Live Your Best Life!

Live Your Best Life!

To live your best life, live each and every day to the fullest. Thank God for each new morning you wake up, because you have a new opportunity to be happier than you were yesterday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:

He said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

So remember that life is not for complaining, but rather for hundreds of reasons to be thankful. Be thankful for your home. Be thankful for the friends and family that love you. Be thankful for the food on your table and the money in your wallet. Be thankful for the rain and the wind, and the snow and the sunshine.

Sing out loud. Laugh with gusto. Dance in the rain. Enjoy every moment you are lucky enough to have. Hug your children and grandchildren. Eat some pie! Stay positive! Be kind! Take care of yourself. And give all thanks to our Lord and Savior, because He is walking with you each and every day.

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Fall is on the way and what better way to usher its arrival in than with a classic Salted Caramel Apple Cake! And just in time to use some of those lovely fall apples.

3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp. salt

Cake:
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup sugar   
½ Tsp. salt
2 Eggs  
½ Tsp. vanilla   
2 Tsp. baking powder
2 Cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 10” cake pan with parchment paper and coat with non-stick spray. Cook apples, butter, salt and brown sugar over med. heat until apples begin to soften. Pour into cake pan and arrange apples in desired pattern. Mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla & mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and half-and-half. Mix until combined and smooth. Spread batter evenly over apples. Bake 40-45 mins. Cool slightly before inverting onto serving dish. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. ENJOY!

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Crockpot Ravioli

Something yummy and easy for a busy week night:

Crockpot Ravioli

1 Tbs. Olive oil
1 med. Chopped onion
2 large Minced garlic cloves
1-2 lbs. Lean ground beef
1 26 oz. Jar marinara sauce
1 15 oz. Can tomato sauce
1 Tsp. Italian seasoning
1 25 oz. Pkg. of cheese ravioli
3 cups Shredded mozzarella
¼ cup Parsley 
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil and cook garlic and onions. Add ground beef & brown. Drain. Add Marinara and Tomato sauce. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce into Slow Cooker and dump ½ bag of ravioli on top and add half of the mozzarella. Then add rest of the ravioli and top with the rest of the meat sauce. Top with remaining cheese. Cook on low for 5-8 hrs. You can add some crumbled sausage to the meat and some parmesan for extra flavor. (I do.)

ENJOY!

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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.