‘Tis the Season of Mediocrity

By Samantha McKenzie “By the time! Surely man is in loss, except those who believe and do good, and exhort one another to truth, and exhort one another to patience.” Holy Qu’ran, Chapter 103 I don’t like mediocre, ordinary, uninspiring, middle-of-the-road, lackluster, amateurish, unstudied, indifferent anything. I don’t like the spiritless, almost done, unrehearsed, passionless,…

Be a Different Kind of Beautiful

By Samantha McKenzie Being beautiful is a thing. It’s like a billion-dollar industry kind of thing. The idea of it is so powerful, that many build their entire existence upon it. Like the entertainment industry. And the beauty industry (no pun intended). It’s so subjective that it creeps into every aspect of our lives.  But,…

I Believe in Divine Serendipity

By Dawn Onley At the risk of sounding hokey, I don’t believe in coincidence or luck. I don’t believe in fluke. I believe in divinely orchestrated occurrences. I believe in things that are beyond my level of comprehension conspiring to my benefit. I believe in ‘God winks’, which author SQuire Rushnell decribes as “messages of…

Pour Your New Wine in New Wineskin

By Samantha McKenzie “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”  (Holy Bible, Mark 2:22) Have you ever shared a new idea with someone who responded in a negative way?…

Trust the Process. Trust Yourself.

  “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill By Dawn Onley This has been a tough year for me. Property damages from several storms have been significant. Time estimates have run over. I’ve had to take a troublesome tenant to court. Transitions have not always run smooth. I’ve lacked focus and even motivation….

Exhausted But Still a Believer

By Samantha McKenzie I’m exhausted. I’m not tired from work nor the usual things in life that often weigh me down. I’m not even tired from relationships — the ones with family members, loved ones, or associates. I’m exhausted from sexism, from chauvinism, from the pervasive machismo that exists in our world. I’m exhausted from…

Keep Hope Alive

By Dawn Onley Hope is one of those words that is used so much, its meaning has become watered down. Case in point: I was at the grocery store the other day. Overheard at the Customer Service line, a shopper tells the store clerk that he hopes he wins the Powerball, like hope is some…

Women Care, Unapologetically

By Samantha McKenzie Women care. We care about almost everything. We unapologetically care about the world and all that it is made of. The living and the dead. We care about the health and livelihood of our children and our families. We care about the men in our lives and their ability to become successful. We care about…

Winning, One Decision at a Time

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar By Dawn Onley As I sit on my bed debating whether to finish this bag of gummy bears, a thought enters my mind: “You have to give up something to get something.” That’s some sort of…