“There are 10 million single mother-lead families in the United States. This is 3x the number in 1960. I was determined not to let the above statistic define me as mother or a woman.”- Cherise Laron Scott
As a mother, blogger, and realtor, Cherise Laron Scott was determined to create a space to share her truths encouraging women to live through their experiences, rather than becoming them. Cherise’s platform encourages motherhood, healing, and wellness motivating other women by sharing her stories and journey. Cherise and I discussed her inspirations, overcoming adversity, and how God gets her through everything.
What inspired you to start blogging?
CS: “As I began dealing with the drama from my divorce, I began to write as a way to vent my frustrations. As I was documenting how I felt and what I was going through I thought, “I can’t be the only one going through this!” And the next thing I knew I began making plans to start a blog. One year later, here we are.”
At what point in your life did you first learn about your field of work? What called you to it?
CS: “I actually thought about blogging a few years ago. So I did a whole bunch of research on how it operates and things like that. At the time there was no specific idea on what to do. Thinking back on it, I knew it was my calling but I didn’t know what to do just yet. God gave me the signs that I wasn’t quite ready yet. Now I understand why. It was because I couldn’t empower others when I wasn’t fully empowered at that time.”
What does the world need more of?
CS: “This world needs more compassion and discernment. As far as compassion is concerned, we encounter so many people throughout life, but we don’t know each person’s story. People tend to judge so quickly without knowing the journey that others have been through. We as God’s children have to have some level of understanding with each other.
However, we need discernment in order to navigate this world and have peace of mind. Not everyone has our best interest at heart. So the key is to pay attention to what God is telling us so that we can continue to move towards our purpose.”
What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made so far in starting or running your business?
CS: “The biggest sacrifice I had to make was a part of myself. I had to let go of the part of me that thought she could do it on her own; that she can fix things. And when the process of the divorce first started, I was a shell of my former self because I was hanging on and trying to fix everything myself and that included my marriage. So when I finally found the courage to let go and let God, I found the drive that I needed to be able to start this business.”
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired about your work?
CS: “I pray. I pray for God to remind me of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I look at my children and their happy faces and I ask God to give me the strength to keep pushing because they are watching me as they grow.”
After enduring a painful divorce, what did you do to overcome everything to get where you are now?
CS: “Gospel Music was my first step. Music and writing are the two most therapeutic things for me. I knew I needed to stay strong for my sons so music was my quickest route in my recovery. And when I played the music, I felt a little stronger. And then as I began writing as a way to cope, I created my motto, “Always pray and keep pushing” to keep myself going each day. And as I kept pushing, God aligned me with some amazing people who keep Christ at the center of their lives. And they began to uplift me spiritually as well. That is, until my spirit was strong again. As I did those things I felt my spirit getting fuller and fuller and I began to see the plans that God had for me. It’s an amazing feeling.”
What are the Bible scriptures that get you through anything?
Galatians 6:9 is probably my favorite: So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. This verse came to me at the most unexpected time and I knew God was telling me that some bog blessings were coming my way. So I kept what was right for myself and for my sons.
Philippians 4:6-7 is another favorite of mine: Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need.The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. People have asked me before why I’m seem so content in some situations. This verse explains why. No matter what situation I’m in, I pray about it. If I’m troubled, I pray about. If I’m in doubt, I pray about it. And even when I’m happy, I still pray. I learned to leave everything in God’s hands and this verse embodies that.
In moments of adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
CS: “My sons for one. They give me energy and inspiration. I also remind myself that God is with me in everything that I do, no matter what I’m going through. I know that in the end, all things are working for my good so I try to find the positive when I’m in those moments. But my faith is was keeps me grounded.”
Name some affirmations that are good to your soul.
CS: “There’s really one that sticks out to me the most which is, “God, let me see me as You see me.” This particular affirmation came from one of my dearest and closest friends. This friend and I crossed paths in the most unexpected way during a time where I was feeling very low. And God used her as a vessel to speak to me and uplift me. And she told me about that affirmation and what it did for her. In the end she encouraged me to use and it has worked wonders for me.”
What can we expect from you this year?
CS: “A lot of growth and inspiration. I’m looking forward to sharing my story more through speaking engagements and curating signature events to connect with other women. I want to build a community of women that can come together to uplift and inspire each other. My goal is to create a spiritual support system. I pray that people see God when they see my work and that we as His children will be able to come together and pray and keep pushing.”
Life is not the easiest journey for most of us. Each and every one of us has our own significant story to tell. Most of my adulthood was plagued with chaos and confusion. And I the midst of that chaos, God was blessing me in ways that I could not imagine…I just didn’t see it then.
This is my journey. After doing what I thought was to everyone else’s standards, I found that I wasn’t living up to my own. And in doing that, I found that I could never quite make that standard. Especially in my marriage. I found that no matter what I did, it was never good enough. Almost everyday I was belittled and criticized on a constant basis. These stones and bricks were just building and building on top of me mentally to the point where I couldn’t just get up and keep going.
After five years, I finally found the courage to break free. But I was still weighed down mentally. After living a certain way for so long, I was lost. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I was still mentally wounded and had to recover from that. And as I began to recover I realized that I wasn’t alone and that there are plenty of women out there in the same situation as me. I soon learned that I needed to share my story in hopes of inspiring others like me and even inspiring myself as I continue to heal.
This is no easy journey. But I’m determined more than ever to rediscover myself and become 20 times better than what I once was. I pray that this journey inspires others as they continue their journey just as I am. So remember to always pray and keep pushing!
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