"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions but I spent time reflecting on 2020 and what all the chaos has to teach me. I tend to be really forward looking & would rather just move forward to the next thing (#ennegram7issues) so for me this is growth. There have been a lot of things I […]

New Year’s Reflections


Tamekia Swint, founder and executive director of Styles 4 Kidz is adding Children’s Book Author to her amazing list of accomplishments. She is a force, visionary leader, and her passion is empowering Black young people to love themselves and their hair. Her work with the salon Styles 4 Kidz has allowed her and her team […]

Your Hair is Your Crown


Farah Trabulsi is the creative and visionary female business owner behind Top Modist; a newly launching clothing brand that seeks to show that modest fashion can be elegant. Farah is passionate about the meaning behind her brand, “I want to portray that beauty comes from within and that anyone can be modest in their own […]

elegance, modesty, & inclusion: Top Modist


“At the beginning of this pandemic everything we were doing as an EMT became 10 times harder.”  Twenty-six-year-old Reyna M. has been working as an EMT and front line worker throughout this current Covid-19 crisis.  On an unseasonably warm November day she sits on a step at a park in Chicago and shares parts of […]

“I am both Mexican & American. Chicago is where I belong.”


I am so grateful to be featured again on the World Relief 2020 Gift Guide: Made for Change. “At World Relief, we believe that every single one of us is made for change — both in our own lives and in communities across the globe. This holiday season, we’ve created a list of companies and products that […]

2020 World Relief Gift Guide


Partnering with Styles 4 Kidz continues to be some of my favorite work and journeying with this organization is a privilege. We have watched this organization inspire, empower, and serve their community over the last 10 years. They have still expanded in exciting ways this past year despite restrictions and hardship. S4K is a movement […]

Styles 4 Kidz Appreciation Night looks different this year


Styles 4 Kidz is an organization you want to know about & support. They are creating so much more than fabulous hairstyles. S4K is hair care with heart. S4K’s mission is to provide high-quality, compassionate hair care education and services for kids with textured hair in foster care and transracial adoptive or biracial families. I […]

Haircare with Heart. Partnering with Styles 4 Kidz.


First Day of school 2020: Looks A LOT different than usually for us and so many. Many of us are dealing with increased demands, anxiety, worry, & overwhelm to name a few. We are doing school differently and it is hard.  I am with you. I have moments of peace knowing we can roll with whatever […]

First Day of School 2020


Anna Gonzalez is a storyteller based in Chicago who uses her creative and administrative gifts to share stories through various projects including the Tethered Project. You can find her work at It Me Anna Mari. She describes her passion, “From paintbrush to pixels, I use the tools available to tell stories and make beautiful things. Taking inspiration […]

“I love amplifying stories that may otherwise not be told in creative & dynamic ways”