Whatever it is that you do well, do it

By Dawn Onley Chances are, there is at least one area of your life where you excel. This area is a sweet spot for you, something you do with ease that others might find challenging. It’s your gift, a talent bestowed to you from God. Chances are you enjoy doing it. We usually enjoy what…

Our Graduates: Purposeful, Powerful, and Passionate

By Samantha McKenzie I’ll be the mom arriving early for graduation, sitting as close to the stage as I can get, ready to see my middle child, my oldest daughter, Tahirah Angela Hargrove, graduate from college this morning. I’ll be in the audience bubbling over with emotions, happy that my little girl has grown into…

Today is Your Day…

By Dawn Onley Do one thing today that will move you in the direction of your dreams. Just one thing. One new thing. Do something that you haven’t done before in pursuit of the thing that you fantasize about. The thing that you were born to do. The thing that will give you peace. The thing that…

Get Reacqainted With Your True Self

By Samantha McKenzie What if you knew that you’ve been harboring an impostor? That living right inside of you is a make-believe person, a pretender, a look-a-like that you’ve created to help you exist. That after years of mistakes, disappointments and put downs, you unknowingly constructed an alternate self, another you to help you cope….

Happy Mother’s Day to Us!

  By Dawn Onley Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who have wiped a nose (and butt), kissed a cheek, hugged a neck, warmed a heart, tickled a belly, rocked a baby, snuggled a toddler, mediated a fight, bolstered confidence, dried a tear, prayed with (and for) their children, played taxi, fed picky…

Not Everything that can be Counted Counts

By Samantha McKenzie We count things. We measure everything. We pay close attention to the tiny details, attach meaning to it, and then make it an everyday thing in our lives. This is what we do. But it’s not necessarily what’s important to us. Today, I welcome you to pay more attention to the things that really…

Little Steps Lead to Big Results

By Dawn Onley There is generally a correlation between the level of effort and the level of result. This isn’t always the case, but quite often we can expect to get out of things what we put into them. When I see someone accomplish a goal, whether it’s graduating from college, moving up the corporate ladder,…

Either You Appear, Or You Disappear

By Samantha McKenzie An old colleague of mine told me that she attended a meeting during her first weeks on the job and sat quietly through a high-level discussion. She was new, so she listened intently, observed all of the players and took notes. When she returned to her office, her manager said, “Let me…

Feel, See, Hear the Response…

By Dawn Onley A recurring thought keeps buzzing about my brain these past few weeks: “Dawn,” it reminds me in a familiar voice that sounds a lot like my own, “when you send up a prayer, make sure you’re ready when God answers.” “Don’t brood on it and don’t forget about it. Don’t leave it…

Hard Work, Humble Beginnings

By Samantha McKenzie Make a list of every job you’ve held. Then post it on your refrigerator for your friends and family to see. If you have children in the home, make sure the list is big enough for them to read as well. If you’re bold enough, post it on your social media page….

Seek and Ye Shall Find

By Dawn Onley “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) Whatever you think of yourself becomes a self-fulfilling truth. Whatever you are searching for, you will find. Peace. Contentment. Happiness. Joy. Love. Whatever it is, the Bible says ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will…

Be Your Own CEO

By Samantha McKenzie You are a Chief Executive Officer. This is the title of the top administrator in an organization whose primary role is to manage and maximize the value of the corporation. The CEO, as its most often referred to, works collaboratively with a board of directors to create a vision, set goals and build a…