As we continue to bring you creative, inspirational essentials that celebrate our beauty and culture, Mahogany also caught up with feature contributor and best-selling author Dr. Cheryl Polote-Williamson to find out what motivates her, who empowers her, and how she celebrates her Blackness.
What was your inspiration for starting your affirmation brand?
Years ago, when I was going through a shift in life, I realized that the lessons and blessings during my walk toward purpose would be significant and vital in helping other women create a space for themselves to dream, believe, and excel in their purpose too. Out of a love for women and a desire to see them win and soar, both personally and professionally, a mission was formed. That mission has developed into best-selling books, film projects, a quarterly women’s empowerment magazine, an affirmation brand, workshops, and coaching programs. When you understand the power of mindset, visioning, and affirmations, you don’t gatekeep—you pour. I pour through everything I produce. My goal has always been to keep the cups flowing and pour into women until they understand their dreams truly matter.
What do you hope Black women will feel when they read your books?
I hope Black women feel empowered, seen, heard, and loved. I want them to realize they have the power to live the life of their dreams through the words they speak over themselves and the action they put behind their vision. I want them to believe in the power of faith, purpose, and positioning to reach the summit of everything their hearts desire.
AFFIRMED: 365 Positive Thoughts and Actions…
How does it feel to receive support and encouragement from our community?
Every woman on earth needs support. What Hallmark Mahogany is doing to cultivate community and empower women is fanning the flames and passions of women globally to dream and believe that their voices and desires matter.
Working with Mahogany has been a dream come true for me and ignites the same feeling of being seen, heard, and loved by a community of leaders and women who know the value and power of my gifts and how I use them. Hallmark has been on my vision board for as long as I can remember. This is a 360-degree moment of experiencing the power of a vision board and speaking affirmations over my life. I am grateful.
Who in your life encourages and empowers you the most?
My positive vibe has attracted a tribe of six faith-filled women who encourage, uplift, and empower me moment by moment. You become the people you are surrounded by the most. I am cautious of the connections I make, the cups I pour into, and the ones I drink from. That has been the game-changer in all that I do and have become.
The Art of Influence
What advice would you give to a sister who wants to start her own business?
I give the following advice: Research the area of business that you want to go into; get a mentor who is already successful in that industry; seek out free help from the Small Business Administration; show up prepared; and be willing to do it afraid and alone. Be slow to hire and quick to fire; have a sound business plan; take advantage of all resources available through the federal government. And lastly, have faith that even if today it doesn’t blow up, the fire behind your idea will continue to produce heat until it ignites into your wildest dreams.
Here at Mahogany, we’re motivated by purpose, faith, and community to celebrate Blackness 24/7. How do you celebrate yours?
I intentionally find reasons to celebrate myself daily. So much so that I carry a bag of confetti with me to celebrate myself! When I wake up in my right state of mind, I celebrate. When I find a close parking spot near the entrance, I celebrate. When I receive checks in the mail, I celebrate. When my articles are published, I celebrate! When I see how God shows up for every vision I have, I celebrate.
Anything else you want readers to know about you and your business?
You deserve everything your heart desires. And that fact is non-negotiable. I teach women how to shift and master their mindsets to cultivate the life of their dreams. Through my coaching services, I encourage them to walk in their greatness and live the life they truly desire with purpose and on purpose. I help them create the vision, shift, and show up BOLD to receive it. I am ready to help more women make the shift—I am here to serve your purpose and to empower you to action. Let’s connect!
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Sandra Garrett-Watson says
Clearly this was intended for me this morning. It is just what I need as I prepare for retirement this year.
You are going excel at everything you touch.
Sheliah J Cobb says
Full-filling Fantastic Faith-filling messaging and inspirations are always and forever being provided
by Dr. Cheryl Williamson.
May we continue to always be open
to receive, achieve and share exponentially “the pour” with all.
Thank You for being You!
Thanks for your kind words.
Amen Thank you Queen for the encouragement and Inspiration
Regina Robinson says
Cheryl, you are a light to women whose flame have often burned out or just needed the bulb to be changed. Your infectious spirit of love encourages, motivates and pushes women to believe, to soar, and to declare all life has to offer them. I am grateful to know you as a woman of God, a coach and a friend. Continue allowing God to use you to influence the world! Love you 💗
Nikki Blakely-Simmons says
Want an amazing human and beautiful soul you are, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us as Women, but more importantly pouring into us so that we may soar, stretch, grow and be all that God has called us to be.
Thanks for leaving your kind words. I love you.
Stevie Swain says
Cheryl is a walking testament of what God will do in your life when you’re obedient. She literally changes lives of people in her presence. I love her and BLESSED to call her my friend.
May God continue to bless her and EVERYTHING she touches.
You are such amazing sister. I love you.
Dr. Michelle says
You and your gifts from God are the reason for bringing me to realize my true potential and purpose! You have a way of saying, doing, and pouring into our black women like no other. Your selfless giving and compassionate intuition continue to bless so many. I thank you for being the exceptional person that you are!
I L💕VE Y💚U ❗️
I love you.
Jeannette Banks says
Looking forward to reading and connecting with the community you are building.
Me too. Let’s do it!
Velena McRae says
Pure awesomeness! You are a shining example of what we can all do if we believe in ourselves. Thanks for sharing your gifts
I love you 💗💚
Traci Henderson Smith says
ALWAYS an inspiration. Such unyielding power and light. ❤️
Marilyn Evans says
Cheryl Polote-Williamson is a gifted communicator and motivator. Each of her books leaves you encouraged and motivated, Affirmed is no different. I look forward to reading my daily affirmation before starting my day. It’s like having a private word of devotion with Cheryl each day.
I really appreciate you leaving these encouraging words and comments
Dionne Anglin says
Cheryl Polote-Williamson breathes life into everything and everyone she encounters. If you want to be inspired and lovingly motivated, lock in with her.
I love you.
Cynthia Daniels-Banks says
Love, love, love this . . . I feel encouraged, enthused, and empowered!!!
Thank you, Dr. Cheryl!🌹
Peace and blessing!
Gwendolyn Jackson says
I’ve written poems for my book, WORDS OF EXPRESSION: A HEALING FOR THE SOUL. My former pastor Rev. Maxine Thomas is working with me, she told me I’d probably need about $ 2,000 to get it published. She has her publishing company. I need to know what’s my next steps- find a sponsor.
Gwendolyn Jackson says
Great words of encouragement
Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. I see you!
Nicole Williams says
Our family are card lovers and readers. Mahogany provides beautiful cards that express our culture and our experiences. The fact that Cheryl Polote-Williamson, a dynamic woman who uplifts, empowers and challenges women to move past potential to purpose, is featured on Mahogany is truly a win win for us all.
Dr. Tiffany says
Although, I have not personally met Dr. Cheryl (I am affirming to do so 😊) she has shifted my mind and touched my heart in ways that has impacted how I interact with my family, friends and colleagues. She has inspired me in ways that have awakened dreams and possibilities in my life and reminded me of the good work that God began in me. I will continue to walk boldly in my purpose and share the wisdom that has been so graciously shared with me to help educate, elevate, and empower women. I love you Dr. Cheryl! Thank you from the depths of my soul for reminding me the beauty of God resides within me and requires me to share confidently with others!
God bless you.
Roni Talley says
What a great article!
Your story and journey of triumph is relatable and empowering.
Thanks for your comments
Jo’ Hanna D Samuel says
Cheryl, LOVE and LIGHT to you. Your words have resonated with me in my spirit. Chosen servitude, purpose, and faithful walk, you are a gift to all the women you are called to inspire and motivate in their own purposes. Our footprints will be deeper and firmer because of your gift. I stand with you in giving God the Glory… Thank you St. Croix Virgin Islands 🌴❤️ 🦋
Thanks for your kindness
Andrea Jones says
This article and Dr. Cheryl Polote Williams have given me the push I need at just the right moment. I love celebrating every moment! The confetti makes it official!
Love your response.
Shondra Quarles says
I needed to read this today. I met Cheryl in 2018 at the NAACP Convention in San Antonio. I was already following her journey prior to that encounter. I am part of her Affirmed family and that has impacted my life in a positive way. May she continue to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.
Robin Thomas says
Dr. Cheryl continues to inspire me with her bold decision to live in her purpose, moment by moment while taking women along with her. She is abundant in encouragement, in helping others find their purpose and uplifting all women through her creative success in books, films, magazines and daily affirmations.
Thanks for your love & kindness shown to me.
Lashondra Jones says
This was a beautiful expression of love for another. I truly enjoy seeing other women help,lift,and love each other into destiny and purpose. The world can be hard if you have the wrong voices guiding you. It is so important for us to point to the blessings and the one who blesses us(Jesus) to keep people from giving up hope. There will be storms, however it’s refreshing knowing the sun(son) is always shining.
I totally agree
Thank you for being such an inspiration and trailblazer! Peace and blessings.
God bless you. I appreciate you.
Marquette Day-James says
What an awesome interview! I could feel the sincerity of the words coming off the page. Dr. Cheryl is a leader who commands attention every time she speaks; and always have something worth listening to. God is using her in a mighty way. I’m so glad I am able to be a part of her tribe and receive daily affirmations.
I appreciate you.
I heard Dr. Cheryl speak virtually for a woman’s church event and I literally screamed!! Her message was motivational and life-changing for me! She inspires—she motivates—she gives. Thank you Dr. Cheryl!
Yvette D Mcgill says
It is a COMPLETE joy and honor to say I know you and you are my Coach. CONGRATULATIONS, I can’t wait to experience life with you in 2023🥰
God bless you.
Maria Flowers says
Dr. Cheryl is one of the most genuine people I have met. Everything she preaches, she practices. She pours into others regularly. It is a joy to read her spotlight in this empowering community.
Thanks for your kind words.
This is the kind of positivity that’s needed to help other women realize that they too can make their dreams come true. Great article!
Thanks for your love & support
This is very encouraging and sounds like something I am willing to try. God knows I need to do something to better my life and myself.
God bless you
Janice Banyon says
Janice Banyon says
An inspirational article and one that deserves to be reread. Thank you Mahogany and Dr Cheryl. I vow and affirm to myself to accomplish at least one significant goal towards becoming a successful business owner each month this year.
Wow!!! Thanks so much for your kind words.
Contessah Davis says
Cheryl truly has a passion for helping others, especially women, strive to achieve greatness and evolve into the best version of themselves.
I appreciate you
Dr. Cheryl always inspire when you hear her on live podcasts, written affirmations including reading articles. No matter the platform, she’s motivates and gives her all. Thank you Dr. Cheryl!
Thanks for your comments
Lesleigh Mausi says
Powerful! She’s right: every woman on the earth needs to be affirmed. I’m a firm believer in Visioning and have been working fervently on rebuilding my mindset after a few life’s challenges. Thank you, Dr. Cheryl, for confirming and affirming what I believe to be true… that I can truly have the kind of life that my heart desires!
Empower to action! Create a vision and show up Boldly! I felt this in my heart. This was an amazing inspiration as always. You inspire excellence, expectation, with excellence. Continue to be the servant leader that your are for every time you pour into one of us you will see a flower 🌺 bloom! Thank you!!
Thanks so much for your kind words.
Dr. Monica Williams says
Soup for the soul!! We should all borrow Dr. Cheryl’s self-love approach and pass the gift along to our next gen. Thank you for being an inspiration to me, CPW!
Cynthia Andrews says
I am so inspired by the words of encouragement, the daily affirmations, the way I am constantly elevated by the acts of kindness from Cheryl. She continues to sow into women all over and I admire her so much for her strength and obedience. I pray that God will continue to sustain her in all of her endeavors. She has been a blessing to myself and many other women.
I appreciate your kind words.
Cher’Don Russom-Reynolds says
I ordered Affirmed for every leader in my company. The art of influence has been so impactful in my business and life that I knew I needed more of whatever Mrs. Williamson had to offer. She’s such an inspiration.
Tammy Woodard says
Dr. Cheryl thank you for being the the light for others to see! You have set the standard for us (women) to follow. You operate in excellence which is a constant reminder that we can be more and do more! You walk it like you talk it! I honor you for carry the torch for so many. For creating so many seats and the table and showing us how to build our on table. Your affirmations have helped me to change my mindset and see the importance of affirming myself daily! YOU ARE TRULY A WOMAN OF GRACE, INTEGRITY AND FAITH!
Thanks for your kind words.
Tanisha A. says
Awesome read. Cheryl is a true light and I admire her and her journey!
Thanks so much.
Sherrye Willis says
Congratulations Dr. Cheryl! You have a powerful vision and resources for women to impact for generations to come! I celebrate you and your calling to women!
Thankful for your comments
Dana Campbell says
After reading your article I am encouraged, empowered, motivated to keep pushing toward my passions, desires, and dreams. As one of your coauthors this reminds me of how God can align you with people on assignment, with purpose, for inspiration to stay on His path. Sending my love to you Cheryl.
Kaldejia Faulk says
The authenticity of Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson is weaved throughout every aspect of how she shows up in the world. You can be assured after reading, viewing, or attending an event hosted by her you will know the power of your worth.
PAT Bailey says
There are over 5.7 million women over the age of 45 who are still navigating their next. Dr. Cheryl you keep us focused on our North Star and the path forward; faith in God, faith in self and faith in family. You are the great encourager. God Bless You!
Denise Cunningham-Doggett says
This was very motivational and inspirational to me. I pour, pour, pour out to a lot of people. I struggle in finding people to pour into me.
Tam Lowe says
This article is amazing, so often women find themselves stuck personally but fluent in helping others reach their potential. I made a commitment to show up for me and Cheryl seems to be a prototype of what that can look like. The article alone is igniting, couldn’t have chosen a better person to highlight… throwing confetti… love it!
Necole Muhammad says
Authenticity, consistent, inspirational, and faithful are just a few of the bold seasonings you will experience every time with Dr. Cheryl. She is a beacon of light that understands the responsibility of her assignments.
Paula Reynolds says
Empowered by this Power. How can I work with you?
Danette Brown says
The article was excellent and so motivating. I have both of the books and love them.❤️
Sheila Spencer says
Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with this wisdom 💎
Kimberly Paster says
Dr. Cheryl pours into me daily and I’m so Thankful for her. She affirms with me which is so empowering and inspiring. Her book Soul Affirmations is a daily go to for me! I’m grateful!😊
Kita Williams says
Absolutely loved this feature and all the knowledgeable nuggets from Dr. Cheryl Williamson. Walking in to this new year and new season her words of encouragement and inspiration are just what I needed and knowing that I deserve the life I want! Also, I’m loving the way she celebrates her wins gonna go get me some confetti for my purse too! Thanks for sharing
A true joy for me is starting my morning ritual with Dr. Cheryl’s book “Affirmed”.
Reading the daily thoughts and affirmations allow me to be grounded and intentional with the day I have ahead of me. Thank you for your light & wisdom Dr. Cheryl!
Siobhan Davenport says
Dr. Cheryl Polote-Williamson is an inspiring woman of God! Walking in her purpose to generously give of herself to other Black women brings me to happy tears. We have to uplift one another to overcome the negative stereotypes the world holds for Black women. We are each other’s sister! Thank you, Dr. Cheryl Polote-Williamson. Keep On Shining!❤️
Yolanda Mitchell Williams says
Cheryl is truly an inspiration! She is authentically herself and walks her talk with passion, power, and integrity. Her faith is on full display and calls all of us to walk in the belief that our dreams are not forgotten. And yes….you NEED both Affirmed and The Art of Influence in your library!
Dr. Cheryl Polote-Williamson is an amazing testament of how we have the ability to manifest our wildest dreams into a reality! She is a true inspiration that moves me with every word she speaks.
Jennifer Morris says
Dr. Cheryl Polote-Williamson is one of the most unique women that I know. I love the fact that everything she does is done unapologetically. She is definitely an inspiration to women all over the world, especially me. On days that I wake up needing a word, she sends me words of affirmation. She lives to empower others, men and women, and as a co-author in one of her best sellers, I am determined to reach every goal that I have set, long and short term. THANK YOU CHERYL FOR YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THE CALLING!!! YOU UNDERSTOOD THE ASSIGNMENT AND I AM A BETTER WOMAN BECAUSE OF IT❤️❤️❤️
Ruby Jeanine Batiste says
Thank you for ALWAYS encouraging, inspiring, and sharing for God’s glory!
Tina France says
Great article! Love Dr. Cheryl’s content and her spirit.
Allison J. Davis says
During these challenging times, Cheryl’s comforting words of affirmation and inspiration is confirmation that we will not only survive but we can and will thrive.
Rose Flenorl says
Cheryl, I guess I need to buy me a bag of confetti. Thank you for the reminder to celebrate. New commitment to keep dreaming and celebrating success!