9 Powerful Lessons You Will Learn in Queen of Katwe in Theaters Friday 9/30

BY: - 29 Sep '16 | inspiration

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Disney has a way of creating films about a specific topic but then making you reflect on how to change your own life based on the lessons learned. And let me tell you: while the Queen of Katwe is based on a true story about a Ugandan girl who becomes an international chess champion, it really is about a Ugandan girl who teaches us how to win at a game called life.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe is a vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda, whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o also star in the film, directed by Mira Nair.

If you didn’t already know, the film is opening in theaters nationwide THIS Friday, September 30th! I’ve now had the opportunity to see the film three times and can guarantee you will love it as much as I did (You can check out my red carpet premiere experience here).

Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. David Oyelowo and Oscar (TM) Lupita Nyong'o also star in the film, directed by Mira Nair.

Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. David Oyelowo and Oscar Lupita Nyong’o also star in the film, directed by Mira Nair. Photo credit: Disney

The story is about hope and about a mother who never gave up on her children despite the circumstances. This film is filled with inspiration and determination.

So I decided to share these nine Inspiring Ways Queen of Katwe Teaches You to Win at a Game Called Life:

1. Where you come from does not define where you’re going

Many times, we look at what we lack or our present circumstances, and we believe that is the best that can happen to us. We don’t know that there is so much more we can achieve because we’ve never seen it. Queen of Katwe proves that it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from. You can achieve way more than what you’ve been conditioned to believe you can.

Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, based on the true story of a young girl from Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair, the film also stars Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, based on the true story of a young girl from Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair, the film also stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Photo Credit: Disney

2. You belong where you believe you belong

People will doubt you. They will judge you and call you names based on your appearance or what they perceive. But you belong where you are and where you believe you can go. No one can get you where you’re going on their belief alone. Your belief is what matters.

3. Hope always wins

Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” No matter what, you can’t give up. You will lose at times, you will fail at times. But failure will only teach you how to play the game of life (or chess) better.

4. Dream bigger than you think possible because it might just come true

We hear it all the time: Dream BIG! But what does that really mean and how do you dream for things you can’t imagine? The Queen of Katwe movie defines what it truly means to dream big—to go after something that’s never been done or that no one else can imagine for you.

Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, based on the true story of a young girl from Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair, the film also stars Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, based on the true story of a young girl from Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair, the film also stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Photo credit: Disney

5. Stay focused on the destination and not on the journey to get there

It is so easy to lose hope. It’s easy to get discouraged when something we’ve dreamed for looks as though it’s slipped from our hands. It’s easy to give up when there is turbulence and setbacks along the journey. But if you only focus on the setbacks, you can never get to the destination. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll get there, just that you will get there if you stay focused.

Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong'o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film, which also stars David Oyelowo and is directed by Mira Nair, will be released in U.S. theaters in September.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film, which also stars David Oyelowo and is directed by Mira Nair, will be released in U.S. theaters in September. Photo credit: Disney

6. Staying in your comfort zone can keep you from winning

Ask any successful person, and I guarantee you that they didn’t become successful by staying cozy in their comfort zone. At every level of success, you’re going to be pushed further outside of your comfort zone. You win by challenging yourself. And you challenge yourself by not being afraid to abort your comfort zone.

7. You don’t have to fit in to win

Too often, we’re paying attention to what everyone else is doing. We look at successful people and think: How could I ever get there? And then, somehow we believe that if we’re more like them, we’ll be more successful. Queen of Katwe proves that winning is not about fitting in. It’s about showing up authentically and doing what you do best.

David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, based on a true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong'o also stars in the film, directed by Mira Nair.

David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, based on a true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o also stars in the film, directed by Mira Nair. Photo credit: Disney

8. When it comes to winning in life (and chess), create a plan of attack and focus on that plan until you get there

One of my favorite quotes is: A goal without a plan is just a wish. How many times have we added something to our vision board or list of goals only to come up short? You see, it’s not enough to just daydream about what you want. You have to dream it, believe it and then create a plan of action in order to achieve it.

9. You don’t have to compromise your integrity in order to thrive

Integrity is everything. What you do when no one is watching is more important than what you do when everyone is paying attention. Staying true to your values and your morals is what will take you far in life, and open up doors no one can close.

Check out the official trailer for the Queen of Katwe movie below:

The Queen of Katwe is not just about chess. In fact, you don’t even have to know how to play the game to fall in love from the moment the opening credits roll. This film is about becoming a champion in life. Who doesn’t want to do that?!

Finally, there is a movie about my country of Uganda, about Africa, that doesn’t focus on war, hardships or dictatorships. And you should go and see it.

QUEEN OF KATWE is now playing in SELECT theaters and will open nationwide on Friday, September 30th. Go out and see it, and take the entire family!

queenofkatweevent-posterBMWK, are you going to see Queen of Katwe? If you have, share your thoughts?

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Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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25 Powerful Phrases Your Children Need to Hear More Often

BY: - 3 Oct '16 | inspiration

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I believe in affirmations and the power of words, especially when it comes to our children.

As parents, we shape our children and, in many ways, help define their futures. The majority of what they learn in life comes from us. There is power in parenting, and we have to always be conscious of that.

There are so many lessons I need my daughters to learn before they leave our home and venture out on their own. I know a large portion of those lessons will be what they learn by watching my actions. Another part, however, will come from what my husband and I speak into their lives. Parents can either build children up with positive words and phrases or do the opposite with negativity. It’s a choice.

We all know parenting can be challenging. It’s hard to remember to be positive when there is negativity either on your job or within your relationship. One can easily lose focus. Sometimes, the positivity we shower on our children may also be needed for ourselves, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that even in my toughest personal moments, my parenting goal is what helped me remember to put my children first. I have to be consistent in reminding them of just how amazing they really are. The more they hear it, the more likely they are to accept it as truth.

Here are 25 phrases every child should hear often:

  1. God loves you.
  2. I love you.
  3. Anything is possible.
  4. You are braver than you think.
  5. The world is yours.
  6. Yes you can.
  7. I believe in you.
  8. I trust you.
  9. You are smart.
  10. You are beautiful.
  11. You are handsome.
  12. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you cannot do.  
  13. Pursue what you want with everything you have.
  14. Why not you?
  15. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
  16. You’ve got this.
  17. I am proud of you.
  18. You bring me joy.
  19. You’re the only one who can stop you.
  20. There aren’t any limits on what you can become.   
  21. Don’t ever dim your light.
  22. You are my greatest gift.
  23. Love yourself first, and best.
  24. You are an amazing human being.
  25. You are enough.

Adults aren’t the only ones who experience doubt, fear and frustration in life. Children, more than ever, need us to pour into them. They need constant inspiration and who better to receive it from than the people they love and trust most.

BMWK, what phrases do you say to your children to keep them motivated?

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter wrote 630 articles on this blog.

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and Author of A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex and Conflict Available on Amazon . She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, and named one of the top blogs to read now by Refinery29. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. To find out more about Tiya, and her coaching, visit www.thelifeandlovecoach.com and www.theboldersister.com.

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