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…

Celebrate Her Every Day

By Samantha McKenzie I’ve called my mother a thousand times over the course of my adult life and she can always tell when something is wrong. I don’t really know how, she just does. Her words are always exactly what I need. And her prayers for me always follow. When I became a mother, I felt this…

This Weekend, Let Them Cater to You

By Dawn Onley Ladies. Mothers. Gems. Nurturers of children, of spouses, of friends, of spirits. Believers in the impossible. Beautiful, gentle beings. This weekend, do what you want to do. Everything. Or nothing at all. Allow them to cater to you. Husbands. Children. Be guided by your internal clock. Sleep in. Stretch. Read. Luxuriate. Watch…

Tell Yourself the Truth

By Samantha McKenzie The biggest sin you can commit is lying to yourself. You can argue there are worse sins, like murder or armed robbery. You may even consider adultery or pedophilia at the top of the list. But it’s the lie that you tell yourself that gives way to all of the above. Lying…

Driving to a Place Called Persistence

By Dawn Onley Can you imagine heading out in your car for a family vacation, driving a few hours and then turning around to come back home because it took too long to get there? You wouldn’t do that, right? That’d be nuts! But actually, I’d bet you have done this before. We all have at…

Build Yourself a Championship Team

By Samantha McKenzie “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”  Muhammad Ali The Lakers did it. The Chicago Bulls did it. By far, no one…

‘Luck is Preparation Meeting Opportunity’

“I believe that people make their own luck by great preparation and good strategy.” — Jack Canfield By Dawn Onley I recently watched a video circulating around the Internet about a guy named Rob Joyce. Rob got a chance to come onstage and play guitar during a Keith Urban concert last summer. It was Joyce’s…

You Can be Friends with Your Children

By Samantha McKenzie Shakeel Divine Hargrove was born on May 5, 1993. He’s my oldest child and only son. Today as he turns 24, I wanted to introduce him as not only my child, but as one of my best friends. I’ve heard people warn you about being friends with your children. I knew what…

Become the Change that You Seek

Resistance always takes the form of fear. That’s the overriding thing.” – Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art.” By Dawn Onley There has been a lot written over the years about change. It’s hard. It’s good. It’s necessary. It’s disruptive. It’s inevitable. It’s uncomfortable. It’s a process. It signifies growth. It’s the essence of life. It’s terrifying. We resist…