Cultivating a Thankful Heart

By Dawn Onley November always has me in a state of profound thanksgiving. I try to live in a perpetual state of gratitude year round, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, I’m decidedly ungrateful, sulking and fretting about everyday life stuff, such as cleaning my house or wistfully wishing I could be alone with a…

‘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…

It’s the Differences that Make Us Grow

By Samantha McKenzie One of the beauties of living in a free country is that we get to express our individual beliefs and value systems. We have the privilege of being different and the joy of living our choices out loud. It’s not unusual that we tend to hang around people who are just like…

Here’s to 50 Years of Joy!

By Dawn Onley My sister use to make me cry. When I was a baby, my mom said she would notice that every time my sister came near me, out of nowhere I’d start crying. I would be just as content and happy before she came close, but then suddenly I’d start wailing. Mom didn’t…

Being Young and Dumb, Brave and Foolish – All in the Same Day

By Samantha McKenzie When I was young my fear of God topped the list, but since my mother was such a formidable force, she came in a close second place. Other than that, I was bold and daring,  and innocent enough to push plenty of envelopes. I wouldn’t describe myself as spoiled. I didn’t have any of…

Sturdy and Sure: The Stake that Supports Our Loved Ones

“Celebrate a friend’s victory. There is more than enough room in the universe for all of us to do well.” – Dawn Onley By Dawn Onley One of the reasons why I love Facebook is I get to read all of the exciting things my friends are doing. They are writing books, acting, teaching, launching…