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Embracing the Unicorn – Episode 94

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Embrace your inner unicorn. Be your authentic self. The Brave Files Podcast welcomes Strother Gaines. Heather Vickery, Leverage your fear into intentional Bravery. Podcast. LGBTQ

AUTHENTIC • QUEER • UNICORN

STROTHER GAINES

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Creativity is a constant refinement process. It’s ever-changing as you’re always growing.
  • Stepping into something bigger is brave and powerful.
  • We can find little brave moments everywhere, once we know we’re capable.
  • There’s a difference between compromising who you are and being responsible for your audience. It’s your responsibility to find the balance that works for you.
  • Intentionally pausing is a form of celebration.

Show Notes:

There are some people that bring a special light into a room. Strother Gaines is this type of person. His infectious energy, his authentic and genuine personality, sense of humor and life experience have helped him build a multi-faceted business as a business and personal coach for creative entrepreneurs (or someone aspiring to become one!). He helps traditional professionals tap into their creative side to grow, live happier and embrace their authentic selves.

But all of that sounds so boring and Strother is anything but boring! Strother is an electric, joyful human who gets right to the soul of everyone he meets. Our host, Heather Vickery, actually had the privilege of attending the theater with Strother while in D.C. for business a few months ago and she says “There's just something about him that makes you feel lighter and happier!”

 

Finding His True Self

Strother came out as a young man, fresh out of college. Having grown up in a small town in rural Kentucky, he experiences, while difficult, gave him the ability to see how his authentic self cannot be compromised by others. He was no longer willing to allow himself to be hidden or undervalued and so he worked to strike a balance. 

 

Embrace your inner unicorn. Be your authentic self. The Brave Files Podcast welcomes Strother Gaines. Heather Vickery, Leverage your fear into intentional Bravery. Podcast. LGBTQ

If what you need doesn't exist, create it!

Always a lover of theater, Strother majored in Dramatic Arts.  He knew his theater experience would weave its way into the rest of his life, but he wasn’t sure how.  Eventually leading him to become the Producing Artistic Director and founder of DC’s only Immersive Experiential Design Company, “TBD Immersive.” 

Embrace your inner unicorn. Be your authentic self! The Brave Files Podcast welcomes Strother Gaines. Heather Vickery, Leverage your fear into intentional Bravery. Podcast. LGBTQ

Now, Strother works to weave all of his passions into one another by experiencing theater and creating a business platform coaching Corporate Americans on how to tap into their own inner Unicorn while still recognizing and creating impactful boundaries. 

Strother believes that we are all Unicorns; being uniquely you does not take away from anyone else’s uniqueness. We're all special, but we do have to ‘work for it.’

Embrace your inner unicorn. Be your authentic self. The Brave Files Podcast welcomes Strother Gaines. Heather Vickery, Leverage your fear into intentional Bravery. Podcast. LGBTQ

Strother’s private practice, I’m a Unicorn, Dammit!  helps individuals, teams, and companies figure out what makes them uniquely capable and learn how to be authentic. Strother uses his expertise in storytelling and public speaking to help people embrace their Unicorn.

Learn more about Strother’s company via his websites: I’m a Unicorn, Dammit! And TBD – Tradition Be Dammned

Connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

 

 

Giving is Good:

Strother supports SMYAL, an inspiring organization, located in Washington, DC,  that empowers LGBTQ youth by creating leadership development opportunities, after-school programs, and counseling services.

Embrace your inner unicorn. Be your authentic self. The Brave Files Podcast welcomes Strother Gaines. Heather Vickery, Leverage your fear into intentional Bravery. Podcast. LGBTQ
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About Your Host:
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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