Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Nikka Duarte- I am a Colombian artist and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been traveling since I was three weeks old, moving every two years from Colombia, to Australia, to Singapore and so on. I am the owner of My Closet etc, an online vintage store. I recently wrote my co-wrote my first book with my Mum titled “First Love.” I love traveling, black coffee, and talking to people about their feelings.
What motivates you most?
Knowing that I was put on this Earth for a specific purpose and plan is what fuels me to continue learning, growing, and sharing with others.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find the most inspiration when I am intentional about my mindset and how I view the world. If I wake up with an open mind, ready and expectant for inspiration, it usually comes. There’s inspiration everywhere, even in the tough circumstances. And traveling, of course. I was recently in London for a little bit and just walking the streets, getting a little bit lost, observing, gave me so much creativity.
What do you love most about yourself?
I feel like it’s so easy to say stuff like “my ambition”, or “my creativity”, and those are all true. But when I’m asked this question I like to highlight my physical traits, because for so long I disliked them and was embarrassed of them. I love my eyebrows because of how bushy and loud they are- they frame my face and are many times the first thing people notice about me. I also love my legs, they are super strong and remind me of my latin background.
What is something on your bucket list?
I’d love to stay in Colombia for a month or two and just travel all over my country. Because I was constantly moving, I never got to know my country as well as I want to.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Just recently, we (My Closet etc and Happily Imperfect, my Mum’s lifestyle brand) had an event to celebrate launching “First Love.” I don’t consider myself an event planner, I don’t think I’m very good at it, and this was the biggest thing we have done so far, so it was a lot of pressure. The most adversity I wrestled with came from myself- what if people don’t have fun, what if we don’t sell enough books, what if no one comes. So many doubts and worries crowded my mind throughout the entire process, so I had to continually silence those lies. The event ended up being incredible. I learned so much, everyone loved it, and everything looked beautiful. It felt great to know that even though I was scared, I still did it and it turned out great.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I guard my peace and my mental wellbeing, I pray, I journal, I listen to others, I reserve time for myself, I make lots of lists and plans and goals (but I don’t stress myself out because of it.)
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I already have my future pets names picked out (they are all fruits.)
What would you say to 16 year old you?
You are perfect exactly the way you are, God knows exactly what He’s doing, follow your talents but be ready to work hard and be in it for the long haul, and no, you don’t need to stress about going to college.
It comes from the book, actually: Get to know yourself first.