INTERVIEW | Dr. Dyoni Cole, author of Mommy Loves You

I am a worshiper, a woman who loves Jesus, and a woman after God’s own heart. With my God-given gifts and talents, I have become a licensed minister, dancer, author, child advocate, mentor, leader, educational research scientist, and a management/organizational leadership specialist. I serve as president of Dyoni, Inc., a consulting organization that specializes in leadership development: Education, Management and Leadership, Dance Leadership, and Dance Movement Clinics.

As a worshiper, I am heavily involved in performing and creative arts ministry. With over 12 years of experience in the dance ministry, I have the ability to shift an atmosphere through true authentic worship and warfare.

As a mentor, I am heavily involved in the community of doctoral candidates. I have a passion to see others exceed their own expectations and reach high levels of excellence. I believe in going beyond the call of duty to help others maximize their full potential.

I received my doctorate from Argosy University in Business Administration with a focus on management and organizational leadership. I was recognized for her academic achievements and inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a scholar, I teach others the importance of education, perseverance, and patiently enduring. I live by the words “always be a student of your craft”, each day is an opportunity to LEARN, to LOVE, and to DANCE.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I yearn to hear God’s voice. I try to patiently wait for his promptings and beckonings. There is a special place I go to commune with God; it is at that place I connect with God.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Dr. Myles Munroe, Bishop T. D. Jakes, and John Maxwell are a few of my favorite authors. Currently, I do not have a favorite book, but I love books about Destiny and Purpose.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I self-published. The journey of self-publication was a little difficult the first time around because I did have a clue. I made everything difficult . . . I over analyzed everything, which made me procrastinate. But once I settled myself – settled my spirit and began to ask question to the right people, I was on my way. I learned that God’s timing is always the best timing.

Tell us about your current book?

Mommy Loves You is a 3-in-1 book that deals with the concept of self through words of affirmations, it is an educational tool, and it is deals with quality time factor between parent and child. It is a great book for children under 5.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

YOU ARE, BUT YOU SHALL BE!!! This phrase is something that I think about often. Each day we are becoming. We, as individuals are all working to become who we are predestined to be. We’re all different, unique, and rare; Beautiful and handsome in our right. We all have a God-given purpose; a purpose that was explicitly given to you and given to me. Only you can accomplish your purpose, and just I can achieve my purpose. This fact brings me to the concept of self: SELF-LOVE!

It is essential first and foremost that we know who we are as individuals and that we love who we are as individuals. You and I were perfectly and wonderfully created. Everything about you, everything about me is a perfect fit to fulfill our purposes. It is crucial that we know and understand this. In recognizing and following this, we will embrace our uniqueness and our differences. We will no longer look down upon ourselves or compare ourselves to others. We will genuinely celebrate the accomplishments of others and not be secretly jealous and envious of others. We will confidently stand on this truth that what is for you is for you and what is for me is for me. This brings me to SELF-ESTEEM and SELF-VALUE, which all aligns with the concept of self.

How we carry ourselves depicts how we see ourselves, which in turn teaches others how to treat and interact with us. As an adult, I recognize that social media is very influential in subliminally conveying the essence of what beauty looks like, what success looks like, and how one should go about becoming beautiful and becoming successful. Social media is subliminal in teaching us how to despise where we are in life and who we are as individuals. Social media is subliminal in showing us how to become the status quo and how to blend in when we were never designed or created to blend in; blending in makes us merely ordinary. With this in mind, I can only imagine the difficulties children face with understanding who they are and the difficulties of learning how to become comfortable in their own skin. This is why Mommy loves you was written. It is vital that children are affirmed by those who love them. It is essential that children know they were correctly created; that everything about them from their little toes, their little legs, their little hands, their nose, and their eyes are loved by those that love them; that they need not change anything about them to be loved.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

Children’s first lesson of self-love comes from those who first love them: Parents, relatives, etc.

What’s next for you?

Let’s see . . . I recently translated Mommy Loves You in Afrikaans, which is a language used in South Africa. I have a few more children’s books that I’m working on and a few other projects. Definitely more published books and more community service.

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