Featured OWNer Charity W.

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Charity W.
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia, by way of Swansea, South Carolina

I am a mother of one daughter, full-time employee and full-time student currently in pursuit of my PhD in Education! I am very passionate about reaching back and helping others in any way that I can. I seek clarity in defining my purpose—my ultimate goal is to find out my life's assignment or calling and just begin to pursue that!!

What are your three favorite things?
(1) My Providence—He IS Love and Life. (2) My daughter—she's my miracle and my reminder to NEVER QUIT. (3) A comfy couch/bed with an UNBELIEVABLY delightful book—It allows me to get LOST on purpose while my imagination RUNS WILD!!:)

What would your superpower be?
If I could have a superpower, it would be the power of CREATION—to create anything, anyone or even EVERYTHING! I would be the "Fairy Godmother" that make DREAMS come TRUE and/or empower others to dream even BIGGER!

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Say "Thank You" for the breath that I STILL have—it's THE indication of LIFE and as long as there is life, there exists another Brand NEW day to begin again… and to DREAM even BIGGER!

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Garner my thoughts/goals/deepest desires, focus on those that are joyous and those that fuel and incite positivity. This helps to conjure my dreams… I call this "Dreaming with Intention!"

What is your favorite OWN show?
It is very difficult for me to list a "Favorite" show as there are a number of them that I enjoy and watch regularly! I have stated many times and will do so again: OWN is arguably the BEST network there is! If it were the "OWNLY" network on television, I would be SATISFIED, as I know that the world would be a much better place!!

What is the one item you can�t live without and why?
My ability to breathe: It is my assurance of LIFE and I know that as long as I have that… I still have another chance and I can do anything!

Who is your hero?
As "generic" as this may sound, especially in lieu of my support for all things OWN, as a child, Oprah was DEFINITELY and still is my Hero! She was THE individual who taught and demonstrated the POWER of a dream and resilience! Another of my Heroes, my "Grandmother" (in my head), The LEGEND and now our angel Dr. Maya Angelou! She once said: "A hero is any person intent on making this a better place for all people." I have ALWAYS been encouraged and enlightened by her writings of wisdom and by this mere definition, there are SO many others of whose names I do not know that have stood and paved the way for me to stand in freedom… they are my Heroes! EVERY serviceman or woman that has served THIS great country… They, too, are my Heroes! Then there are the babies of today that continuously show INSURMOUNTABLE courage through their own personal battles, yet they STILL smile and exude SO much Joy and encouragement; those like Little Miss Leah Still, daughter of Cincinnati Bengals Star, Devon Still… She's DEFINATELY my Hero! Last, but certainly NOT least, to EVERY family member, friend or individual who has ever helped me throughout any phase of my journey of life—from my grandmother who has always believed in me, parents who have always supported me… all the way to my own little Princess who keeps Mommy encouraged … They are ALL, without a doubt… MY Heroes in every way imaginable!

What do you like that most people dislike?
Structure and discipline. When things are chaotic around you, it tends to reflect the chaos that may be present in your own life. Though I may sometimes get disorganized, it is always rejuvenating to reestablish structure and gain a sense of peace and accomplishment.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is "mess" or "drama"; ANYTHING spoken or done to tear down the spirit of another person on purpose! I realize that we all are guilty of saying and doing things out of anger and strife, but it bothers me to witness a broken spirit, especially if it is done in my presence. My dad has always stated, "You have always liked to champion the cause of the underdog!" I was THAT person that would step up when everyone else would walk away. I just can't deal… (that's ALL I can say about that).

What would you like to learn to do?
I would LOVE to learn a second language!

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
For me to be as young as I am, my friends and family have always told me that I am an "Old Soul" and somewhat "out of touch" with what's going on in my age group… Honestly, I tend to have closer relationships with those older than me. I don't exactly see that as all the way bad… or is it?? I'll leave that for you to decide… :)