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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.

Rose Johnson-Block

Creating beautiful things has been a love of mines, from a very young age. I was always the one who wanted to make a gift instead of buying one because I got to put my own touches to it. My main passion was to be a wedding event planner but I didn’t like the business part of it I just wanted to create and style for people. Read more>>

Marcela Reyes

Do not compare yourself to other artists, this is your journey, so do it your way. It is also ok if you do not go to school to be an artist. You should also learn how to talk and write about your art, it is also helpful when you do not know what direction your work is taking. I also think it is important to either read, take classes, or watch videos about how to promote your art. Read more>>

Luciana Roberts

A few years later, I got married to a beautiful countryman who shared the same vision of God and home as I did. We bought 10 acres outside of Dallas and right away moved Holly out there with two new friends, Grace and Judah! Only a few months later, we were expecting, and my dreams began to brew. I was working as a vet tech and had a feeling life wouldn’t be complete with me spending too much time away from my daughter. Read more>>

Annie Barrientos

I was offered the design position and was handed the entire department. Taking on this responsibility was not easy. I was handed a lot of bad baggage, that would typically drown a company. With a lot of support, hard work, and prayer, the company is now above hill again and we’ve had several of our best years in sales, that we’ve seen in ten years. Read more>>

Jeneba Barrie

I am proud of the fact that we are offering true nude pumps for everyone women. For far too long, the market has had a very restrictive definition of “nude” shoes–one or two shades of beige. That excludes a huge amount of the population. Our brand brings these women back into the fold and lets them know that they are valued and included. Read more>>

Mamta Rana

I realized that I had stopped being Mamta and I was trying to become some Instagram version of myself. Everything from my hair, to the way that I would do business, to the way that I would communicate with others- there was some element of distrust, negativity present. Read more>>

Sau-Sha Hill

After my final days there, I enrolled in Cosmetology school full time, so I could be an actual expert in my business. I’ve gotten where I’m at today by the grace of God, trial and error, and research. Knowledge is power, so you can never know too much. To this day, I’m still growing, and improving to take my business to the next level. Read more>>

Makesa Stovall

I was at the doctor’s offices after doctor’s offices trying to find an answer to a problem I had been dealing with for already six months. I was unhappy most days and was a hard person to be around. My vibrant, fun-loving personality had seemed to disappear from my body. Read more>>

Jill Cornelius

I like to think I got started in photography as a kid. That was when film was the main way of shooting. I remember going on a family vacation to Hawaii as an 11 y/o and my parents gave me the camera to capture our memories. My love for taking pictures just grew from that point on. Read more>>

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>>

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