Find Your Gift, Then Give it Away

By Samantha McKenzie When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ Erma Bombeck When I get a gift, I have to open it immediately. Especially if it’s packaged in…

Emulating Dr. King’s Work to Improve the Lives of Others

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin…

Can You Tell it Like it is?

By Samantha McKenzie Can you tell it like it is? I’m not talking about harsh, angry or critical talk. That would be too easy. When some people get upset, they’re likely to let it rip. In their anger, they may find a few sour words to hurl your way. You’ve either been the giver or receiver in this scene…

Getting Our Shout Back

By Dawn Onley Have you ever noticed how loud kids are? It’s funny, even when they “whisper,” they are loud. They are bursting with energy and joy, excited to tell us whatever it is they want to tell us and despite our pleas, they just won’t allow this good news to be bottled up and…

Threats to a Healthy Sisterhood

By Samantha McKenzie It’s normal to hide your flaws. Actually, we were taught as little girls to keep our messiness out of public view. But as we mature and realize that we’re all imperfect human beings, it becomes easier to talk about our ugliness. Gossip, jealousy and selfishness top the list of things that threaten…

Walk in Your Confidence

By Samantha McKenzie “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu Confidence has swag, it has flow, it has grace. It meanders down the street with an…

TODAY, Take One Small Step

By Dawn Onley Do one thing today that will move you in the direction of your dreams. Just one thing. One new thing. Do something that you haven’t done before in pursuit of the thing that you fantasize about. The thing that you were born to do. The thing that will give you peace. The thing that…

Kiss Your Insecurities Goodbye

By Samantha McKenzie Hanging on to insecurities is costing us more than we can imagine. Each and every time we regurgitate stories that feed into our low self-esteem, we lose a little bit of ourselves. What’s even worse, we do it so often, it’s become commonplace. Sometimes, we stand around as innocent bystanders while another…

Sturdy and Sure: The Stake that Supports Our Loved Ones

“Celebrate a friend’s victory. There is more than enough room in the universe for all of us to do well.” – Dawn Onley By Dawn Onley One of the reasons why I love Facebook is I get to read all of the exciting things my friends are doing. They are writing books, acting, teaching, launching…