Who Do You Say You Are?

By Samantha McKenzie Evolution only happens when those among us are brave enough to shed away the old, create the new, and walk into the path of the unknown. ~ Rudolph Angel Most of us are given our belief system at birth. We were told, nudged or highly encouraged to become something successful when we grow…

Mind over Matter

By Dawn Onley Two years ago, I was supposed to run the Marine Corps Marathon, but I didn’t. It wasn’t that I suffered an injury or that some type of emergency came up. I didn’t run it because I couldn’t get my mind right to train so I could run it. For months, I was bummed…

A Compliment a Day, Goes a Long Way

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli By Samantha McKenzie Our lives are so busy. We’re often so busy that we don’t have much time to be nice. I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but offering kindness, or a compliment to others, sometimes doesn’t fit…

My Heroes Live with Me

By Samantha McKenzie My heroes live in my house. They fight for me on a regular basis. They will run to my rescue at the drop of a dime. They have saved my life and my soul on many occasions. They are my family. My heroes aren’t in the movies. Neither are they told about…

The Power of Testimony, the Blessing of Struggle

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass By Dawn Onley When I was younger, I use to cringe during testimony time in church. In the Black church, this was the time when the preacher would ask if anyone had a testimony they’d like to give about how good God had…

Today is no dress rehearsal

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ~ Warren Buffett By Samantha McKenzie Today is not a dress rehearsal. Matter of fact neither is tomorrow. There’s no easy way to coax this conversation. It’s just one of those reality busters, in-your-face, whatcha gonna do about it…

Connecting with my baby boy on car rides home

By Dawn Onley I love the time that I get to spend with my six-year-old son. There’s not a lot of extra time during the weekdays, with daily homework and often karate and drum lessons consuming space in our already busy schedule. But whatever time we can get, I see as important, and we utilize every…

That Real, Gushy Love, That’s Felt in Your Gut

When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.” ― Kahlil Gibrán By Samantha McKenzie I’m still a sucker for a love story and a fan of a good ‘chick flick.” I tend to look for love in all types of people, even…