Learn about the incredible story of podcaster and clarity coach Abigail Gazda. She unleashes her heart to spread joy and positivity.
PVM: What is your story?
My story has evolved over the years as I have become exposed to more and more. Today, it feels important to say that I am a Clarity Coach and full-time nomad traveling the US in my self-converted campervan, hosting events all over the country.
I am from Northwest Indiana and now call the West home. I love California and Arizona, but I also enjoy the variety this big beautiful world has to offer.
I have navigated high and low points along my journey and believe that the deeper you go within, the higher you can soar in life.
I have navigated injury, divorce, debt, and all the existential crises that go with them to come out the other side the healthiest, wealthiest, and most connected to the Divine that I have ever been. Over the years, I have lost and shed the versions of me I generated for approval and acceptance and learned more about who I am and how I identify in the world.
I specialize in emotional intelligence and subconscious reprogramming to help people clear the limitations of their past to propel them into the future of their dreams. I help people live fulfilling lives by shifting out of the confusion and exhaustion of perfectionism and people-pleasing and into the fun and power of self-love and adventure.
PVM: Why are you passionate about wellness and mental health?
I believe mental health and well-being is the access point to deep peace and fulfillment. I believe that all of the answers we seek lie within us, and we cannot tap into that infinite wellspring of abundance if we are not well.
It takes the work of mental wellness and emotional intelligence to reach a place in life where we feel whole.
PVM: What is your definition of positivity?
My definition of positivity is finding the good in everything. Some might call this toxic positivity out of context, but what I mean by this is that everything in life is a gift that serves our evolution.
It takes self-awareness, commitment, and radical responsibility to find the good in everything. Even the darkest times of our lives forge a path for us to explore and come out of our toughest seasons better, wiser, and more compassionate. This maturation doesn’t happen by accident. It takes intentional positivity to come out of life’s greatest challenges, a more mature person with a fuller perspective.
To me, being positive means being positive that life is happening for you, not to you.
PVM: What is Hearts Unleashed? When and why did you start it?
My transformation company, Heart Unleashed, was founded with the commitment to unleash the hearts of this world; in whatever way is authentic and aligned for them.
Hearts Unleashed is a community that embraces those who are ready to give up living for the expectations and pace of a society untrue to them. When I began my healing and transformation journey, I noticed how some of the people I felt most connected to lived all over the world.
Back in 2017, I wanted to offer a virtual community to those who couldn’t find a transformational conversation or connections in their local cities and towns.
This has grown into a global community of like-hearted leaders who are passionate about living happy, whole, and well.
What do you love the most about being a podcaster?
Podcasting has been such a special journey for me.
The Hearts Unleashed Podcast is focused on emotional intelligence and subconscious reprogramming.
I interview those who are living their hearts unleashed in order to inspire listeners to do the same. I also record solocasts called “15 Minute Fill Ups” to help listeners with emotional intelligence and subconscious reprogramming with actionable items they can take directly into their lives.
We are in our 6th season, with 325+ episodes and over 70k downloads in more than 100 countries. This podcast is a major passion of mine, and I feel so blessed to be on this personal and professional journey.
I have put so much of myself into this show, which has grown me in amazing ways. I often say to people enjoying my content, “I have grown up in front of you,” and I believe it.
I go through what I grow through, and a major part of my mission is to bring people along to normalize the ups and downs of the journey.
PVM: What do you love the most about being an entrepreneur? What are the most challenging aspects of it? Do you have any advice for starting a podcast?
Great question. What I love about it is the mantra I have been repeating for more than ten years: “I work when I want, where I want, how I want, with who I want, for how much I want.”
I love the freedom and autonomy of my life and lifestyle. I love getting paid to do work I love and that I am great at. It brings me such joy and satisfaction.
The most challenging aspect is rising in the waves of life and business. It’s certainly not easy work, no matter how good, easy, or fun anyone makes it look. Yes, entrepreneurs live a life by design.
PVM: How do you take care of your mental health?
I take care of my mental health in a wide variety of ways. I want to express in this answer two major pieces of the mental health puzzle: self-care and well-being.
Our mental and emotional well-being are directly linked to our physical well-being, so some basic things to stay up on are hydration, hygiene, rest, nutrition, and rest. If you have those intact, you have won half of the mental health battle. Other somatic practices that keep your well-being intact are dance, exercise, massage, swimming or other water activities, movement, yoga, hiking, and time in nature.
Next is self-care. I like to think of this more from the mind and heart perspective. Some self-care activities include celebrating and acknowledging yourself, therapy, meditation, journaling and writing, mirror work, life coaching, talking with trusted individuals, massage, and more. We all have things that excite and energize us, and when you diversify your self-care game, you will find more ways to stay well and on track.
Lastly, I want to point out a sneaky habit of doing the things that make us feel better, get to a good place, and then stop doing those practices because we are feeling good when those are what we’re helping us feel good! I see it all the time in my coaching (myself included). Staying in tune with our bodies helps us identify our needs and meet them before they become a personal emergency and we are hitting a new rock bottom. Stay on top of your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual game like your life depends on it because it does.
PVM: How do you navigate setbacks, and what keeps you inspired?
I am always sure to tap into the support structures I have set up, such as coaches, colleagues, and mentors, to call when I need support and acknowledgment. I also value sitting with a setback or breakdown and feeling into the experience, feelings, and lessons. I will take on mirror work, journaling, and meditation to be with the messages coming through and the growth I am experiencing in real-time.
There are some days when rest and well-being are more important than processing immediately. On days that I am overwhelmed or in a funk, I will rest my way to clarity before trying to figure anything out or try to force fixing a person, myself, or a situation.
All of these tools have helped me and my clients throughout the years. What keeps me inspired is what I call Breakthrough Bliss. The post-breakthrough clarity helps me remember myself at my core; my strength, values, and divinity. I write myself notes and letters during these times for the times I am in the pit and can’t see my way through the fog of delusion and disempowerment. The highest versions of me keep me inspired to keep showing up through it all.
PVM: Is there anything you would like our audience to know you didn’t get to answer?
I love to connect with like-hearted individuals navigating their way to their best lives. I enjoy hearing from people who are committed to using their gifts to serve and make a living doing it. My company, Hearts Unleashed, lives in service of those ready to live their hearts unleashed on their terms. If this inspires you to step more fully into who you are, I can be reached at my email, and you can see my products, programs, and courses on both my personal and professional websites.
Written by PositiveVibes Magazine Staff