Episode 19: It’s What’s in the Middle that Counts with Jordan Kelley

Episode 19: It’s What’s in the Middle that Counts with Jordan Kelley
Episode 20: It’s What’s in the Middle that Counts with Jordan Kelley

On this episode of the You Inspire Me Podcast, Hope interviews her incredible friend, Jordan Kelley. Jordan is a Christian, wife, dog momma to Eli, and Army Engineer Officer. She defines inspiration as internal and external things that “encourages you to drive or reach and attain goals and aspirations.” Jordan shares how she is inspired by her mom, husband, and friend, Clara. Jordan also shares her open letter to the world where she addresses her identity, faith, and life pursuits. Her honesty and vulnerability is truly inspiring!


  • Jordan shares how dual-military couples work to “compliment and compromise” with each other to attain both of their professional and personal goals (her husband, Taylor, is an Aviation Officer)
  • Jordan shares her goal of becoming a FA52 Officer for the Army someday
  • She also discusses her perspective and shares her emotional journey of being a biracial woman in America over this past year
  • Jordan reflects on 2020 by saying, “for some people, it was not what they wanted and for others, it was not what they expected.”
  • When attending a weekend art show, Jordan and her friend embraced the mantra, “art disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed.”
  • In processing the social unrest and working on her own identity as a woman and as a biracial woman in America, Jordan shares some of the thoughts she has been writing down – her “open letter to the world.” The music attached to this reading was produced by Dion Perinon and will be debuted (officially) soon!
  • Jordan also shares how she feels most in her element on a run or when she is singing with her church choir
  • She leaves us with the quote from the Sandra Bullock movie, Hope Floats… beginnings are scary, endings are sad, but it’s what in the middle that counts [the most].

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