The Small Joys Make Life Great

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…

The View from the Mountaintop

By Samantha McKenzie “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go.”   Edmund Hillary Climbing a mountain can be full of…

We Get to Decide…

“We are the ‘they’ we’ve been waiting for.” – Dawn Onley   By Dawn Onley We don’t need to wait for them. And by “them” I mean anyone outside of ourselves. To protest wrongful acts. To stand (or kneel) for what we believe in. To start a new thing. To change. Heck, to be happy….

What’s In Your Head Space

By Samantha McKenzie Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night with a mountain of things racing around in your head? Have you ever noticed that there are reoccurring thoughts that take up quite a bit of time in your mind? It happens when you’re casually walking down the street or when you…

Change is a Gift. Embrace it.

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…

Take Off…

By Dawn Onley A recurring thought keeps bumbling about my brain these past few weeks: “Dawn,” it reminds me in a familiar voice that sounds a lot like my own. “When you send up a prayer, make sure you’re ready when God answers.” Don’t brood on it and don’t forget about it. Don’t leave it…

Women Care, Unapologetically

By Samantha McKenzie Women care. We care about almost everything. We unapologetically care about everyone. We care about the health and livelihood of our children and our families. We care about the men in our lives and their ability to become successful. We care about other women, near and far, and cheer for each other’s triumphs….

Kick the Unhappiness Addiction

“Unhappiness can be an addiction. Sometimes we are so addicted to being unhappy that we need an intervention to help us kick the habit of being unhappy. Bad things happen to good people, but so too do good things. Make the commitment today to kick the unhappiness addiction: stop hanging with other unhappiness addicts, avoid…

Today is the Day!

By Samantha McKenzie   Today is the only day you have. Seize it.  Tomorrow is a mere notion. Don’t count on it. Today is the opportunity. Take it. Tomorrow is but an unkept promise. Don’t be fooled by it. Use these 24 hours wisely. Remember, today is the only day you are living in, so make…

Sacrifice is the Key to the Next Level

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar By Dawn Onley Nothing good in life comes without some sort of sacrifice. These past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about sacrifice. Many of the people in my life whom I love – my…

Finding Your Beautiful Space

By Samantha McKenzie My beautiful space is sacred to me. It’s the place I go within my soul that gives me calm. It centers me and reminds me immediately what’s most important in my life. My beautiful space is occupied with love for myself, my family and mankind. I use this peaceful time to replenish all…