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…

Your Gift is Your Strategic Advantage

By Dawn Onley Chances are, there is at least one area of your life where you excel. This area is a sweet spot for you, something you do with ease that others might find challenging. It’s your gift, a talent bestowed to you from God. Chances are you enjoy doing it. We usually enjoy what…

Your Confidence Flows from Within

By Samantha McKenzie Confidence has swag, it has flow, it has grace. It meanders down the street with an extra pep in its step. Confidence has sass. It has humility. It is completely contagious and often envied. It makes people stare. It invites others to believe. It’s totally attractive. So full of good thoughts and well wishes towards…

Beauty is Sad

      “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”…

Map of Your Heart

By Samantha McKenzie Make a map of your heart. Reflect on where it’s been and decide where else you’d like to go. Think about the places you’ve traveled to and the impressions left on your life. Remember the people you have encountered and the impact they’ve made on your journey. What about the beautiful landscapes, the…

A Student of Life

By Dawn Onley “When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another….

Our Health is Our Future

By Samantha McKenzie Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer in the world. Stroke is No. 2. Hypertension, obesity and diabetes are not far behind. Another staggering fact: Among African-American women, 48% of women and 46% of men have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update. African-Americans…

Make the Gift Count

  By Dawn Onley Nothing is worth more than this day. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not your birthday later this year. Nothing. That’s because today is all we truly have – and some of us won’t even have this full day. Today is a gift worth more than the rarest diamond, a house in Paris,…

Give Yourself Permission, Then Saddle Up

By Samantha McKenzie Let’s be honest. You’re not motivated every day to be your very best. I’ve slapped the snooze button more times than I can count. I’ve run in late for a meeting or two, even though I looked at my calendar the evening prior and still forgot about it in the morning. I over…