Meet May 2012 Lady Lennia: Tiffany Steele!
While the new age woman dreams to have it all, she must also understand the importance of giving back. Giving back is important because we make the world a better place for our future generations as well the generations before us. Plus it feels good to give back. Our lady lennia Tiffany Steele knows a lot about giving back and believes that giving is what makes the world go round. Meet this months lady lennia!
What type of community service have you done before?
One of my greatest accomplishments has been completing a one year contract of 1700 service hours, as a United Way AmeriCorps volunteer. Most of my service hours were completed at ABLE and LAWO, a nonprofit law firm in the greater Toledo, Ohio area. During my term I also volunteered at the Cherry Street Mission’s community garden in Toledo, Global Youth Service day at the Maumee River, and MLK day of Service in Bowling Green, Ohio. Since I enjoyed my time with AmeriCorps I am looking forward to volunteering with the Peace Corps, in the near future.
Are you in, or have you gone to college? If so, when did you graduate or what is your expected graduation date?
I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2010, with my Bachelors of Art, and I will start my Masters of Art, at the University of Toledo, in the fall of 2012.
What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?
My area of study is Recreation Therapy with a concentration in Therapeutic Arts. After completing my degree I would like to go into the field of art therapy and biblical counseling.
How old are you?
26 Years Old.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
Every now and then the thought of failure tends to inflict my mind, and sometimes I find myself stagnant. I overcome this by encouraging myself to press forward regardless of what I think or feel at that time. My uncertainties can be mere hindrances yet I choose to ignore them. Some may ask, is it noble, to mention weakness? I say, a person who is a slave to their insecurities shows weakness. Rather than falling prey to my insecurities I believe it is important to allow these potential setbacks to produce a drive for excellence. It is also important for me to realize that excellence takes time, and I must be patient with myself as I strive towards my goals.
What inspires you?
Rather than drifting through life unnoticed I have made a conscious effort to leave a legacy that points to Jesus Christ. He is the very being that inspires me to live life with fervor and a belief in a brighter tomorrow. I have stumbled across a lot of hard paths in my life. However, through His determination and passion to GIVE me a hope and future I am inspired to make my life impact this world in a positive way.
What will you write about for the blog?
Sometimes I need an extra push to go and give back, so I will use this blog as that extra push to encourage others to go out and GIVE back. My blogs will provide information about different non-profit organizations, volunteer projects, and some of my life experiences.
Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?
I do believe that I can inspire women in their 20’s and 30’s. The best way to inspire someone is to prove to them that you have something that they want and that you have the keys to attain it. I know that many women understand the concept of being lost in translation. From high school to college, one relationship to another, schooling to the work force, or simply one job to the next. With each decision that I make I have either gained grounds or lost grounds. One thing that I am certain of, as my pastor puts it, once you realized you have made the wrong decision, you can always go back and make the right one. My strength is exemplified through my perseverance and unwillingness to give up despite setbacks. The adrenaline acquired through successfully getting through obstacles is a force that attracts others who are looking for an extra push to get themselves through some of life challenges. I am actively pursuing the knowledge and wisdom needed to successfully live life, and whatever I learn I eagerly want to share with others.
Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
Lady Lennia represents the woman that defies all odds and destroys the myth that a woman of status is power hungry, dominant, and untouchable. I believe it is possible to have a demeanor of power but at the same time allow your chin to remain parallel to the ground. Lady Lennia not only reaches the top by having assertiveness and confidence, but Lady Lennia also reaches her goals of success through respect, submission, and meekness. Rather than finding it injustice to take on the role of the domestic woman, and the businesswoman, alike, Lady Lennia sees it as an opportunity to show the world that she can do it all. Lady Lennia reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman, from The Holy Bible. The Proverbs 31 woman is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, philanthropist, she is honored within the community, poised, and most importantly God-fearing. Lady Lennia is the same, she is well-rounded and she maintains a holistic lifestyle.
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the giving back edition?
I believe I would make a great Lady Lennia for the giving back edition. Through out my life I have shown continuity in reaching out to those in need. Since I know what it is like to be in need and to receive assistance, I not only offer tangible resources but also a heart of empathy that will inspire others to do the same.
Why do you think it is important to give back?
Throughout my life I can recall needing help on several occasions, and I was fortunate enough to have friends and family that were a phone call away. Without the support and provision from others I do not think that I would have made it this far. I can say with confidence that I am not self-made. With that being said, I want to give to others that which was poured into me, rather it is a simple prayer or conversation, forgiven debt or a loan, or unexpected acts of kindness. This is important because only through sacrificial giving of oneself can anyone progress. As one progress we all progress since every life plays a distinct role in the development of our society.