Find Your Confidants

By Dawn Onley You can’t share your dream with everyone. Some won’t understand, and may try to discourage you because of that lack of understanding. Some may even berate your dream because they are not courageous enough to pursue their own dream. In the book “Destiny,” T.D. Jakes cautions readers to seek out people who…

The Long Road to Forgiveness

By Samantha McKenzie Forgiveness is one of the most freeing things a person can do, yet it’s one of the hardest trials to overcome in ourselves. It requires us to take a really long look in the mirror and then have the courage to face what we see. Injuries, whether physical or mental, create the climax in…

Explore, Discover, Enjoy Life!

By Dawn Onley I’m a geek at heart. I love to learn new things. I enjoy traveling to new places and trying new experiences, like that turtle soup I tasted in New Orleans or swimming with the stingrays in the Cayman Islands, or even that time I conquered my claustrophobia and climbed inside the Great Pyramid…

Failure is the Best Teacher

By Samantha McKenzie I used to be my own worst critic. When I’d make a mistake, I’d be first in line to beat myself up. I could be harsh too. Truth is, when I failed at anything  – a task, a competition, a relationship – it could cause a minor setback in my life. As a self-professed overachiever, I…

Seeing the Beauty in Today’s Picture

By Dawn Onley While flipping through an old photo of my 20-something self recently, the first thought that crossed my mind was I wish I were still that size. Then, the next thought hit me like a ton of bricks. When I WAS that size, I didn’t appreciate it. Instead, in much the same way…

With These Hands…

By Samantha McKenzie Every day, without even thinking about it, we use our hands to heal. We touch. We hug. We extend our palms to help one another. Without invitation, we wrap our arms around the living and share an undeniable energy. We restore. These feminine fingertips connect with, join in, converge on everything and in a…

Blessed by Divine Serendipity

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…

When Good Ain’t Good Enough

By Samantha McKenzie Being good just isn’t good enough. Neither is mediocrity or the ordinary. Monday night’s NCAA championship buzzer beater was a testament. The time that we live in demands our very best. Who wants to be average anyway, when extraordinary is right at our fingertips? Gone are the days when you could skate by with being seen and…

Let’s Choose Happiness

By Dawn Onley Have you ever met someone who seems to have it all — a loving marriage, cool kids, a great job, a nice home — yet still they are unhappy? Do you know people who have faced hardship after hardship, from childhood to  the present time, yet they are so joyful to be…

Tears of Joy

By Samantha McKenzie I cry during the most happiest moments in life. I just can’t help myself. I have cried at every wedding I’ve ever attended, even the ones I’ve watched on TV. I have cried at all of the college graduations I’ve gone to. I’ve been known to cry when I get engulfed in a…