How You Make Them Feel

By Samantha McKenzie “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Dr. Maya Angelou One day, I walked into a local cafe for lunch and saw this excerpt written by the late Dr. Maya Angelou. It was mounted…

Watch What You Water

“Weeds need to be pulled and removed from the garden or else they could choke the flowers to death. The same with life.” – Dawn Onley By Dawn Onley If there’s one sure thing that I’ve learned in my 47 years of living, it’s this: Whatever we water will grow. Obviously, it applies to vegetation…

Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Samantha McKenzie Today, on Memorial Day, the entire nation will pause to honor men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces. Many people will be visiting cemeteries to pay their respect to loved ones who gave their life in service to this country. Others will mark this special day…

Let’s Talk About Money

By Dawn Onley Each year around this time, I relish the beautiful photos flooding my social media accounts of the graduates – often posted by their proud parents. High school graduates. College graduates. All of these pictures make me smile. They have put in the work and they are reaping the just rewards for their…

Emotions: The Fine Arts of the Human Soul

By Samantha McKenzie Emotions are a part of every human being. They are the fine arts of the human soul, the lighthouse that guides the ships to shore and the part of us that distinguishes the truth from the lie. We are women. We are beautiful complex human beings. This has both fascinated and perplexed mankind…

Ready, Set, Fly!

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” – Nelson DeMille By Dawn Onley If you are sitting at home or at your desk worrying about how things will work out, stop. Try not to waste one more second in this stressed out state. Refuse to let whatever it…

When Charity Comes from the Heart

By Samantha McKenzie “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  Winston Churchill There’s nothing more noble than giving to those in need. Every major religion, educational institute and non-profit organization would agree, that their work grows out of the spirit of a charitable person. If you’ve…

Consider Helping a Child in Need

“That so many thousands of children around the world are available for adoption is a sign of our impoverished humanity. That so many persons around the world open their hearts and homes each year to embrace a few of these children is a lasting testimony to humanity’s enduring nobility.” – Deborah A. Beasley, Successful Foster…

Three Things You Owe Yourself

By Samantha McKenzie You deserve it all. Yes, you deserve the best that this world has to offer and then some. Many of you have worked extremely hard to get where you are. You’ve made countless sacrifices and prayed long and hard to meet your goals. Some of you have pulled yourself up by your…

Getting Unstuck and Staying that Way

By Dawn Onley If a child is bored, she is not creative enough. If an adult feels stuck, she is not creative enough. Life can be brutal. One thing after another can leave us feeling despondent and lost. There are real life circumstances that overwhelm us, and threaten to take us under by the sheer…

A Reminder to be Grateful, Daily

By Samantha McKenzie I am always thankful when people lend me a helpful hand or offer up some exceptional advice. I am grateful that God answers my prayers. I am that person who appreciates every act of kindness I receive. But I must confess that expressing my gratitude wanes from time to time. I sorta get…

Sacrifice Pays Huge Dividends

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar By Dawn Onley As I sit on my bed debating whether to finish this bag of Starburst flavored jellybeans, a thought enters my mind: “You have to give up something to get something.” That’s some sort…