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Permission to Trust the Process – Ep. 175

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There was nothing else I ever wanted to do. -Gayle Kabaker, The Brave Files Podcast Episode 175, Permission to Trust the Process

PERSEVERANCE • LOVE • AMBITION

Gayle Kabaker

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • The quiet is before something busy will happen. Give yourself time to do nothing! 
  • Change is the only constant
  • It will all present itself as it should.
  • Sometimes you have to just try crazy things. Sometimes they don’t work out, but a lot of times they do.
  • Success doesn’t stem from a lack of fear or self-doubt.

Show Notes:

Gayle Kabaker is an artist and illustrator whose work is featured in The New Yorker, Condé Nast, and even at the Kennedy Center (her work is the longest-running exhibit they have ever had!). It took a lot of practice and perseverance to develop her signature art style; Luckily, she had a head-start. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist, and luckily, her parents supported her dream.

When Trump got elected in 2016, though, Gayle found that she wanted her work to take on a political tone. That sense of purpose guided her to work with Vital Voices, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to empower women leaders. In 2020, Gayle partnered with them to launch an art exhibit called The Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their Power to Empower (which they turned into a book you can buy and you totally should because it's amazing!)

Despite all of her success, Gayle has moments of self-doubt. There are times when she feels like she’ll never paint something beautiful again (and even times when she hates the work that everyone else seems to love). In those moments, she relies on support from her husband, her collaborators, and her family. She also forces herself to sit in her discomfort. When things are slow at work, she tries to enjoy the quiet. Constantly reminding herself that change is the only true constant in life. And she trusts herself. Gayle takes time to make art that she wants to make, not just what other people want her to make. “When I give myself permission to only paint what I love,” Gayle explains, “Inevitably good things happen.”

Connect with Gayle on Instagram or via her website.

Giving is Good:

Gayle inevitably supports Vital Voices, a nonprofit that identifies and invests in female leaders. You can read about what that looks like here. Donate to them here, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

When I give myself permission to only paint what I love, inevitably good things happen. -Gayle Kabaker, The Brave Files Podcast Episode 175, Permission to Trust the Process
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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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