The reason I love these Glow Chat series so much is because it allows me to shine light on amazing women, their work, and how they are creating amazing contributions to the world and our women community!
Same is the case with my amazing friend Gabriela Guzman… A few years ago for months and months, friends in common had been telling me about her and how I HAD to meet her. We are both Dominicans, creative minds and fearlessly following our dreams. She was definitely on my radar, and the Universe had spoken. I attended one of her workshops and the rest is history.
She’s such an enlightening soul that I knew I had to bring her in for a Glow Chat. Enjoy it below!
Glow Chat: Gabriela Guzman
Introduce yourself, who’s Gaby? Give us all the deets!
I’m a woman committed to helping other women see their own power. I’m also Dominican, a mom, a creative, a strategist, an activist.
Reading about you, I can see that like many of us multi-passionate women, you had quite a journey to get to what you’re doing right now.
- You’ve worked in Consulting, HR, Communications, Advertising
- You’ve lived in several cities
- Got married, had a kid and 7 years later got divorced
- Then realized that something felt “off” like there was some kind of hole in your soul
What’s the most important lesson you learned through this process of finding your true passion?
The most important lesson I learned in my journey to find my passion was the beauty of following curiosities. I find that passions can have a sense of pressure and urgency. I began identifying things I found interesting or cool and simply making time for them. About 12 years ago I was wondering what I wanted to do with my life. I decided to follow my curiosities and started volunteering as an activist for women’s reproductive rights in NYC. This was the move that changed the course of the rest of my life.
What was that calling for you? What is it you feel you’ve been called upon to do on this earth?
So I read about “Las Comadres” and I think is such a refreshing concept and SO NEEDED for our community. Can you tell me more about it?
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What do you think is the most common barrier that we women exhibit when it comes to manifesting our deepest desires?
I think we often don’t see how powerful we truly are. We live in a patriarchy where we have learned these messages and continue to hear them every day. However, when we all come together, we KNOW what’s up, we remember how remarkable we are, and it’s evident to us that the sisterhood is key in bringing us back to our ourselves and own power.
As a creative entrepreneur no one day is like the other, but if you had to describe an average day of yours, what would it be like and how you keep your focus?
As a single mom with a supportive village helping me raise my son, time is the most valuable thing I have. At the beginning of the day, I decide the three big things that are going to get done. I try to work in stretches of time and limit interruptions as much as possible. I also make real-time for rest and self-care. I’m getting better at that one every day.
As Latinas, there are still so many challenges we have to overcome, career-wise and personally speaking. Can you share any challenges you have faced as Latina –if any– and how you managed it?
I’m very privileged in many ways. I speak fluent English, I have a Masters degree, I can pass as white, and I also live in Miami. With all of that, I feel like as women we often have the power to create our own realities. This is why I’m so passionate about entrepreneurship. If you have a skill and you feel the fire of going out on your own – this path provides you with an agency of over your life, your future, the lives you give your children that is unparalleled to any job.
If the world isn’t doing right by you and you see the opportunity, I say make your own damn rules and go for it on your own. To me, being a leader also implies a sense of consciousness about what is going on in the broader community and any injustices in our society. In my view, true leadership is intrinsically tied to activism. Those of us with privilege have an even greater responsibility to speak up, take action, and run our businesses mindful of justice and true equal opportunity.
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Ok, so this wouldn’t be an interview of mine without some health-related questions…
What is your favorite smoothie mix? (think ingredients!)
Do you have any healthy rituals you like to do every day? Example: water with lemon, turmeric tea, meditation, whatever you do (if any!).
I practice self-reiki every day!