Donning Our Crowns

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put it on your head.” – James Baldwin By Dawn Onley We are women. Queens. Royalty. Givers of life. Nurturers of the human condition. We are the ones who deeply feel things; the glue that keeps it all together. There are…

The New Leaders

By Samantha McKenzie During this presidential election season, I am glued to the news updates, waiting to hear which candidate said what – the good, the bad and the ugly. To be honest, I’m not so big on politics, but I take pleasure in voting. Years ago, after working as a summer intern at a weekly newspaper in…

Live for This Moment

By Dawn Onley There are people who woke up this morning who won’t make it through this day. Heck, I could be one of them. So could you. This is not meant to scare you. It is simply meant to state a fact that can easily be forgotten as we go about our busy lives….

An Old Hindu Legend

By Samantha McKenzie While we are all looking outwards for solutions, the answers lie within. According to an old Hindu legend… There was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it…

Recovering from the Addiction of Pain

“I just read something powerful: ‘Healing is a decision.’ You don’t have to walk around being broken. You can make a choice, and choose forgiveness, and be healed from brokenness. The choice is solely up to you. Are you choosing what brings you closer to an abundant life or what is going to bring you…

Find Your Anchor

By Samantha McKenzie I tried to make sense of the past few days. The hate. The violence. The fear. And that was before the peaceful protests turned into riots. I called my son who lives in Charlotte, NC, multiple times. I prayed for the grieving families and the police officers, intermittently, throughout the quiet times…

I’ve Decided …

By Dawn Onley I want to associate with greatness. I want to associate with people who care about the energy they put out into the world. I want to associate with people who want to do better, who want to be better. People who are not content with mediocrity. There’s plenty of average people with…

Tell Someone They Inspire You…

By Samantha McKenzie Today, tell someone how much they inspire you. Take a brief moment to let someone know how they make a difference to you and the world. I was inspired today by my daughter, Tahirah. The 20-year-old attended a city hall meeting last night with other students from Winston-Salem State University, in the hopes that the council…

The Case for Plan A

By Dawn Onley All of my life, I’ve set up a Plan B. I have always prided myself on having something to fall back on. More often than not, I worked my Plan A. But because even the best-laid plans can fail, I have relied on Plan B when it was advantageous to do so,…

Being the CEO of Your Life

By Samantha McKenzie Chief Executive Officer. This is the title of the top administrator in an organization whose primary role is to manage and maximize the value of the corporation. The CEO, as its most often referred to, works collaboratively with a board of directors to create a vision, set goals and building a profitable business….

Leaving Our Comfort Zone

By Dawn Onley Being comfortable is one of those double-edged swords. It’s great to be comfortable in the sense that we share gratitude for a roof to sleep under, food to eat and clothes to wear. Those creature comforts, which should be basic human rights, are sadly not afforded to everyone. However, being comfortable also…

Beautiful Soul, You Are

By Samantha McKenzie Why can’t we all be beautiful? Who decided that being beautiful was for some? Why did we believe it? You are beautiful. It’s true. You were born into a world that awaited your arrival. Your presence filled the room with an unimaginable joy. Planned or unplanned, you were so special that we adjusted…