Cheril5Our community is our source of resilience and inspiration. From our content creators to our campaign contributors, ELIXHER wouldn’t be here without our fierce supporters. Today, we’d like to honor and highlight one of our badass backers, New Jersey-based author Cheril N. Clarke.

ELIXHER: Tell us a little about yourself. 
CHERIL: I’m a wife, daughter, sister, friend and lifelong student whose current profession is an independent, full-time writer (playwright, author, speech writer). I’m also an entrepreneur in partnership with my wife of 10 years (13+ total together). We live in southern New Jersey and Canada (we’ll be summering in Montreal). My hobbies include water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving (beginner level but still in love with it), photography, reading and world travel.

ELIXHER: What keeps you up at night?
CHERIL: Thinking about how I can be a better creator, producer and giver in life — that there is so much more in life that I can learn and be. It’s exciting!

ELIXHER: What keeps you hopeful?
CHERIL: All the things I’ve been so fortunate to receive. The promise in so many people — young and old — who I come across all the time. For all of the world’s ills and unscrupulous people, there is a large part of humanity that is positive, forward-looking and thinking, etc., and they’re moving through life without the fanfare of their negative counterparts.

ELIXHER: How are you helping leave this world a better place than you found it?
CHERIL: One of my long-term paths has been creating a library of books and plays that feature the LGBTQ community, with emphasis on women of color. I continue to work on this by publishing new books, producing new games and writing new pieces that will one day be pieces of history and a snapshot of our time. This path wasn’t so much chosen by me as it was given to me by the universe (or whatever you want to call that intrinsic knowing of one’s life path).

ELIXHER: Why did you decide to support ELIXHER?
CHERIL: I fully support the mission of ELIXHER and want it to succeed in the long-term. I love what it represents, I love how it visually looks, and I appreciate it for being a resource for those who need it.

ELIXHER: What’s your favorite quote? And why?
CHERIL: “Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali

I love this it gets to the core of the false thinking that too many have about what they can accomplish in life. We all have certain limitations, whether physical or environmental (I’m not saying that this quote is 100% accurate), but many can change quite a bit about our lives if we changed our thought patterns and invested in ourselves so that we have the confidence to go after what we want despite other people saying, “It’s impossible.”

If someone had told our parents 50 or 60 years ago that we’d be able to reach into our pocket and pull out a “phone” that would give us access to almost all the knowledge in a matter of seconds, they would have said it was impossible or crazy. But we have smart phones as a way of life, don’t we? Airplanes were once “impossible;” so were cars; so was the thought of gay parents and marriage equality, but here we are. “Impossible is nothing.”

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