2017: Shabooya, Sha-sha Shabooya Roll Call!

By Samantha McKenzie You may remember the Shabooya Roll Call chant from back in the days. Or perhaps you caught a glimpse of the rhythmic cheer when it became popular in the movie “Get on the Bus” or “Bring It On.” If you haven’t heard of it at all, go ahead and YouTube it. Steeped in African-American…

Birthing Our Dreams

“Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.” Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason By Dawn Onley Pull out a blank piece of paper. At the top of it, write this: “By this time next year, I will be …” Then, list as many words to describe what…

Pour Your Wine in New Wine Skin

By Samantha McKenzie “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”         (Bible, Mark 2:22) Have you ever shared a new idea with someone who responded in…

Vision Boards Help Us Visualize Success

By Dawn Onley This year, I traveled to Athens and a few of the Greek Islands with my niece. I started a daily walking regimen. I read more books – not just for fun, but with intention and on purpose. I also wrote more. I envisioned a Cleveland Cavaliers playoff victory (seriously). My husband and…

A More Meaningful Life

By Samantha McKenzie “It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.” Bryant H. McGill As 2016 winds down, I’ve been thinking about the future. How do I want to spend 2017 and what things can I do to make a difference in my life?…

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! May your food be scrumptious. May you be surrounded by the people who make you smile. May you laugh heartily and often. May you get your heart’s desire. And may you give it, too. May you stop for a minute to take it all in. May this Christmas be a fond…

You’re Almost There!

By Samantha McKenzie There’s always that moment when you see your dreams unfolding and your plans coming together – you can almost taste your success. It’s at these times when you can feel your goals – like you can almost reach out and touch them in the short distance ahead. This is confirmation that you’ve been seeking….

Renewing Our Childlike Faith

By Dawn Onley We can learn a lot about faith from a child. Children trust completely. They don’t question for a moment that we will catch them when they jump or when they fall. Children naturally think that good things will come their way if they do what they are supposed to do. And you…

Real Life Happens in the Moment

By Samantha McKenzie Real life happens in very brief, random, fleeting moments. Sometimes we miss it. It can be made up of split second decisions or the final result of well thought out plans…either way, it unfolds right before our eyes. Real life happens way before you walk into an auditorium to receive that diploma….

Self-Discovery and Illumination

By Dawn Onley I love when I learn something about myself that expands my thinking and increases my self-awareness. I’m frequently looking for these moments where something stands out that I never considered before yet feels as natural to me as the locs on my head. Recently, as I read Susan Cain’s book: “Quiet: The…

Cheers to Motherhood

By Samantha McKenzie By far, the most important job in the world is motherhood. Cheers to all the mom’s out there who sacrifice their lives, their time and their sanity to care for a special little person. Cheers to the scars you received and the tears you shed in the daily course of loving someone…

‘We Are The Change That We Seek’

Resistance always takes the form of fear. That’s the overriding thing.” – Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art.” By Dawn Onley Change is scary business. Change is this massive unknown looming over the horizon like the pending storm, and causing us to reach for the negative, the worst case scenario, the doom-and-gloom/sky-is-falling pejoratives, because we’ve…