Today is a Good Friday

By Dawn Onley Today is Good Friday, for those who subscribe to the Christian faith. It’s the day that Jesus was crucified to the cross, making it a sacred day for those who believe. For years, I was always somber on this day. It saddened me to think of the pain that Jesus endured for…

When Our Children Create a Movement

By Samantha McKenzie I’m not here to get into a debate about gun control. I’m not even here to talk about mass shootings in America. I am here, however, to applaud our children, our brave young people, and activists who organized the March on Our Lives, a student-led demonstration, that took place on March 24,…

Good Morning, Monday!

By Dawn Onley Good morning, Monday! I’m refreshed and reenergized and eager to jump into this day with all of the vigor, passion, and fervor of hundreds of thousands of students who marched in Washington DC and across other cities in this nation and world on Saturday. I was not able to attend the actual…

Did You Almost?

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII By Samantha McKenzie Do you have a life full of almosts? Did…

We Hold the Power to Triumph over Trials

By Dawn Onley It takes a tear about five seconds to work its way from the eye, down the cheek and to the chin, if you’re lying down. It requires effort to take deep breaths when your heart is thumping and your mind is racing and your nose is stuffed. Or, so I’ve been shown….

Get Sprung about Spring

By Samantha McKenzie Spring is here. The birds are chirping outside my window. The trees are blossoming outside of my door. The parks are getting populated with people and the smell of the “a new beginning” is in the air. I’ve always loved learning new things, but when I stumbled upon an article that suggests…

Home is Where the Waves Land

“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with…

Chin Up. Chest Out. Champion You.

By Samantha McKenzie   “I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.”  ~ Conor McGregor I am a natural champion of women. Maybe it’s because I grew up surrounded by a handful of warrior women in Brooklyn,…

Musings on a Monday

By Dawn Onley In the quiet of the early dawn or the stillness of the night is when dreams manifest. It’s not in the roar of the day, when the kids need breakfast and to be whirled off to school, or when the client report is due on the same day that you have three…

Get Out the Way

By Samantha McKenzie This weekend, spend time getting out of your way. That’s right. Get out of your own way. Move those mental obstacles to the side (perceived or real). Unblock the parts of you that are clogged up with remnants from the past. They no longer serve a purpose. They no longer serve you. Make a…

Stop Running from Your Greatness!

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Bertrand Russell By Dawn Onley It never ceases to amaze me how many intelligent, talented, generally likeable people there are in this vast world who question their abilities and devalue their worth. They put themselves down, sell themselves…

Come Out from Behind the Scenes

By Samantha McKenzie Behind the scenes is where we tend to hide out. It’s where talented, productive, inspiring women have tucked themselves away for generations. It’s where our insecurities set up shop and successfully eek ourselves out of the limelight. How many times have you heard a woman say, “I prefer to work behind the…