An Interview with author Yolanda Oliver

Yolanda Oliver
Yolanda Oliver

Yolanda Oliver, God agent, super blessed MOM, Leader, Entrepreneur, Domestic Violence Advocate, Community Volunteer, and Servant. Yolanda lives in New York City with the heart of a southern bell. Retired from corporate America in 2018 after years of successful leadership, God planted a seed of purpose in her to serve women and children who are in crisis, which led to Yolanda becoming the founder of Live Fearless Inc. in 2019.

After developing a successful coaching program with Live Fearless Inc., Yolanda developed her for-profit coaching business, Purposed Gems Consulting Services, in 2020. Supporting victims of violence requires heart but also skill. Yolanda is a Domestic Violence Advocate as well as a Certified Master Coach. Research shows an urgent need to have a judgment-free zone to release the impacts that life experiences have had on women’s lives. A safe place to finally unload the weight of guilt and fear to move forward in life with purpose. And that is Yolanda’s mission.

Establishing herself in her community is important to Yolanda. She works with organizations that allow her to support women and children—serving as a Scout Den Leader, a Youth leader for her church organization, and a community health worker for Columbia University’s InTOUCH program to name a few.

“I believe in my purpose and I know that God has given me so many gifts and a heart to serve and support women just like me. I am excited and look forward to the opportunity to serve you!”

Describe yourself in five words

Purposed, Motivating, Compassionate, Strategic, Supportive

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I danced at the academy awards when I was 9 years old.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Prayer, Setting Goals and Executing, Positive Self Talk using Personal Declarations and Affirmations

What makes you happiest?

Spending time with My Son, Family, and Friends

Why do you write?

This is the first book I have written. I was giving this visionto write this book as a testimony of hope for women who might be just like me.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Actually, NO! I started to embrace writing when I started on my healing journey. Journaling was a fantastic outlet for me.

The author’s book on Amazon

What motivates you to write?

Sharing my story to support other women as a light of hope and transformation that whatever situation they are in, they are worth every effort to fight for better.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My son is my greatest accomplishment.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grewup and where you now live? I grew up in NYC and have always lived here in different parts. I love the South, specifically Alabama where most of my family lives. I spend my holidays down there and it is the most amazing time.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I self-published so once I learned the process it was easy. The writing wasn’t hard, once I created
a strategy for getting it done. I first created an outline, which for most can be the hardest part. Once I did that, the process because easy. The other thing I did was set a specific time to write and stayed committed to that schedule.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

YES, I had so many feelings about producing this work, I didn’t feel worthy enough for the task since I am a
first-time author. I felt no one would be interested in my story. Once you put down painful memories on paper, it is a forever stamp so I had to be mindful of how it might impact my family. Thank God they are amazingly supportive in all of my work so my fear erased away once they read it and gave me feedback.

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