It’s amazing how the Universe places people in your life at the absolute right time. I met Nakia last summer, during quite a rough patch. That day was an emotional day, and by the time 5:30 rolled around for our little get together, I was struggling to hold it together. But by the end of our conversation, Nik had found a way to instill some calmness in my mind, and probably didn’t realize she had done so. I think it’s one of the reasons why I truly believe in the Womanhood community and it’s mission. It’s founder embodies passion and practices what she shares and preaches. Hopefully after this interview, you will see that what she has created with this organization, is something you feel you need to be a part of. Meet Nik of Womanhood.
Though I already know how amazing you are, go on and let the YS crew know who you are!
My name is Nik Adams and I am Data Analyst, Artist, Curator, and The Founder of Womanhood. I was born and raised in New York City, and after obtaining my Psychology degree, I’ve decided to enroll back in school to study Web Design.
I describe myself as a soft yet powerful force to be reckoned with.
So let’s jump right into it, what is Womanhood, and how did the idea for Womanhood come about?
Womanhood was assembled in 2014 as a support group, and resource platform for millennial women. Our mission has grown since then to a community where women can unionize in a comfortable atmosphere, in which they can network, learn and connect with one another.
Womanhood is based in New York City, but we work online as well, sharing and providing roadmaps for the women we are becoming.
The idea to form a sister circle started a few years prior to the launch of Womanhood. I had a blueprint of notes stored in my phone that I shared with one of my close friends, Stephanie Samuels. She encouraged me, and supported me through the beginning stages of Womanhood, and I felt the timing was right, the women were receptive and unity was needed.
In November of 2014, I hosted my first Womanhood meeting, and only invited 20 of the most important millennial women in my life at the time. Each woman was privately invited uninformed of what Stephanie and I had in store for them. That evening we focused on the Self, touching on each of our physical, spiritual emotional, and mental levels.
That day changed my life.
You have successfully built a community that promotes self-care and #blackgirlmagic. Are their times where you don’t feel as though you live up to the Womanhood mission statement?
I can honestly say there aren’t any times now where I feel I don’t live up to the Womanhood mission statement. I completely affirm through my work, which means I consistently practice active self-cafe, mindfulness, I create as often as I can, and of course, I practice meditation to help keep me grounded and focused.
Being that you are a self-care advocate, what is your go-to relax and recover activity?
My go-to relax and recover activity changes depending on the season. When the weather is warm, I love cycling around New York. In the colder months, I’m committed to Yoga, daily meditation, and a cup of hot tea.
What’s an insecurity you have yet to come to terms with?
Every so often (usually, when I spend too much time on social media) I go through a comparison phase. They’re usually short because I do acknowledge that we are all different, and it might just be this person or person’s time. There is an endless number of categories in which we can compare ourselves to others. That path is dark and lonely, and also blocks you up from what’s available for you.
I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS.
2016 has just begun! Do you have any new projects up your sleeve?
2016 is here and I am completely ready and open to whatever the universe offers me. I have several projects in the works for the future, and I’m eager to partner with more inspiring women.
What words of advice would you share with your 16-year-old self about self-esteem, self-worth, and of course, surviving these transformational years?
The best piece of advice that I would share with my 16-year-old self is a quote that touches on self-esteem, self-worth, and survival.
Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself. ~Rupi Kaur
Here’s my note:
I know you feel alone, but that’s simply because you haven’t blossomed into your true self. I know she’s in there buried under commitment, tradition, and fear. I invite you to release her, because when she arrives you will realize just how beautiful life can be.