You and Your Heart Have Been Places

By Samantha McKenzie You and your heart have been places. Through thick and thin, you’ve seen a lot. You may not have always been in agreement, but somehow, you managed to stay together. You’ve experienced peaks of joy and valleys of pure pain and you lived to tell about it. It’s time to make a…

It Takes Courage to Catch Our Dreams

By Dawn Onley The beauty of the early morning is in the sounds of the wind rippling through the trees, the hum of the space heater and the rhythmic breathing of the babies as they sleep. It’s the perfect backdrop for which I whisper thank you to my creator. God knew my silent prayers and…

Shout Outs to You!

By Samantha McKenzie It’s Friday. The end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend. What better time to give a few special shout outs to the people who are rolling up their sleeves, taking another swipe at getting it right and making a contribution to this world that we live in. Shout out…

Learn How to Say No to Stress

By Dawn Onley If you have stress in your life, there’s a good chance you’re not saying “no” enough. These wise words come from Joyce Meyer, the dynamic preacher and speaker, whose book entitled “Overload” deals with the impact of stress, and more importantly, what we can do about it. At a conference two years ago,…

Are You an Enabler too?

By Samantha McKenzie I am somewhat of an enabler. Well to be perfectly honest, I’m a full blown enabler and it just became apparently clear that it’s time I give it up. I do too much. I talk about having boundaries, but at the end of the day, the need to help people always wins out….

Make a List of Every Job You’ve Held…

By Samantha McKenzie Make a list of every job you’ve held. Then post it on your refrigerator for your friends and family to see. Make sure the list is big enough for your children to read as well. If you’re bold enough, post it on your social media page and let others see. Make it…

Choose to Heal from Your Hurt

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…

It’s the Differences that Make Us Grow

By Samantha McKenzie One of the beauties of living in a free country is that we get to express our individual beliefs and value systems. We have the privilege of being different and the joy of living our choices out loud. It’s not unusual that we tend to hang around people who are just like…

Here’s to 50 Years of Joy!

By Dawn Onley My sister use to make me cry. When I was a baby, my mom said she would notice that every time my sister came near me, out of nowhere I’d start crying. I would be just as content and happy before she came close, but then suddenly I’d start wailing. Mom didn’t…

Say Bye-bye to the Negatives

By Samantha McKenzie What we speak has power. What we say, good or bad, takes on a life of its own. But the negative things weigh us down. They bring out the worst in us, too. We can actually choose to speak positively about our circumstances and say bye-bye to the words that keep us…

Adding Fun Into the Work Week

By Dawn Onley Mondays can be rough. Add to that a sore, scratchy throat, a sinus headache and just the overall ick I’ve felt since Saturday evening, causing me to sleep half of the morning on Sunday and forego the writing that I desperately needed to finish. Bleh. Mondays can be downright depressing. I try…