Cassandra Heikkila feels most at home when she's baking cakes and producing films in LA.
Kristine Bernabe is a Vietnamese American music composer for visual media in Brooklyn, New York. She composes electronic and orchestral music for indie dramas, animation, television, games, and more. We met while taking a few writing and journali
As an old soul and curious kid, Rachel would often tag along with her mother and visit garage sales and thrift stores in the neighborhood.
After working in biomedical research for many years, Dione Milauskas found her true calling as a registered dietician nutritionist.
Earlier this year, Xochitl Vasquez turned to jewelry-making when she was struggling to adjust to the “new normal.”
When she was a teen, Asha Dahya remembers collecting magazine articles about ordinary, everyday women who were doing incredible things like fighting human trafficking, raising awareness about sexual assault, and making a difference in their local communities.
For many years, Aastha Maadan Farr would often peruse bookstores and spend hours in the planning, stationery and organization aisle back when Borders existed.
Ever since she was a child, Beatriz Garcia has always felt drawn to helping people. “I was that kid who would sign up to volunteer and help teachers. It was my way to connect with others since I was really shy. I’ve always been interested in understanding people, talking to people, and learning from them,”… Continue reading Beatriz Garcia on Speaking ‘Your Truth At Work’ and Addressing Injustices
After losing her first husband to cancer at age 26 and then going through a divorce at age 32, Dr. Erika Austin was devastated.
“Every scar tells a story,” says Jennifer Jones, founder of Beauty Marks for Girls, a nonprofit that provides mentorship, leadership skills, and a creative outlet for young girls whose mothers have been incarcerated.
Artist Réna King immigrated from Barbados to the United States when she was four years old. Throughout her early childhood and teen years, she always struggled with her identity as a black woman in a country where she felt her roots were not heavily tied to.
During a typical music performance, Jessica Brizuela can switch from playing classical Bach-Grandjany Sarabande on the harp to rapping and doing a cover of “Finesse” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.
Michelle Mehta had been working in the corporate world for many years, feeling unfulfilled. She knew there was a missing puzzle piece in her life.
As a child, Wendy Gonzalez would always try to save as much money as she could. She quickly grasped the idea and importance of saving money after witnessing her single mother struggle to pay the bills. Wendy came to realize that she would have to save every penny to secure her future and give back to her parents who had sacrificed so much.
A few years ago, Kiara Manley found out that her daughter, Naomi, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP).
The Asian Breastfeeding Task Force of Los Angeles, a group of advocates committed to normalizing breastfeeding in Asian American communities, is launching its first photo project in honor of National Breastfeeding Month in August.
On the Infinite Well podcast, Kate and Natalie cover topics like burnout, feeling broken, or “comparisonitis"---feeling less than when we compare ourselves to others.
At 29, I didn’t think I’d still have my mom cut my hair, but then again, I didn’t think I’d be back living in the same childhood home where we used to rewind VHS video or wait for someone to get off the landline so we could use the internet.
With only five books on a shelf in an empty storefront and a heart full of literary and community empowerment dreams, Chawa Magaña launched Palabras Bookstore.
When she first started her career as a barber, several clients didn’t realize Rachel Mayta had a prosthetic eye.
Shannon Ullman runs Miss Marijuana, a lifestyle site that aims to publish content that empowers women to share their experiences with cannabis for health and wellness purposes.
As a child, Amy Wong spent a great deal of time in nature. Many of her earliest childhood memories involved playing in the backyard with her grandmother and watching her plant a variety of Asian plants and fruits like jujubes.
In the fall of 2017, Jamilah F. Bashir attended a writer’s workshop and brainstormed ideas for a story about her sister, Aasiyah, who has an intellectual disability.
Before becoming The Musical Doc, there was a time when Varshini Muralikrishnan felt like she was living her life on autopilot.
Andrea Barberio will always be her mother’s daughter. Every day that passes by is a reminder of the strength and resilience of her mom, a woman who made sure everyone lived every day like it were their last.
Diandra Thompson and Liza Fernandez started off as childhood friends and then co-owners and Kenpo instructors of FTK Martial Arts Studio in San Francisco, California.
When Alisha Zhao started volunteering as a teen at a local family homeless shelter, she learned of an alarming statistic surrounding youth homelessness.
Becoming a mother to two lovebugs has been the greatest blessing for Milena Enguidanos Gonzalez, owner and founder of boutique apparel shop, Lady & Little.
Elizabeth Quiroz, 33, never thought her life would turn around after spending much of her teenage and adult years being manipulated and coerced into doing things she didn’t want to do.
A boss babe and stay-at-home mama, Stephanie Martinez has always had a passion for matching edgy and chic design outfits with her one-year-old daughter and mini-me, Jade.
At her most recent forest therapy guided session in Monrovia Canyon Park, Jackie Kuang led her group on a peaceful, contemplative walk, inviting them to “bathe their senses” in nature and be fully present in the now.
Liza Coco can spend up to 15-40 hours hand drawing intricate polygonal portraits of badass, inspiring women like RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and Malala. Every new portrait has its own set of imperfections, but that’s precisely what draws Lisa into the technique.
Candace Lam had to learn how to fall in love with herself after experiencing one of the most difficult and career-defining moments of her life nearly 6 years ago. The power of love is what kept her grounded and ready to tackle anything in front of her with grace, sweetness, and passion. In 2012, Candace founded… Continue reading Love is Sweet Events Wants You to Fall in Love with Yourself
For musician and teacher Kamini Natarajan, kirtan, or community singing and chanting, has always been a deeply spiritual journey. The melodic sounds from the tabla and harmonium coupled with group chanting, singing, and meditation provide a sense of euphoria and natural high, says Natarajan. “It is a journey that is different for each one of… Continue reading Kirtan with Kamini: A Spiritual and Meditative Journey
"It took me a long time to process that my mother’s death was a suicide. There is such a stigma about mental health in my culture. At first, I just did not know how to explain it, or even approach it. I felt like I had to hide behind the truth, as I 'should not' talk about it. It made me so angry," said Dimple.
“I think we need to feel more free to ask for help or look for resources because a lot of the times Latinas don’t like to ask for help just because it’s our culture that we need to solve everything by ourselves (including myself)."