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By Kelsey Kemp

Can you imagine training like an Olympian since early childhood and moving away from home at 16 to accept a position at one of the world's top professional ballet companies? Maybe you can, maybe you can't, but I'm sure you can picture how that would consume your life, dreams, and sense of identity - which is something we all have to grapple with when trying to place our identities in Christ, instead of the careers and dreams we hold so dearly. For this, there is hardly any greater encouragement than Jordan Tilton's story of how God led her through her dream career as a professional ballet dancer, to heart-breaking injuries, to then making something beautiful out of a fresh start in both a new relationship with ballet and a new business. Jordan is currently a professional dancer with Diablo Ballet and is the creator and host of a blog and podcast called Ballet to Business. Before that, Jordan was a professional dancer with San Francisco Ballet when she experienced cycles of injuries that made first made her feel lost, then later found by the grace of Jesus Christ. Through these trials, found a love for restoring furniture that was the Genesis of a blog that would grow into an incredible podcast that highlights the stories of ballet dancers whose careers transformed from ballerinas to entrepreneurs. Website: Instagram: @jordannicoleh Podcast: Ballet to Business POWERFUL QUOTES "I realized that my sin isn't just external acts, it runs deep inside of me. It's who I think I am and how I think of myself over others. I started to see in the Bible how God abhors pride, and that is when I saw that Jesus died for my pride, He died for my perfectionism, and all other things I was enslaved to." "God and his Word became a refuge for me, giving me peace beyond my situation." "Your identity is healed when you see that the gospel as the work Jesus did for me; it's not about the work I do for God anymore. There is so much freedom in that." "When I was worshipping ballet, I was enslaved to the shackles of my body image and perfectionism." "Ballet will never give me what it asks of me, while Christ gives me so much more while only asking me to repent and believe." "The Bible is a book about God, not about me. That took me a long time to understand." ------------------------------------------------------ PRIVATE COACHING PROMO: Schedule a free consultation and enroll before FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH to get 40% OFF all coaching packages!


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