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Chris Szabo and Heather Vickery talk about coming out after years of marriage and life afterwards. The Brave Files Podcast. From the outside in.

From The Outside In

With Featured Guest

Chris Szabo


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Chris Szabo and Heather Vickery talk about coming out after years of marriage and life afterwards. The Brave Files Podcast. From the outside in.

From The Outside In

With Featured Guest

Chris Szabo


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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Everyone has the right to their own process, but you don’t have to own other’s people’s process.
  • You can do the hard thing, no matter what it is.
  • Being true to yourself is where the real magic happens.

Chris Szabo spent years struggling with her sexual identity.

Raised in a Catholic household, being gay was not acceptable. For years, she quieted the feelings she was experiencing. Chris assumed it was just a “phase,” she was wrong.  Constantly searching for validation, Chris looked outside of herself. As you may expect, her sources of validation always shifted and never satisfied. Depression and anxiety were constant companions. The journey was overwhelming and lonely, to say the least.

Not the life she had imagined.

Chris’s journey shifted course after 18 years of marriage. To her utter surprise, she fell in love with a close friend, Amy. After admitting this to herself, Chris knew it was time to be honest with everyone involved, including herself. This was her opportunity to live the life she was destined for. Summoning all her strength and courage, she ended her marriage and begin a new journey down the path of true authenticity.


From the outside in. The Brave Files Podcast talks with Chris Szabo about coming out after decades of marriage, finding your true sexual identity and living an authentic, happy life. LGBTQ

The reward is worth the struggle.

Admitting her sexual identity was difficult but also incredibly empowering. Chris says her biggest surprise was how strong she felt during the process. When you know something is right, deep in your heart, you find unbelievable strength. Her story teaches us that there is nothing more powerful than finding and living your truth. The journey may not be easy but the reward is immeasurable.

An Unusual Connection

Chris Szabo was a high school friend of Heather Vickery’s ex-spouse. Despite only connecting in person a handful of times, Chris and Heather stayed in contact via social media. When Heather went public with her personal life transformation and divorce, Chris took notice. It was then that she reached out and a new, lovely, friendship developed. Clearly, the two women had a lot in common!


More about Chris

Chris is a dedicated and passionate fitness coach.  Her happy place is helping a variety of clients find their way. Bringing more than a decade of expertise in coaching and teaching, she works alongside individuals and teams. Collectively they achieve what they never dared possible.  Recently, Chris began following her energy into Real Estate. In this field, her passion has taken on new life. She loves helping clients ultimately find their way…to their new home.

Actual “Home” for Chris is wherever her partner and two kids are.  Currently, that's a little foodie haven called, Columbus, Ohio.

If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area and looking for a great realtor be sure to check Chris out! You can also find her on Instagram.


Giving is Good

Understanding the importance of a supportive environment, Chris supports Kaleidoscope Youth Center. KYC is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting LGBTQ youth throughout Central Ohio.

The organization’s mission is to create a safe and empowering environment for LGBTQ youth and their allies through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement.

"There is hope. You will be okay. You CAN make it!"

- Chris Szabo

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, 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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