We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Dawn Gabiola and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer Dawn, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business idea came to me as a divine download. After I lost my successful career as a Design Director, I heard God say to put my personal poetry on t-shirts. It didn’t make sense to my ego, but I went for it because I had nothing to lose since I lost my job and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And so my entrepreneurial journey began. I did not have a master plan. My journey has all been organic. One faithful step forward at a time. I sold my poetic t-shirts online and in local boutiques to empower women to own their power and beauty from the inside out. I even got into Houston Fashion Week. Everything came full circle to where I am today using all my branding, design and marketing experience to help introverted leaders own their quiet voice and fierce power to build brands that make a big impact. The name of my business is so appropriate. Dawning Soul – to have infinite opportunities to begin again.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from others is that I help quiet and fierce introverted leaders to make a big impact with their businesses. I am most proud of having the boldness to unapologetically express the essence of who I AM through my sacred creative expression – my vibe and style. As an introvert, I love making a statement without having to say a word. My energy and my presence speaks for itself. I’m excited about empowering more introverted leaders to unapologetically own their power, presence and style to make their big impact in their lives and businesses. How I got to where I am business-wise was to let go of control and allowing myself to trust the process and to be divinely led by God one faithful step at a time. I learned to trust in my intuition and creative process. I like to call my process the “Turtle Way.” I consistently take deliberate steps forward in a way that honors my natural strengths, pace and creative process as an introvert, empath and highly sensitive person. It was not easy. I overcame my challenges by having faith that I was meant to receive the grace I needed to grow through the experience. Even though I didn’t know how to get through each challenge, I trusted that God would equip me with the strength, grace and wisdom I needed to expand into who I was meant to become. The lessons I’ve learned along the way are to believe that you are already enough. You don’t need to perform or prove your self-worth by constantly being productive. You are here on this earth to enjoy who you have divinely been created to BE. And fully expressing yourself in your life and business is truly an act of service. What I want the world to know about me, my brand and my story is that I am rare. I am a one-of-a-kind creative expression of God’s love, beauty and truth fully expressed. My story is my testimony. Every challenge I have gone through has helped me to become who I am today. I am more kind and empathetic because I understand the struggles of being quiet, shy, bullied and unaccepted. I understand what’s it’s like to prove your self-worth as a workaholic, control freak and perfectionist. I understand the pain of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I understand the unique set of challenges of being a introverted, empathic and highly sensitive entrepreneur. I understand the physical and spiritual demands of being a caregiver. Everything I have gone through has shaped me and strengthened and deepened my spirit. And I trust it’s all preparing me to become an even bigger blessing for greater opportunities to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came to visit for a week-long trip, I would take her to my favorite spots around Houston. I love to eat, so we would go to my favorite restaurants. We would go to Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen for THE best enchiladas, The Mexico City. We would eat at True Foods for a yummy and healthy lunch on the patio. And we would go to Steak48 for an exquisite dinner, Sea Bass along with the greatest dessert, Red Velvet Bread Pudding. And then we would have fun doing my absolute favorite thing to to do – vintage shopping. We’d visit my favorite spots – The Guild, The Catholic Guild and Leopard Lounge. We would also go to The Blue Hand to discover one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world. Then, we’d relax, chill and enjoy nature at my favorite park, Levy Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to God, my Mom and my Love, Dez. Without my faith in God, I could not have taken this entrepreneurial journey which has deeply transformed me and brought me back home to my spirit. With my Mom’s unconditional love and support, I had the continued belief to follow my heart. And my Love, Dez, helped me to have the courage and power to fully express my truth and pursue my soul-inspired business, divine purpose and destiny.
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