Why You Should Attend the Unmasked Conference

Why You Should Attend the Unmasked Conference

Here’s a couple reasons why you should attend the DIVAS Impact Unmasked Conference in October!

1. Expand Your Comfort Zone!
We grow in courage and bravery when we step out of the ordinary! Getting uncomfortable stretches us, brings us closer to God and makes us better people. A conference is an adventure that stretches you in many ways such as talking with multiple strangers and facing parts of ourselves we don’t want to face.

2. See the World Through a New Vantage Point!
When life become routine, days can become monotonous and our personal growth stagnant. Conference speakers can offer a new spin on truth offer you a meaningful viewpoint from which to grow!

3. Expand your Circle of Friends! 
Everyone has a story to inspire others with and hearing the testimonies of others can challenge and push us in amazing ways. Also…who couldn’t benefit from a new friend?

4. Deepen Your Relationship With God!
Conferences are the perfect setting for seeking, learning and blossoming into the daughter God has called you to be. Conferences brings out the best in us as we focus more on following God’s will, and less on ourselves.

If you haven’t already registered for the upcoming Divas Conference, Unmasked, do it today. It’s going to be fantastic! Mark your calendars for October 11th and 12th and join us in Euless, Texas for a truly unique weekend filled with positive thoughts and ideas. You’ll learn how to dream bigger, to value yourself more, and most important – how to take off all those masks we hide behind. To learn more about Unmasked please visit DivasImpact.com/Unmasked. We are excited to meet you!

Participate, Don’t Anticipate!

Participate, Don’t Anticipate!

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully.”  ~ Maya Angelou

As human beings, we all tend to forget about the present moment, because we are too busy trying to control everything. And why do we do this? Some of us do it because we have stored away fears from things that happened in the past. Others constantly try to anticipate what the future holds, and we believe that if we control and plan everything, then what lies ahead will be better that what we left behind.

In truth, this kind of thinking is not all our fault. We have been conditioned from early childhood to anticipate – We look forward to our birthdays. We anticipate Santa Claus coming for months as kids. We can’t wait to get our driver’s licenses as teens. We want to hurry up and graduate from high school. We can’t wait to be all grown up. We are so engaged with thinking about what comes next that we don’t participate in the “NOW.”

As wives and mothers, we are driven to look ahead. We don’t want our children to make the same mistakes we made. We want our husbands to succeed. We dream about the future our kids will have. We ignore the blessings of the present. We dwell on the bad things that can or did happen. We have expectations of how we perceive things ought to be and when they’re not, we are disappointed.

If we are always unavailable to the present moment, then we will most definitely miss out on all of the opportunities offered to us today. Of course, living in the moment is easier said than done. Our human frailties cause us to want to plan! We want to control the whole kit and caboodle that we call life! We think we can anticipate the good, the bad and the ugly. We are by nature, organizers!

However, in reality, God is the one true controller of our lives. No amount of worry, planning, organizing, wishing or hoping will change what God has planned for us. Our walk toward Heaven should be the only focus of anticipation that we have. His miracle for us in the here and now is to live in the moment. To enjoy our children and grandchildren. To love to the fullest. To eat that cake! To dance in the rain! To laugh out loud!

A million missed moments can never be reclaimed. Give yourself permission to be grateful for the harmony and splendor that surrounds you today and every day. These are God’s gifts. He brings us hope in the dark, and He grants us a new opportunity to become a happier version of ourselves each morning.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale

To discover more about how to participate in life, tune in to Warrior Divas Episode 18 now available at www.divasimpact.com/podcast.

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Pumpkin Torte Cake

We all love fall and we love all things PUMPKIN! So this is a recipe a friend gave to me many years ago, and it’s easy and delicious.

PUMPKIN TORTE CAKE
1 can pumpkin                                                                
1 can evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
¾ tsp Pumpkin Spice  
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon                                                       
1 cup walnuts                                                 
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter

Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar and spices together. Pour into 9×13 pan sprayed with non-stick veg. oil. Sprinkle cake mix over top and crumble walnuts over top. Melt butter and pour over top. Bake at 325 for about one hour. Check with toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean, it is done. If not, cook about 15 more minutes or so. Serve with whipped cream. Delicious!

What Are You Hiding?

What Are You Hiding?

Most of us have “stuff” in our past that we keep tucked away, because we are afraid of what others will think of us. We create different masks for different situations in order to hide things from people that we don’t want them to know about us. Why do we do this? For protection. For acceptance. To avoid being judged.

We all have those past memories that need to be expunged and healed. In short, we need to learn how to deal with and forgive whatever or whoever hurt us. Henry Ward Beecher wrote, “I will forgive, but I will not forget” is just another way of saying, “I don’t want to forgive”. Ask yourself if this is what you have been doing? Distasteful and troubling memories can take hold of your soul and hamper your ability to move forward to become your best self.

How many times have you said “I’m fine or it’s fine” when someone asks you what’s wrong? I’ve done it a million times over the years. But that is a mask – a lie really. A mask to cover up my real feelings, because in truth, I don’t like conflict. I think this is something I started doing as a kid. My brother was always getting into to trouble and in my mind, making my dad sad. I decided I needed to be the “Good Kid” and just do everything right. I had his teachers after him, so I had to prove to them that I wasn’t like my brother, because they always pre-judged me since I was his sister. That was a heavy load to carry for a little kid, and it carried on through high school.

Looking back now, I understand that a great deal of my brother’s behavior stemmed from the fact that my mother left my father when I was just three and he was barely five. I imagine both of us never forgave her for that, and we sure didn’t understand why she left. And through the years, our dad never said a bad word about her. It wasn’t until my dad’s death, and my grandmother’s death that I found letters that explained why they divorced. And it made it even harder for me to forgive her.

What an impact that had on our lives! I missed having a “normal” family and often felt inferior because my parents were divorced. Still, the lesson I learned was that family is everything. My children and my grandchildren mean the world to me. But that doesn’t lessen the damage to my own self-worth. That doesn’t negate the fact that I have constructed masks to protect myself. I grew up feeling inferior because I did not have a complete family.

We all want to feel like we have value. We want to feel like we are important. We want people to pay attention to us. And, we want to help others. We have an innate desire for love and association with our peers. If you find yourself in the dark, look to the Lord for hope and inspiration. Shed your mask and be honest with yourself and others. You might discover that there are others who feel exactly like you Maybe they have had the same experiences as you. Maybe they are wearing the same mask as you!

To learn more about the masks you might be hiding behind, tune into Warrior Divas Episode 17 available at www.divasimpact.com/podcast.

Why You Should Attend the Unmasked Conference

School Lunch Box Tips for Your Picky Eater

If you have a picky eater, then you know how difficult it is to send them off to school with the hope that they will actually eat what you pack in their lunch boxes. As a mom or dad, you don’t want your child coming home hungry everyday toting back the foods you sent to school. And in truth, this happens more often than not with picky eaters, and as a parent you feel guilty.

First, allow your child to choose the lunch box they really want so that they feel they are a part of the lunch process. Next, if they are old enough, involve them in the planning and the grocery shopping. Try to pack a balanced meal which is not always easy to do with these little ones. You can try to pair something they already eat with something new, but giving them new items in their lunch boxes may not always be a smart choice.

You can also involve your child by going over the school lunch menu together. Maybe he or she will choose some days to buy their lunch to break up the lunch box monotony. On lunch box days, make sure they can clearly see what’s in the box and that you have given them a variety of foods they like. Small quantities of things they like gives them choices and lets you incorporate more of the foods they might actually eat.

Bento Boxes are perfect for these picky eaters. The small spaces give you the opportunity to give them small bites of the foods they love. Get creative! Mix it up! Add an encouraging note to the box, and then just try to relax. Give them choices, involve them in the packing process and know that they will not starve! And by involving them more, you lessen the struggle and may help them develop a bigger interest in food.