Gabrielle Gibson challenges women to show up as they are and maximize the power of every life story through her blog and community, Water Your Garden.
In this age of rampant filter use in photography and a “fake it until you make it” attitude, people can be detached from reality. Current social networking trends pressure people into painting an inaccurate picture of the perfect life. People are under the harmful impression that it is wrong to reveal one’s flaws, thus creating a culture of toxic positivity. Fortunately, Gabrielle is drawing from her natural abilities to connect with people and her past experiences to create a platform to empower women everywhere to own who they are. She hopes that in her community, truth and realness can be expressed and used as a source of strength.
A battle against mental health problems led Gabrielle to some traumatic experiences during her college years. At her worst point, she even questioned her desire to continue living. As she processed her experiences while she was healing, Gabrielle learned that she had the ability to be open about her challenges and imperfections and could still be seen as worthy. She also realized that sharing her struggles with the world encouraged others to open up as well. This created a cycle of healing for everyone involved, which led Gabrielle to want to create a space for ALL women to heal. Gabrielle’s struggles further honed her capacity to empathize with others, and she soon found herself connecting with people on a deeper level than she ever thought possible.
She started her blog Water Your Garden as a community for women to own their stories and share it with the world. Within this space, women have conversations about their authentic stories to heal and strengthen each other. There is nothing off-limits on Water Your Garden. Women from all over the country have shared their experiences on dating, relationships, health, miscarriages, loss, entrepreneurship, self-worth, and identity.
Water Your Garden intentionally seeks out to help women, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender orientation, weight, religious beliefs, and political affiliation. Women are more severely subjected to harsh societal standards. Gabrielle wants to get the point across that there are more than just one certain kind of woman that is valued in society. She hopes that Water Your Garden can help women be who they are without the pressure of external expectations, labels, and judgments.
In the future, it is easy to see Water Your Garden bloom into a full-blown lifestyle brand that caters to the many needs of the modern woman. Gabrielle can branch out from her blog into producing a clothing line, publishing motivational journals, organizing conventions, and many more. At all times, Water Your Garden will remain true to its mission of empowering real women with real lives.
Gabrielle knows that there are challenges that remain in the road ahead. However, she is confident that there is much good left for her to do. “When I think about Water Your Garden now, I am so much more confident in what it will become — and I am not placing any ceiling on it,” says Gabrielle. “I am so excited to see all the women that [the brand] will impact, all the lives that we will change, and the community that we will create.”