A lot of people ask me about my name. When my mom was pregnant with me, she had a dream, and dream told her, “name her Jera!”, so she did! Several years later, we found out about rune stones. Rune stones, similar to tarot cards, are used as tools of divination – a way to predict one’s future. There are twenty four stones, and the twelfth is called Jera, which is symbolic of success, an abundant year and the cycles of nature and life.
I grew up in New York City, always testing to boundaries of fashion as a small girl, whether it was neon zinc lipstick with blue sparkles on top or pants so baggy and wide that tourists would literally stop me on the street to take photos of me. My elementary school principal banned me from wearing them to school because they caused way too much commotion 😉
I went to school in Los Angeles at USC, University of Southern California, where I majored in Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design. I’ve been doing graphic design ever since I graduated, working mostly start ups.
My sidekick in life is my dog Thatcher, also lovingly known as Spicy Grandpa. I volunteered at a dog rescue for about a year, and while I was there, he was my foster dog. I fell in love with him and decided there was no other option than for him to be my dog, so I adopted him and he’s been my grumpy, funny shadow ever since.
In April of 2015, I started a workout program called Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines as well as an instagram account to go along with it to keep me accountable. Not only did I fall in love with exercising and creating a healthy lifestyle for myself, but I also discovered my passion for connecting with others and making a positive impact on their lives. Over the past year, I’ve began transitioning from my career in a graphic designer to career in fitness. I recently just got certified as a NASM personal trainer! Though I’m unsure of the end goal, I’m figuring it out along the way and I’m so excited to be finally pursuing something that I feel passionate about.