Create Your Own Finish Lines

By Samantha McKenzie Every time I see the word race, I think of speed, of winning and about burning an excess amount of energy. It makes me think of sweat. Even when used in the context of a specific group of people, the word race still conjures up images of competition, of surpassing others, and of…

‘The Thing About Dreams is They Never Really Go Away’

  “Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination….

Surround Yourself With People Who Propel You

By Samantha McKenzie It’s time for change. This is not a political tagline, but an exercise in personal development. It’s time we surround ourselves with people who propel us. It’s not unusual that our friends and family – the ones we spend the most time with – are people we find comfort in. These are…

Finding the Why

By Dawn Onley Your entrance into the world answers four of the five W’s of life. Many will die never having answered the fifth. Why were you born? This is an age old question. For some, the answer lies in the mind waiting to be conceived and in the belly waiting to be born. We…

Today’s a New Day…

By Samantha McKenzie Life really can be simple. Cut out a few things this weekend and replace it with all of the good things that benefit you and your body. Say no to soda, drive by the fast food restaurant, opt out of eating processed food, turn off the TV, put down your phone, get…

Once You Believe This, You Become Unstoppable

“Success and significance will be most glorious when they are as much about other people as they are about yourself. Television, movies, and advertising all surround us with pictures and tell us that we should own this thing or we should be like that person, that success can be measured in dollars and significance measured…

I Thought By Now I’d…

By Samantha McKenzie I thought by now I’d be married. I thought by now I’d have a child. I thought by now I’d have a house and be making a six-figure salary. I thought too that I’d move out of my hometown, live in a sexier city, maybe in a loft or even a brownstone. I…

Step into the Opportunity that Awaits You

By Dawn Onley There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” – Wayne Dyer There are so many opportunities to do what we love. Endless opportunities. We have access to unlimited information. We can learn all about the things that we…

Hold Your Head Up, Look Forward and Just Keep Walking

By Samantha McKenzie A 2.8 mile walk in Umstead State Park this weekend turned into a quick lesson for me and my 13 year old. The ground was wet from the previous days rain and it was our first trip to the park since we moved. We’re a family that likes to walk moderate trails…

Baking My Way Back to Hope

  By Dawn Onley Can you remember when you decided to hope? Can you recall the moment? The day? The situation? How it felt to surrender the pain and angst and helplessness, against logic and reality, to believe in a better outcome? How absolutely senseless it felt to hang onto hope, when everything seemed so…

Reclaiming Your Time

By Samantha McKenzie U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is one of my heroes. She’s intelligent and fearless. She’s a woman who isn’t afraid to speak truth to power and she won’t back down from a tough challenge. This doesn’t mean she’s perfect. Over the years, we’ve seen her take some losses. But her bounce back is…

It’s Time We Got Honest About Our Nation’s History

  (Photo Taken by NBC 29) By Dawn Onley Remember when things use to be right or wrong? Like stealing a piece of candy at the grocery store when you were little, and your mom marched you right back to that store, candy in hand, to confess what you had done and made you return it?…