Gifts are Meant to be Unwrapped

By Samantha McKenzie “All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions – but precious few of them ever translate those into action.” – John Hancock Field Gifts are meant to be unwrapped. They bring joy and excitement to the giver and the receiver. But what about your own gifts? You know, the ones…

I Hope You Dance

“I believe that you’re great, that there’s something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life. Regardless of how young or old you think you might be. The moment you begin to ‘think properly,’ this something that’s within you, this power within you that’s greater than the world, it will…

The Mother of a Princess

By Samantha McKenzie Introducing Doria Loyce Ragland, mother of the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1956, Doria is the only child of Jeanette Arnold and Alvin Ragland. She lives in View Park–Windsor Hills, Los Angeles, California, in a house left to her by her father. She earned a master’s degree…

Whatever it is that you do well, do it

By Dawn Onley Chances are, there is at least one area of your life where you excel. This area is a sweet spot for you, something you do with ease that others might find challenging. It’s your gift, a talent bestowed to you from God. Chances are you enjoy doing it. We usually enjoy what…

Our Graduates: Purposeful, Powerful, and Passionate

By Samantha McKenzie I’ll be the mom arriving early for graduation, sitting as close to the stage as I can get, ready to see my middle child, my oldest daughter, Tahirah Angela Hargrove, graduate from college this morning. I’ll be in the audience bubbling over with emotions, happy that my little girl has grown into…

Today is Your Day…

By Dawn Onley Do one thing today that will move you in the direction of your dreams. Just one thing. One new thing. Do something that you haven’t done before in pursuit of the thing that you fantasize about. The thing that you were born to do. The thing that will give you peace. The thing that…

Get Reacqainted With Your True Self

By Samantha McKenzie What if you knew that you’ve been harboring an impostor? That living right inside of you is a make-believe person, a pretender, a look-a-like that you’ve created to help you exist. That after years of mistakes, disappointments and put downs, you unknowingly constructed an alternate self, another you to help you cope….

Happy Mother’s Day to Us!

  By Dawn Onley Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who have wiped a nose (and butt), kissed a cheek, hugged a neck, warmed a heart, tickled a belly, rocked a baby, snuggled a toddler, mediated a fight, bolstered confidence, dried a tear, prayed with (and for) their children, played taxi, fed picky…

Not Everything that can be Counted Counts

By Samantha McKenzie We count things. We measure everything. We pay close attention to the tiny details, attach meaning to it, and then make it an everyday thing in our lives. This is what we do. But it’s not necessarily what’s important to us. Today, I welcome you to pay more attention to the things that really…

Little Steps Lead to Big Results

By Dawn Onley There is generally a correlation between the level of effort and the level of result. This isn’t always the case, but quite often we can expect to get out of things what we put into them. When I see someone accomplish a goal, whether it’s graduating from college, moving up the corporate ladder,…