Use Your Life Experiences to Harness Intentional Action
Dominique Jordan was raised by her mother and grandparents in Columbia, South Carolina. From them, she learned about life and helping others. Her spirit today is a reflection of the sentiments that surrounded her. She is a young philanthropist who understands the importance of using her resources, influence, and education, to serve those in need and make a positive difference in her community.
Getting to know Dominique Jordan
In high school, Jordan was a graduate of Youth Corps, a non-profit organization that exposes young leaders to various character and leadership building modules. In this program, she had the unique opportunity to visit various off-campus facilities, including prisons, homeless shelters, and assisted living homes. Coupled with being raised by her compassionate mother and grandparents, these experiences helped shape what would ultimately become Dominique’s commitment to helping those around her and the community at large.
Even a brief conversation with Ms. Jordan will leave you feeling energized, inspired, and ready to take action. Dominique attended Clemson University on an academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. One of her most profound experiences as a Clemson Tiger was a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with her peers. When reminiscing on her most adored college memories she mentions the gratitude generated from her time in the Dominican Republic. “It was in the DR where I learned about the domino effect of kindness,” says Jordan.
Find inspiration in your experiences
In 2012, Ms. Jordan moved to Nashville with fiance, Tennessee Titans cornerback, Coty Sensabaugh. Having adapted into “Nashville locals,” they are committed to expanding opportunities and providing resources for those in need. Dominique states, “I’ve learned that often times the difference between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’ is a support system. Our support system carries and uplifts us during our most difficult times.” Ms. Jordan says she recognizes the many blessings in her life, and that has led her to continually ask herself the question, “How can I pass this on to others?”
Two years ago for her 25th birthday, Ms. Jordan commenced what is now an annual tradition that truly changed her life–she called it “25 Wishes for 25 Days” – where each day leading up to her birthday she participated in a different and unique charitable act/event. Rather than simply passively donating, Jordan and Sensabaugh carefully determine a particular organization’s needs, and tailor their efforts to fit those specific needs.
This spring Jordan and Sensabaugh will celebrate their union and will be celebrating their wedding bliss in a unique way: unlike many newlywed/soon-to-be-married couples with registries requesting funds for zipline or helicopter tours, you’ll find Dominique and Coty are simply asking for your help to provide new shoes to men, women, and children in the Dominican Republic. They are partnering with Soles4Souls as they embark on a journey to give back to the community that taught them about kindness (www.sensabaughmissionmoon.org).
As if these efforts weren’t enough, Dominique attended her first yoga class in 2012, and decided – on the spot – “I’m going to be a yoga instructor.” In 2014, Dominique obtained her Yoga teacher certification, so that she could share with others her love of practicing yoga. You can catch one of her Hot 26 or Fusion Flow classes at Hot Yoga Plus. Dominique says, “Yoga was a setup for great things…patience…diligence.”
Use your experiences to help others
“It’s important that we find happiness in ourselves and the things around us,” says Dominique. “Anyone can donate money, and while it can make a difference, I’ve learned that time is one of our most precious resources because there is a finite amount of it.” She focuses on not only making the most of her time, but also prioritizing the things that are important to her. At times, she admits, it’s not even about worrying about the end of the project, so much as it is about just getting started. “When you do things,” Dominique says, “You must do them with intention.”
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