Ladies of Leisure | Founder of productxagile, Gabrielle Hayes - Leaves of Leisure

Ladies of Leisure | Founder of productxagile, Gabrielle Hayes

Welcome to the Ladies of Leisure series, where we feature inspiring women and their stories of success, wellness and leisure. Through these interviews, we hope to gain insights into the lives of these amazing women and the tips and tricks they use to live a balanced and fulfilling life. We'll also look at their morning routines, advice they have for other female entrepreneurs and their favorite way to spend leisure time. We are honored to introduce you to some of the leading ladies in their fields and hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do.

Meet Gabrielle, a compassionate, product leader who is infatuated with efficiency. She likes to resolve critical business problems quickly, develop processes to make daily workflows seamless, and build great products. 

What is your company and what do you do?

My company is Product x Agile. We are an on-demand learning platform for Product Managers and Agilists. We focus on practical learnings and human centered design to meet learners where they are with skills they can immediately apply to their work. We learned Product the hard way and are dedicated to helping every one learn from our mistakes so that they can avoid common pitfalls in the industry.

How do you start your morning? Give us a play by play-- time you get up, 3-5 things you do to start your day.

I’ve finally built a schedule and life around embracing that I enjoy slower paced mornings. As many mornings as possible, I try to wake up naturally without an alarm - usually around 7:30 or 8:00. It never fails that I start my day with checking my calendar & email to confirm when I need to be present in front of my computer. Then it’s off to make my coffee or tea and get dressed for the day. When I finally settle into my desk, I’m planning out my must tackle items & setting intentions for the day with writing 3 dreams. I created a custom planner that includes the 3 dreams in every day. It helps me to never feel lost in what I’m fighting for. 

What advice do you have for other female entrepreneurs looking to create healthier and invigorating morning routines and habits?

Don't be afraid to make space for yourself. I spent the beginning years of my adulthood always feeling like I had to care for others and that meant there is no space for my self-care. Instead I have found making space for my self-care and rejuvenation activities actually allow me to show up in a more intentional and present way for my loved ones around me.

What are some of your favorite leisure activities?

Riding my bike around town on a sunny day, Listening to music that makes me dance, Putting my feet on the ground outside, Renovating my home to release my creative brain.

Share a favorite affirmation that other female entrepreneurs could benefit from.

Truly living in the moment allows you to appreciate the smaller joys in life. They are everywhere if you just allow yourself to experience them!

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