There is no easy way for a woman to talk about some of the most traumatic and painful seasons of her life. Most women hesitate for various reasons—from being afraid to be criticized, scrutinized, misunderstood, or even ridiculed. Water Your Garden is giving women a choice: the choice to tell their story regardless of what other people will say.
Founded by Gabrielle “Gabby” Gibson, Water Your Garden is a safe and welcoming community that intends to give women a space where they can share their stories without fear of being judged or rejected. It launches this coming October 12. In sharing their stories, Gabby aims for the women sharing their stories and the readers to experience healing by strengthening and empowering one another.
At a time when women are often discredited for coming out to bravely tell their difficult life stories, Gabby sees the need to remind all the ladies out there that their stories are worth telling regardless of their cultural background, faith, and personal beliefs. Through Water Your Garden, Gabby hopes to show women that they do not have to be perfect to be worthy to tell their stories.
“We so often give our stories these negative connotations as if they are something to be ashamed of. Something to hide away. Something that makes us less than. Our stories are the very thing that will not only save us but save women around us who don’t know how they’ll make it through,” explains Gabby.
Gabby wishes to honor women who are brave enough to tell their challenging life stories by committing to making sure the stories are completely authentic. Stories will remain pure, unedited, uncut, and simply honest. While many women are crippled by their fear of revealing the most painful seasons of their lives, Gabby is showing women that sharing them will lead to their healing – and open their eyes to the power of their story. Whether these are stories on failed marriages, abuse, going through a miscarriage, issues on self-worth, dating woes, identity, or struggles in one’s career and business, Water Your Garden remains committed to giving these stories a platform where they can make a positive impact on other women.
Gabby herself went through a trying season in college where her mental health struggles were so challenging that it made her question at one point whether living was worth it. When she finally hit rock bottom, she realized that she was presented with two life-changing choices: either throw in the white towel to the battle or pursue healing by being honest to herself and the people around her about what she was going through. As Gabby worked on her personal healing, she came to realize that the more she was honest about her trials, it also gave the people around her the capacity to do the same.
Years from now, Gabby sees Water Your Garden becoming a brand that goes beyond blogging and includes a women’s clothing line and motivational journals. She also looks forward to one day organizing conventions that will unite women in their journey to discovering their real worth. And as women unite for a common cause, Gabby hopes that they can make an even bigger impact on other lives that need the inspiration to step out of the dark.
Gabby is currently in the process of interviewing women from different parts of the country and is reaching out in various social media platforms to let women know that she is providing an effective and safe avenue for them to express themselves. She continues to hope that her initiative will boost the confidence of women and pave the way for them to experience relevant and lasting change in their lives.