We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheri Booth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheri, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Perseverance. Giving up is not an option if you want to succeed. I believe it takes a lot of faith and courage to keep pressing on even when things look their bleakest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the Founder, Arts Director and CEO of HeARTS Found, a nonprofit dedicated to “Helping Hurting People Heal” through creative expression. I believe God gifted me with music and art to keep me from being a statistic. I have been singing since before I could walk. When I was in preschool, my favorite time of day was when I was allowed to make music, draw and paint. As I got older, this love never faded. I took art and music classes in college for a short time as well as acting classes. Singing is my favorite thing to do, but I really embrace all forms of creative expression. They are my healing tools. I use so many different mediums. Guitar, piano, vocals, songwriting, percussion, hair-styling, acrylics, oils, pencils, clay, food, computer graphics, wood… mine is a never ending list. I believe that working in a single medium is super restrictive. My inspiration comes from God, life, love, family, friends, nature, heartbreaks, trauma, and joy.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I live out in East Texas close to Edom which is an arts community. There are some amazing musicians and artists out this way. The Forge in Ben Wheeler is where we would go for an amazing meal and talented live music, then off to Edom for a tour of all the wonderful art studios and shops. We would take a day and spend it going to Glenda Mae’s Day Lilly Farm just outside of Edom, then off to Blue Moon Garden’s down the road to finish off an incredible day of nature and beauty. We would spend another day at Blueberry Hill Farms picking blueberries and shopping in their red barn store for delicious treats, jams and jellies. So many wonderful places to stay out here as well, Dragonhead Retreat, Maraposa Cabin, Wood Haven Cabins to name a few. See www.visitedom.com for more on this amazing area. If you like Mexican food, Tele’s is 9 miles up FM 314 in Van, Texas. Ramiro is a wonderful cook! Tyler is only a short 14 miles away, so I would definitely take you to eat at Athena’s Greek restaurant. Vicki makes the most delicious food! Tyler has a beautiful Rose Garden and other great historic places to visit like Goodman Mansion.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are more than one if that is allowed. First would be Chef Jackson York, CEC, AAC. He is an amazing Chef and a great friend. He is on our Board of Directors and is the hardest working Chef I know! Next would be Kathy Holdway of A Circle of Ten which is a nonprofit for Network Collaboration. Her 3-day grant seminars introduced me to the other partners HeARTS Found has been involved with. Kathy has been my friend and mentor for over 9 years. Laquesha Ford-McQuay of Women CLOTHS has been a true friend and encourages me daily. Jenea Goodwin of Joyful Inspiration a nonprofit in Palestine, TX is on the front lines fighting against domestic abuse. Kelly and the ladies of Rock Bottom Ranch a nonprofit in Palestine, TX dedicated to helping women coming out of incarceration with addiction issues are also working to make a difference in the lives of others. We are honored to call them friends and work with them in their mission. Cheryl Torres of Elijah’s Retreat in Jacksonville has used HeARTS Found’s services and that is such an encouragement. This is a retreat for Families Facing Autism. They are all powerful inspirations.
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