The Creative Wellness Project: Nikki Porcher
1 Tell us about your background and what inspired you to start practicing yoga?
My background…I feel like I’ve already had 5 lives and am just now learning how to live the one I was put on the Earth to do. Grew up in Jersey, only child, single parent household. A year after high school I left to join the Air Force, right as the Enduring Freedom and the Iraqi Freedom War kicked off. Fast forward 11 years and I was told that for the last 9 years I suffered from depression and was diagnosed with PTSD. Crazy right? I was offered the opportunity to be part of an intake experiment that wanted to see the effects yoga would have on people who suffered with PTSD. It was amazing. Since then I’ve incorporated yoga with my running and other creative outlets.
2 What does your work aim to do?
At a young age I knew that I was put here to help people. I always say in every interview, I want to make sure my talent and skills help other people, that is my greatest joy. My newest project Buy from a Black Woman is all about helping Black Woman discover tools and resources needed to be successful with entrepreneurship. It is also use to help encourage other to support and invest in Black women by utilizing their services and products. I’ve worked in not for profit for over 8 years and although I enjoyed each organization I worked for, their mission was not one I created. That didn’t take away from the fact that the mission was needed, it just wasn’t the mission I was put on earth to do. With Buy from a Black Woman, both the mission and vision is what the creator has me on this earth. Being blessed with all these gifts and talents and experiences, I believe prepared me for the moments I am living now. My purpose is to help those like me, so those like me can see it can be done.
3 What has been your biggest challenge and how do you overcome it?
I’ve been my biggest challenge. As cliché as it sounds, we are our own worst enemy. Getting over self is something that I have and will continue to struggle with. I practice overcoming it by remembering there is something greater than me in control. That everything has already been written and I need to let go and trust in my faith.
4 What book would you recommend everyone should read?
A cookbook! Learn what you are eating, how it is made, where it comes from. The things you put in your body are so important. Learn how to make it and if you have time learn how to grow it!
5 Who’s your favorite writer/yogi and why?
bell hooks & Maya Angelo will forever be my favorite writers. They both capture a part of me that I didn’t know existed and show me how to be my true me.
All yogis are my favorite. Yoga takes more mental than a lot of people who never practice will ever understand. When I see a yogi on social media or in real life, I am amazed because I know there is a story behind the reason they started practicing.
6 Do you have a creative wellness practice? Something creative that you do to encourage yourself to take better care of yourself?
I’ve always been a creative person and I am learning to follow and listen to that spirit more. I sew, reupholster furniture, plan a backpack adventure with friends, and have create only days with my son. I am open to just letting my creative wellness practice be what my mind and body needs for it to be that day. In addition to yoga, I have a serious passion for running. I run about 4 times a week and I’m currently on a quest to run a half marathon in each of the 50 states. I’ve knocked out 6 states to date and hope to add 3 more before the end of this year.
7. Is there anything else you'd like to add regarding your work?
Support the mission and go buy something from a Black woman.