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Jaymie Gerena’s Childhood- A past to remember and accept

By Anuj Cariappa
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For years, we have had several psychologists formulate theories on how one's childhood experiences can shape their personality and explain their behavior as an adult. Jaymie Gerena, a Transformational Business Strategist, is no exception to this theory. Despite having traumatic childhood experiences, Jaymie Gerena was able to "transform" her misery into a success!

As a successful transformational strategist, Jaymie has helped hundreds of people overcome their life obstacles, suicidal ideation, or PTSD. However, to be successful at helping others, one needs to be successful at helping themselves. Jaymie Gerena had a tough childhood where she was abused as early as 2 years old. She lost her father to drugs at a very young age, followed by losing her brother. From a very young age, she explored autonomy and was exposed to the hardships life has to offer. Being brought up in dire conditions, adversities had become Jaymie's best friend that never left her alone.

Jaymie Gerena

Being raised with five other siblings, Jaymie's goal was to provide for her family and give back to society. She never saw her miseries as a dead end. Instead, she saw them as an opportunity to grow and learn how to adapt to things. Throughout the interview, Jaymie Gerena emphasizes how she saw a ray of light amidst darkness. "It was in my darkest time I found my most excellent identity. I had this divine encounter with courage," said Jaymie Gerena. I was so busy feeling sorry for myself that I forgot the miracles that lived within me. I finally surrendered and listened to the still, small voice within me. It wasn't easy, but she does attribute her helping and healing nature to her miseries. It was these adverse circumstances that transformed Jaymie into a mature young woman and nudged her in the direction of helping other individuals who go through similar trauma.

As a transformational strategist, empathy & safety toward your clients is essential. The childhood miseries shaped Jaymie and helped her understand human behavioral patterns and patterns of grief and lend a sympathetic ear to those in need of being heard. She believes that perspective plays a significant role in what outcome one gets. Had she continued whining about her childhood traumatic experiences, she would have never found the courage to get out of the spiral and help others. "I refused to be a product of my childhood circumstances.", exclaimed Jaymie Gerena during a recent interview.

Jaymie Gerena is a firm believer in the theory that childhood antecedents shape our personality. However, she also believes that as adults, it is in our hands to either keep ruminating over the past and victimize ourselves or to accept the past, learn from it and transform the learnings into a productive future. Transformational coaching is thus not only about changing ourselves but also the perspectives we hold about specific events.

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