Meet Ericka Taylor, a lifestyle/fashion blogger, model, and women’s empowerment speaker. Something like a “Juliet” of all trades.
Shortly after starting her career in healthcare, she created a personal lifestyle and fashion blog called Her Nature that encourages young ladies to embrace themselves through wisdom, self-love, faith and fashion. With all that’s going on her life we had to connect to see what keeps her going.
What inspires your fire (what inspires you?)
If I were to look back at Ericka 3 or 4 years ago, would you believe me if I told you that I was so lost to the point of internal death? I was at the pit of my life. To think that another young woman or girl might be going through the same, if not, similar struggle that I went through is defining for me.
What inspires me is my personal experiences and my faith. I want to show that young girl down the street from me that she has a choice. A choice to live the life that she wants to live even in the unpredictability. We cannot control everything but we can control how and when we react to a certain circumstance in our life. We have the power to choose the probability of an outcome.
What piece of advice would you give your 21 year old self?
Wow! I have never given this much thought EVER in my life. And that is probably because I spent most of my years after that time (until recently) running from that time instead of facing it. Lol. So, thank you Inspire Fire for the challenge.
I would have to say to my 21 year old self,
“It is okay to be alone. It really is. You can feel alone but know that you are never lonely. It can be so easy to get distracted in your feeling of loneliness looking for something or someone to compensate for the lonely moments. Don’t lose focus on what you have going on. Never squander yourself by going down pathways that everyone is walking. You were meant to walk alone.”
What is your go to affirmation?
The daily affirmation that is written on the long, gold-lined floor mirror states:
It is your option to choose who you will be today. You have the option to choose.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, there has been many changes in my life just within the last two months that has forced me to actively change my year to year plan, as we speak. However, if I were to give you a rough draft of where I see myself in 5 years, I would tell you that I see myself at the peak and plateau before another rise of building my personal brand. I will be traveling the world modeling for different designers, and speaking at different empowerment events globally. By that time, I will be a published Best-selling author and freelance writer nationally.
Why do you do what you do?
I think that this question goes back to the question that asked me what inspired me. I do all of the things that I do so that young girls and ladies know that they are not alone in their everyday struggles. I want to show women to embrace their true self; their unique self.
What’s one health habit that keeps you going and why?
Every morning and every night I read Psalms 27 from my bible. Then, I get up and go to my prayer wall and say a little prayer for those things that are on my heart for the day. I believe that being spiritually sound is the foundation that keeps me stable in everything that I do.