Find the Music that Heals You

“…Music is supposed to inspire. So how come we ain’t gettin’ no higher?” Lauryn Hill By Samantha McKenzie I won’t claim to know the origin of music or the reason it captivates a particular audience, one listener at a time. I won’t even attempt to argue genres or artists and make the sad mistake of…

Falling in Love with Life

By Dawn Onley Facebook is my drug of choice. It’s highly addictive. It leaves me in a state of euphoria, melancholy or some odd combination of the two, when I spend hours at a time on it. I have learned that I should never spend hours at a time on it, or any social media…

Beautiful from the Beginning

By Samantha McKenzie You are beautiful. It’s true. You were born into a world that was ready and waiting for you. Your arrival was met with the warmth and love of others and your very presence filled the room with an unimaginable joy. Planned or unplanned, someone prepared for your coming. You were so special that others adjusted their thinking and…

Define Life on Your Own Terms

By Dawn Onley Deep in my core, I’m a writer. I’m a lover of words. I understand sentence structure and the certain cadence that accompanies the way words are strung together. I started writing poems in middle school and knew by high school that I would be a journalist. My husband works in transportation. He…

Where Hope Hides

By Samantha McKenzie I am an avid reader. I grew up watching my father read books, magazines and the newspaper everyday of his life. He would read for hours and hours and it showed. He was a walking book of knowledge and could speak intelligently on almost every subject. As a child I thought he…

We Don’t Need to Wait for Them

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. Sure, it’d be nice to have the support of others to help…

What We Say Has Power

By Samantha McKenzie  What we speak has power. What we say, good or bad, takes on a life of its own. But the negative things weigh us down. They bring out the worst in us, too. We can actually choose to speak positively about our circumstances and say bye-bye to the words that keep us…

Get Lost to Find Yourself

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you. – Barbara Sher By Dawn Onley So much of what we do in our day to day lives is familiar. It’s…

Girl Power is Alive and Well

By Samantha McKenzie “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King Can you feel it? Are picking up on the vibes we’re giving off? Unless you’ve been under a rock for some time, you’ve had to witness this beautiful transformation that’s…

Keeping Our Souls Nourished

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” — Mahatmi Gandhi By Dawn Onley Our bodies need food and water for nourishment to survive. When we read, do puzzles, and stay active, we’re also engaging our minds to thrive. But…

Say What Matters

By Samantha McKenzie Most of us tend to shy away from tough conversations. We women, including myself, prefer not to ruffle feathers. We avoid conflicts like the plague and will find the most creative ways to remove ourselves from the room if there’s any indication that it’s about to get uncomfortable. We take ourselves right…

Just Being Me

“Enjoy the mystery. Let the world unfold without always trying to figure it out. Everything is going to unfold in divine order. Simply allow. Relax. Let go.” – Wayne Dyer By Dawn Onley Slowly, I’m learning how to just be. This isn’t easy. I’ve grown accustomed to being busy – much of the time. Running…