A few weeks ago I was sitting up on this darn computer working and passively listening to the local news. It was around the time of Muhammad Ali’s death, and there was a feature talking about a young lady who had used boxing to change her own life. I stopped what I was doing and watched that whole darn feature and as soon as it went off I went online to research (on Facebook where all good research is conducted right…) and I found her.
I don’t normally reach out the people in this way, for several reasons. But I really wanted to speak with this young lady, I was so inspired by her story.
Well a couple weeks went by and I never heard back from her and so I figured she either thought I was crazy, wasn’t interested, or a combination of both.
I can not express to you how surprised I was when I got a response letting me know she was in fact interested in being featured in this space.
After talking to her on the phone and ironing out the details I present to you this beautiful young lady. She is an inspiration to my entire soul and I pray that some part of her story inspires you too!
Meet Tiffany Wanzo! A two-time Golden Glove Champ and semi-finalist in the Women’s National Boxing Championship.
My name is Tiffany Wanzo. I am a boxer as well as a supervisor at a cleaning company. I have played in a movie, modeled, and I occasionally do motivational speaking.
I can honestly say growing up my greatest struggle was growing up in poverty and in a dysfunctional family. Now that I am older I am in control of my own life I have made goals for myself. I am certain and have faith that I will succeed in this world.
Boxing changed my life because it taught me discipline. It got me out of the streets as I was headed down the wrong path. I stopped smoking and drinking once I started boxing. I got away from gangs, and began to meet nice people. One of those people was my trainer, who became a father figure him for me. Both he and my other trainer both inspired me to be the woman I am today.
Growing up poor, going back and forth to jail, being sexually abused, led me to have a anger problem. I was mad at the world. But one thing I can honestly say is that I have always had faith. I never stopped believing, never stopped praying, and I would cry to myself and pray knowing that some day I would be something great. I am thankful for where I am today in my life and I still have faith that things will continue to get better for me.
I have a few supporters in my life, between some friends, my pastor, and nice women who I met while I was incarcerated who had a impact on my life. I never stopped communicating with them.
Something I say to anyone who has been through something rough in life, whether it be abuse, neglect, or anything traumatic, find something that inspires you or make you feel good find someone who you respect or look up to and learn from them pray and have faith don’t give up on yourself. Even if you suffer from depression, anxiety, low self esteem, trust and know that things will get better. You have to speak positive things over your life everyday. Say things like I am strong, I am beautiful, I will succeed, and I am blessed. Forget the negative things people have said about you, instead write down your goals and what you want to do in life and put it on your mirror everyday. Look at those things and say I will …..
I call that prophesying over your own life. There is life and death in the power of the tongue.
Tiffany is an amazing young lady. We could all stand to learn a thing or two from her perspective. She is currently working on a book about her life, so there is definitely more greatness to come from her.
I love to spotlight and feature real women with real struggles. Women who are being open and transparent about their struggles, how they are not letting those things define them. Instead they are defining their own “good”. To see more about why transparency is so important please Click here.
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