Recognizing the Exquisite in the Everyday

 By Dawn Onley I have always loved a good bath. Hot, sudsy water. Soaking salts. Bath bombs. Silky oils. Aromatherapy teas. Candles. Complete tranquility. A delight to my senses. It has become such an indulgence for me that I go all out in treating myself to luxurious bath products and creating a true oasis, even…

Did You Almost…

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII By Samantha McKenzie Do you have a life full of almosts? Did…

The Impact of Giving

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” -— Martin Luther King, Jr.   By Dawn…

Protest with a Purpose: Wear Denim on Wednesday

By Samantha McKenzie Once upon a time, in a land not far away, women were no longer seen as princesses. Instead of happy endings, they lived their lives in perpetual fear. They were raped by strangers, abused by men who claimed they loved them, and objectified everywhere they went. There was no safe place to…

Choose Bravely, Sisters

“Take a moment every day to look at the places, spaces and faces in your life and ask yourself if they are the ones you want there.” – Tim Storey By Dawn Onley We get to choose. Every day we wake up, we have a brand new set of options. We have the ability to…

Beautifully You

By Samantha McKenzie You are beautiful. It’s true. You were born into a world that was ready and waiting for you. Your arrival was met with the warmth and love of others and your very presence filled the room with an unimaginable joy. Planned or unplanned, someone prepared for your coming. You were so special that others adjusted their thinking and…

8 Ways to Show Appreciation to Our Big, Beautiful Earth

By Dawn Onley A happy childhood memory for me was the apple tree in my grandparents’ backyard. I treasured the times that I got to help pick the apples because I knew before long I would be smacking my lips on some apple pie, stewed apples, applesauce, apple fritters, you name it. Near the apple…

Strike While Your Iron is Hot

By Samantha McKenzie There’s something to be said about a blacksmith’s grueling job of heating metals at the right temperature and hammering them into shape. She has to be strong, quick, focused, and determined to complete the task ahead. Experience has taught her that the temperature must be just right. If she strikes too soon…

Go in Search of Beauty and Light

By Dawn Onley At a basic level, the Easter story is one of hope. It’s about redemption and mercy, forgiveness and love. Christianity is not unique in this sense. Most religions are based on the concept of hope. The hope in an omnipotent and omnipresent God or higher power. The hope that there is more…

Find a Tribe of Women Who Support You

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…

How ‘Interrogating My Preferences’ Improved My Love Life

“Just because love don’t look the way you think it should, don’t mean you don’t have it.”  — Leslye Walton, “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” By Dawn Onley My friend, Adisa, once said something to me that was life changing. It was so simple yet profound, and at the time it altered how I…

My Hope for You

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”   Michelle Obama…