I just love when I meet new people and they impress my life more than they’ll ever know. When I do meet those people I’m inclined to share their story to the world. I think it’s worth it! So… today meet Sherri Scott! Her interview should definitely inspire you to live your life out loud and do so with all the passion you can muster up!
PASSIONISTA: What is your passion?
SHERRI: My passion is encouraging people to seek out the best in and for themselves.
PASSIONISTA: I love that your passion isn’t necessarily tangible, but being in tune with people. What are some of your past or current projects that display your passion?
SHERRI: I’ve launched a ministry that I feel will help our most vulnerable population, tweens and teens, to advocate for their own healthy and prosperous futures. It specifically promotes sexual abstinence, but addresses other risky behaviors and is called Never Cast Your Pearls Ministries. The activities sponsored by this ministry are called Purity Oriented Workshops & Seminars (POWS). The ministry is a take-off from my first novel with the same title, Never Cast Your Pearls. The book is set in Memphis, TN and geared towards teens. It’s a fictional love story and it deals with how teens may view and deal with the hyper-sexual messages they receive today.
PASSIONISTA: Have you always known that you had a passion for inspiring others?
SHERRI: My passion was first identified as such when I had my daughter. I remember my own negative feelings and subsequent choices and decided then and there to pour positivity and the wisdom that came from some of my own poor choices into her. Because of certain things that took place in my young life, I grew up struggling with my own self-esteem. I’ve come to believe our call in life is quite often attached to a certain pain or trauma we have been allowed to experience. I say “allowed” because I believe anything that happens to us or in our lives is either God-ordained or God-allowed and has a specific purpose, a purpose that goes well beyond our own personal experience.
PASSIONISTA: If you could describe the way you feel about your passion in one word, what word would you choose?
SHERRI: I would choose the word EXPANDED.
PASSIONISTA: That’s interesting. I never would have guessed that word. Elaborate.
SHERRI: It’s odd, I know, but it’s perfect because I’m choosing to expand this passion far beyond my personal household.
PASSIONISTA: Do you consider yourself to be living your passion out loud? If yes, do you think you’ll ever stop living your passion out loud?
SHERRI: I certainly believe I’m living my passion out loud! I’m finding that true confidence actually has little to do with the superficial things we tend to count on, but rather, what you allow God to do through you to help others. This ministry is allowing me to touch lives and use a creativity I didn’t realize existed. I’m blessed.
PASSIONISTA: Who or what inspired you the most to live out your passion?
SHERRI: That would be my daughter, Taelor. I want to be the best I can be for her, be an example of all I teach and preach.
PASSIONISTA: Children can do it every time. My daughter had the same impression on me; making me want to be better every day. How do you feel your passion inspires others outside of your daughter?
SHERRI: I think it gives people the permission to start their own ministries or write their own books. If I did it, they can too!
PASSIONISTA: What have been some of your greatest challenges, if any, in following your passion and how did you over come them?
SHERRI: With the book, my biggest challenge was trying to write in a way that would appeal to teens. I’m old enough to be a grandmother to some of them, so hopefully you can imagine my difficulty. As far as the ministry, my biggest fear was that no one would show. Not one ticket was sold on Eventbrite. But then I remembered that if God gave me the vision, the place to have it, and the people to facilitate it, He would definitely send those that needed to hear the message. And He did! Approximately 50 teens converged at the appointed location and all but two said they would use what they learned to abstain from sexual activity, at least during this time in their lives.
PASSIONISTA: If you could give advice to individuals that desire to live their passion(s) out loud, what would it be?
SHERRI: Realize that if God has given you a vision or a story, that’s His call on your life. It doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s and even if others are doing the same, no one can do it quite like you. Just face the fear and uncertainty and go for it. The only failure is NOT doing it.
PASSIONISTA: Words of wisdom, Sherri. It’s all about following what you KNOW is for you to do. Have you been able to EXPAND your passion into other things?
SHERRI: I’m in the process of taking POWS to other parts of the Memphis area. The next one will take place in North Memphis (June 2014), West Memphis (September 2014), East Memphis (December 2014), and Mid-town (February 2015). Other abstinence awareness activities are being planned around and between the workshops. I’m incredibly excited.
PASSIONISTA: As you should be. Your ministry is definitely a NEED and I feel it’s definitely going to grow greater than you could ever imagine. What do you hope to be doing with your passion in ten years?
SHERRI: I hope, in ten years, to have written several other exciting novels and taken the message of Never Cast Your Pearls Ministries and POWS all over the US. Helping just one is reason enough for me!
PASSIONISTA: Sherri, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. Continue living passionately out loud and inspiring others to do the same!
Well, if you weren’t inspired by her interview, GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN, because her message is strong and spews nothing but inspiration to live your passion out loud!