Women Who Hope is a blog created by two close friends, both writers, to inspire women to live the life of their dreams. We came up with the name to remind you of the power of hope. Hope is not a passive word. To us, it is more of a divine force, a courage that is summoned within us; an idea that has come to time.
We write our hopes down to motivate us to act. We hope for fulfilled lives. We hope for bright futures for our children. We hold out hope for our cities and states, our nation and our world. We will never, ever stop hoping. And we hope you won’t either.
We invite you to follow us on this journey, and to share your own messages of hope, inspiration and action with our readers. Through this community, may we all live a passionate and boundless life birthed from our hopes and dreams.
DAWN ONLEY | WASHINGTON, D.C.
I am a native of Frederick, MD. and come from a very close-knit family who believes in celebrating life and sharing our love. I started my career as a journalist and editor before moving into the field of public relations.
I am a goal-oriented person who believes in the power of intention. I create vision boards each year and will many of those visions to fruition, through hard work, discipline, focus and drive. One such vision realized was when I ran the New York Marathon in 2011. I’m also an avid theater-goer; one who devours sublime food and a good book; a baker, a writer, and poet. I have traveled to roughly 20 countries, including France, Italy, South Africa, Germany, China, Egypt, and Brazil, and 37 states, and I have made some amazing memories. I’m a true believer that the traveling experience is the best classroom.
I’m also a big believer in the power of intention. That steadfast belief led me to my babies — husband, Calvin, Sr. and sons, Calvin, Jr. and DeAngelo.
These days, I look for every opportunity possible to feed my soul — through books, new adventures, yoga, launching my business and writing this blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy co-writing it.
SAMANTHA MCKENZIE | RALEIGH, N.C.
My passion is people. I believe in the power within and am inspired by everyday people who take on extraordinary challenges and overcome life’s unsuspecting obstacles. To me, nothing is impossible. This is how I choose to live my life.
I work in the field of marketing and communications and have the awesome task of getting others interested in higher education. Prior to my interest in public relations, I worked as a journalist for daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, D.C., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Fort Worth, Texas and Winston-Salem, N.C.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University. I enjoy writing, learning about people and the nuances of culture – the very thing that makes us all so unique, yet so much the same.
In my spare time I like to dabble in photography, take spontaneous trips to the beach and or enjoy a good book that makes me feel like I’m living an adventure.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas, to immigrant parents from Georgetown, Guyana, I moved with my family to Brooklyn, N.Y. when I was three years old, where I lived until I went off to college. I currently live in Raleigh, N.C., – a new city with new opportunities and a goal of expanding my experiences. I have three beautiful children — Shakeel, Tahirah and Samiyah and a three-year-old black lab mix, named Oreo.