We had the good fortune of connecting with GerVonne Jefferson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GerVonne, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Good question. To be completely honest, I did not have a clear vision of what God wanted me to do. I didn’t know how my business would evolve, what I was going to do or who I was going to help. I didn’t know anything about starting a business. I just knew I was called to help and God gave me the word BOLD but I wasn’t sure what it meant. As a woman of faith, God called me to this mountain to not only conquer it and be a B.O.L.D. woman, but to help other women become a Brave Open-minded Loving and Determined Business Woman.
After working a corporate job the past 7 years of my life. I wanted my time back. I wanted to go after my dreams because I had given them up when I become pregnant my first year of college. I wanted to be the change for my family. I wanted to show other teens moms that you can still pursue your goals and dreams, even if your path looks different. I started this business to empower many other women to believe You have the power in your hands to create the life you always dreamed of.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is designed to empower women to grow in their personal life and business by overcoming unresolved trauma and turning pain into power to walk as a Brave Open-minded Loving Determined woman. I created a 4 Step BOLD method coaching program to help women build a healthy mindset, overcome limited beliefs, self-doubt, fears and imposter syndrome, set goals, accountability, steps to forgiveness. We help you gain clarity, discover your purpose, and provide tools to grow your business.
What sets me apart from others is that God gave me a message as a result of my own trauma after suffering silently for many years after two abortions, I realized a-lot of other women are hiding mental and emotional pain, pretending to be okay. I also discovered that many women are wearing a mask to hide that pain, afraid of being judged or vulnerable. But you know what, the most dangerous depression is the one that is often covered up with a smile because you never take off the mask. That person you are showing the world is not who you really are. That is who you are as a result of the trauma and it affects your identity.
I’m most excited about impacting the lives of many women by sharing my story of how God healed and transformed me through His Love and forgiveness while empowering others that God is real and if He did it for me, He will surely do it for you.
The journey has not been easy and has by far been the hardest thing i had to endure. I got to where I am today because i believed in me. I set a goal and i pushed through. I made many sacrifices, had many sleepless and lonely nights, but I always believed God has his hands on my life. It all started with me. I had to quit my job to focus on building the vision God gave to me. I Invested into myself, gone through therapy, repented and started living for God, rather than people. I attended many business conferences, became self aware by doing the inner work, and I made a daily decision to better myself. Not only for me, but for my children, To overcome the challenges, you have to set goals, build a healthy mindset, forgive yourself of past mistakes and failures and stay disciplined even when you feel like giving up.
I learned that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. The things you are going through is to help you grow and to help others through. I want to world to know life doesn’t happen to you, but for you. You are not your mistakes and your past don’t define you. It’s who you become after all you been through. I am a Brave Open-minded Loving Determined woman who has found a way to abort mental and emotional pain by discovering and giving birth to my purpose. The power is in your hands, but first you have to… Heal from trauma, grow through the pain then transform in the woman you are created to be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I considered myself an introvert. I love to spend time alone in quiet places. But, on a perfect day with a close friend or two that has never visited Arizona, I would take them on an outdoor adventure tour. Even though Arizona can get extremely hot, you can still have a GREAT time, the best time to travel would be October-April. Our week long tour would start with hiking in Sedona, or another beautiful mountain in Apache and Strawberry, Arizona. We would start the day with a nice breakfast at one my favorite breakfast spots, Firstwatch, then head out for a hike, ATV ride, skydive, a hot air ballon ride, or maybe just keep it simple and visit the Grand Canyon.
After that let’s grab some lunch at Cafe Zuppa’s or Taste of Tai, they have some of the best fried rice. Riding around town, touring the city or even a few lakes would be perfect to end the day with. Now matter what your fun is, you will love it in Arizona. It’s a beautiful place to just sightsee. I’m not a woman who likes to hang out in large crowds for too long or party, but before you go, we have catch a comedy show at Stand Up Live and kayak on the Salt River. I enjoy the simple things in life and fun for me is anything outdoors, near water or listening to the sounds of birds chirping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
After quitting my job, I made several large investments into not only myself but my business to develop my skills as a speaker, coach and author. After investing into this one organization, I met the best keynote and 6-Figure author business coach there is. His name is Kevin L. Knox. My coach, mentor, and now friend as been there every step of the way since the beginning of this journey. He has provided me with so much valuable information, he has taken time to hear my heart and concerns. He provided a safe place and made it easy for me to open up and trust him on this entrepreneur journey. Kevin spent many hours lifting me up and encouraging during some of the toughest days in this season. Kevin is the definition of a friend, mentor and couch that every needs. He speaks life and will not tell you what you want to hear just because it may sound good, he will actually speak the truth in love. And it is TOUGH love. I appreciate you Kevin. Keep shining.
Shaquan Brown A. Mitchelle