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Ashley Dickinson

Kinda KindChicago, IllStory and Photos by Jessica Epstein

Acts of kindness small and large are so meaningful in shaping society. The smallest bit of consideration or thoughtfulness can change someone’s day, someone’s outlook and even their life. Yet with so many demands on one’s day many people find themselves stressed and stretched, forgetting to engage and interact in the simplest act of being kind. With some humor, a light heart and some perspective, Ashley Dickinson of Kinda Kind is making Kindness Badass. No matter who you are or what you’re doing, we all make a difference. We all want to get ahead but while we do, let’s do it with kindness. Ashley’s stories promote this outlook on life and she finds her examples everywhere, reminding us how we can live in this rushing world and still take time to be thoughtful in big and small ways. After all Kindness IS Badass.

 

1.Who are you? And what life experiences have led you to create Kinda Kind?

I’m Ashley Lauren Dickinson and I’m on a mission to prove that kindness is badass. Too often people confuse kindness with being a weakness… and that sucks! Kindness is an awesome strength.…

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Emma Kennedy

ComedianLos Angeles, CAStory and Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

I may be a teensy bit won over by Emma Kennedy (she IS family ), but outside of bloodlines Emma shines like a star in every way. With a heart of gold, this girl has the power of women in tow. If she wasn’t out to make the world laugh first, she would be saving the lives of innocent women forced into trafficking and slavery (a calling she will soon answer).  And anyone who would jump into an RV ready to tour the country (as a comedian and for the first times on stage) is a badass in my eyes in every way.

 

1.Tell us about yourself and your passion for your work.

I love acting and I’ve done theatre my whole life. I even have a BFA in Acting, which I see as basically four years of fantasy reality where I got to express myself- laugh, cry, drink, and sing show tunes with my fraaaands (thanks Mom and Dad). I made the big move to LA because that’s what you do after theatre school (well, most people move to New York but I grew up in Wisconsin and…).…

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Kat Smith

Writer & Founder of Everything She KnowsSan Francisco, CAStory and Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

I absolutely love featuring young women taking on the world and Kat Smith of Everything She Knows is no exception. In the last year of her 20’s decade, Kat has decided to take on the likes of this ultra crazy decade providing candid, real and intimate stories of women around the globe reflecting on this time in their lives and sharing their wisdom and experiences.  By taking this important conversation live, Smith has created a powerful forum where women are integrated into one another’s lives.  Everything She Knows is establishing a community amongst the generations to learn, grow and love one another. Kat reminds us all that we are never alone and support is always within our reach.

And being on the other side of my 20’s (okay 30’s!), it is a kick and a reminder reading all these incredibly honest stories that there is a light when there is suffering. And it is this light that makes us each more beautiful, wiser, and stronger. I feel extremely honored today to contribute my own story to this deeply profound site. After you have finished Kat’s story below, bring your morning coffee along to see me and all the other dynamic women featured by this captivating prodigy!

 

Congrats on your new blog, tell us who you are and about Everything She Knows?

My name is Kat and I am a writer living in San Francisco. Over the last three years I have run a humor blog and a fashion blog and, while these two…

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Khuyen Do

Fashion Intern + College StudentPhotography by Andrea PosadasStory by Andrea Posadas

For many of us, finding a path to our passions can be a windy and sometimes unclear road. While it is normal to change the course by trial and error as we grow and learn about ourselves, many times the answers to who we are and where we are suppose to be are evident from a young age and if we stop to see ourselves authentically, these answers are clearly mapped out from the beginning. Khuyen Do had all the makings of a fashion maven from the beginning, and as she has learned to tap into her natural talents and vision, her purpose became more clear and her opportunities more abundant. The journey of this soon-to-be college graduate is just the beginning…

 

My name is Khuyen Do and I’m about to try my hand at freelancing as I transition from interning to taking on a real career in the fashion industry. This is all happening while I  finish up my last semester of…

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Sheena Annalise

Ballerina & Artistic Director of Arch Contemporary BalletNew York City, NYPhotography by Andrea PosadasStory by Andrea Posadas

Our shoot happened in New York City on one of the coldest days of the year, but Sheena Annalise not only showed bravery in her tiny tutu but kept an optimistic mind and smile throughout the ice-covered morning. Sheena’s personality and dance moves exude an artistic grace and power that directly translate to how she takes on life and her business. At the age of 22, Sheena has accomplished more than most of us would hope to.

 

My name is Sheena Annalise, and I am the Artistic Director and Founder of Arch Contemporary Ballet in New York City. I founded Arch Contemporary Ballet in May of 2013 and we have quickly paved our path to become a leading emerging contemporary ballet company.

Arch Contemporary Ballet is continuously noted for “pointe work that is not often seen with two women in pointe shoes…” (Dancepanorama.com) . ACB is an all female cast company that brings dynamic partner work, dexterity, and innovation to each performance.

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Mireille Sophie-Maria Gutierrez

Founder of The New OrderSacramento, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

 Mireille is a quiet dose of very loud creativity and magic. Ever since I met this young prodigy, I have continually been inspired and moved by her originality, authenticity, and her ability to carry the strength and confidence to stand out. Mireille set out to join the blogging world a year ago and she has already made an impact with her fashionable expressions. Here is her story of how she got to where she is now and where she wants to soon be. Next week, we join Mireille with our latest TWP Women Adrienne Arieff who mentors Mireille on how to take great ideas on the path to success and longevity.

 

My name is Mireille Sophie-Maria Gutierrez, I am 21 years old and I am an Aquarius. I am currently a full time college student studying management at University of California Merced. In addition, I am co-founder & co-blogger of The New Order blog. Fashion has always been a passion of mine and I have been able to become more inventive and inspired in many ways by working on our blog. The blog chronicles not only current trends in fashion, but also our own preferences on personal style, beauty, culture and sometimes food.

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Gabrielle Begun

Author of Freddy the PennySan Francisco, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

When I heard Gabrielle’s story, my jaw hit the ground. Being a mom of a 5-year old, I was inspired and excited to see how a ten year old had the drive and dedication to take an award-winning writing assignment and turn it into a published first book. That’s exactly what Gabrielle did (with her awesome family beside her!) and now Freddy the Penny is on sale and hopefully coming to a bookshelf near you. I sat down for a Q&A with Gabrielle, and then, asked her mom about the behind the scenes of how she took her daughter’s dreams and helped make them a reality.

 

Margarita…From day one, when Gabrielle came home from school and announced that she wanted to write a book about a penny, I never stopped believing in her. I was always amazed at her dedication. She began writing at age 8 and finished the book when she was 9. For a year, she would wake up at 6am every day and write for 15-30 minutes. Her dedication encouraged me to do something with her story. At first I showed her finished work to her language arts teacher in school.  

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Lucia Tran

Founder of Lucia Tran Media & Zooey MagazineLOS ANGELES, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld

I started Prodigy because I am inspired by women young and old. With the current generation engaged in such tremendous technology strides and digital overdrive, I am continually fascinated by how the younger generation deciphers and maneuvers its way through to focus in on what matters to them most. Whether it is the digital connection or something completely outside, there are so many young people making strides faster and bigger than we ever did and could. With Lucia Tran, I will continue to be amazed I am sure throughout her career. A woman who is deeply connected to family, friends and all that is real, she has made a true impact on moms, women and the world around her at a very young age. She has translated her passions into successful businesses that all of us could learn a thing or two from. I am excited to share our Q&A.

 

1.Who are you? And what are you currently up to?

I’m Lucia Tran, and I’m the Founding Editor of Zooey Magazine as well as Little Zooey. Currently, I’m writing an essay for my Jane Austen class that’s due in a few days, while trying to get the newest issue of Zooey out the door.

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