INTERVIEW | Cherilyn Azubuike

Cherilyn, describe yourself for our visitors.

Overall, I would say that I am quiet and at times very humorous, although some may beg to differ.

If there was such a thing as being addicted to music and literature then I would be the prime candidate for such an addiction. Music is like therapy for me, it relaxes me and get my creative juices flowing; at times it serves as my inspiration and fuels me to keep on keeping on. I have a wide array of music from Mozart to Motown.

I am a mother of three ages 11, 9 and 7 and I am grateful for their presence in my life, for they are truly my inspiration. As a mother I try to lead by example and I govern my life under the law of no matter what!

How do you find time to connect with God?

I make time to connect with GOD. There has been many times in my life that I have put my relationship with GOD on the back burner doing what I wanted to do first and then when I made a big mess of things which was always, I go running to GOD. I believe that I’m the author of the prayer “GOD if you just help me out of this situation, then I’ll behave myself and this time I mean it!”

A little over a year ago I created a personal development regimen in which I devote the first part of my day to connecting with God and aligning my day up purposefully. Upon awakening I spend the first 15 minutes or so of my day giving thanks, from there I go into being still and just listening and getting clear, next I do a set of affirmations and setting my intentions for the day, followed by reading of scripture and other devotional material and ending it in prayer.

I have become more health conscious lately and learning to become a better steward of my body so after my hour of power I go walking or break out the Tae-Bo tape.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

A few years ago, I was spiritually led to read only self-help, inspirational, faith based non-fiction literature and now it has basically became a way of life for me.  I love all kinds of literature except for sci-fi and fantasy, but getting back to the question at hand, whew, way too many to mention here but some of the main ones are Iyanla Vanzant, Maya Angelou, Fran Harris, Valorie Burton, Napoleon Hill, Natasha Munson, Donna Hill and Kimberly Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, Omar Tyree just to name a few.

Favorite books, hmm it would be easier finding a needle in a haystack or quoting Descartes’ theory of existence.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My journey and it has been a journey started in 2006 when I stared writing Weekly Wisdom, I had enrolled in Valorie Burton’s Destined to Write class where I met author Tanya White, I chose to self-publish my first book more so for myself then anything else. I always knew that I was destined for greatness, and I say that in all humbleness and sincerity but as a child I knew I was going to be a writer, since the age of 5 I have been an avid reader and although I wanted to be many things throughout my life becoming a successful author has never changed. After doing some serious self –reflection and analysis I began to seek direction and started journaling my life as it was happening. I began to seek an intimate relationship with GOD and know his will for my life in addition to that I became more aware of who I am and my reason for being.

Tell us about your current book?

Weekly Wisdom: 52 Ways to Live a More Fulfilled Life is an in-depth manual that takes you on a transformative journey in-powering you to be stress free, debt free and drama free.

Weekly Wisdom takes you on a life altering journey that will enable you to overcome doubt, dismember procrastination and mediocrity for good, by providing readers with valuable life lessons that will transform your personal and professional life. Expanding over the entire year with 52 lessons and exercises that will aide you in living your life powerfully and purposefully, its contents contain those valuable pearls of wisdom and experiences that have allowed me to be led by the desires of my dreams instead of being pushed by my problems.

Life is not hard, its tedious most of time we make life more complicated then it has to be, this book is fundamental in directing individuals to put first things first by getting back to basics and taking full ownership for our course in life.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

There’s a proverbial saying “when the student is ready the teacher will appear,” I finally got to a point in my life that I was ready to live the life I was put here to live. Life is a remarkable teacher and it is here to teach us things about ourselves through challenges, relationship and trials to equip us with the tools and lessons we need in order to grow and go to the next phase of our lives.

When I finally realized that, I was my biggest enemy I began to see faith in motion and the power of GOD in my life. I wrote this book because I wanted to help others overcome or eliminate some of those same problems and pitfalls that we allow to disable and immobilize us.

List your most recent books.

1. Weekly Wisdom: 52 Ways to Live a More Fulfilled Life

2. Unleash the Passion for Your Purpose, in which I co-authored with nine other professional speakers throughout the country. (May 2008)

What’s next for you?

I am currently working on two individual projects Manifest Your Greatness and Unveiling the Mask which are currently scheduled for release later this year.

May 6, 2008 I launch my radio show titled: Unveiling the Mask on www.blogtalkradio.com.

Where can visitors find you online?

My website address is: www.unveilingthemask.com

I can also be found at: www.myspace.com/unveilingthemask

You can also find me at: www.blogtalkradio.com/unveilingthemask