What would happen if you gave yourself the space to slow down, listen, and allow yourself to play? If you feel like you’ve been forcing an outcome in your work or your life, then episode 148 of the Lead with Love podcast is for you.
In this episode, I get cozy with Kimothy Joy.
Kimothy Joy is a Denver-based artist who is passionate about creating artwork that uplifts and empowers women & girls. She partners with like-minded individuals like Melinda Gates, Reese Witherspoon’s HelloSunshine media team and others to create social-awareness campaigns that inspire thought and action.
Specializing in watercolor and ink drawings, she often paints portraits of heroines of past and present. Kimothy is the author of a book that was personally gifted to me, “That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women” published by HarperWave.
I think I’m listening from a loving place and just hearing what’s going on in the ether and in the world, and that inspires what I feel called to sit down and paint.
– KIMOTHY JOY
What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)
How Kimothy leads with love through her listening, and what kind of listener she was growing up [4:59]
Why she took a hiatus from doing art and the way she was able to reconnect with it and turn her art into a career [6:24]
A very personal quote that means so much to Kimothy and the story behind it [13:24]
What the process looked like sharing her art on Instagram and then of starting an online store [15:37]
What it was like to step into a political conversation through her work [20:29]
The mindset shifts Kimothy had to make in order to generate money from using her hands to create art [22:27]
How she turned her idea of writing a book into reality [28:09]
Where she gets the inspiration for her amazing art and how she decides what project to do next [35:54]
The way Kimothy is painting the world that she wants for her daughter and how her views of the world have changed since becoming a mother [40:09]
Her daily rituals for prioritizing her self-care and being the best mother she can be [42:31]
How Kimothy discovered the true power of words [48:49]
“I think I’m listening from a loving place and just hearing what’s going on in the ether and in the world, and that inspires what I feel called to sit down and paint. Usually it’s because I feel like there’s an aspect of love missing from the conversation, so that’s what I want to sit down and put on paper.” [4:24]
“After I graduated I just kind of followed the digital path. I enjoyed it, but it just didn’t feel the same as working with my hands and painting.” [8:52]
“I just learned as I got older that if you just sit with the pain and get quiet, process, work through it and trust the process, that there’s a beautiful transformation that can occur in you.” [14:47]
“Make that space to be alone and just get really good at tuning in to your intuition. You never know what you’re going to hear, or what ideas are going to come.” [22:38]
“Respecting the humanity, dignity and potential of all people, that’s what I feel called to do.” [40:59]
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