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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.

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>>

Janet Ornelas

I initially started blogging in 2015 and I at first, wrote about everything because I’m multi-passionate. But as I was getting more involved with my blog, I noticed that I needed to find my niche. I started by asking myself questions. What did I enjoy doing when I was a kid? And I really enjoyed reading, playing with my Barbies, my mom’s makeup and clothing. Read more>>

Kerbi Alana Binder

My passion for art started when I was in elementary. My love for music was the first spark to my interest in all artistic expressions. Ideally, I was set on becoming a singer. Throughout the past few years, writing and painting have become a huge part of my life by helping me cope with the raging waters of adulthood. Read more>>


Instead of focusing on just design and photography, I help brands reflect ideal audience by creating a visual strategy that attracts them. These brands break rules and become leaders in their industry, creating brand loyalists as faithful as the Beyhive. Read more>>

Asha Phillips

I set my intention on taking the time to really understand who I was. Over the next 4 years, I made sure to experience as many new experiences as I could. I traveled, awkwardly attended tons of networking events, earned my Masters in Counseling, and rediscovered yoga. Read more>>

Beka Larsen

When I was a teacher, I was given the job of Yearbook Instructor even though I had no idea what I was doing and wasn’t provided a camera. I remember feeling so lost in purchasing a camera for myself out of necessity instead of love of the art or love of the gear. Read more>>

Veronica Cardenas-Aguilar

I had originally been interested in hair and makeup and especially brows since high school. I did a semester of college and decided it wasn’t for me, and enrolled in Beauty School. I graduated in 2013 and got licensed in 2014. Read more>>

Samiya Hossain

It all started when I would wear a teal eyeliner back in high school and I started to get more creative with my makeup in high school. Then as soon as college was nearly over for me I started posting my makeup looks on Instagram to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone. Read more>>

Jackie Swain

I have always had a deep passion for all things old and all things that tell a story. My grandmother and parents have always been treasure hunters and collectors. My grandmother gave me my first vintage purse and that was the true beginning of my story. Read more>>

Luz Pinilla

I had the honor of being guided by dedicated, creative, and compassionate educators who encouraged me to explore and grow in my craft while challenging me to meet and surpass their expectations. Their influence on me was so great that it led me to eventually step into their shoes and become an educator myself. Read more>>

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