It’s Okay to Use the “F” Word

By Samantha McKenzie It’s okay to say the “F” word. No really. It’s okay to talk about your failures. Failure is the one word in the English language that has the worst reputation but is the prerequisite to everything we hope to achieve. As a child, I only learned about failure through eavesdropping on adult…

The Year of the Woman

By Samantha McKenzie 2018 was dubbed the year of the woman. And it was. As I reflect on all that’s happened this year, I’m proud of the female accomplishments that flooded our timelines. We were badass! We roared. We shouted. We disturbed the norm. We saw women making bold moves, setting new records and owning their…

‘You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with’

By Dawn Onley Think of the five people whom you spend the most time around. It could be family or friends, even colleagues or associates. Think of their personality traits, what you talk about with them, how you engage. Are they positive? Caring? Uplifting? Motivating? Generous? Honest? Joyful? Loving? Loyal? Enthusiastic? Do they encourage you? Do…

We Must be the Biggest Champions of Self Love

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a lot of pressure placed on women to be a certain dress size or maintain a certain body type. While the messages may begin on the outside, they take root inside of us as we begin to internalize negative thoughts of not being good enough. With the influence of the internet and…

Making room for what I love, and discarding all the rest

By Dawn Onley A bad wind storm this spring caused an oak tree to fall on my house. My husband and I were sound asleep as the wind howled outside, only awakening to the BOOM of the impact. We were forced to leave our home while a general contractor essentially rebuilt from the roof down,…

Don’t Live a Life of Almosts…

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”  ~ Pope John XXIII By Samantha McKenzie Do you have a life full of almosts?…

Cuddle Away, It’s Good for You

By Samantha McKenzie I feel a little silly admitting it, but I still love being hugged and cuddled and embraced. I enjoy the feeling of being touched and held closely too, especially by the people I care about the most. I can literally feel the transfer of energy during these moments. It connects me, in…

Let us practice a child-like faith

By Dawn Onley Today, I’m thankful for faith. I’m grateful that there’s a hope that defies logic. I’m in awe of how children practice faith — so completely. We can learn a lot about faith from a child. Children don’t question for a moment that we will catch them when they jump or when they fall. They…

Blessed by Women

By Samantha McKenzie I find it interesting how women form relationships around things they have in common. How we build friendships and bonds over obvious similarities, like race or religion, or kinship. How we corral around adventures and hobbies, like hiking or running, quilting or painting. And interestingly enough, how we form some of our deepest bonds around…

It’s up to us…

By Dawn Onley We don’t need to wait for them. And by “them” I mean anyone outside of ourselves. To protest wrongful acts. To stand (or kneel) for what we believe in. To start a new thing. To change. Heck, to be happy. Sure, it’d be nice to have the support of others to help…