It’s not every day that you find someone that exemplifies strength in a storm. Losing the loves of her life, her Mother, and Grandmother, weeks apart, Cheryl had no choice but to be courageous for both herself and her son. Courageous Woman had an opportunity to sit and speak with her and learn what makes her a Courageous Woman.
CW: Describe in words to me who exactly Cheryl Peavy is. What makes Cheryl Peavy unique?
Cheryl Peavy: Many people are not for people. I know what it is like to not have someone in my corner. I have always vowed that I would be that type of friend who would encourage you, inspire you, motivate you, uplift you, and be your biggest cheerleader. I will always have your back. I won’t allow anyone to talk about you or talk against you. I am standing up for you. I want the best for your life. I want to see you succeed.
CW: Tell us about a situation in your life that helped shape who you are today?
Cheryl Peavy: My parents divorced when I was two, and later ended up remarrying each other. I was the only child through that marriage. But when my father remarried, his new wife didn’t want me around. She didn’t allow me in their house. From being abandoned and not having my father’s love, I ended up becoming a people pleaser. That was my main intent, just to please everybody. I always vowed to be there for people because I know what it was like when no one was there for me. At a young age, I said I was going to be there for people, PERIOD!
CW: What makes you a Courageous Woman?
Cheryl Peavy: Honestly, the only thing I could think of was the worst experience of my life. It was the loss of my mother and grandmother two weeks apart about four years ago. Initially, I wasn’t courageous. I went into a depression. I thought I was living a dream and that I was going to wake up one day to have my mom and grandmother still here. What made me courageous was that I knew that I had a child to raise. I had to be courageous for him. That was one thing that helped me come out of my depression–I had a child that still needed me. He needed to see that through adversity, you are going to go through the pain and be emotional–that’s normal. He needed to see that his mom could come out of that and be strong. He could see that I could learn how to adapt my life without two important people that meant the world to me. He could see that through that experience I was able to still find myself and go after my dreams.
CW: What advice would you give someone who wants to give up?
Cheryl Peavy: I would tell someone to never give up. You can’t give up because if you give up, you are missing yourself. Whatever your dreams are, you are going to always live your life with regrets if you give up. God created you to be successful, to impact this world. He gave you gifts. Even before you were born, He knew who you were. He said, “This is what I am going to instill in you.” What you have inside of you is great. You just have to realize your greatness. No matter what happens, what people say, whatever comes at you, never give up. You have to go after what is rightfully yours. There are blessings with your name on them. Sometimes you feel like you can’t do it, but you can. You are strong and God made you that way. You just can’t give up. You won’t know what’s out there for you if you do.
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Anesha Choice is an author and online boutique owner. She resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Featured in The September 2017 issue of Courageous Woman Magazine The #1 online magazine for women