My educational background in Psychology and Sociology, coupled with advanced degree in Behavioural Studies has prepared me to offer practical guidance in the areas of grief support, stress management, goal setting, and life organizing. I have over a decade’s worth of experience offering emotional support to children and I am a former social worker with the NJ Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Beyond my authoritative qualifications, my own story of overcoming childhood trauma and rebuilding after a parental loss, gives me a unique perspective on what it takes to heal, organize, and thrive.
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business?
How did the idea for your business come about?
Months before I decided to get my life coaching certification, I was talking with one of my close relatives and he asked me "why do you think people will choose you over other life coaches, Jen?" I couldn't answer my cousin that day but it was great food for thought and before I finally gave him an answer, I pondered over that question for several days. I always knew I wanted to help others. That childhood dream (that so many others have) - of wanting to be a doctor, teacher, and lawyer--yeah that was me too. Well, life had other plans for me. There's no question that I'm blessed but you know what, there's no testimony without a test. I'm here to tell you; there's life after losing a parent. There's life after failing a test. There's life after being jobless. There's life after being homeless. There's life after being without means. There's life without knowing your purpose. There's life after depression. There's life after failed and unhealthy relationships. There's life after sickness and surgery. There is life after being at a crossroad. Life is one of our best teacher's. Through my various trials and tribulations mixed with years of education and experience, I am able to relate to so many of life's adversities. Aside from my qualifications, I am a lover of people; people of all walks of life and cultures. Healthy boundaries, trust, empathy, and how to meet someone where they are in order to reach their goal(s) are also a part of JGJI's core values. I believe we can work together to make your journey a more enjoyable one. Whether you need help figuring out your next steps in life or trying to turn the lemons you've been dealt into lemonade: JGJI can help. Whatever you're going through today be encouraged. Nothing good or bad lasts forever. Let's do the work and make your journey a more fulfilling one! As of December 31, 2020, I left my corporate America job of 10 years. I am now a full time, successful serial entrepreneur.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?
When I first started out, I was doing everything by myself while still working a full time corporate America job. Learning to delegate and balance hard work with rest was my biggest challenge.
What books are you currently reading? And your recommendation for entrepreneurs to read?
Currently reading: The Successful Speaker by Grant Baldwin, Recommendation: The Choice is Yours by Courtney Gardner and Jennifer Gregg
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?
How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?
Yes, when I first started out some people talked about me and didn't support me. I had to learn that not everyone has or will understand your vision and God placed this vision in me and in you for a reason. Don't take anything personally and keep going.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
I believe that great energy, self disclosure, being clear, staying organized and following through, creates a level of trust and comfort that ultimately helps foster a great client/coach relationship.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
Have more faith in yourself, God/the Universe.
What advice would you give to an upcoming entrepreneur locally and internationally?
Do a little each day. Work hard. Rest. Keep going.