Meet New Faces, Go New Places

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson By Dawn Onley Twenty two years ago, I met Tobias in Cape Town, South Africa. He, like I, came to this young democratic nation to experience the country’s…

I Hope You…

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”    …

Consistency Yields Big Rewards

By Dawn Onley Consistency makes the difference. Consistency over the long haul enables us to save just enough money in the bank to buy a home. When we consistently eat healthy, it’s possible to whittle our waist line down a few inches to get us back in those jeans that we wore a decade ago….

Building Your Personal Brand

By Samantha McKenzie Not too long ago, when you heard the word brand in the business world, it referred primarily to the type of product or service a company produced. The word has since then evolved into something more personal. Nowadays, a brand is whatever your customers say it is when they hear of or see…

Just Do It. Today.

“If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.” – Padmasambhava “Everything we have done up to this point in our lives has brought us EXACTLY to where we are now in our lives, and everything we do from this…

The Lessons and Blessings of Pain

By Samantha McKenzie No one volunteers to experience pain, but one way or the other we all end up feeling its unpleasant effects. Let’s face it, pain hurts. Like it really hurts. It’s sharp and unbearable. It’s long and drawn out. It can make you wince, shout, cry out loud and beg for mercy. It’ll even…

Living Every Word of Our Story

  By Dawn Onley Focus on the story, not the sentence.” – James Patterson Our lives are made up of a whole bunch of sentences. Some phases of our life story are long sentences, while others are short. Some are funny and others are dreary. Some sentences are fragments in need of repair. Resist the…

No limits, No ceilings

Samantha McKenzie “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt The term “glass ceiling” was coined in the late 1970s to describe the “unseen, yet unbreakable barrier” that kept minorities and women from moving up the corporate ladder and closing the gender pay gaps. Each year,…

For the Love of LeBron

By Dawn Onley I almost died last night. My heart was beating so fast, it felt like it would jump straight out of my chest and plop on my laptop. I was in the family room, seated in the recliner. Normally people relax in recliners, with their feet up, drink in hand, or on a…

Discover Your Whimsical

By Samantha McKenzie Put aside the agendas, cancel a few chores and reschedule the appointments. Make this weekend count. Start by smelling the flowers, eating the cupcake and running down the street like you used to when you were young(er). Sleep in, drive with the windows down and laugh uncontrollably. Rediscover your “fun” side and…

Happy One-Year Anniversary to Us!

By Dawn Onley I’m so proud of me. And Samantha. Us. We did it! One year ago today, we launched Women Who Hope, a blog we created to inspire women to hope, to dream and to do. We stopped talking and took action. The blog has been a great outlet for us both. Our writings…

God Bless My Girlfriends, Part II

By Samantha McKenzie Today marks the anniversary eve of the Women Who Hope blog! A little over a year ago, my writing partner and I took a tiny idea and turned it into a blog that was intended to inspire women to believe in themselves and chase frantically after their dreams. We hope that our…