Why Were You Born?

By Dawn Onley Your entrance into the world answers four of the five W’s of life. Many will die never having answered the fifth. Why were you born? This is an age old question. For some, the answer lies in the mind waiting to be conceived and in the belly waiting to be born. We…

A Message from the Heart

By Samantha McKenzie I am your heart. Many know me as the organ that pumps blood throughout the body. Others know me as the source of love and emotions. Today, I want a moment to explain who I am, and why I act the way that I do. As your heart, I’m here for you. I…

The Power in our Thoughts

By Dawn Onley To accomplish anything in life, there is always a way. There is always a chance. There is always hope. If you do not believe the above three statements to be true, they are not true — for you. You don’t need to do anything. You can stop reading at this point. This…

People will Talk, So Just Let ’em

By Samantha McKenzie Many, many moons ago, I worked a short stint at an African-American art gallery. It was sort of a layover job after having my first child – a transition period between maternity leave and finding a new writing gig. The gallery was located in the city’s cultural arts center which was unofficially managed by…

Distractions On the Road to Destiny

By Dawn Onley For years, I would get really hung up on how people treated me. Loyal to a fault, I would get peeved and even hold grudges toward relationships that weren’t reciprocal. If I supported a person’s dreams yet they didn’t support my dreams, if I helped someone through a trying time yet when…

Sorting Out Your Life

By Samantha McKenzie When I was growing up in a household of five, I had two main chores: cleaning the bathroom and doing the laundry. We didn’t have a washer and dryer in my home. I had to gather all the dirty clothes from the shared family hamper, load up the shopping cart with a…

Listening to Mama…

By Dawn Onley It goes back to grade school, when you tried to hide the peas and carrots under the mound of mashed potatoes, and you wondered why mama had to give you so much to begin with. She’d turn around from the stove, take one look at your plate, and say: “Eat your vegetables….

Feeling Overwhelmed, Asking for Help

By Samantha McKenzie I made an appointment to see a therapist today. I thought I should share it with you because women who hope should also be women who take care of their mental health. I needed to ask for professional help. I have been feeling overwhelmed. The small pieces of my already hectic life have piled…

Pulled By Purpose, On Purpose

By Dawn Onley “Pain pushes until vision pulls.” I love this Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith quote and have found it to be true. We are often pushed by pain in order to grow – which is a reactive state to be in. Have you ever gotten so fed up that you did something? Did you…

You Are Beautiful

By Samantha McKenzie You are beautiful. Let’s not waste too much time debating this fact. It’s true. You were born into a world that was ready and waiting for you. Your arrival was met with the warmth and love of others and your very presence filled the room with an unimaginable joy. Planned or unplanned, someone prepared for your…

Learning to Embrace the Rain

  By Dawn Onley This spring has been one of the rainiest on record. I’ll admit, for several weeks now, I’ve been complaining about the constant rain and the cool, damp temperatures, even as my grass grows a beautiful shade of lush green, the roses on my rosebush spring up and color my yard a…

My Faith, My Mustard Seed

By Samantha McKenzie “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  Matthew 17:20 I used to carry…