DALLAS — Amongst the grandest, most meaningful things that trials and tribulations and adversities have taught Nicky Robinson Porter about the beauty of life is that because life is so precious and so fragile, it is imperative that she strives daily to maximize her potential.
To take seemingly insurmountable leaps of faith.
To pray earnestly without ceasing.
To encourage of the hearts of others even if she finds it difficult to bring herself to a sense of high spirits.
Most importantly, life has steadfastly fueled her desire to see from beyond where she is.
Those who have witnessed this 40-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Florida native grow up from a snot-nosed child in the Sunshine state to a mature, big-hearted, godly woman in the Lone Star state can greatly attest that Porter, to her credit, has done just that.
And then some.
“See, when we know who we are and whose we are, no one can take that away from us,” Porter said during a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “Believing in yourself is a major factor in succeeding because you will have things coming at you left and right. It’s not how many times we fall, it’s all about whether will we stay down or will we get back up. I chose to get back up and dust myself off each and every time. “
Credit her tumultuous and sometimes challenging past experiences, life lessons and, most of all, what she’s quick to describe as “a strong, God fearing, close knit, and strong prayer warrior family” as other major factors that have greatly contributed to the successful person Porter has become.
Currently a resident of Austin with her husband, Eric, and their family, it’s safe to assume that Nicky — whose first name is originally Arnikia — is a jack of all trades, of sorts, considering she is involved in assortment of projects and business ventures. After all, as Nicky Robinson often says, “There’s nothing too hard for God, and there’s definitely not a problem that He can’t solve.”
Fortunately for Nicky, a 1993 Lanier High graduate, she has cleared a slew of hurdles, thus persevered in ultimately possessing the lofty opportunities that have been afforded to her.
For starters, she is an aspiring entrepreneur of her very own cleaning service entitled, Clean-N-Things, an up-and-coming establishment that is starting to gain some rank, largely by way of word of mouth, Nicky said.
In addition, this 1991 “Who’s Who Among American Students” honoree is a rising author, having recently launched her first book entitled, Experiences With Love.
A book that bears the face of this woman of color beauty and exhibits her familiar signature smile, Experiences With Love is mostly an array of published poetry by Nicky, who is currently working on a second book that is scheduled for release this summer.
A book that was officially published in October 2013, Nicky said such a venture has opened up “many doors” for her, particularly a number of scheduled speaking engagements and public appearances, as well as an invitation to join a sisterhood group/organization in the Austin area.
“My personal mission is to reach as many people as I can and to let them know that when you have a talent that God has given to you, it’s never too late to put it to use,” said Nicky, explaining her purpose her recently-released book and the one that’s in the works. “Also, I want to let people know that no matter where you’re at in life, it’s never too late or you’re never too far off to where God can’t bless you to reach your goals in life.”
Worthy, notable advice from a devoted faithful woman of compassion, one whose primary objective includes to reach back and help others maximize their potential — even if it means they get there before she does.
What matters mostly to Nicky, this multi-talented jack of all trades, is that while routinely esteeming others, God was lifted up and lives have been changed for the better.
Something her family has always inspired her to fortify.
“My parents (Kathy, Craig, Gloria, and Glenn) as well as my children (Cree’Shon, Vonte,’ and Samuel II) my grandchildren (Ar’Nyjah and Dynastee) my siblings, nieces, nephews, and other family…They are all so supportive and I know they have my back 100 percent,” Nicky said.
All of which ironically equate to — you guessed it — experiences with love.
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