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Conversations with the Inspiring Gavina De Leon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gavina De Leon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Writing has always been a part of my life. I started writing poetry at a very young age, but there are only a handful of people who have read all of my work. I suppose fear is ultimately the main reason that I’ve kept most, if not everything I’ve written to myself. The fear of rejection, or disapproval of others and the fact that I didn’t think my poems were good enough.

For years I buried my poems in a binder somewhere and kept them to myself. Then, one day I made a Tumblr page and started uploading them anonymously, just to see if people would appreciate them.

Once I saw that strangers would repost, share, and like my poems my confidence went up a little. Still, no one knew who the person was behind the poems.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all. After joining the military, I started experiencing writer’s block and even stopped writing for months at a time, for three years. I couldn’t write as easily as I used to and it frustrated me so much. I eventually started reading some of my past work because I wanted to “tune into that vibe” if you will and tried to remember what was going on during that point in my life, to help myself.

Fast forward to now, 2018! One of my childhood best friends convinced me to send her the poems I’ve written throughout the years, and she basically told me to put myself out there. So, I started sharing bits and pieces of longer poems on social media. Seeing how many people liked the few samples humbled me. My goal now is to finally build up the courage to recite them.

I’ve come a long way, and I’m here to say that fear is one heck of a hindrance, but eventually, things fall into place. You have to stick to what you like, believe in yourself, let go, and let God. These would be my words of advice to the talented young women out there that can’t see how bright their light is. You ARE good enough, smart enough, and able to do whatever you want.

So let’s switch gears a bit and tell us more about your work.
I’m still in the Army, but I have become a stronger writer. Now, I am excited to share my poems with anyone. I am most proud of growth. As I mentioned, I am a stronger writer, and I share my talent with others.

My writing style is a bit different than most, I think. Free verse is the style of writing I’ve always leaned towards. It happens naturally, it’s structured differently, and I never know what I’m going to write about, or when I will be inspired.

I tend to tell stories through my writings, stories that are dear to my heart, along with stories that are about close friends, or fictional ones that people can relate to.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
There are many barriers that females in leadership positions face today in every industry. I would say the biggest ones are respect and acceptance from others (especially men).

Being a female in a leadership position can put you in situations where others are forced to show their true sentiments about having a woman as their superior. I have seen it in the military and on the civilian side as well.

Some men and even other women simply do not like to have a woman in charge, taking initiative or being lead. They find it hard to accept that reality, which is then portrayed in a lack of respect.

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