We had the good fortune of connecting with Jolenny Piedra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jolenny, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success has been helping people to take their lives into their own hands; creating in them an empowered sense of becoming authors of their own world. My intention has always been to equip my clients with the most effective tools to truly honor their visions for their lives, and to embody who they truly are, in their fullness. Healing is not a destination, it’s a process, and it has been a humbling experience to take part in that sacred journey.
Holding that space for my clients has required of me an irrevocable commitment to growth–both personally and professionally. This career has invited me to regularly take inventory of my own personal development, expansion and self reflection. Professionally, growth has arisen through the process of consistently researching, revising, and adapting to the ever-changing nature of mental health in the coaching industry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe that the deepest challenges we face in life also have profound potential to guide us towards our soul’s purpose–and this is exactly how I was led to my career in Trauma Informed Coaching. My early life was was colored by physical and emotional abuse, deep religious wounding, and the massive physical trauma of being hit as a pedestrian by an SUV at age 13. This near death experience put me in a coma for 2 months while the doctors very literally put my body back together.
I emerged from the coma with the tasks of relearning how to walk, to talk and to function as a human being. My young adulthood mirrored the trauma that lived inside me from childhood. I suffered a number of injuries that left me hospitalized and in need of multiple surgeries. I was cut off from my emotional world, and in turn, I fell into substance abuse, dissociation, and a series of unhealthy relationships. The healing journey that emerged through me in my mid-twenties–after years of physical, emotional, and religious trauma–felt nearly unbearable.
It was this transformative process that led me to my True North–revealing to me my life purpose as a Trauma Informed Coach. In the process I excavated the misaligned and trauma-based belief systems that I had been living from.
I renewed my long-standing commitment to living my life in, from, and with Love. In doing so, I healed myself of an Autoimmune disease; and with that “miracle,” I restored within myself a sense of agency over my life–a feeling that allowed me to choose, again and again– truth, health, and self love. In 2008 I was led to the University of Santa Monica, where I graduated with a Masters Certificate in Spiritual Psychology; and then continued on to receive Dual Certification as a Life Coach and Spiritual Life Coach from Life Purpose Institute.
My life experience has led me to research, train, and learn in a way that is unique from the other professionals in my field. My approach to coaching is heart centered, spiritually driven, and trauma informed–a combination that I feel is not only necessary, but largely missing in the world of life coaching. It excites me that I am able to spread this paradigm shift–inviting other coaches to broaden their understanding of the way trauma and stress impact the people with whom they work, and encourage them to learn how to mindfully navigate these dynamics in order to improve our clients’ capacities to step more confidently into the lives they dream of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Early morning we would wake up and join the yogis for Sunrise Yoga Session on South Beach, followed by a dip in the ocean. After the swim we would dry off, and head to Pura Vida for an organic breakfast.
We would drive to Alice Wainwright Park after breakfast to journal, talk and enjoy the sounds of families playing, surrounded by stunning bay views.
For brunch we would go to Soho Beach House–the variety of options for brunch are amazing here, and the vibe is always on point.
In the early evening I would take them to South Point Pier Miami Beach and take a stroll around the park, watching the acro-community play and enjoying the sunset.
After sunset I would take them to dinner at Amara at Paraiso–the view is incomparable, the flavors combination leave me speechless, and the service is 5 star.
At some point during the week I would definitely have to take them to enjoy some deeper spiritual practices–a sound healing by our local yogi and sound healer Michelle Berlin and most certainly a Cacao and Ecstatic Dance Ceremony with the super fun team of Ritual Experiences–Luis Molinar, Claudia Castillos and Cokito.
I would also want to expose them to some of the art that Miami has to offer–the Art Tech House exhibit is one of my favorites, and of course I would take them to wynwood to explore the studios and walls that are currently showing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shout out to the everyday teachers who cross my path, who invite me, again and again to show up with love and compassion. I would also like to acknowledge Dr Ron and Mary Hulnick, from the University of Santa Monica who ushered me into the world of spiritual psychology.
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