Samantina Zenon: Turning Trauma into Triumph
A survivor of childhood abuse, Samantina Zenon knows what resilience looks like. It looks like putting one foot in front of the other. It looks like advocating for yourself and for others. It looks like pursuing your dreams until they become a reality. Hatian native now turned actress, speaker, author and entrepreneur, Samantina Zenon is the definition of resilience. Whether it was releasing her book, Joy: The Five Lights That Clarify Your Best Self Through The Pain, launching her online store Wildsamfierce Shop, or advocating for mental health education, Samantina has never given up. She hopes her life will be a testimony of triumph to others that come from broken families and difficult pasts. You too can turn your trauma into triumph.
In her book, “Joy: The Five Lights That Clarify Your Best Self Through The Pain,” Samantina shares five secrets that have empowered her to integrate her pain into progress, rather than letting it control her. “My goal is to always enlighten, inspire and motivate,” says Samantina. “I share my experience in the hopes that others will take action to start their own journey of healing and complete mental health.” She hopes her recent publication will remove the stigma around mental health and open up the dialogue for other survivors. As a survivor of abuse at the hands of her parents, she had to fight through trauma triggers and face painful memories in order to succeed. After a life-changing emotional collapse in college, Samantina finally pursued therapy. Throughout her therapy sessions, she addressed her past abuse that sourced her destructive behaviors. Her personal breakthrough in the arena of mental health has allowed her to educate others who are also coping with childhood traumas.
Now, Samantina has turned that breakthrough spirit into breakout sessions. As a public speaker and advocate for mental health, Samantina has spoken at conferences, workshops and seminars. Whether it was a group of thousands or just ten people, Samantina knows what goes into an exceptional speaking engagement. “I’ve spoken in front of many groups of people,” Samantina shares. “I always want them to walk away with the belief that my journey is not my own. They too can find the same healing if they are open to confronting the trauma that haunts them.” As a former educator, Samantina is passionate about providing handlebars to those who want to pursue healing and freedom from their past just like she did.
As Samantina pursued freedom, she also found creativity. She began designing graphics in college as an outlet for her mental health. What began as a passionate hobby grew into a booming, online business- Wildsamfierce Shop. On her website, you’ll find an abundance of personally designed items such as mugs, tshirts, facemasks and more. Each design and quote is inspired by moments that shaped her into the person she is today. It’s a reminder to all that with the right mindset, we can make our wildest dreams come true. “In my own skin, I will always win.”
With 60,000 followers across social media, Samantina values the influence she has in her own skin. Daily, she reads messages from individuals who have been impacted by her story. One reader wrote, “Samantina just so vulnerably showed us the importance of healing intergenerational trauma. Thank you, Sam!” An attendee of a speaking engagement said, “It was so brave of Samantina to share her story. And she did so in such a powerful way.” Samantina engages with others as an influencer on various media platforms including Instagram and her own personal website. The brand Wild Sam Fierce encapsulates all of her different passions. The website features her book, her blog, youtube videos, testimonials and more.
What does Samantina have planned for the future? “Let’s just say not even the sky’s the limit for me,” Samantina laughs. “I have big dreams and I will take the baby steps necessary to accomplish them. My ultimate dream is to tell authentic stories about culture and family dynamics to inspire people and make them think beyond the surface.” She also wishes to continue advocating and educating thousands of people on the importance of raising children in a loving,caring environment. “Ultimately, that’s what will make this world a better place,” Samantina shares.
A survivor of childhood abuse, Samantina Zenon knows what resilience looks like. She knows it takes advocacy, determination, and confidence in yourself and your dreams. As an actress, speaker, author and entrepreneur, Samantina is the definition of resilience. Whether it was releasing her book, launching her online store or empowering thousands through mental health education, Samantina has never given up. Her life is a testimony of triumph to others that come from broken families and difficult pasts. You too can turn your trauma into triumph.