Happy #SeekTheJoy Tuesday!
On the podcast today is Kimothy Joy - the wonderfully kind, inspiring, and talented woman behind the empowering and powerful images that uplift and inspire all of us.
Kimothy brings strong women to life in her watercolor and ink portraits, and she creates illustrations made with joy to spark social change. Her messages of empowerment, kindness, self-love, awareness, authenticity, and inspiration, just to name a few, have been shared around the world.
I was SO excited to connect with Kimothy and to invite her on Seek The Joy Podcast. I remember the first time I saw her artwork - it was at the Women's March last year in DTLA. Like so many, I was instantly drawn not only to her art and creativity, but to the strong messages of empowerment and strength that she shares.
Recognizing the power of art and creativity to lend to positive social change, Kimothy is passionate about spreading messages that empower, uplift, inspire, connect, and celebrate women and girls.
Inspired by her own journey of self-discovery, growing into her voice, loving herself, and gaining greater confidence, Kimothy creates these images to inspire women and girls to live in their truth, trust themselves, and love who they are.
Losing her mom to breast cancer in 2009 was, in many ways, the catalyst for Kimothy to step into her authenticity, listen and stay true to her intuition, and chase joy in her life. It was also what kept her motivated to give back through her work.
On today's episode, Kimothy shares her mother's strength in choosing joy, and she shares a story about a note that was posted on her mother's fridge that said "find joy in life, share joy with others." In Kimothy's words, witnessing her mother's strength was life changing, and propelled her to take a hard look at her beliefs, identity, and the life she was living. She embarked on a journey of self-discovery and began to let go of people and things that no longer served her and brought her joy.
The message posted on her mother's fridge has stayed with Kimothy. Choosing joy, even when life would make you feel as if that joy is impossible, takes courage and strength.
As her relationship with herself transformed, Kimothy developed more self-love, grace with herself and others, forgiveness, and a strong relationship with her intuition. The more she traveled along this path, the deeper her connections with other women became. Kimothy says it so well on today's episode, you can go so far when you feel that love and support around you. It's even more beautiful once you begin to give that love and support to others too.
Kimothy has forged incredible connections through sharing herself and her art. There's no doubt that when you build a support system around you that embodies love, empowerment, and strength - its power is undeniable.
Kimothy has fully embraced her voice, her truth, and her creativity. She's created her own path, and despite difficult circumstances she's embraced and chased joy - no matter what.
I know you're going to be just as inspired as I am by Kimothy and her journey developing her self-love muscles, building her own identity, and stepping into her authentic self. Her story is incredibly vulnerable, courageous, inspiring, and uplifting - just like her artwork.
I'm so grateful that she shared so much of herself, her journey, and her truth on today's episode.
To hear more about Kimothy, how she got started painting with watercolor, what's next (hint: a new book, a baby, and art therapy!), make sure to listen to today's episode.
To learn more about Kimothy, visit her website kimothyjoy.com
On her site you can check out her online shop where she donates a portion of the proceeds to organizations like Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, Emily's List, and Planned Parenthood, and you can now pre-order her new book, "That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women" that is coming out April 3rd!!
As always you can find us on Instagram @seekthejoypod_