Meet Ms. Cori Michelle!!
Cori is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who spends more time moving and shaking than sitting still. Always on the go, she believes that God is shaping her for more but she is still clueless on the “more”.
After graduating, she joined the Army Reserves and then started classes at a local community college. Shortly after, at age 19, she began those classes she became pregnant her daughter. Never one to quit anything, she turned to evening and weekend classes and worked part-time. She eventually transferred to Baldwin Wallace University and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting.
While in college she picked back up with her love for writing. Writing has always been Cori’s way of escaping everything that life was throwing at her but it wasn’t until after she attended Sister Judy Smith’s life-changing workshop that she began dealing with issues of her past that include a missing father, divorce, the death of her brother, and other things. She continues to want to be a better person and has begun dedicating her life to help others in the same capacity.
In January 2014 she gave a TEDxYoungstown talk on “Innovation: A Love/Hate Relationship” that focused on innovating your thoughts to find your positive place through difficult times. She quickly followed that up with the founding of the 2014 Could Be Bitter Women’s History Month Campaign.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, boyfriend, family, and also writing. In 2011 she self-published her debut novel, The Red In Her Eyes after much pushing and prodding from her loved ones. Although Cori still writes and recently finished her second novel, she has been focusing her energy on empowering others (she believes this is the “more” that God is shaping her for).
Cori understands that life is unpredictable but it can only leave you broken if you allow it. Her new favorite verse is Ephesians 6:11:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Cori is talking to us today about her struggle – Life. See what she had to say below:
My greatest struggle is LIFE. I know this is very generic but life is difficult and comes with many different character building struggles. But, I live for greatness and you can’t be great by living an ordinary life. To stop working through it would be to give up or die and I don’t plan on giving up so I’ll have to wait until I die to give up!
I have come to realize that life is going to throw stones at you, especially when you are working in your purpose. It is not meant to break you but instead is meant to build you. Form those stones into rock solid steps and keep on climbing until you reach your peak.
I am motivated by all of my past “negative” statistics. I grew up in poverty, raised by a single mother, lived in a divorced home, never knew my father (until recently), got pregnant as teenager, step-father was a drug addict, and I was divorced but I still graduated from a 4 year college, published a book, became a public speaker, bought a house, and am a positive public force for daughter and others.
My divorce was the turning point in my life. I was forced to finally view things differently and after trial and error I became the woman I am today.
I don’t believe that you can specifically define a good woman because there are so many elements that go into it. But a good woman will put forth her best everyday by keeping her heart open even though it may be bandaged, care for others even though others may not care for her, build her castle even though she may not yet have her king, speak highly of her significant other and build them up, school her children on life and education, and be a solid positive role model for all following behind her.
I recently finished my second fictional novel and will soon begin work on my first nonfiction book as a follow-up to Could Be Bitter Campaign. The Could Be Bitter Campaign will be back for Women’s History Month again next year in March and people can follow it on Facebook , Instagram, and the website for more information.
So yes, I am striving to be a good woman every day.
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