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Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of our latest local gem features below.

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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.

Arlington

Central Dallas

East Dallas

Far North Dallas

Far West

Fort Worth

Garland

Irving

North Dallas

Northwest Dallas

Plano

South Dallas

South East Dallas

West Dallas

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Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.

We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest female leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Misha Nazim | Model & an Activist

The best advice i’d have for someone facing challenges would be the cliche quote where I tell you to never give up, and that’s sound advice, something you should follow, but I think the most important key to that is that it’s okay to WANT to give up, it’s okay to feel hopeless. It’s okay to take a step back and reevaluate your place, how you’re going about achieving a set goal. And when you feel overwhelmed, that’s what a support system is for, that doesn’t have to be some big team. It could be your mom, your friend, an Instagram follower you’ve never met who comments heart eye emojis under every picture you post. It could be just you (because it truly is enough). Just don’t stop chasing your goals. If you need to take a break, take a break. A step back. A hiatus. Whatever you need to call it and whatever it is YOU need to do for YOUR success.

@mishnazim

Fernanda Arduini | Owner of The healthy Cakes and Mind Athleisure

I would say that the problems and obstacles are the size of the importance we give them.  Face them and decide how best to resolve them to move forward.

@thehealthycakes
@mindathleisure
mindathleisure.com

Natalie Collins | local artist and student

As cliche as it sounds everything happens for a reason to shape you into the person you’re supposed to become and take you through your own unique journey in life. Remember how short and precious life is and take everything you face one day at a time. Don’t forget to find the good in life and find what brings you happiness even in the hardest circumstances.

@knicknatsart
@knicknats

Adean Kingston, MD | Board Certified Dermatologist | Owner and President of Adean Kingston

I truly believe that you can achieve anything you are passionate about with hard work and dedication.  On your journey toward success you will encounter many failures which ironically are the hurdles that help you become stronger and wiser and ultimately a real success.  So, my best advice to those starting their journey is to never give up and when challenges arise, it will be how you handle them that ultimately define the person you are.

dradeankingston.com
@adeankingstonmd
@DrAdeanKingston

Jazelle Baker | Wigmaker | Wigstylist & Entrepreneur

The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable would be to remain positive and optimistic during any situation; keep the faith & pray daily. Also, stay dedicated and determined.

essentialluxurywigs.com
@essentialluxurywigs
@essentialluxurywigs

Hannah Galbraith | Photographer & Art Teacher

Everything we go through builds our character and makes us stronger in order to grow and also help others in life. Everything happens for a reason, even if it’s hard to see at that time. So, if one door closes it is only because something better is coming.

hannahgalbraithphotography.com
@han_gal96photo

Natalie Broom | esthetician & freelance makeup artist

The best advice I can give anyone, is to never give up, put in hard work, and work towards your goals constantly. Hard work truly does pay off in the long run, and if you hit a wall, try thinking outside of the box, out of your comfort zone, and try something different. You never know what might inspire you.

@glam_by_natty

Jessica P. Turner | Photographer & Curl Enthusiast

My advice to someone who feels like they’re facing something they just can’t surpass is to take it day by day. Nothing’s worse that trying to tackle a problem all at one time. Especially if it’s super challenging. When you take it step by step, you gradually see the light at the end of the tunnel and before you know it, it’s over!

jessicapatriceturner.com
@jturner_photo
@jesssicap.turner 

Katie Clark | Teacher and Curriculum Creator

If you find yourself facing a challenge that you feel is insurmountable make sure you are leaving enough time for self care. I know self care is a popular trend right now but it’s real. Reflect on the things that bring you happiness; the small things. Develop a routine of daily self care and make sure you follow through. Wake up early or rearrange your schedule so that you have time to do what you need to set yourself up for a positive and productive day. Don’t feel guilty for needing time and wanting to do something for yourself. Your loved ones will understand. You cannot pour from an empty cup. It’s easy to let your self care go when life becomes busy again so make sure nothing gets in your way! You owe it to yourself!

chalkboardchatterbox.com
@chalkboardchatterbox

Mia Lockhart | Entrepreneur | Founder | CEO Exousia V.

To keep the faith no matter what happens. We have to learn to take the bad with the good. And no matter how things turn out always do your best, and be honest so you can look yourself in the mirror with respect.

@miamissdria 
exousiav.com

Rozhunta Jackson | Baker | Cake Artist

The best advice that I can give to someone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable is to always keep going no matter how difficult the challenge is. You have to continue to move forward because there is always a calmness after each storm, but if you choose to stop then you’ll never know what’s ahead because you chose to give up. Remember that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Also, you have to think about all the reasons you started to begin with, and to NEVER SETTLE for anything because it’s not taking off as fast as you thought it would. It’s all about how bad you want to reach your goal/your dream…if you want it bad enough then you will do whatever it takes to accomplish your dream. Only look back to see how far you have come once you have reached your destination, but even then keep moving because there is always more after you have crossed the finish line!

@rozhunta
@rostastytreats
facebook.com/rostastytreats

Angela Fleming

I’m a big believer in seeking outside counsel. No one should feel alone during a challenging situation. Seek advice, wisdom and counsel from others around, whether that’s a family member, a close friend or a counselor. You might be surprised at who else has gone or is currently going through the same thing or what kind of perspective they can offer you. Be willing to be transparent and vulnerable with someone you trust and the challenge doesn’t hold as much power as it once did!

NewSeasonsPhotography.com 
@newseasonsphotography

Elena Bayda | Photographer | Retoucher | Stylist | Model – The Light In You

You should continue to fight no matter how and what. If it’s hard and painful for you, then wait – because the victory is almost here. Just, please, don’t give up and doubt about your strength. You can everything! Be you! Believe in yourself!

@the.light.inyou

Kelly Collier | Personal Online Nutrition Coach

Personal development and our healthy lifestyles tend to go hand in hand. I believe you cannot sustain one long term without the other, and that is why I work on both of these areas simultaneously with each of my clients. Life’s challenges are unavoidable, but if we can see challenges as opportunities to learn lessons for our future, we will never fail. I have my clients think back to different times in their lives where they have felt this exact way, but yet came through it. Simply remembering that they have felt this before, learned a lesson that they continue to use to this day, and can therefore be thankful for the challenge, helps them believe in themselves again. It shows my clients hard proof that they have the power to overcome any obstacle life throws at them and not only survive it, but  use it to their advantage and succeed!

KellyCollierNutrition.com 
@willsquatforpizza

Kaci Bell | Roller Skater | Artist & MS Warrior

To anyone who feels their situation is insurmountable, this is a time when we learn the most about ourselves and how strong we really are. Take it one day at a time, appreciate how far you’ve come and always, always, ALWAYS trust the timing.

 myelinmoxi.com

Sandhya Johnson, PhD |  Managing Director | Ingenium Global

Challenges themselves are just circumstances. It is the way you respond to them that makes or breaks you. Keep doing the right things with the right mindset and eventually at the right time, all the right things will happen to you.

linkedin.com/in/sandhyajohnson
@sandhya.johnson 
@sandhyajohnson

Trista Lam | Graphic Designer & Floral Cake Artist

I believe there’s no mountain is too high to climb. When facing with challenge that might seem insurmountable, we should break the challenge into smaller parts, focus and tackle each part one at a time. You would be surprised how much you can achieve by moving forward, one step at a time.

@petitebouqcakes

Jak Christensen | Frisco Stylist

In times of struggle we are often hounded by a voice that wants us to be lonely: You can’t do it; you will fail; you are insufficient. It is easy to feel alone as the intricacies of our lives remind us that no one else can completely understand our situation. Yet I have learned that there is hope in remembering that pain is felt worldwide. While your footprints may be the only ones on your path, everyone around you has confronted the insurmountable. They have felt the anticipation, the fear, and the weight of it just as you do now. You are not, nor will you ever be alone; the emotions that accompany struggle are universal.

@jakchristensenhair

Ashley Stirewalt | Photographer | Writer | Musician

Isabella DeCastro

When faced with a challenge that feels unassailable, the first thing you’re going to want to do is crawl up in a ball and hope the task just disappears. “It seems impossible, there isn’t enough (insert excuse here)!” Time is going to tick by and you’re just going to feel more anxious by the minute – it’s not good for yourself or the project you have to finish. If you’re faced with something you feel is unconquerable, the first thing you have to do is: 1. Get into a positive and self constructive mindset. 2. Take some time to gather courage! Maybe listen to your favorite song or do something that inspires you. 3. Tell yourself that you are capable and just GO FOR IT! It doesn’t have to be good, fancy, or perfect. Life isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s about finding the beauty in everything that’s not. As long as you take the initiative to start this challenge and just throw yourself in there, eventually you’ll figure everything out. Then again, you’d rather have this done sooner than later, right? Don’t waste your time, because wasted time is wasted potential.  All you have to do is take the first step!

ashleystirewalt.wixsite.com/website

Daizsa Preston | Marketing Professional and Blogger(Gems by Dai)

Some of the biggest challenges are our most valuable teachers. I’m a firm believer that we are never given more than what we can handle. Our trials happen for us, not to us. Not matter how unattainable or difficult something may seem, always strive to identify the lesson and use it as a tool for growth. A challenge is nothing but an opportunity to be a better version of yourself!

gemsbydai.com 
@gemsbydai

Kaylee Parker | Dallas Hairstylist + Lifestyle Blogger

My best advice for someone who is facing something they feel is insurmountable is to take a step back and know you aren’t alone in whatever challenge you’re facing. Gather people you trust, let them rally around you and then try tackling it together. It brings in other perspectives that you may not be seeing!

@hairbykayleedanielle 
@kayyleedannielle 

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Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout the city.

Arlington Central Dallas
East Dallas
Far North

Far West
Fort Worth Garland, Addison & Carrollton Irving North Dallas North West Dallas Plano South Dallas

South East

West Dallas

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Renae Owens | Founder of The Millennial Market & I Am Still Human

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is you can’t run a business without consistency & connections. Those are the main keys of success! Without consistency nobody will believe you & how serious your are in business. You won’t be able to grow and connect with your target audience without consistency. Personal connections & engagement with your audience and even your competitors will allow your brand to go farther than you can imagine!

Millennialmkt.com 
@The.millennial.market 
@Iam.still.human 

Nadia Massey | Dallas Makeup Artist

topshopculture

The most important lesson I’ve learned through out my journey so far… quality is definitely more important than quantity, and consistency is key to all accomplishments. Successful people do consistently what everyone else does occasionally.

Ariel Hayes | Biology Major | HBCU Cheerleader

I’ve learned that God is the only person you have at the end of the day. That’s one person you can vent to that will actually listen and forever be by your side. No matter what you go through God is the only person that will be able to turn things around. Without him I’m nothing. God is a daily medicine and if you don’t seek him it’s hard to keep going.

@WeKnowShe_Ariel
youtube.com/channel/UCyF_Iace26MOEgz2iA0MPNA?view_as=subscriber

Ramon Medina | Personal Trainer & Donut Enthusiast

I’ve learned that every experience, good or bad, is a chance to learn and grow. The best trainers in the industry are the trainers that are always willing to learn more, whether that be different movement styles, training techniques, or from life mistakes. Fitness is always progressing and when you box yourself in, you miss out on the opportunity to give your clients a well rounded transformation. Stay open to change, stay open to suggestions, be willing to be part of a team, and always be willing to trust and learn from those around you.

@bodyxramon

Arianna Klaus | sustainable fashion enthusiast & creative

Most important lesson so far: don’t let fear/perfectionism get in the way of creating and doing what you love! We can go our whole lives with the self-imposed limitations and never start anything because we think it’s not good enough or that it won’t work. Freeing your perspective from those thoughts frees YOU to live fully and more abundantly.

youtube.com/therecreative

Janie Lovvorn | Mom | Blogger & Photographer

The most important lesson I’ve learned is to never underestimate the peace that comes when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. No matter what we face in life, there is hope knowing that the creator of it all loves us unconditionally and has a plan for you and me. This relationship continues to encourage me daily in so many ways – not to worry, to live a life of gratitude and to love as Jesus loved.

Joshua Graphk Argee | Recording artist

I’ve learned over time to put nothing over God and Family.

youtube.com/user/Goondox916

Kandrea Kincaid | beauty influencer

The most important lesson I’ve learned is that no one path is the same. Everyone’s journey is different. It won’t happen for you, the same way it happened for someone else. What’s for you, IS FOR YOU!

@_kaye.slay

Jarren Avery | Artist & Entrepreneur

The most important lesson I’ve learned so far is patience! You must have patience with yourself, the process; and most importantly, others. Fall in love with the journey and the destination doesn’t seem as far.

linktr.ee/jarrenavery
@jarrenavery

Avis Clewis | Personal Stylist

The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey is that you have to be your own support system. You have to genuinely believe in yourself first, before expecting anyone else to.

@therealavis
youtu.be/CZ3mGtYUCdm

Kendrick and Dairon Houston of The Sole Proprietorz | YouTube content creators and sneaker connoisseurs

Our most important lesson would be to trust the process. It isn’t easy to trust the happenings and events of life when nothing is in our favor, and it isn’t easy to be optimistic about it. But that’s where our toughness and resilience is being tested. People who don’t trust the process of their lives cannot expect to excel. With persistence and hard work dreams can become a reality.

youtube.com/TheSoleProprietorz
@TheSoleProprietorz

Allyson Nick | Creator of Mommy’s Making Moves and Release Coach

The biggest thing I have learned while on this journey of starting my business, is that everything is in God’s control. Sometimes we don’t feel capable or worthy of the gifts God gave us but He gave us those gifts because He knows we are capable of using them to a larger capacity. Keep your faith and God as the head of your life and business. Also, mom friends, we have to have time to relax! If you are running on fumes then what are you serving your family? There are different levels of release but the biggest is time to yourself for 20 minutes at least 4 times a week.

@mommysmakingmoves
@mommysmakingmoves

Tru White | Plant Dyed Vintage Designer & Herbalist

Across all my hardships and all my learning, I’ve found that we as the human species bring a special medicine to the earth, just as the plants and the animals. The ability to consciously love and laugh is unique to us. Sharing the two as often as possible is the surest path to healing our lands and it’s living inhabitants.

@trufolk
@seasonedfolk

Rawleigh Williams | Sports Management Professional | Graduate Student

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is that if I’m going to fail, I’m going to fail doing what I think is best for me and my career. If you fail doing what others think you should do, you resent them. If you fail doing what you think you should do, you learn from it.

@the3rdRawleigh
@the3rdRawleigh
linkedin.com/in/rawleigh-williams-9a863710a

Ashton Thompson | UTA Arch. Student & Photographer

You shouldn’t get caught up in trying to force things to happen in a specific way or at a specific time. All that matters is you give it your best effort, and if it happens, it happens.

@ashtroe

Kayla McCain | Entrepreneur and Freelance Writer

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey this far? Well, I left the corporate world because I became sick with a vestibular disorder known as vestibular migraine i.e. chronic dizziness. I was unable to work in a normal office setting, so it left me with one option if I wanted to keep growing in my career – I had to start my own business. For years, I freelanced on the side and had always talked about running my own marketing and communications shop, but it took getting sick for me to pursue it. I’ve always been capable, driven and a self-starter, but I had to be pushed to uncomfortable boundaries for me to realize and accomplish a dream I had for so long. I’ve lived by the quote, “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream.”

The real lesson here? To never doubt yourself and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.

@True_Kaylaisms
KaylaMcCain.com
TrueKaylaisms.com

Gregory Brown | Songwriter | Producer and Stylist

I believe what inspires me consistently is to remember that patience is a virtue. I take a deep breath and I say that. It applies to all aspects of my life since I am impatient. A super important lesson I hold dearly to myself.

open.spotify.com/artist/77hSHpEnXapDFSkJfNbzsO?si=VFpDg-1QQryMJx5_h_w_BA 
@heygreghello

Maggy Doherty, MS RD LD | Doherty Nutrition LLC

Learning how to pick yourself up after a hard day or bad news. Whether it’s going on a long walk, making a bubble bath, ordering in from your favorite restaurant, or pouring a nice glass of wine…. When you’re not having a good day, figure your personal secret to make your day a little better.

dohertynutrition@gmail.com
dohertynutrition.com

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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.

Arlington

Central Dallas

East Dallas

Far North Dallas

Far West

Fort Worth

Garland

Irving

North Dallas

Northwest Dallas

Plano

South Dallas

South East Dallas

West Dallas

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Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout the city.

Arlington Central Dallas
East Dallas
Far North

Far West
Fort Worth Garland, Addison & Carrollton Irving North Dallas North West Dallas Plano South Dallas

South East

West Dallas

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Dallas has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Arlington

Central Dallas

East Dallas

Far North Dallas

Far West Dallas

Fort Worth

Garland

Irving

North Dallas

Northwest Dallas

Plano

South Dallas

South East Dallas

West Dallas

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Tay | Owner of Rare Diamond Hair

It’s not the mistakes that matters , it’s how you deal with it, how you learn from it, and the steps you take to make sure that same mistakes doesn’t occur again.

@rarediamondhair
@rarediamondhair
rarediamondhair.com

 Sami Bedgood | Cookie Artist

I’ve learned to embrace the opportunities that scare me. When I first started my business, I had a client reach out asking if I could make cookie replicas of her friend’s dog for a gift. Though the idea intimidated me, I gave it my best and was so proud of the result. Now dog cookies are one of my most popular orders! Scary opportunities are there to challenge you, grow you, and shape you if you let them.

@ohtastebakery
ohtastebakery.com

Oblivion | shot in Kodak

Sebastian Kortmann

The most important thing for me is to be present with my art. Don’t hold back anything great you are doing, keep pushing it for people to see.

@sebastiankortmann

Yasi Nik | Graphic Designer & Fashion Blogger

neo_hecho

The most important lesson I’ve had to learn especially after coming to the U.S, was that life will not always happen the way I’ve planned it and that is completely okay. I don’t have to have every single detail figured out right now!

yasinik.com

Lydee Barnes

I would say the most important lesson I’ve learned so far is from Bob Goff: “We won’t be like Jesus if it’s more important to us to be like each other.” Social media is a place where people go to compare their lives to others, and too often we find ourselves wanting to be just like our favorite influencers. But whether that influence is helping or harming us is going to be decided by where your worth lies. On this journey through life and social media, I’ve learned even more that I am not worthy because of a number of followers or likes on posts. I am worthy because of my faith and hope in Jesus. If He has counted the stars and knows them by name, surely He will hold my days in His hands.

Alex Schar | Clothing Line Owner

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is to always look forward and enjoy the ride. There’s so much in life to look forward to, and there’s no need to get caught up in what has happened in the past. In my opinion, too many people in this life get caught up with previous experiences and let them shape who they are. I feel like past actions don’t shape you, what you do with the rest of your life is what makes you who you are. I’ve learned to stop caring what other people think of me and do whats best for me. Now I’m on track to live an extraordinary life!

rosegoldco.shop
@alexcandothat
@rosegoldco.shop
Rose Gold Co.
youtube.com/channel/UCpJO2ZHv3849BAtBFPgFGhQ

Takaria Nash | high fashion & runway model

The most important lesson that I’ve learned on my journey so far is that you’re always closer than you think you are to your goal. Keep pushing , keep practicing, and keep working. It takes perseverance & skill to make it far but it will all be worth it in the end.

Trey Richardson | Music Recording Artist | Actor | Model & Accountant

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is to not waste time chasing my dreams and aspirations. The sooner I would have started chasing my dreams and aspirations, the sooner I would have failed; the sooner I failed, the sooner I would have figured it out. They say, “failure is not an option” … well for me it is; however, quitting is not. Whether you learn from your own downfalls or someone else’s, failure is the best teacher. I like to look at failure as lessons and not losses. While I am still really young, and off to a pretty good start at life, it still would have been advantageous for me to have begun chasing my dreams and aspirations sooner. I also encourage everyone to BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES… even when no one else does. I’d like to inject something very thought provoking into your mind with this statement as follows: Right now, everyone is asking you, “Why are doing this”? Well… if you keep at it, they’ll soon be asking you how you did it. Lastly, remember… Life is what you make it!

@_TreyRich_

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Alyson Parks

We have learned that no matter what obstacles life may bring, you cannot let them defeat your true purpose. If you can dream it, you can make it happen, and anything is possible as long as you never give up. You have to fight the person you were born to be; and the person society makes you out to be, to become who YOU want to be. Establishing a firm and faithful team is key!

@btcthreadz
@btcthreadz
btcthreadz.com

Jazelle Lumar | Fashion Blogger & Youtuber

Keep pushing never give up even when you feel like your not moving every day is a new day and one step closer to your goals!

youtube.com/user/LuTwins817
@Lifeofzelle

Jennie-Laurie Hope | Virtual Health and Fitness Coach | Mom

The most important lesson I have learned so far is that true balance doesn’t happen by accident. You have to be intentional about what you say yes to, and what you say no to. You can’t have everything, but you can have a few really important things that make it all worth it.

HopefulFitness.com
@hopefulFitness

 Mauricio Carrasco | Fashion Enthusiasts & Freelance Photographer

I think the most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is that patience is key. We live in a world where everything is so convenient and easily accessible that it has shortened our patience level, well for me at least. But with growth over time I’ve come to better understand the process of life and just to live as if it were my last day, so I can enjoy it to the best of my capability!

@itsmauri
shotbymauri.com

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas | comprehensive after-school and summer program

Macatee Photography, LLC

Since ASAS North Texas launched programming in 2012, we’ve learned that in order to meet the needs of students in our community, we can’t do the work alone. There are over 100,000 students in Dallas County that go home unsupervised every day after school. Yet, only 4% of after-school programs are free or low-cost. This poses a significant problem for working parents who can’t afford care for their children. Even more so, when students get to middle school, there are even less options for safe and engaging opportunities. After-School All-Stars North Texas steps in to fill these gaps for students and their working parents by providing a safe place for youth to learn new skills, develop confidence, and form healthy habits that are critical to building a brighter future. We are only able to reach more students in the community with the help of individuals, foundations, and companies who lend their support. While we’re serving 900 students now, we know we’re just getting started! Whether it’s volunteering your time, giving financially, or helping us spread awareness, we need everyone to link together to create life-altering opportunities for every student in Dallas.

facebook.com/ASASNorthTexas
asasnorthtexas.org
twitter.com/ASASNorthTexas
@asasnorthtexas

Tamara Gaudin | Stylist

Staying true to myself and not trying to be anyone else. One of my little mantras I say to people is “Do you because no one else can”. In our current world, it is so easy to look at others and think their lives are better or more perfect than our own, but we all have our own path and journey to walk in life. Comparison is truly the killer of joy.

tgstylist.com
@tamaragaudinstylist

Valerie DeVito | Gilded Olive Apothecary | Artisan Bath, Body & All That Jazz

If you listen to and watch people you admire, they’ll teach you brilliant things. The crux of the biscuit, is figuring out how to do those things in your own way. To embrace your own uniqueness, that’s where the magic happens.

gildedolive.com
@gildedoliveapothecary

Lauren Trexler | Painter | Artist

The incredible importance of being both genuine and thus vulnerable with others is by far the most influential thing I have learned in my life. In a society that promotes perfection through the sharing of idealized, and often staged, photos, we have lost what it means to be open with the often raw and painful moments of life. Our ability to feel a vast array of emotions is central to us being human. We were made for relationship, especially deep relationships, with others. It is impossible to truly connect with those around us if we cannot be honest with them.
My art has always been an outlet for my emotions. I desire for my pieces to reach others in a meaningful way, whether they respond with joy, sorrow, elation, or ache. To create is to open oneself to vulnerability through a tangible means of personal expression. I strive to convey my honest reactions to the circumstances of life in my artwork; therefore, each thing I create represents genuine aspects of myself.

@lauren.michelle.paints
@lauren_michelle_paints

Amanda Rudd | Photographer

Always be five steps ahead. Technology, people, and settings can switch up at any moment. It’s important to always be prepared for anything.

@_amandarudd

Aqurá Brown | Artist & Advisor

The most important lesson I’ve learned thus far in my journey is that consistency is key! Remaining committed and consistent builds confidence in your brand.

@mr_aqura

Nicolette Victoria | Success Strategist & Consultant for Ambitious Women

Luz Infante Bickert

Do the inner work. Taking the spiritual “woo woo” principles of success and combining them with psychological methodologies to make them more applicable was an absolute game changer for me.

@iamnicolettevictoria 
@cyclebreakersuccess

Kollections by Ken’Lan | online fashion boutique and flawless extensions

I’ve had my online store since November 2018 and the most important lesson I’ve endeavored thus far is to always strive for good customer service and be responsive to all current and future buyers. My customers are my top priority and because this is one of my main goals, I obtain great feedback on the regular from repeat customers and gain relationships with new customers due to word of mouth. Although, I have a long way to go to be where I’m aiming to be, I know this is only the beginning (baby steps 🙂 ), but I will continue to strive and in due time be a well known boutique store. I love owning my own store, putting a smile on ones face and boosting confidence. I love shopping and styling but I can’t take all the credit, my friends and family have always encouraged me to have a store or sell clothes and one day I just decided to go for it. Here I am just a few months in and when I tell you…I’ve had some slow weeks but also some great weeks. but the results make me want to go harder and aim higher daily. I don’t mind the grind or the hustle…. because I know what I put in (sew), I shall receive (reap). I love this journey and I’m so looking forward to my progress. Be on the lookout for Kollections by Ken’Lan. The name will definitely leave a mark.

Kollections by Ken’Lan
@kollectionsbykenlan

Jessica Boscarini | Health + Wellness Coach | Fitness Instructor & Chef

The important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is to soak in ALL the moments! Good and bad, these small moments make you who you are and in a year’s time you’ll look back on it all, smile and think “wow, that went by fast!

healthyfitfabmoms.com 
@healthyfitfabmoms

Amelia Blake | Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger

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