Whenever interviewed, I am often asked what influenced me to start Cheryl Pullins International and what lead me to work with multi-passionate women who desire to play a bigger game in business and life?

To answer this question, it’s best that I start from the beginning and then share with you a couple defining moment stories that were instrumental in leading me to where I am today, co-creating with amazing women like you who want to live a fulfilled life. 

Taking it all the way back, my life hasn’t always been one of success, personal accomplishment, and freedom. To be honest, it has been a rough road.

  • When I was two years old, my mother decided it would be better for someone else to raise me.
  • I was caught in gunfire and shot in the thigh at the age of 9.
  • At the age of 12, I was told that the neighbor’s children I had been playing with next door for the past year were actually my younger brother and sister. Yes! You read it right, my brother AND sister from the same mother had moved next door to me and we had become very close friends without knowing we were siblings.
  • By the time I was 18, I met my biological mother, which at the time was pretty awkward.

Fast forward, my 14-year marriage to a pastor ended in divorce, I wound up in a one year battle for my daughters. I lost my home, my car and was under a 3-day suicide watch.

One Sunday morning while sitting at the foot of my bed getting dressed for church, I was watching a preacher on television. He was teaching about love, forgiveness and how unforgiveness was a poison. Sure enough in that moment, I knew what I had to do.

I was presented with a choice.

It was in that moment when I realized that I was consumed with a poison that only harboring unforgiveness could bring and that if I was going to live a fulfilled life, there was no getting around it, I had to forgive. Really forgive.

Really forgive.

It took work. Forgiveness is more than a word, it's an intentional act of freedom.

It was that act of freedom that opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. My life started to transform in ways that those who knew me no longer, “knew me.” Over time I talked differently. Thought differently. Heck, I even walked differently. I was no longer bound by the heavy chains of bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness. The freedom of forgiveness allowed me to see endless possibilities for myself.

This is when I took my first plunge into entrepreneurship and launched a digital magazine for women. I wanted every woman to know that they have the power to transform their lives. The magazine became quite successful. LIVE Magazine was published for four years.

After 10 years of rolling single, I married a pretty dang handsome 20-year military veteran. His career took us to Florida. It was there that after a twenty-two-year career as a Human Resources professional, I turned in the keys to my corporate gig.

Moving to Florida changed my life.

I became a Certified Professional Coach and spent an entire year expecting people to just show up to get coached. You know...if you built it, they will come.  Um, not if you don't tell them!

Twelve months later a dear friend invited me to a business boot camp. After feeling like I had been doused with water from a fire hydrant for three days, I got my booty in gear.

From there I went from zero clients to 14 private clients. Caution...don't do that! I then started speaking. I went from local events to professional organizations to national stages to doing a talk at a historic TEDx event.

That was only the beginning. Here are a few of the amazing opportunities and honors I have experienced which have contributed to me building my personal brand. 

  • PreachingWoman.com: Kingdom Watch Feature
  • Feature, TwentyTen Club (London, England)
  • 2011 Leading Lady of the Year, Jeweled Ministries
  • 2012 BBWO 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs (#2 Motivational Speaker)
  • 2013 Motivational Speaker of the Year, Slantress
  • 2013 25 Women Who Inspire, Hope Magazine
  • 2013 Professional Speaker of the Year, EPNET
  • Nominee, 2013 Girl on Fire Award, Single Parents United
  • 2013 BBWO 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs (#9 Small Business Experts & Service Professionals)
  • 2014 BBWO 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs (#2 Women's Empowerment Initiatives)
  • Sepia Woman Magazine, Cover Feature
  • Career Magazine, Cover Feature
  • What Every Diva Must Know About Starting Her Own Business, Book Release
  • Sold Out Branding Mastermind Program
  • Named Top 100 Digital Influencers by London-based Eelan Media
  • Served as a US Miss Pageant Judge
  • Cast as an extra in a highly successful HBO show (I wound up with most of me on the editing room floor, except my hair!)