I Hope for Many Things

“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.”  First Lady…

Life, Death and Love

By Dawn Onley Tomorrow, my friend will bury her husband. They had long been one of my favorite couples, for many reasons — the way he looked at her and the way she looked out for him; how they did everything together, from family gatherings to yearly vacations; how they went to church together every…

An Experience in Owning Your Truth

By Samantha McKenzie We’re all gifted in many ways and yet we spend very little time acknowledging our treasures out loud. When we hear women celebrating themselves, we need to encourage it. Today is about acknowledging your strengths and express your truth. Today is about getting out of the background of life and feeling comfortable…

Give Them Their Flowers While They Can Still Smell the Scent

By Dawn Onley Three years ago, my family hosted a 100th birthday celebration for my grandmother at one of the fancier restaurants in my small town. Family members sang to her as part of a special choir assembled for the occasion. Many of us shared stories about Nana, what she had taught us over the…

Moving Out, Moving On!

By Samantha McKenzie “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”– Tao Te Ching This weekend I started my move to Raleigh, N.C. I had prepared for this moment well in advance. I planned it out…

Here I Am, World…

By Dawn Onley Your highest self is waiting for you. My highest self is awaiting me. This is not simply a concept or a theory. It’s a truth that is as old as the ages, and it is only unleashed through faith. At night, we dream big dreams for ourselves, but we have no idea of how…

Life Always Works Itself Out

No matter how much time you spend worrying, you are not always in control. Somewhere in the depths of the deep dark universe, God has already set aside a solution to your problems. Listen. Leave your mind open to the possibilities that everything will work itself out and let the mysteries of life simply unfold….

Filling Up to Finish the Journey

By Dawn Onley In approximately 10 days, we will be mid-way through this year. Although hard to believe how quickly the time has flown by — the same as every year — the milestone marks as good a time as any to assess where we started in January, where we’re headed in December, and where we are…

Shatter Your Glass Ceilings

Samantha McKenzie The term “glass ceiling” was coined in the late 1970s to describe the invisible barrier that kept minorities and women from moving up the corporate ladder and closing the gender pay gaps. Each year, a new study is published detailing the evidence and hard facts: women continue to earn less than their male…

Dialing Back Life’s Noise

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong,…

Share Your Smile

By Samantha McKenzie Share your smile today. Share that wide grin with anyone who’s willing to receive it. Let it light up our insides and reaffirm the goodness that’s in all of us. Giggle if you have to. It will cost you absolutely nothing. Be brave and cheese your way through the day. Give a…

Take the First Step, Today

By Dawn Onley There is so much emphasis placed on getting to the finish line that what’s forgotten is how intimidating it can be to start. Taking that first step toward accomplishing a goal takes guts. It is bold. It signals to the universe that we are ready — even though we don’t have a…