapters of a new book about overcoming difficulties and accepting all that life has to offer. It’s a champion’s book about being vulnerable, rising from the ashes and living your life wholeheartedly. This is definitely my kind of book, I thought, as I hurriedly flipped…

The Dawn of a New Day

By Samantha McKenzie Our Dawnie is getting married! Yes, I mean in a few short days, she will be walking down the aisle, tying the knot, jumping the broom and creating a brand new life with Calvin B. While she continues the frenzy of finalizing last minute details, talking herself in and out of what…

The Breath of Life

Take time to cherish each breath of life that you are afforded. Breathe in the day’s energy and use it to inspire your hopes and dreams. Make the air your playground and watch the life you imagined unfold. This is the day that the Lord has made… Go forth into your new realities.

Make New Friends

By Dawn Onley All through life I’ve had a tight crew of friends. Ones I could count on one hand. Most of my tried and true are women, although I have a few great guy friends, and most of us share a college, workplace, family, hometown, or similar upbringing in common. I’m sociable and friendly, the…

It’s Time to Get Some Sleep

By Samantha McKenzie My co-workers and I just wrapped up a seven-day work week, jam packed with late nights and early morning shifts. For students, alumni and the community, the homecoming festivities were filled with fantastic opportunities to create memories and reminisce on the good ole days. It was also exhausting. Returning to work on Monday was…

Friendly Competition With Each Healthy Step

By Dawn Onley I’m drawn to healthy competition. So naturally, I would get drawn into the Fitbit craze. It took me four months (ok, five) to officially install my Surge after I purchased it, and to synch it up to my iPhone – not because it was technically difficult to do, but because I believed it…