WHY NIAJE? Niaje is a warrior... not in the sense of swords and blood, but in the sense that she is strong and weak at the same time, and she makes that ok. Niaje exemplifies strength even during her most vulnerable moment of pain & weakness. She makes it clear that we as people are complex beings, but once you decide to LIVE, there is nothing that can stand in your way. To live a #SpikedLifestyle you must commit to living, not just existing. Niaje's journey is one that exposes that truth, and inspires all to L I V E!
One piece of advice to help others 'Spike' their life?
Take care of your Mind, Body, and Spirit. We are extremely fragile beings ... I couldn't predict my cancer diagnosis but, my body is a temple and I have always treated it as so. Exercise, meditation, diet, laughter whatever you feel is right for your... body do it now! Find the balance. Trust me. You will live a higher quality of life.
What do you do?
Live everyday on purpose! I consider myself a creative compassionate soul. I spend my days making things beautiful. Visual Merchandising & artistic direction is the career I chose,but as of late through my current battle with stage IV cancer I have been learning to live a beautiful life, to spread that light and beauty on to others. I now Live in the moment being grateful for what is now and what will be. As a "young professional" we can get caught up in our expectations and future goals... life is short. Do whatever sets your soul on fire now!
On a scale of 1-10, how 'Spiked' is your life?
I'm gonna say 8 because I like a little room to grow. I'm constantly learning and finding the balance between what is now and what will be. I got a lot going on. I'm still figuring sh*t out myself! lol
What is your secret to 'Spiking' your life?!
Loving and Trusting myself . Self love and worth is the greatest attribute one can have. Especially as a woman of color. My confidence has manifested into many fruitful opportunities as well as a happier life. This is the "secret" they should teach every little girl growing up... imagine a world where we love ourselves more than the images fed to us by media and gender norms. Whatever I want I can get it! Why?! Because I can CREATE it. #theSpikedWay