Zakiyrah Ficklin is a talented, multifaceted professional who lives her life by design. She is a native of New Jersey, Usa (based in Atlanta) who chose to no longer settle, but aim to proclaim her God-given talents and abilities, through serving and inspiring other women to accomplish their goals.
Zakiyrah recently bagged a B.A. in Journalism (Public Relations) from Georgia State University, penned her first book, Her 20 SomeTHINGS and
co- founded the H.E.R. Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to develop women with skill-based learning and resources.
The most important thing you can do in your life is find, live, and share your purpose. – Zakiyrah Ficklin
Who is Zakiyrah?
I like to describe myself as “A Voice For The Millennials”. I am an extremely talented young lady who understands that my purpose is to serve others. I am a firm believer in building my lifestyle based on my passion and purpose. I am very hard working, loving, and ambitious. I am the author of Her 20 SomeTHINGS and the founder of H.E.R. Foundation Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) organization that works with young ladies who have absent fathers, and focuses on personal development in the areas of education, financial literacy, and health/wellness.
Tell us more about “Her 20 SomeTHINGS”
Through setbacks and experiences I decided to create a guide that would assist young women on transitioning from pain to purpose. In the book there are 20 lessons that young women should know in their 20’s. Some examples are: How to find your purpose, how to set and get goals, how to develop personal core values, how there is an expiration date on blaming the past, and many more. There are also quotes that influential women added that talk about things they wish they knew in their 20’s.
Would you say you have found your purpose in life? If yes.. how were you able to decipher?
Yes. It’s funny because I use to stress myself out in college about not knowing what my purpose was and how all of my friends had all of these talents and I didn’t know what I could do. I had to realize that my passion wasn’t necessarily a talent, but more characteristics. I enjoyed helping and serving people. So I always like to say once I began practicing on my passion, it pushed me into my purpose.
What are you passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about serving.
What is your personal vision statement?
My personal vision statement is simple:
To impact the lives of young ladies all over the world through helping them find who they’re called to be inside of themselves.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The most important lesson life has taught me is to fall in love with the process. A lot of times we get angry with our circumstances and the things we’ve been through and want to just come out on top and forget about the “go through”, but what happens in the process is what molds us and helps us grow. It’s when you’re in the process that you learn more about yourself. The things we learn in our process are way more valuable than what we get when we come out of the process.
Which is your take on “women supporting women”?
Some women think that they are in competition with each other and that they can’t share their ideas and resources with one another. I truly believe that when women support other women amazing things happen. We are a much bigger force and can accomplish way more together than we can competing with each other.
What is your favorite Quote?
“The most important thing you can do in your life is find, live, and share your purpose.”~Zakiyrah Ficklin~
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say to her?
I would tell my younger self to “Let it go”. Let go of the resentment, pain, shame, built up anger, and sadness. I would tell her to give her pain a voice and allow someone to listen. When I was growing up I was very private and did not share any of what I was going through with anyone. I always dealt with it on my own. I later found out that’s not the way to do it and it’s totally unhealthy. After my depression stage I vowed to myself to talk to someone about things I was going through and help other young ladies do the same.
Time travel or teleportation?
I would choose Teleportation. That way, I could get closer to being at two places at once.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
If I could change one thing in the world it would be the way the world interacts with each other as a whole. I would change the way different races hate each other, the way people love each other under conditions, the way parent/child relationships are broken, and the way homes are being broken more than ever with the divorce rate increasing. I would want this world to be peaceful and filled with love.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for impacting young women all over the world. I want to be remembered as “that woman who helped a lot of young ladies heal from their past and discover their purposes.”
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