Women Who Hope is a blog created by two close friends to inspire women to live the life of their dreams. We came up with a name that would remind everyone about the power of hope. Hope is not a passive word. To us, it is more of a divine force, a courage that is summoned from within; an idea that has come to time.
We write our hopes down on these pages to inspire others, and to show how much we all can learn from one another, and see how much we have in common. We all hope for happiness. We all hope to bring our dreams into reality. We all hope for bright futures for our selves and our children. We all hope to give love and to get it in return. We hope in silence. We hope in small circles, and whenever we get the opportunity, we hope out loud. We hope for others, near and far, friends and strangers, in this world, and into the next. We will never stop hoping. And we hope you won’t either.
We invite you to follow us on this journey, and to share your messages of hope, inspiration and action with our readers. Through this community, we hope to all live a passionate and boundless life built 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 and involved in higher education. Prior to my work 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, helping people tap into their divine purpose, and about 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 hang out with my children, take spontaneous trips to the beach or enjoy a good book that makes me feel like I’m living a new adventure and even a new possibility.
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., with goals of starting my own business and writing my very first book. I have three beautiful children — Shakeel, Tahirah and Samiyah and a five-year-old dog named Oreo.
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This is wonderful.
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Thanks! We are pretty excited.
Wonderful! Looking forward to the great things you guys are going to create!!
We so need hope right now! Thanks to you beautiful ladies for sharing your time, talent and spirit with the world. I will be reading and following your blog. God bless you!
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Thanks so much, Sharon! In a world filled with darkness, we do need hope right now.
Uplifting, inspiring, and comforting – wow! You ladies have given us a special gift with this site. After a grueling week of appointments and paperwork, what a blessing to sit and read the articles and smile at the photos. It all left me . . . hopeful! 😊. Keep up the great work!
Thanks sissy! Happy that you like the blog so far!
Thank you! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that when Pandora opened the box, hope stayed.
I love that! Thanks for reminding us all, Patience.
I absolutely loved the articles. Thank you for sharing and purposing it to bring hope to women.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Tonya!
Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring
writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid
option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
Any ideas? Thank you!
Thanks for reading and for your sweet note! We started with the free WordPress platform and think it’s a great option for new blogs. Try it out for a few months and then you can always upgrade to a customized site. Best wishes on your new website! Please pass along the link when you are up and running. We’d love to support.
I got what you intend, thank you for posting. Woh I am lucky to find this website through google.
Very encouraging , thank you !