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…

The House that Ruth Built

By Dawn Onley Family time is important. The older I get, the more I realize just how important. The past several weekends I have spent in the presence of family. It’s been truly the highlight of moving back to my hometown. There have been plenty of laughs, great food, time spent reminiscing, talking through life’s…

Every Body Needs a Support System

By Samantha McKenzie Women need a support system. We need a trusted circle of sisters who will listen to us. We need a group of other women who will give us a fresh perspective on a particular situation or invite us to try a new approach. We need a tribe of sisters who will help…

Finding Your Happy Place

By Dawn Onley The other day I was in the library, which is my happy place. It got me thinking that we all need a happy place – somewhere that we go and instantly feel excited and alive. There’s just something about the look and smell of the library, the people, the rows and rows…

I Am Thankful For…

By Samantha McKenzie I am always thankful when people lend me a helpful hand, or offer up some exceptional advice. I am very grateful that God answers my prayers. I appreciate every act of kindness I receive from others. I must confess, however, that my gratitude wanes from time to time. I sorta get stuck…

Becoming Anything At All

By Dawn Onley Women, we can be anything we want to be. Anything. At. All. This is not the condescending pat on the back that your first boss may have given you, denying your salary increase at the same time he encouraged you to go after positions he knew you’d never fill. It’s not the…

The Greatest of All Time

By Samantha McKenzie This man was a true gift to the world. He shook up the masses with his bravado and wisdom. Courage never looked so good! Love you like a real hero should be loved. Rest peacefully champ. Muhammad Ali is gone from among us. His presence will of course be missed. His legacy…

Don’t Lose Hope While You Wait

By Dawn Onley Have you ever prayed for something, and then waited for your prayer to be answered? Days and weeks pass by and still no answer, no resolution, nothing. You start to lose hope, and maybe even question God. You feel helpless and don’t know where to turn. One of the toughest things in…

Powered Up by Your Soft Skills

By Samantha McKenzie Soft skills have been the buzz words in the workplace for a while now. Employers are looking for people who can work well with others, who can produce in a team environment and who can garner buy-in from all stakeholders. Soft skills are usually associated with a person’s emotional intelligence quotient (a cluster of personality…