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 Gilbert that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I am a Blogger, Social Media Influencer and new YouTuber. I started my blog RubysNextVestThing.com at the beginning of 2016 and have gradually grown my social media from there. I started my YouTube channel in December 2017 and have been focusing on making videos ever since. My focus has been on fashion, for the most part, followed by food and lifestyle. Read more>>
I have been a Certified Master Personal Trainer for 17 years now. I started my fitness career in California where I was also professional fitness modeling for major brands such as Adidas, Reebok and NIKE. After becoming a Top Trainer for my former company in California, I moved to Arizona and grew my brand all over… Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and now where my business resides; the city of Gilbert. Read more>>
Born and raised in France. let’s say that food has always been part of my daily life. Since I was a little child, my parents made me try everything, my mom cooked dinner every single day, going out to a restaurant was a once in a month thing at that time. Read more>>
I originally started blogging as a hobby. I was a stay-at-home mom and it was a creative outlet for me. But, because I loved it so much and worked really hard to perfect my craft, it turned into so much more. It’s now something that consumes my life full-time and something I’ve been able to make a living off of. It’s been filled with so many ups and downs and tons of learning lessons. Read more>>
he Garcia Diaries started as a creative outlet for me when I was pregnant with my second child. I was a stay-at-home mom and with a young toddler, pregnant with baby #2 and motherhood wasn’t fulfilling all my creative needs. Read more>>
I have always been a creative at heart – ever since I was a child I’ve been making things and been involved in something artistic. After getting married and having kids, I needed a creative project to throw myself into, so I began experimenting with leather on my industrial sewing machine. Read more>>
Kelly Luv, a lifestyle and travel blog, started in July 2017. After an epic 17 day summer road trip to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, White Water Rafting and off roading in Moab Utah. Everyone kept telling Kelly that she needs to give travel advice and write all about the amazing experience. Read more>>
The idea for Prickly Pear Paper began in 2015 when my boyfriend at the time (who is now my Husband) was contacted by his uncle to design a logo for a new development in Gilbert called “Barnone.” My husband Mark is a graphic designer by trade and now Prickly Pear’s co-owner/creative director. Read more>>
I started my blog about 6 years after I became a stay at home mom. My kids were 7, 5, and 2 at the time. While my older kids were at school, I found myself making the most of my youngest’s nap time. I taught myself to sew, decorate cakes, and continued indulging in my passion for paper crafts and home decor crafts. Read more>>
I was raised in Mesa and at 16 I found myself pregnant. Terrified, I told my parents and to my surprise, they were the most supportive parents I could have asked for. They got me a nanny and helped me plan the rest of my high school career and apply to college. Read more>>