Mrs. Nicole Ford, is a 47-year old Mother, Wife and Business Woman from Philadelphia, PA. She attended college at Cheyney University as well as the Community College of Philadelphia. A God-fearing woman who was ready to overcome everything that was sent to destroy her. Mrs. Ford sat down with us and gave us a little more insight into what she has going on.
Hornet: Can we get to meet the woman behind the title?
Where were you born and what was your upbringing like?
Mrs.Ford: “I was born in Philadelphia, PA. I attended the Public schools within the Philadelphia school district, K-12. I was an only child, raised by a single mother. I was very grounded in family values at a young age. I come from a family of strong women, and not many strong male figures. My father was also addicted to drugs. However, my Mother and Grandmother made sure that we were able to maintain a relationship.”
Hornet: Who has been the greatest influence in your life that has impacted the woman you are today?
Mrs.Ford: “My mother. During my upbringing, I know now that we struggled some. However, I never felt that we were struggling. Thinking back now I used to feel like I lacked stability because we moved around so much. But what I learned as I matured I understood that every time we left it was with the intent to do better. She taught me to value friendship and family as well as strive to be better regardless of your circumstance.”
Hornet: What about your family?
Mrs.Ford: “ I have a wonderful Husband, that I have known since the 6th grade. We attended K-12 schooling together, and since 1990 we’ve been able to manage a strong relationship. I have 3 daughters, the oldest is 28, my middle child is 20, and my youngest is 14. Who are all a product of where I was in my life at the time of their birth. Which supplies them with similarities and differences that creates a family dynamic of love, commitment, and strength.”
Hornet: Can you tell us your goals or life ambition?
Mrs.Ford: “My life ambition is to continue to draw closer to God. Learning to trust his process. As well as becoming financially secure and stable.”
Hornet: Your thoughts about where you’ll be five or ten years from now.
Mrs.Ford: In five to ten years from now, I hope to be engaged in a business I love, by way of helping people. As well as really focusing on building and maintaining my Ministry, “The Covenant”.
Hornet: What kind of advice would you offer a student, who is undecided on his or her career path?
Mrs.Ford: “I would tell a student who is undecided to focus on the things that they do now, that they enjoy and find a career path that incorporates that. While also being patient with themselves and giving themselves the ability to learn from failures or bad decisions.”
Hornet: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?
Mrs.Ford: “ I feel as though the state of higher education today is more focused on capital gain. Than the education and empowerment of our youth.”
Hornet: What does the future hold for America?
Mrs.Ford: “I believe that the future of America is bright. Our youth has created so many new and innovative ways to communicate through technology. I believe that it will become greater as we continue to empower them. Giving them the ability to fail gracefully and win triumphantly.”
Hornet: Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? Where, and how does life outside compare to that in the US?
Mrs.Ford: I have traveled to the Caribbean as well as Mexico. Because I’ve only been on the basis of vacation staying in resorts. I haven’t been able to accurately experience the cultures and struggles of these places.”
Hornet: What are your hobbies or extracurricular activities?
Mrs.Ford: I love spending time with family, traveling, cooking. As well as learning and engaging more in my faith.
Hornet: How are you responding to the outbreak of COVID-19?
What keeps you going during these trying times?
Mrs.Ford: “I am responding well, keeping myself safe. As well as following the social distancing guidelines. My faith in God keeps me grounded during these trying times. Understanding that My God is greater than this pandemic.”
Hornet: How would you describe your philosophy of life? How do you see this life and what principles get you grounded and moving forward?
Mrs.Ford: “My philosophy of life would be Romans 12:12, which states “ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer.” Principles that get me grounded and moving forward is being in the state of continuous learning, not thinking more of myself than others. As well as being reminded to keep God first at all times.”
Hornet: Let us end this Interview with a memorable quote from you. How would you describe yourself to the world?
Complete the sentence: I am..
Mrs.Ford: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”