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Trailblazers: Garland

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Garland that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Taja Danielle

I believe that sets me apart from others in this industry! My single Soulfully Free has an R&B feel, but also Alternative and Jazz influenced. The song is about learning to be free within the boundaries of a relationship. You are free to be who you are naturally. Read more>>

Elizabeth (Lizi) Gregory

My first four years as an Independent Beauty Consultant – well, let’s just say, I didn’t do much “consulting”! I decided to be the undercover Mary Kay girl who enjoyed getting a personal product at a discount, selling to my family, and stocking up on Christmas gifts at a great price. Read more>>

Randi Rachell Parks

You are constantly thinking of how to better your business, help a client, or new ways to market! It’s exhausting and the most liberating thing you can ever imagine at the same time. I’ve learned how to balance my life a little better after seven years. Read more>>

Shari Davis

After four months of enduring their treatments, cancer had spread to her liver and abdomen. They wanted to do more chemo to “buy her some time.” At this point, she backed away from traditional medicine, as it didn’t seem to be helping her or making her symptoms more tolerable. Read more>>

Maria Rizo

I would always get compliments on my makeup. People would often ask if I could do theirs for a special event. I was very hesitant considering the fact that doing makeup on someone other than yourself is very different. I slept on the propositions, practiced a lot of family and friends and long story short, here I am today. Read more>>

Linda Mak
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No matter your career, there will always be roadblocks. I work a full-time job and also provide my makeup services on the weekends/when I can so it has definitely been a struggle juggling both. My advice is to continue to push yourself. Keep doing what you love and success will come later. Read more>>

Esther Alvarez

I am a full-time teacher, but what I have learned is that you should be dedicated to what you are really passionate about and do not let your dreams down even though there are pebbles, small and big rocks along your path. You should really push yourself and start somewhere. Believe in yourself. Read more>>

Kimesha Coleman

Every day is different, there are so many hats to be worn and so much to learn in order to get your business up and running. Coming from a place of unworthiness and feeling invisible I struggled with being in the front line and being the face of my company. Read more>>

Raven Turner

Unfortunately, I was denied, unable to get my foot into any door I was knocking on. The rejection came one after the other and I often found myself displaying my resilience, reapplying just to be told no once again.That adversity “PUSHED” me into speaking sharing my story and its also how I came up with the title of my book, PUSHED, Turning Adversity Into Advantage. Read more>> 

Gabriela Cordova

I took pictures of everything that caught my eye… everything. I also had a bunch of film cameras that I would never develop. Fast forward to high school, when I had an iPhone 3 and actually started to go out. I took photos of mostly scenery and architecture that caught my eye and just started to edit after each photo I took. This is something I still do actually Read more>>

Frederick and Charlotte Kirven

Both of us grew up cooking with our mothers and grandmothers who are great cooks. As our family members are aging, we realized that they will soon pass the torch and we needed to preserve tradition. As native southerners, we know that in the south, sharing food is a way of showing love. Most of us. Read more>>

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