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Trailblazers: Peoria

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 Peoria that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Robyn Halperin

I’ve always been obsessed with decorating and unique home décor that is stylish and functional. You can say that decorating has always been in my blood. My personal home decorating style definitely leans towards casual, comfortable California vibe. Read more>>

Alison L Miller

I invite those I meet along the way to write a message of Love on my trailer, to write the names of their loved ones who have died, to write their names… because it is all about the Love. That is the only thing that I know to be true, since Chuck’s death. Read more>>

Kate Shipp

I preferred to work out in a gym or outdoors. I thought yoga would be simple, easy, and something I could do from time to time. After my first class, I was hooked. Not only did I feel a new sense of strength, I felt an incredible sense of peace and calm unlike anything I ever felt in the past. Read more>>

Jessica Hermann

I always knew that I wanted to do something with my life that would help others – I volunteered at a variety of different organizations to see which spoke to me the loudest. Read more>>

Cynthia Hickey

I’ve been making up stories since I was a child, but my first cozy mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, was published by Barbour Publishing in 2007. That was followed by three more, then a series of historical romances with Harlequin, now, I own my own small publishing company and write under its imprint. Read more>>

Katie Roe and Amy Sap

The movement all started in 2017 when Katie decided to post on about her desire for upscale development in the area. The post received over 450 responses from residents that shared the same sentiment. Read more>>

Gena Willis

To me yoga is so much more than a physical way to keep your body moving, it is a way to mentally slow down and process life in a different way than you are used to. Read more>>

Andrea Irving

I’m a self-published author. I started out writing short stories for a horror publisher called Horrified Press under their young adult imprint Sinister Saints. Read more>>


My firm is dedicated to nutrition education and coaching that will help clients live their best life. I’m also an avid urban gardener as I understand the importance of taking control of your food supply and consuming the freshest produce possible. Read more>>

Cierra Wilson

I created this blog after successfully running 2 other blogs, one lifestyle/running and the other baking. It was getting rather difficult creating content for both blogs, so I made the decision to merge both blogs together, thus creating my blog, might run for cupcakes. Read more>>

Sydnee Wilson

I started blogging because I genuinely enjoy writing about all things lifestyle and I wouldn’t be in the blogging world if it weren’t for some bloggers that I have been following from the beginning. Read more>>


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