Start by Telling Your Story

By Samantha McKenzie We all love a good story. We want the happily ever afters, the heroes who save us from darkness and the successful endings that separate us from the ordinary. Whether we like getting it out of a book, a television drama series, or near the water cooler at work, most of us have…

Listening to Understand Instead of Talking to be Understood

Dawn Onley In his seminal, self-help book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie gave a great analogy about influence that went something like this: I like strawberries and cream. I also like to fish. I know that if I try to put strawberries and cream on the bait to catch a fish,…

The Clean Slate Experiment, Try it Yourself

This chalkboard was placed in New York City asking people to write their biggest regret. Mostly all of the answers had one word in common: fear. It was a sharp reminder to many of us to not let fear stop us from doing great things. Take a look at the Clean Slate Blackboard Experiment video link…

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…

“The world breaks everyone and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway   By Dawn Onley “If only I knew then what I know now…” This is a common refrain that I’ve heard people say and that I’ve uttered myself from time to time. The gist of the statement is that if…

Freedom for All

“It’s as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: defeat the natural market forces of supply and demand… and defeat the natural human desire for freedom and opportunity. You might as well as sit in your beach chair and tell the tide not to come in…” Former New…

Waiting with Intent

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho By Dawn Onley Have you ever prayed for something and then waited for your prayer to be answered? Days and weeks pass by and still no answer, no resolution, nothing. You begin to lose…

Women Care, Women Love, Unapologetically

By Samantha McKenzie Women care. We care about almost everything. We unapologetically care about everyone – women, men, children and all living things. We unapologetically care about the environment and causes that affect our lives and the lives of others. And although this feature drives men crazy, I thought it was important enough to help us…

Dr. King’s Words Remain as Relevant Today as They Were 50 Years Ago

By Dawn Onley On the day set aside for us to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I’d like to highlight some lesser known quotes from the Baptist minister, the human rights activist, defender of the poor, the downtrodden and the disenfranchised, the drum major for justice, the tireless advocate for the marginalized, the “others.” One of the…

You Are the Resolution

By Samantha McKenzie Raise your hand if you rolled into the new year with a list of resolutions! Raise it higher if, after two weeks into 2018, you’ve already begun to get wobbly on your commitments. I mean it’s quite understandable and pretty commonplace. A recent study said that only 80% of people stick to…

What is Your Purpose?

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…

Oprah: A New Day is on the Horizon

By Samantha McKenzie “I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to…

A Student of Life

By Dawn Onley There is so much we don’t know. We could live to be 100 years old and still never fully grasp all of the answers to life’s biggest questions – the meaning of life, what happens after we die, why do tragedies happen, what is our purpose in life, why must we suffer…