DR. CHINYERE O.
Keish: Honestly Chi, you are the first person I thought about when I wanted to bring this blog back. You immediately come to mind when I think about who truly & authentically embodies Prayer & Hustle. You absolutely do! I admire you so much! Your work ethic and drive and most importantly, your unwavering foundation in your faith.
You are the person that introduced me to the Daniel's Fast and doing that fast completely changed the trajectory of my life. I have been doing it at the top of every year since I first did it in Jan 2018 and it truly sets the tone for the year. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart & soul. I am truly grateful and honored to be able to call you a friend!
I know you to be a go-getter, highly ambitious, feminine and overall regal lol. I have known you for at least 8 years and the many different hats I’ve seen you wear is admirable and remarkable.
Q: For those who don’t know you, Who is Dr. Chi?
CHI: Well first off thank you for thinking about me and saying all those wonderful things. I am truly grateful to be a part of this blog and even a part of your journey. So thank you for having me. So who is Dr. Chi? Dr Chi is someone who's gone through experiences that have changed her life for the better. Yes I am a physician, and a daughter and a sister, but I'm more so a person living in her truth. A person who has learned to enjoy the process of growth and accepted the person who she’s becoming. Dr Chi is happy. And that's an honest place that I'm proud to say who I am.
Keish: Now, of course we know you are truly a woman of God. But can you honestly tell us a time where you may have stumbled in your faith & how did God get you back right?
CHI: There have been numerous occasions where my faith has been tested and where I really had to dig deep in my faith to keep it alive. God has found me lost in different times in my life that have given me more of a confirmation that He is undoubtedly real. I can even say within the last 3 years I struggled deeply with my mental health. I had so many things going on from the pandemic to personal relational issues and family struggles and dynamics; that I was battling internally. And as much as I want to say that I was on point and I prayed every day and everything was rainbows and butterflies, that just was not the case. But somehow God knew exactly what I needed, at the right time, in the right place to find me, deep down knowing that He never left and He brought me back to where I am today.
Keish: How do you set yourself apart from other doctors that are also influential on social media? & why is that significant to you?
CHI: I think everyone has a story to tell. I think everyone brings a unique perspective when they are trying to be quote on quote “influential”. I feel like my social media has its own uniqueness to me. I have a sort of Pride to my page, that I'm able to tell my story in a unique way. I actually find joy, in not only educating, but making a difference through my IG page. Discovering a special way to catch people's attention, and also helping others understand that they’re not alone and that we are all human going through life together. I have my love-hate relationship with social media but overall, I enjoy how it can have a positive impact on people and the potential reach it gives.
Keish: What is the best advice you can give to someone who is trying to balance a 9-5, creating content, a relationship with God, an intimate relationship and traveling?
CHI: Well that sounds like me in a nutshell LOL. The best advice I can give when someone has so many things going on around them, is to keep the foundation of God always first. And everything else should truly fall in place. if you do have an intimate relationship with someone, make sure that relationship follows that number one rule of keeping God as a foundation and once those two things align, now you're able to tap into that creativity and create content, you're able to experience things that you naturally enjoy like traveling & exploring, without having to sacrifice one thing for another. And if time management or feeling overwhelmed is one of your challenges, keep a journal and/or calendar to help keep you on track with reminders. Siri is my best friend when it comes to this.
Keish: What is the scariest thing you ever had to do; but you did it anyway because of your faith in God? What did you tell yourself and what did God show you?
CHI: The scariest thing would probably be me moving to Houston. I left my comfort zone of Tampa, Florida that I've known for over 20 years. My family was there, my friends were there, but I took a leap of faith and I moved to Houston, a place where I had no family and knew maybe two friends. But something in me, knew I needed a fresh start. Something in me knew I needed something different and I needed this challenge. I didn't know what or why I was doing it but I will say my faith kept me going and God made me fearless to take action. I do truly believe that after two and a half years of living here in Houston, I am finally seeing exactly why I took that leap of faith… and it feels amazing.
Keish: You recently shared a very vulnerable post that allowed me to open up and be vulnerable with you and myself. And for me, it truly was a step towards healing. Now, healing is a topic on social media that has become somewhat of a trend. Becoming seemingly like a one size fits all, linear and time sensitive process.
Q: What would you tell a young woman that looks like you, and has a similar multifaceted lifestyle, that is looking for guidance to begin her healing journey?
CHI: Be patient. healing is a journey and it takes time. Our thoughts and the way we think is so powerful that it controls the way we feel and our emotions, and in turn our behaviors. so being able to tap into our thoughts and replacing them with truth is key, but understand that this can't happen overnight…but it will happen, just be patient. Before you know it, you'll own your thoughts before they own you.
Keish: What do you believe is God’s Will for your life?
CHI: Powerful question. I don't know His exact will, but I do know it involves helping others in a capacity that I am unable to grasp at this moment. My purpose is to reach individuals in a way that will change them for the better and I think this present time He is preparing me for that ultimate purpose for my life. And I can't wait to see what God has in store for me.
Keish: What can we expect next from Ms Dr Chi-yonce?!
CHI:LOL I love that name! ChiYoncé gives me a certain umph and confidence no one can take away from me! Dr. Chi has so much more love and light to give, so much more of my story and testimony I cannot wait to share. And also I'm excited to just share my joy and happiness with such a clarity of mind and spirit. During my dark times, I couldn't give anything because I couldn't even serve myself. But now that I'm at a place of openness and feeling lighter at peace, I can give so much more. So I'm just excited for the ability to do that. This stage of my life is called gratitude of giving.
Thank you so much my friend for having me! These questions really fed my spirit. Love you dearly.