Breaking Imaginary Chains to Fulfill Our Destinies

  By Dawn Onley In the picture, the horse is tied to a plastic, outdoor chair, under the Robert Breault quote: “Sometimes the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical.” We’re just like that horse. We are bound to imaginary limitations which impede us from breaking the mental shackles that…

Honoring Your Divine

By Samantha McKenzie Honor her. Love her. Speak to her softly. Feel her. Lead her. Spend time with her alone. Free her. Feed her soul. Let her walk the Earth in peace. Be all these things to yourself. Honor your divine.

The Impact of Mentors

By Dawn Onley Throughout my life, I’ve been blessed with some great mentors and role models. People who cared enough to get involved, who spent countless hours giving me invaluable advice, reviewing and editing my work, providing feedback and making vital introductions. All of this has helped to shape my career and life journeys. I got…

Free Compliments Won’t Cost You a Thing

By Samantha McKenzie It wasn’t until I got to high school that I truly learned how to give a genuine compliment. I learned it from watching my best friend Nikki who had a knack for offering small words of praise to anyone who she admired. She’d notice your new hair cut, perfectly manicured nails, nicely fitted attire or your dazzling…

Monsters Do Exist

“The real world is where the monsters are.” – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief   By Dawn Onley A few times a week, my son and I have a ritual. He’ll point outside his bedroom window at the dark sky and say: “Mommy, there’s monsters out there.” I’ll reassure him that there are no monsters outside….

May the Force Be With You

By Samantha McKenzie “Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars I won’t claim to be a Star Wars fan, but it was the movie of my generation and…

The Blessing in Being Underestimated

By Dawn Onley Throughout life, we will meet people who will discourage us. There will be people who won’t believe in us and in our abilities to do what we say we’re going to do. There will also be people who we’ll support wholeheartedly but who won’t support us in return. I know this is…

Look a Little Closer into Those Eyes

By Samantha McKenzie Look deeply into the eyes. It holds the missing puzzle pieces. It has a way of speaking in silence and holds in all of the things we’re too afraid to let others see. When all the chatter ceases for the day, spend a few moments in silence, staring into the eyes of…

Becoming Who I Am

By Dawn Onley I want to associate with greatness. I want to associate with people who care about the energy they put out into the world. I want to associate with people who want to do better, who want to be better. People who are not content with mediocrity. There’s plenty of average people with…

The Heart was Meant to Take Risks

By Samantha McKenzie “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain Pushing the envelope. Crossing the lines. Walking on the edge. Free falling through your life. Inspiring women to chase after their dreams and follow their passions comes at a high price. The stakes are steep and the sacrifices are almost…

Harriet Tubman: A Hero Worth Remembering

  By Dawn Onley I’ve always been fascinated with Harriet Tubman. Growing up in Maryland, just as Harriet did, as well as other freedom leaders, I took particular pride in learning about her strength, courage and sacrifice. In a high school English class, I wrote a paper on Harriet Tubman because it was important to…

Erasing Your Regrets

By Samantha McKenzie This chalkboard was placed in New York City asking people to write their biggest regret. Mostly all of the answers had one word in common: fear. It’s a reminder to not let fear stop you from doing great things. This Chalkboard Reveals video inspired me. Write down your regrets. All of them. Then erase the…