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 Plano that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Ashleigh Pogue and Lauren Gachkar
Every time we run into a bump in the road, God has opened doors and we continually see that this is our purpose and what we are supposed to be doing. Continue to persevere and going through the trials will help you stronger on the other side. Read more>>
I was dealing with heavy challenges in my personal life and felt overwhelmed and lost. I stumbled across Uptown Yoga and, thinking it would be a good way to ease into an exercise regimen that might help relieve stress, stepped onto my mat for the first time in 2011. I never turned back. Read more>>
I was having more fun than I could have imagined. During my college years, I started taking portraits of my friends and eventually landed my first paid gig. It motivated me to pursue my passion by starting my business. Read more>>
I prayed about it and felt it was the right time. So, I checked out books from the library on candle making and began to research quality suppliers. And, after much trial and error, Fragrant Offering was launched in July 2017, and my dream became a reality. Read more>>
I am so thankful I pushed the fear of embarking on a new journey aside and stepped out from what I knew. I am much happier with my life now and I can see it reflected in my children’s faces and in my business. Read more>>
I’ve always had a love of makeup, how it made me feel when I wore it and when people complimented me on it. I would from time to time help friends out with their makeup for special occasions but never thought I was good enough to pursue it as a career. That was until I got to meet one of my makeup idols Daniela Bell. From that day on, she truly changed my life and my confidence in myself. Read more>>
I began my yoga journey about 20 years ago to help manage my anxiety and get some exercise while being a busy mother and entrepreneur. Quickly after I began, I realized yoga was so much more than what I was expecting. I felt like coming home. A place that felt like I was totally me! Read more>>
That night as we entered the candlelit room, I knew we were about to experience something special. As the worship music played and scripture was read over us, I felt for the first time what it was like to worship with my body, not just my mind. Read more>>
I was an assistant for about a year where I only got tipped out $5 a day, just to park at the Beverly Hills Juan Juan salon location was $10. So, I also worked two other jobs, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Playmates lingerie – both off Hollywood Blvd so I could walk and do both shifts after my salon shift. Read more>>
I was working for a bit down in Houston with very talented barbers and thought I could never be as great as them. Now working at Dapper Barber Co. in Plano, I have more confidence than ever. Not only do I love what I do and try to stay up to date on men’s styles, but the relationships I make with my clients are great. Read more>>
I recently walked in a show to kick off NewYork fashion week called New York fashion week takeover. I’m affiliated with a nonprofit organization called need to feed, Need to feed specializes in enriching the lives of other people. Our main focus is to uplift the community and provide service to others. Read more>>