DivaStyle Ministry's mission: Empower Women to
Center Their Spirituality & Manifest Personal Authenticity Every Single Day
You can chart an uplifting and positive path toward a Spiritually Authentic Life that celebrates ALL of who you are - your past, your present, and a future you design for yourself. Living that Spiritually Authentic Life includes finding sources of meaning, hope, love, comfort, strength, and connection - you can do it, and I'd love to help!
I'm Dianne M. Daniels, the CEO & Founder
So... who are you, Dianne?
Multi-Passionate | Multi-Religious | Minister
Hi! Dianne here. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, great-great-aunt, Unitarian-Universalist Minister, Spiritual Director & Companion who's enthusiastic about Spirituality and Multi-Religious living. I had to pivot from what I learned and was taught about religion and spirituality at an early age. As I matured and grew, as I read and studied, I discovered that there are many sources of wisdom, inspiration, love, comfort, strength, and connection.
No one group of people, no one faith has an absolute LOCK on the truth, on goodness, on spirituality or on authenticity.
Today, I'm focusing on empowering women to resolve the conflicts that can occur between their beliefs and what's happening in their lives; between their growth as a perfectly imperfect human being and what "society" will try to convince you is right for you; and all of this happens as we work together through a contemplative and collaborative process.
I grew up with a message I'm sure many of you can relate to: Go to school, go to college, get a good education, get a good, respectable job, get married, and live happily ever after.
I was not raised in a religious family - my mother was raised Baptist, but no longer adhered to the faith because of the way women were treated. She wasn't about to be told to walk "two steps" behind anyone, and she was not one to hold herself back from reaching her own potential because it might make someone else uncomfortable.
My father, I now know, followed an unconventional path during much of his life. He was a multi-talented man - drove a truck for several years (a "Mack Senior" semi); drove a taxi (flexible hours); worked as an Orderly in the municipal hospital, and a few other "on the side" activities like fixing cars. He was not a traditionally religious man - he followed what I know now was a Pagan path. I was, sadly, unable to talk to him about his spirituality and his practice, because we lost him to a stroke when I was only 9 years old.
I found Unitarian Universalism after leaving a more restrictive denomination. When my family and I were invited to Kwanzaa services, we found an open and affirming, loving, and accepting group of people. They lived a set of principles I could agree with - the first being a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.
I became interested in Spiritual Direction after searching for something that could bring me closer to my ancestral origins. After losing my father when I was quite young, I never had the chance to ask him about his spiritual practice. I did have a chance to discuss spirituality and religion with my mother, and she impressed upon me that she was not going to dictate the spiritual path I would take - she wanted me to explore, to learn, and to choose my own path. Spiritual Directors do not push any religious or spiritual path onto their Directees - instead, they work WITH their directees to help them find the path that authentically suits them, their goals and how they want to live their lives.
That all now helps to inform and shape my path as I continue my studies. I'm pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Starr King School for the Ministry and Ordination as a Unitarian Universalist Minister. I'm passionate about expanding my knowledge of multi-religious practices and learning how to help others along their own spiritual journey.
I wanted to empower women to live a Spiritually Authentic life
Far too many times, I've heard conflicting and challenging messages about women and the role they play in modern society.
I spent several years working as an Image Consultant, helping my clients overcome the burdens of thinking they were never ENOUGH - we are told we're too tall, too short, too fat, too thin...on and on, and we're never ENOUGH.
The spiritual and psychic weight of that message of non-acceptance weighs heavily. I'm determined to turn that around and empower women to choose and implement a spiritual foundation that uplifts and invigorates their souls while building healthy self-esteem and unshakeable self-confidence.
Who Inspires You?
I'm inspired by strong, beautiful, intelligent, and FABULOUS women who live unapologetic lives that are passionately authentic - like author, actress, comedienne, social media consultant and video blogger Franchesca (Chescaleigh / Chescalocs) Ramsey.
Franchesca is blazing her OWN trail - she's pursuing passion projects and work that celebrate ALL of who she is and who she's becoming. She is unafraid and unapologetic about just what she stands for, and for that and many other reasons, I'm a definite fan of hers.
Who Inspires You? (part 3)
I'm inspired by many of my fellow UU ministers - men and women who lead with their hearts, use their brilliance to uplift and help others, and who represent the best of what our faith has to offer while keeping it REAL and helping work through the struggles and challenges of a heart-centered faith.
Who Inspires You? (part 2)
I'm also inspired by legendary women of the stage and screen.
They had to fight (and continue to fight) through prejudice and bias, through an industry that does not always celebrate their beauty or reality.
The industry continues to perpetrate unrealistic portrayals of women as objects to be desired, acquired and owned, but not as brilliant, powerful individuals with important things to say and the knowledge and drive to make things happen.
Who Inspires You? (part 4)
One of my newer, yet most impactful and valuable resources is my BLUU Family. Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (https://blacklivesuu.com) provides spiritually sound, culturally relevant content that is affirming, inclusive, action-oriented, and grounded in the lived experiences and diverse perspectives of Black Unitarian Universalists. I am proud to count myself among the BLUU Beloveds - seeking to further connect, build community and develop leadership within the work of BLUU and their connection to broader liberation movements.