As soon as I met the amazing Jordi Tiffany, I knew I wanted to share her story. As an inspiring blogger who focuses on female empowerment and sharing stories, her values and passions immediately aligned with my own. Read on to hear her story around sisterhood and strength, and how it led to creating her own inspiring nonprofit, Sister Strong.
“When I was a sophomore in college, I was sexually assaulted at a fraternity. I felt like my world was crashing down on me and that I had no one to turn to. Until it happens to you, there’s no way of understanding the pain and confusion. Even when surrounded by people who knew what had happened, I felt alone. It was the most isolating experience I’d ever endured.
I vividly remember taking a shower in my sorority and uncontrollably crying. I had no energy, I hadn’t slept in days, and I was afraid to leave my room. As I stood there crying and alone, I realized that sisterhood is not determined by blood or memberships. It’s about belonging and the need for connections that bond people. The idea of a support system for women came to me in that moment — and for a split second I was optimistic about my situation. For the first time in weeks, I felt like my story could have purpose. I was no longer a victim. I was going to empower myself and others. The idea of Sister Strong was born.
The following seven months leading up to my attacker being suspended from the university were not easy. But I knew I was meant to do and be more. On the days that I wanted to give up, I was reminded that my voice was the only thing people could not take away from me. In my heart, I knew there were other women, some I may never meet, that believed and supported me.
For the past few years, I’ve played with the idea of Sister Strong. Minoring in Nonprofit Leadership, I utilized my education to learn about starting my own organization. I reached out to countless people, auditioned to speak at TedXGrand Forks, but the timing was never right. Also, I was a broke (and broken!) college student without the energy or resources to help others in the capacity I wanted to.
Now, four years later, I am ready to take this vision and create something meaningful from it.
I’ve been told by naysayers that this is just “an idea”, a “fun side project”, and “nothing more than a dream”. And that’s okay. My goal isn’t to prove those people wrong, but to give hope to the women who are told those same words about their own dreams and visions.
Sister Strong is in the beginning stages, but the goal will remain: to connect like minded women together. While the evolution of this nonprofit will be slow, it has been thoroughly planned out. At this moment, Sister Strong’s platform is housed on my blog. Each week, I spotlight a woman that is changing lives through art, business, philanthropy, advocacy, and more. My long term plan is to build up Sister Strong to be a fully functioning 501 (c)(3) that gives back to young women in communities. Through mentorship programs, events, and more, the program sets a stage for women from all walks of life to have a voice. I’m ready and excited to share this project of mine that’s been a long time coming.
You may feel weak; but with the support of your sisters, you can be #SisterStrong.”
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Jordi Tiffany is the face behind The Midwest Blonde -- a blog that focuses on life in the Midwest. Corporate by day, blogger by night, she enjoys to put her passions to use through blogging and connecting women. She can be found at www.themidwestblonde.com // Insta // Facebook