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Contents ON THE COVER: One of the most rewarding parts of creating media platforms is that we are able to show public LOVE, HONOR and RESPECT to true game changers and EXPERTS within their respective fields. Our covers for Brooks Media Group Publications vary from celebrities to CHANGE AGENTS and INFLUENCERS all of whom are well on their way to be recognized for their lofty and unselfish contributions! Such is the case of our illustrious 2019 Holiday Issue of the beloved flagship DIVA Zone Magazine where the AMAZING Dr. Teresa R. Martin CEO and Founder of Generational Wealth Zone is featured! www.generationalwealthzone.com

Dr. Martin, who is no stranger to The DIVA Zone Family, shares wisdom on CREATING LEGACY for our families and the keys to building TRUE WEALTH! OVERVIEW: The DIVA Zone™ Magazine is

blessed with yet another opportunity to share our hearts with yours in this special 2019 Holiday Issue! Our beloved publication is now offered in print (with national distribution) as well as an electronic format which will allow us to expand our magazine even further and make your reading experience more interactive; and prayerfully more readily accessible. It is also our hope that our readers are encouraged to electronically share with many others, what we believe to be a quality, well-balanced publication for our sisters. Check the website for a list of stores where The DIVA Zone will be distributed for free. We are counting on you to help us spread the good news! Inside this Holiday issue, you will be blessed by articles which will bring our focus on the things in this life that matter; things that money cannot buy. We have pieces on Joy, Peace and encouragement for anyone who may be feeling lonely and blue. You’ll be challenged to spend consciously and try your hand at some great holiday recipes. Also in this issue are powerful articles written with LOVE and reflection of what the holidays mean without watering down the message of Jesus Christ (the BEST part of this great work)! From health and fitness, relationships and money to food and holiday tips this issue is SOUL FOOD! The DIVA Zone Magazine Holiday Issue (the print version) will be scaling into various markets from January 2020 and beyond. Brooks Media Group appreciates your support in thought, word and/or deed! Love and Blessings! From all of us here at The DIVA Zone™ Magazine, we again thank you for your continued support, prayers and most assuredly, for believing in this vision. Although, we are but the conduit and God is the Master of this plan, the writers and editors remain in awe of the unfolding of it all.

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CENTERING Moments with Najiyyah

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The Price of PEACE

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COMBATING the Holiday Blues

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FINANCE

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FOUNDING PUBLISHER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

NAJIY YAH BROOKS

MANAGING EDITOR -IN-CHIEF

NAJIY YAH BROOKS

SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Madelin Dargan, MLD Communications CONTRIBUTING WRITERS / EDITORS

Ann-Marie Bennett Monica Brooks Najiyyah Brooks Tosha J. Brown Monissa Childs Sonia Sutherland-Cruz Shani Tyler Jones Tashena Middleton Mayah Mitchell Delayna Keller-Watkins Maria Whitaker

ADVERTISING SALES AND EDITORIAL OFFICES: Toll Free 800-400-7967 www.divazonemagazine.com sales@divazonemagazine.com www.brooksmediallc.com The DIVA Zone Magazine™ is published six times a year by Brooks Media Group LLC and has earned the readership of both national and international online audiences of women seeking to lead well-balanced, happy, healthy, wealthy, and spiritually sound lives. Contribution of articles, photographs and industry information are welcome, but cannot be returned. The DIVA Zone Magazine’s mission is to inspire, educate, uplift and encourage all women into well balanced and healthy living. Advertisers who offer products, services and events in support of our mission are encouraged to contact our Sales Department at 800-400-7967 or sales@ divazonemagazine.com © Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form, including photocopying, electronic retrieval / publication without written permission of the Publisher.

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Responsible Holiday Spending

COVER STORY

Generational Wealth an Interview Featuring Dr. Teresa R. Martin

PASTEL PAGES Directory

When You Win I Win Sis! Chapter Leaders

Soul Got JOY?

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HEALTH

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Networking Tips

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Reason for the Season

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Publisher’s Note

Check On Your

STRONG FRIENDS During the Holidays

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Photographed: Najiyyah Brooks, Publisher and her beautiful Mom, Monica Brooks.

have always loved the holidays. The festive sounds, beautiful decorations, delicious and savory meals and the blessing of to residing in; all the while insisting that, “I am fine!” being surrounded by family and friends. Beloved, we should always consider that the strong people in our There was a time when I would even reserve my vacation days to lives have needs too. They need a shoulder to cry on. A listening ear. combine them with my holiday days just to open my home for A hug. A meal. Perhaps financial assistance. Life is not meant to be anyone who wanted to come by and share in some holiday cheer. I’d lived without relationships. We need to allow people in to help and go all out with the décor and cooking; and I adored every minute of we need to turn the focus off ourselves and seek to serve those who it. Then life happened… may need us. In one year’s time my most anticipated time of the year became the During this holiday season I strongly encourage you to check on your most loathed time of the year. I went from being the “hostess with the strong friends and perhaps offer your company and service to those mostess” to literally hiding under the covers on both Thanksgiving who do so much for so many. Strong doesn’t mean without weakness and Christmas Day alone. I was beyond depressed; and the scary and fragile seasons, it just means we’ve learned to smile through the thing is that I became a genius at hiding it. I would tell my family pain. Be intentional and SHOW LOVE, it’s the JESUS way. and loved ones that “I’m okay, just working a lot.” I got away with this untruth because I do work a lot and my schedule is always busy. In closing, I challenge you even if you DO have an overflow of money However, I know the reason I could go on like this for more than one for gifts to focus on God centering activities and show your loved holiday season is that everyone looked at me as the “strong” friend. ones what Christ looks like here in the earth. LOVE, PEACE, JOY The one who always has an encouraging word, a lunch invitation or is the very character of Christ…He made Himself who was rich to baked goods to help others feel better and during the holidays, more become poor and dwell among us! This Holiday issue The DIVA Zone™ Magazine focuses on the simple festive. What happens when the “strong” ones reach the ends of their things that make our lives and our holidays beautiful; things that rope? When the encourager needs encouragement? When the cup money cannot buy like Peace, Joy, Love and Family. So beautiful filler needs their cup filled? Sadly, the answer to these questions go people of God, let’s focus our attention on all the beauty of The Lord and marvel at His goodness and declare to the high heavens… unanswered too often. THANK YOU LORD…IT IS INDEED A WONDERFUL LIFE! It took a few really close discerning friends and family members who noticed my change of behavioral patterns “around the holidays” Blessings and Love, to begin to take notice of me and surround me with the love and Najiyyah Brooks resources needed to pull me out of “the funk” I had come accustomed Brooks Media Group / DIVA Zone Magazine


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BY MARIA WHITAKER

Picture This. After a long day of work, a few men get on a boat for a calm, eight-mile ride across a small body of water to settle in for the evening. The trip begins serenely, but from out of nowhere, the climate in their tropical paradise suddenly shifts. The winds begin howling, and the once calm waters begin to rage and swell to the point of filling their small boat. The men begin to panic until, suddenly, they realize that the Captain of the vessel is on board. They look around, but aren’t able to locate him right away. Wouldn’t you know it! They are in the middle of a major crisis, and they find their Captain fast asleep in the back of the boat. They cry out to him, pleading with him to wake up and help them before the boat sinks. The Captain awakens at the cries of his crew, rises, looks out and speaks calmly, yet forcefully to the storm, “Peace! Be still!” He then returns to the back of the boat and continues resting. Suddenly, the storm completely calms and the crew is left in amazement, wondering aloud to each other, “Who is this man? How is he able to make wind, waves and commotion cease at the sound of his voice?” (Mark 4:35-41 Paraphrased) ARE YOU WISHING TODAY THAT SOMEONE WOULD SPEAK AN END TO THE COMMOTION AD DISTURBANCE IN YOUR LIFE? Do you wish that you could live without the internal and external storms, for at least one day? The truth is, beloved, that if you are a child of God, you have the free privilege to live this way each and every day of your life. This gift is yours for the asking. The gift about which I speak is God’s free gift of PEACE. When Jesus spoke with His disciples before his death on the Cross, He said to them, and now to us, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 New Living Translation) If we were to briefly break down the meaning of this PEACE that Jesus spoke about, it would look something like this: Peace is living in... It’s that simple, yet so profound. This peace allows you to rest in the assurance that although things may feel and indeed be out of your control, you have the favor to reside in a place of spiritual, emotional and mental rest regardless of external circumstances. Now, before you brush this off as another ‘religious’ whoop, let’s talk about how we walk this out practically. 1. Recognize that 24/7 DRAMA IS NOT NORMAL. We all have challenges, and some of us may have our share of drama (personal, family, relational, work, etc.), but please, understand that no child of God should be consumed every day, every minute with chaos. Check yourself and rid yourself of unnecessary drama. Also, recognize quickly if you defend yourself creating issues when things seem “too calm” for your taste. This is a dysfunction (we all have some, but must surrender them to God), and it is blocking your peace. 2. Learn to walk in FORGIVENESS. One of the most debilitating leeches in a child of God’s life is unforgiveness. It dries up your life source. It is too heavy to carry. If you are holding anything against anyone, LET IT GO! I know that it is easier said than done, but your peace depends on it. Ask God to help you release it, and once you’ve asked, DO IT! 3. Live WITHIN YOUR MEANS. There is nothing more stressful than living in a place of lack. Don’t allow what you don’t have to define you, and don’t allow yourself to make up for this lack, by spending more than you have. 4. Rid yourself of unnecessary BAGGAGE and RE-EVALUATE YOUR INNER CIRCLE. Simply put, who or what needs to go? 5. ACCEPT THE GIFT OF SALVATION. If you are reading this and you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord, please know that living in His peace just is not possible. I’m not being insensitive, but only God can bring you to a place of peace and restoration. Let Him do it. Pray this prayer with me: God I come to you today asking that you come into my life. I believe that you lived, died and were raised from the dead for my soul’s salvation. I accept your gift of salvation right now in Jesus’ Name. Amen. If you prayed that prayer sincerely, salvation is yours as is God’s peace.


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A DIVA’S GUIDE TO

COMBATING THE HOLIDAY BLUES M Typical sources of “Holiday Sadness” or Blues include: Stress, Fatigue, Unrealistic Expectations (physically, emotionally, and financially) Financial Stress Lonliness and Isolation Additional Tips: Live in the moment and enjoy the present Find holiday activities that are free Make time Keep track of your spending Try something new; create new traditions Reach out and make new friends

any of us begin to anticipate, for one reason or another, the holiday season long before it arrives. Some may look forward to the traditional festivities that come with the season and others may dread the season for the same reason, or lack thereof. In any case holiday depression and seasonal disorders, are very real conditions, that should not be ignored or swept under the rug. Taking time to address the causes of the sadness is very important and may even stretch beyond the holiday season.

BY SHANI TYLER JONES by bringing things into perspective.

Another significant contribution to holiday stress and depression is feeling overwhelmed. This is a symptom of either over extending ourselves, or not having an organized approach. Both symptoms can be handled through a holiday calendar. Organize your plans and events in a calendar format, being sure to add regular life activities first, including rest and sleep, and then fill in the gaps with holiday plans. If there is not room to schedule an activity, politely A key factor in avoiding sadness is having decline. You cannot squeeze 30 hours into a 24balance during the season. Balance begins with hour day, no matter how hard you try. purpose. Why are you trying to do what you are Finally, have realistic expectations and, if you doing? Are you celebrating the birth of our Lord, have children, teach them realistic expectations. or are you trying to impress everyone and make Having unrealistic expectations of what can be everyone happy? The ultimate gift was given to accomplished, purchased, given or received, us that evening in Bethlehem; no greater gift can can open us and our families up to lots of be found in a store. Showing the love of Christ unnecessary hurt and drama; that will reach far to family and friends should not drive you to beyond the holiday season. insanity. Find a way to balance the season, begin


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BY SONIA SUTHERLAND-CRUZ

It’s that wonderful time of year again when we get together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. With all the “hoopla,” parties, festivities, gift giving, overeating, over drinking, and overspending, we sometimes forget the true meaning of this awesome holiday. The average DIVA spends approximately $800 on Christmas gifts every year. Not to mention the extra “have to have items” that she buys herself while she is supposed to be shopping for others. After all, “It’s a SALE.” However, it’s not too late to get a grip on your Christmas spending. You still have time to formulate a workable spending plan. By being pro-active and planning ahead, you may avoid the post-Christmas “Bills and Credit Card Blues.” First, take a good look at your finances. Are you already in debt? Do you have a substantial amount due on your credit cards already? Are you still paying just the minimum amount each month? Are you still paying for last year’s Christmas gifts? Have you met any of your financial goals this year? Only you can answer these important questions. Consider your personal situation for a moment and realize the actual financial consequences of overspending this Christmas season. Are you going to be digging yourself into a deeper financial hole, just to impress? Being innovative and resourceful this year by centering your mind on the real significance of Christmas will help you spend your hard-earned money wisely. After all giving is an important part of the holiday season.

I would like to share ten holiday spending tips to help you spend wisely and celebrate the most wonder ful time of the year:

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Make a list of family and friends and decide on a dollar amount for each of them and stick to it. This will avoid the emotional impulse buying that is especially high this time of year.

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Consider making your gif ts. For those of you that have been blessed with God-given talent, this is the time to display it. Can you make jewelr y, bake, sew or cook? My friend has a wonder ful talent for making “Black Rum Cake.” I personally look for ward to her gif t ever y year.

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For the child who has ever y thing, why not have relatives contribute to their college fund by giving savings bonds instead of toys and clothes. My family has done this for over 15 years and trust me, it has come in hand for my son’s college tuition and books this year.

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Gif t cer tificates are ver y popular these days. There is a gif t card for just about any store you could ever think of. This is especially great for that hard-to-buy teenager. It also helps you to stay in your budget!

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On-line shopping has proven to be both time saving and less costly for some hard to find items. For those of you who have family and friends out of town, this will cut down on your shipping cost, by having the company ship direc tly.

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“Cath Is King!”.…Leave the credit card at home. You will t hank me later. By paying in cash you will be more inclined to stick within your budget and avoid the inevitable postChristmas credit card blues.

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Keep track of your spending by utilizing a holiday spending worksheet. By writing down the amount that you spend on each person you will be able to stay on budget.

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Avoid the “Check-Out Of fers” at the register. I know it is tempting to save an immediate 10%-15% on your purchase but adding just one more credit card to your list could ac tually damage your credit rating.

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If you can’t af ford it—don’t buy it! Your child may want that $500 dir t bike he saw on television, but it simply is not in your budget at this time. Forget the guilt trip! We tend to feel like failures when we can’t deliver ever y thing for ever yone during the holidays. Once again, ask yourself if this is the true meaning of Christmas?

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Star t the New Year outright. Begin to pay of f an outstanding credit card debt that you established and star t a Christmas fund. Opening an account at any bank or credit union now will eliminate the need to find money for nex t year.


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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

An Intimate Chat with Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq.

by Najiyyah Brooks

One of the most rewarding parts of my work is that I am able to show public LOVE, HONOR and RESPECT to true game changers and EXPERTS within their respective fields. Our covers for Brooks Media Group Publications vary from celebrities to CHANGE AGENTS and INFLUENCERS all of whom are well on their way to be recognized for their lofty and unselfish contributions! Such is the case of our illustrious 2019 Holiday Issue of the beloved flagship DIVA Zone Magazine where the AMAZING Dr. Teresa R. Martin CEO and Founder of Generational Wealth Zone is featured! www. generationalwealthzone.com I was able to catch up with my dear sister, friend and colleague, Dr. Martin, who is no stranger to The DIVA Zone Family, and she shared wisdom on CREATING LEGACY for our families and the keys to building TRUE WEALTH! Please take notes family. Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq. from REIA NYC. In addition to a long career in real estate law, she has appeared on the Voice of America, Real Estate Straight Talk, and other radio programs. She is the co-author of the Amazon #1 bestseller, Entrepreneur on Fire – Conversations with Visionary Leaders with Barbara Corcoran, the Billionaire Real Estate Mogul and star of the hit ABC show Shark Tank. Dr. Teresa R. Martin also the founder, Generational Wealth Zone, LLC.

DZ: Would you like to start off by telling us how did you first get started in Real Estate Investing? TRM: I was bitten by the real estate bug by my cousin, a successful real estate investor. She was my mentor and she shaped my thinking. She taught me that my Financial Freedom Day will arrive when my passive income and semi-passive income streams bring in more each month than is needed to pay bills. So, the journey began! I have always been financial freedom seeker with a goal

to get there by age 30. I hit the goal.

DZ: Tell us little bit about Generational Wealth Zone?

TRM: Generational Wealth Zone is a conduit that allows anyone to achieve financial freedom through tutelage in the areas of financial empowerment, business ownership, and real estate investing. We promote financial literacy through real estate with the goal of connecting business, wealth, and family together. This integration is vital and also the thought-process behind REIA NYC. DZ: What is REIA NYC?

TRM: REIA is an acronym for Real Estate Entrepreneurs & Investors Association. It’s a community for real estate entrepreneurs, investors, and small business owners. And the NYC actually stands for, Now You Can! DZ: Now You Can?

TRM: Now you can invest in real estate; Now you can build a successful business; Now you can build your own lifestyle; Now you can enjoy your legacy. DZ: That sounds quite positive. What’s the story behind that?

TRM: After a great deal of reflection, I felt I needed to change the focus of my association. We go beyond traditional investing. REIA NYC is a real estate investing education and business development company, providing the coaching, resources, and tools needed to start a real estate business. We provide investors with the right education and the right systems for success. DZ: Sounds like REIA NYC seeks to elevate the thinking of investors?

TRM: We do. Our goal is to develop an entrepreneur mindset dedicated to overcoming and learning from obstacles. By educating entrepreneurs in how to build their businesses properly, we are able to guide them towards creating capital rather than becoming trapped in a

constant grind. It’s about developing businesses that work for you, not against you. Whether through building daily habits or developing lasting partnerships, we help integrate solid practices that promote success.

DZ: What’s the main struggle of these small businesses?

TRM: Most entrepreneurs don’t know what path they’re on. I help them understand where they are and then guide to the path that leads to lasting success. DZ: What types of paths are there?

TRM: There are three. The first is the Bridge Is Out Path. This path is brutal and often leads to a loss of personal assets, relationships, and more. Then there’s the Path to Nowhere where owners create a long hour, low paying job rather than a business. Finally, we have the Success Path. This is where you need to be. This path creates lasting revenue and a high quality of life, but only about 3% of small businesses make it onto this path. DZ: And how do you help entrepreneurs reach this path?

TRM: The first step is to take my Success Assessment. We perform an in-depth analysis of your busines s, see where you’re at, then work together to determine the right success path for you. Whether real estate investments or other entrepreneurial venture, the goal is to create at least $125,000 in owner’s discretionary revenue where the valuation of your business will be $500K or more and be very attractive to potential buyers. Think of it as house flipping but with small businesses.


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DZ: And where can you be reached for courses and training? TRM: All the answers you need on both Generational Wealth Zone and REIA NYC are on my websites GenerationalWealthZone. com and REIANYC.org DZ: How can we prepare our children and grandchildren to building wealth through real estate? TRM: It’s no secret that I am a huge advocate for Family Wealth as evidenced by my “Enjoy Your Legacy” movement. I trust in pooling cash and other resources to build family wealth in an LLC and invest in real estate and other assets including start-up businesses. You could require relatives to make standard commitments of money or different resources, for example, having every grandchild contribute $50 every month into the LLC. DZ: There are also many investing games and online simulations that do a wonderful job of teaching investment basics. This can be a great way for your child to create and manage their own portfolio without putting any money at risk, remember the game of Monopoly? TRM: Every child can be excited about investing. The trick is presenting the information in a manner that invigorates their interest. The ideal investment for teaching purposes is a stock. An individual stock is a much more interesting investment to a child than an index fund or a bond. Teach your child the basics of investing and enhance their ability to manage their finances later in life. DZ: What would you say is the age of accountability for future investors? How young is too young? TRM: Teaching your child sooner will ensure a greater level of financial sophistication. Every child favors the practical over the theoretical. Start with a simple savings account. Whether your child is 7 or 17, a savings account is a great first step. It’s a safe place to store money in the short-term. However, the return isn’t great on a savings account. That’s the first lesson of investing - put your

money to work in the proper place. That proper place will rarely be a savings account. Let your child help with your own research. An older child can enjoy helping you analyze and choose investments and looking at real estate. A younger child can enjoy helping you research the manufacturer of his favorite toy or candy bar. DZ: How can mothers of young children / teenagers present investing as a wise alternative to traditional Christmas gift exchanging? TRM: Give the Gift of Financial Security this Year It’s no secret that I believe Direct Investment Plans (DRIPs) are the small investor’s low risk secret to building wealth. I’ve been investing commission-free in the DRIPs of some of the best performing U.S. stocks for years. You can gift a share of stock to a loved one in time for the holidays. I believe introducing the children in your life to investing by gifting a share of stock is a great way to teach them about money—and pass on a truly meaningful legacy. Why? Kids have a great advantage when it comes to investing—TIME. Investing just $50 a month from the time a child is 8 years old until he or she reaches age 13 ($3,600 total over six years)—and never investing another cent—will produce a portfolio worth $723,325.59 at age 65. Long after that toy is abandoned and forgotten, your gift will still be giving—accruing market gains and dividends. Imagine their faces when you show them that they own stock in one of America’s top companies. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Martin for personal services, please connect with her on her websites: Generational Wealth Zone www. GenerationalWealthZone.com and REIA NYC www.REIANYC. org

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A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER

Greetings, Queens! Is there anything more beautiful than to witness amazing women coming together to accomplish their dreams? It’s been said that if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. And “going and growing” together is what thousands of women around the country are doing through connecting with this phenomenal organization of which I am truly humbled and blessed to be the Founder. Promote-Her International Network for Women launched in March of 2019 and has already established 26 National chapters. By March of 2020 we are projected to have over 60 chapters in the United Stares, Caribbean and Canada. If you are seeking TRUE sisterly support and an international network of women who truly come together in unity, humility and excellence, we’d love to have you attend a local chapter meeting in your area; and if you like what you witness, please feel free to join us! Attending your first meeting is free. Join the online network, complete the seven quick and easy steps for free, then contact your local chapter leader listed in this directory and connect. If you don’t see your city listed yet, connecting to our online platform will expedite the process of establishing one! It is our motto that, “When You Win, I Win, Sis!” We walk in this truth daily. A few of our membership benefits include master classes, master-mind sessions, co-op marketing opportunities and free adverting in The DIVA Zone Magazine, a nationally distributed publication for women. We hope to see you soon! Until then... “I AM MY SISTERS KEEPER!”

Najiyyah Brooks

CEO & Founder Promote-Her International Network Brooks Media Group LLC The DIVA Zone Enterprises, LLC


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The Good News is that God has given each believer the ability to receive and live in abundant joy each day, through the work done by the Holy Spirit in our lives.”

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look forward to the holiday season each year. For me it is full of love, friends and family, and most of all fellowship, but for some it can be a time full of sadness and emotional barriers, that keep you from experiencing the joy of what this season represents. I can admit it is a challenge, with the hustle and bustle of planning, the reality of lost love ones, shopping for gifts, fighting through those long lines, holiday gatherings, and those ringing bells of excitement, that lead to false expectations of what the world defines as the holiday season and what should bring you joy. When focused on those false interpretations of joy, it can cause you to become frustrated and miss out on the joy that we as believers are free to experience. The good news is that God has given each believer the ability to receive and live in abundant joy each day, through the work done by the Holy Spirit in our lives… and Him equipping us with the very fruit required to experience joy (Galatians 5:22). Biblical joy is a word that expresses exceeding gladness or rejoicing and it applies to the disposition of our heart. It is usually associated with the people of God, who celebrate God’s blessing at a number of occasions- feasts, victories in battle, the entrance of a new king, and we are encouraged to serve God with joy, so that we would not lose out on the blessings of God (Deut. 28:47). The best display of joy in the Word of God is the dramatic announcement of the greatest king to be born on this earth… the birth announcement of Jesus! In Luke

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BY TOSHA J. BROWN 2:10 the angel declares,” Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Hallelujah! In essence, the angel said, come and see the gift that I have for you from God. It is a gift of joy for the entire world. I bring you Jesus, the Savior of the world and all you have to do is open the package and

receive it. Therefore, we can see it is the will of God that we receive and experience joy.

Let me share with you a few practical steps of how we as believers can continue to operate in joy.

The Bible teaches us that in the presence of the Lord there is “fullness of joy” (Psalms 16:11). When we spend time with the Father in prayer, praise and worship, and studying His Word, we experience God’s fullness. When we concentrate on pleasing God we have no time to be unhappy and sad. His presence alone is liberating and when we spend enough time with Him we experience joy. The world’s standard of joy is temporal and based on circumstances and conditioned by how you feel. The problem with this type of joy is that if external conditions change, your joy changes with it. This is not God’s best for you! God declares that every good and perfect gift

comes from Him (James 1:17), and that He will never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 12:1-2, that instead of being molded by this world, we as believers should be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Living by God’s way requires a spiritual transformation, which starts in the heart and mind. A mind dedicated to the world and its concerns, will produce a life tossed back and forth by the currents of culture; never being able to experience joy. But a mind dedicated to God’s truth will produce a life full of joy. As the people of God we have to resolve in our hearts the true meaning of this time of year, so that we will not uphold the world’s standards of joy, which will only leave us empty and left with a false sense of joy. We can take up the cause of this world and wrap ourselves in a false security blanket of joy, or we can choose to receive our gift of joy that God has appropriated for each of us. Our focus should always be on Jesus and His birth into this world as our Savior. The bait of Satan is to trick you to believe your emotions and lock you out of God’s best. He wants you depressed, unhappy, and focused on your circumstances and conditions long enough that he can lure you out of the presence of God. He is counting on you to babysit your feelings and sulk in your emotions. When we take our focus off of God, we back out of true fellowship with God; and with other believers and then Satan seeks, roars, and attacks (1Peter 5:8-9). As believers, we must operate on the truth of God’s Word and not on our emotions. When we fellowship with other believers we draw upon them for strength and encouragement (Nehemiah 8:10).God takes great pleasure in your joy. He says that He will give you the desires of your heart. If you like reading… you should read. For me, I love making jewelry … so I make jewelry. Whatever God has given you desire to do, glorify God and do it (Psalms 21:1-2). During this season, I encourage you to unwrap your Gift of Joy and walk out each day with its benefits and blessings.


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ALONE BUT NEVER LONELY BY MONICA BROOKS

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here is a vast difference between alone and loneliness. Loneliness can mean different things to different people. It is an emotional state. Loneliness often leads to self-destructive behavior; such as overeating, alcoholism ,drug abuse, promiscuity, emptiness, hopelessness and despair. I convinced myself that no one understood how I was feeling. As Luther Vandross said, “loneliness is a sad affair.” Have you ever been around family and friends and still felt lonely? I have. Most of my adult life was spent in loneliness, which is why I was depressed most of the time; and the behaviors I stated above knew me by my first name. I read a quote from Mark Twain once and it said “the worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”

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What blessed assurance. I am never alone!

retreat. I go for long walks in the park; or even to the beach alone, and I have the peace that surpasses all understanding; because I’m grateful for the freedom JESUS gives me. In my solitude I seek GOD for the answers of my many questions concerning my life; and wait patiently for the answers. There are times when I reach out to help others and I volunteer my time. I fi nd this most rewarding and it also keeps me focused on the real reason I’m here. I’d like to share one of my favorite scriptures with you from Romans 8:38-39; the WORD of GOD reads, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers neither height, nor depth, nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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HEALTH

SELF-REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 1.

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2. HOW MANY CALORIES DO I CONSUME EACH DAY? 3. IS MY CALORIE CONSUMPTION ON PAR WITH MY CALORIC NEEDS?

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eaching for unhealthy foods is convenient. Punching a button on the vending machine or pulling into a drive thru is certainly far more appealing than cooking salmon or chopping vegetables, especially when I am hungry and

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FOOD GOURMET HOLIDAY MEALS PREPARED AT HOME

“Cooking with Annie” Home Chef & Cookbook Author

Ann-Marie Bennett

7Cheese Mac

INGREDIENTS 6 cups of cooked pasta elbow macaroni works best 1 stick of butter 4 Tbsp of flour 2 cups of half and half 1 cup of heavy cream 1 tsp of salt 1 tsp of pepper ½ tsp of garlic powder ½ tsp of ground mustard ½ tsp of smoked paprika 1 cup of Havarti cheese 1 cup of Monterey Jack ½ cup of Gouda ½ cup of White Cheddar, ½ cup of Sharp cheddar ½ cup of Provolone ½ cup of Velveeta ½ cup of sour cream ½ cup of ricotta cheese ***Save ½ cup of shredded cheese for topping

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter. Then stir in the flour and cook for about 60 seconds while constantly stirring. Add in half and half and heavy cream and continue to stir periodically while on high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, it should start to thicken.

Fold in cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard, smoked paprika, sour cream and ricotta cheese. Allow the cheese to melt down into a smooth sauce. This should take about 3 minutes on low

heat. Mix with the cooked pasta and pour into a baking dish and top with more shredded cheese. Bake until golden brown and bubbly.


2019 Special Holiday Edition

Networking can serve as a lifeline to your business, product or service. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you network professionally during this holiday season!

3. COMMIT TO MEETING AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.

Determine to reach out to others at the events. Maybe you are slightly introverted. No problem. A good conversation 1. COMMIT TO starter could be, “Hello…my NETWORKING! name is_____________.You Make a commitment to attend look like someone I need to a few networking events this meet.” holiday season, because it 4. BRING BUSINESS CARDS allows you to come into contact AND A PEN! with people you don’t generally Whether you hand out a card get a chance to meet and or receive one, take a second to can serve as a life-line to your write a note on the back, either business. to jog the person’s memory 2. BE CHOOSY ABOUT THE INVITES YOU ACCEPT.

Pour over invites, and make sure the events you attend either relate to your industry or an industry you are trying to connect with.

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that you are not distracted from meeting that prospective client. 6. BE MEMORABLE!

Look fabulous!Smile. Remember that perception is everything. When a person is speaking with you, make eye contact. Be attentive and ask thoughtful questions. 7. TIMELY FOLLOW-UP.

If you get an email address, send them a friendly note to let them know you’ll be in touch after the holidays. 8. HAVE FUN!

though you are of you, or to remind you of the Even networking to rub elbows with person you received one from. fellow industry leaders and 5. NO CLINGING TO perspective clients, don’t forget FRIENDS! to have fun. After all, “tis the If you attend an event with a season to be jolly!” friend, give each other space so


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SIMPLE

HOLIDAY DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME BY TASHENA NICOLE MIDDLETON

Christmas Christmas is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. However, this religious holiday that is central to Christianity has become secular, overly-centered on shopping, and no longer about Jesus’ birth. Below are easy ways to decorate your home for Christmas while keeping your focus on the reason for the season – Jesus. Christmas Tree & Nativity Scene

Although the evergreen tree – an ancient symbol of undying life in the midst of winters – has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals, the evergreen Christmas tree has come to symbolize our hope in Christ and the gift of eternal life. Hang candy canes among tinsel and twinkling string lights on the tree for a playful touch that hearkens back to childhood and place a star at the top of the tree to symbolize the Star of David. Include angels and other tangible reminders of the reason for the season. Of course the nativity scene is an excellent reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. It also makes a great centerpiece on your coffee table or fireplace mantel.

Red & Green

Red and green symbolize various Christian concepts and are the traditional colors of Christmas. So, get creative. Tie red or green bows around doorknobs around the house. You can even attach little bells to the one bow around your front door. (I wouldn’t recommend putting bells on other doorknobs as that might become annoying). Set red and green candles on your bookshelves and tables, and add matching table runners or linens for extra style points.

Plants & Fireplaces

No plant says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia – also called the “Christmas Star.” Poinsettias continue the red and green color scheme and add to your bright, festive look! Place one or two in the foyer, living room or by the fireplace. To add sparkle to the fireplace mantel add a traditional string of cranberries, miniature pears and pomegranates.

Christmas Wreathes & Candles

Christmas Wreathes & Candles. Circular in shape, a wreath represents eternity. For Christians, wreathes represent an unending circle of life. Like the Christmas tree, using an evergreen wreath symbolizes both growth and life everlasting. A door wreath also will make your home look welcoming to guests. Finally, for a simple, yet beautiful way to decorate for Christmas, place an electric candle in each front window of the house and turn them on at night for all to see.


A SPECIAL INVITATION

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I

At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross.

confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. Beloved, if you prayed that prayer for the first time, you just received the best gift you will ever receive; that of salvation and eternal life! I encourage you to join a Bible teaching church and connect with a family of believers. If you need to connect with a group of national women and men who believe in the power of prayer and teach the Word of God in a practical way, we encourage you to join us for prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 am est via our prayer and devotion call. DIAL 857-232-0155 and use CODE 807615. This call is just another way to stay connected. Finding a good church home with a faithful Pastor and church family is integral to your spiritual growth and journey in life. We celebrate this very important and life changing decision with you and WELCOME YOU TO THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH! We serve an AWESOME GOD! Don’t try to do this life thing alone one more day! You have GOD with you always and an open invitation to connect with other believers who will pray for you and help you fortify your faith. If you need suggestions on churches to attend as you seek to find a church home, just ask. We are happy to point you in the direction of your brothers and sisters!

God Bless You, We Love you and Merry Christmas! Rev. Najiyyah Brooks admin@najiyyahbrooksministries.org


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