Feed the Little Girl Within

By Samantha McKenzie I love being a woman. In fact, each year I discover more fascinating (and peculiar) things about myself. Growing up and open is an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But there are times when I look in the mirror and I don’t recognize myself. Instead, I see…

Volunteer to Improve Your Community

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” -— Martin Luther King, Jr.   By Dawn…

Go Find Your 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…

Sister Friends, Play Aunties and Big Mamas

By Samantha McKenzie I don’t know about you, but my sister friends, play aunties and big mamas (a term used only in an affectionate way) make my world go ’round, and ’round, and ’round! These are women from all walks of life who may not be related to you by blood, but hold a distinct…

Anticipation Does a Heart Good

By Dawn Onley Nothing beats the joy of sweet anticipation. My 5-year-old has already peeped this as evidenced when he asks me to buy him a specific toy or to fix him a specific meal or to read him a specific book or allow him to watch his favorite movie or to take him to…

Aging Happily

By Samantha McKenzie Let’s face it. We live in a world that shames us for getting older. By the time we’re old enough to figure out how to use a remote control, we’re bombarded with every type of advertisement that’s telling us we should look younger, feel younger, be younger. We’re a society consumed with…

Take the Risk

“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. What…

The Memory of Touch

By Samantha McKenzie Have you been touched today? There’s a scientific reason why most people like to be hugged, touched and cuddled. Nestled in the base of our brain lies the posterior pituitary gland which produces a hormone called oxytocin. Known more commonly as the “cuddle hormone,” this miracle peptide is released when people come in…

Go and Be Great!

By Dawn Onley It’s quite possible that we cannot fully realize our potential until we exercise faith. In love. In the pursuit of our passions. In our vocations. In healing. In life. Repeatedly we are instructed on the importance of faith, from a spiritual context: “Faith can move mountains.” – Matthew 17:20 “Faith is a…