This issue our Proverbs 31 woman is non other than the inspiring Tanikia “Nikki” Carpenter. She is the writer for the blog Nikki and the City, author of “When God Said Yes” and “The 30 Day Man Fast” as well as a columnist for Jet Magazine. Yes, Jet Magazine still exists. She has taken her talent/gift and put it to use to encourage others and while her journey to get to this point in her life has been eventful, she is not done yet.
Upon the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Carpenter she expressed that the books she has authored were written to share her story from her personal journey of abstaining from interaction with men in 2013 for one month, as she felt led by God to do so, to learning to surrender to God’s plan for her life. The books have, at times, been mistaken as literature that will give guaranteed steps to finding a husband but the intention is to encourage single women to reconnect with God and take their focus off of being in a relationship.
Mrs. Carpenter explained that her books have become a standard that she must hold herself to, especially when it comes to issues that many are challenged with in regards to being anxious about what the future holds. She wants to be sure that she holds herself accountable and lives up to the standard that she encourages her readers and followers to do as well.
Throughout all the excitement since the release of her books in September 2015 and launching a book tour Mrs. Carpenter has found that balance is a challenge for her life during this season. She believes she is not alone but daily finds herself wondering how to balance fulfilling all of her roles in life and maintaining a strong spiritual relationship with God. Let’s face it. You’re not keeping it one hundred if you can’t relate.
When facing challenges, support is vital. Mrs. Carpenter says that her support comes from family. She has her husband and others to assist her when it comes to shipping packages for the items that she offers from her books to a fresh t-shirt design that was recently released.
Even though she see’s her family as a great support, she couldn’t be at this point to share her testimony with others without Mr. Carpenter coming along. In reference to her husband, Mrs. Carpenter said, “He is literally my inspiration for the books.” She gives credit to her husband for being her partner as they work to build together to accomplish goals. They don’t see each other’s dreams as his and hers, but ours.