Name: Tanikia Carpenter
When did you launch your business/blog?
I launched www.nikkiandthecity.com in 2010. After attending Blogalicious in 2012, I quickly realized my blog was a business, causing me to restructure a few things. After getting married, and releasing two books, When God Said Yes & The 30 Day Man Fast, I'm happy to share my new home online: www.tanikia.com.
What inspired you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
So many things inspired me: Seeing successful women online doing what I wanted to do, and winning. Working a job that I literally HATED. Realizing and acknowledging the gift God placed inside of me, and finally OWNING it.
How does your business line up with your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and create a beautiful life for my husband and family. My brand consists of creating content geared towards Christian women age 18-35. The money received from book sales, etc. goes to my tithes, back into the business and our home.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
This question is so hard for me to answer only because I try my best to live a life surrendered to God. This has caused me to go in directions I would have never chosen for myself. At times I didn't understand but in the end it has always made sense. So now I'm living by this scripture: Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21.
Describe an a-ha moment.
My a-ha moment came when I kept trying to be a full-time writer for Ebony & Essence. I know I had a lack of experience but I really wanted them to take a chance on me. Then it dawned on me: Take a chance on yourself.
What has been your biggest challenge as a blogger or business owner?
My biggest challenge has been finding balance. If someone ever finds it, please send it my way. Also, I must continue to overcome not comparing myself to the success of other's, which can be hard with social media.
What keeps you motivated on days when you feel overwhelmed?
It never fails - every time I'm having a day where I second guess my purpose, I'll receive an email from someone who has been richly blessed by my books or blogs. This is what keeps me encouraged, knowing that my hard work is not in vain. And of course, my husband, who believes in me.
What’s one thing that you makes you stand out from your peers?
One thing that makes me stand out from my peers is my style of writing. I write from a place of pure transparency. My mama always says "What comes from the heart, goes to the heart." I believe my readers can feel my heart as they read my writing.
What’s your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
My biggest fear is death. Ever since I lost my sister-cousin Toya, who was my roommate and favorite cousin, I've feared death. I overcome this fear through prayer.
What’s one lesson that you’ve learned on your journey to being free?
Seasons change. If everything is going right in life, ride the wave, with wisdom that it won't always be like this. If everything is going crazy at the moment, look up, it won't always be like this.
What are you most proud of?
Self-publishing my book "When God Said Yes". Seriously, we wait for people to "approve" our work or give us opportunities and sadly, it may never come. Stop waiting. Produce yourself.
How do you support other women?
I support other women by attending their events, purchasing from their stores, informing them of opportunities, and being their Taraji P. Henson (cheerleader).
What does being free mean to you?
To me, being free means wanting to do something and doing it. It means no longer making excuses or acknowledging barriers that use to hold me back. It means to overcome.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
What book would you highly recommend the BeFree Community read?
When God Said Yes By Nikki Carpenter, lol. It a woman's journey from rejection to total trust in God's timing for love.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Flush out what it is that you really want to do and do your research. Find a mentor. Be consistent, and of course, pray.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
Fun fact - my mother and I have the same birthday, June 26. Yep, I was born on her 21st birthday, so I guess she's my mother/twin? Lol.
What exciting things do you have planned this year?
I'm planning to do a few book discussions in a few cities, planning a conference and finally launching my daily vlogs. Also, on January 1st we launched my t-shirt line "The Golden Life". The #BeMoreLikeChrist shirts can be found by clicking here: