Unwrapping Your Gift

By Samantha McKenzie “All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions – but precious few of them ever translate those into action.” – John Hancock Field I don’t know about you, but when I get a gift, I have to open it immediately. Especially if it’s packaged in beautiful wrapping paper and…

Planning Little Nuggets of Joy

By Dawn Onley Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you they would take you to get pizza, buy you an ice cream cone or some other delight, granted you were good, but you had to wait until a certain time or date to reap the reward? Remember the thrill and the…

I Need You

By Samantha McKenzie We all enter this world in similar fashion: We announce our arrival crying at the top of our lungs, demanding to be nourished and insisting to be nurtured by anyone available. It doesn’t take us long to nestle into the protocols of newborn privilege and take in the joys of being swaddled,…

How We See The World Is How The World Sees Us

  By Dawn Onley Listen very closely to the narrative that you tell yourself and others. On the phone playing catch up with a friend. On a date with a potential love interest. On social media status updates. In your own head. What do the words sound like? Are they uplifting? Are they encouraging? Are…

Finding Your Inspiration

By Samantha McKenzie I find inspiration near the water. Practically any type of water will do it for me. I can gather it at the shores of an ocean, or from the cascades of a nearby waterfall. It revs up something in me when I’m standing near a roaring rapid and cozies itself next to…

How Bad Do You Want It?

By Dawn Onley “What are you willing to shed to reach your potential?” Toxic thinking? Procrastination? Fear? Excuses? “What are you willing to sacrifice?” Freedom? The double latte? Dining out? Your time? “How bad do you want it?” A 2nd or 3rd job? Going back to school? A 60-hour work week? No weekends off? “When will…

Hope’s Hold on Me

By Samantha McKenzie “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”  Emily Dickinson I hope because as a little girl, I watched my entire family hope as they moved to America from a foreign land. I knew back…

‘The Phoenix Must Burn to Emerge’

  By Dawn Onley I had life all figured out. I would be married by 25, have two kids by the time I was in my early 30s and adopt a third. I would climb my way up the journalism ladder, jumping from newspaper to newspaper until I finally landed at The New York Times….

Why Tooting Your Horn is Encouraged

By Samantha McKenzie It’s time we practiced tooting our own horns. Yes. Moving forward, it will be highly encouraged to tell people more about your exceptional skills, about the role you played in making something quite the success and how darn good you are at doing what ever it is that you do. I urge…

Be Prepared. Always.

By Dawn Onley If an opportunity landed in your lap today, one that you really wanted and had wished for, would you be ready? We can get so immersed in the process of praying for a specific want that it can supersede the investment we make to prepare for it. We pray for a better…