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Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad 05.17.2018

Lisa Kivel

I started my career in 1990 after graduating from the University of Arizona. I graduated with a triple major in Real Estate/Finance, Spanish and Communications. I decided to follow my heart and moved to Los Angeles. Read more>>

Fawn Christiansen

I think I officially fell in love with photography when traveling through Europe in my 20’s. I began shooting not only the places I went but the PEOPLE everywhere I went. I wanted to capture the feeling of a place and I felt that photographs of the locals living their lives were so emotional and told a story. Read more>>

James Hellems

Yoga Paws started as a mother, daughter duo about 15 years ago. My wife (Jamie) was a film student at the University of Arizona and her mom (Gail) was a yoga instructor. Gail wanted to make a yoga video and also show off some Navajo Weavings that her and her husband were collectors of and also sold. Read more>>

Keasha Ince Lee

My writing skills were first recognized when I was around 9 years old. I wrote a fictional story that my Language Arts teacher was really impressed with and had me read it aloud to my class and another. That was when I first recognized the power of storytelling and the effect it has on others. Read more>>

Charles Dare

I started as a photographer taking photos of landscapes and nature. I started having friends asking me to take photos of events which was interesting. Slowly though I realized it was draining my passion for photography. I began looking for ways to get rid of the tasks I dreaded doing and maximize the tasks I enjoyed. Read more>>

Alexandra Azat, Brittany Parnell

We met in early 2012. I was back from college at CU Boulder and looking for a summer internship. My best friend told me about a floral design company called Blush Botanicals that was looking for summer help. After interning for Blush Botanicals (and Alex, the owner) for a summer, I was hooked! Read more>>

Matthew Gherna

I was always interested in the performing arts. At one point when I was very young and extremely energetic my mother found and after school program that would take me for longer than 30 minutes. I was a little hyper to say the least. Read more>>

Danielle Blum

In 2011 I booked my flight to Spain. What I thought would be a few month trip, ended up becoming a global year-long journey of wild self-awakening, adventure, challenges, and enlivening moments. I completely surrendered and allowed myself to follow my heart over fear and it lead me to experience incredible diversity and the heart of humanity. Read more>>

Nita Kurmins Gilson

In 2009, being disheartened by the vast amounts of fallen fruit I saw in my Carlsbad neighborhood, I started a grassroots gleaning program, called CropSwap, with my friends. Gleaning is the ancient practice of saving/keeping part of a harvest for those in need. Read more>>

Kira Carrillo Corser

Sometimes hope is more important than food. I know this with my work and with my personal life. When my mother died of breast cancer at 42, she had 6 girls. I was 12. I helped my sisters cope by dreaming up imaginative projects, fairytale theater, and neighborhood parades. Read more>>

David Lesinski

I was having a rough summer in 2016. Everything seemed to be falling apart. Mainly, my relationship was going well. I didn’t know what to do to get life back on track. A few friends told me about a spiritual counselor that had been very helpful in their own lives. So I thought…lets do it! Read more>>

Danielle Strapac

This year we are celebrating 10 years in business. Not too bad for a girl with a dream who started in a small corner of the laundry room at home. We now hand-craft each teepee in our 500-sf studio located on our family property. Read more>>

John Corning

John grew up with a green thumb, an eye for design, a passion for the outdoors and a talent for creating with his hands. When he met his wife Kelly, who had a background in marketing/PR they wanted to not only get married but also marry their gifts and talents and thus Kelly Grn was born. Read more>>

Wendy Snyder

I currently reside in Encinitas, CA with my best friend husband & two beautiful, healthy, vibrant young kiddos, age 7 & 10. I live and work as a Certified Parent Educator & Coach of “Redirecting Children’s Behavior” & “The Joy of Parenting Program” (Two Positive Parenting programs that empower families with tools that teach children through kind, compassionate and respectful methods, while also focusing on setting healthy limits, strong rules & firm boundaries). Read more>>

Chelsea Bradford, Tiffany Garcia

Tiffany was working for a wedding coordinator for about a year and quickly realized that the part of planning that she enjoyed most was the styling and furniture aspect. She noticed that there was a major gap in the market for rental companies with a more modern aesthetic in San Diego, so she decided she wanted to give it a shot! Read more>>

Liz Orient

Traveling has been part of my life for as long as I can remember! I caught the “travel bug” at an early age. Growing up, regular trips to visit family in Budapest, Hungary became second nature. I wanted to tell everyone about my adventures but never took the time to write about them. During my teen and college years, I started to immerse myself in creative writing and blogging. Read more>>

Lars Helgeson

I began my career as an Air Force officer, after graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. While my original focus was on biomedical applications, the Air Force decided to have me work in the space program, managing procurement of experimental satellites. Read more>>

Kia Davis

Aside from my full-time commitment as wife, mother, and volunteer on the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, I am also founder and president of the Carsyn Neille Foundation, an organization whose mission is to support and comfort families affected by childhood cancer, through the transformation of their interior home spaces. Read more>>

Jeffery Schaefer

My story of becoming a board certified orthodontist was a lot like braces. It took time and dedication to get things lined up. Born and raised in Texas, I joke that I peaked in high school because I was a wide receiver on a state championship football team. I went on to attend Texas A&M earning a degree in Industrial Engineering. Read more>>

Vincent Knakal

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design with a major in graphic design and a minor in photography. Shortly after college I ventured off on a year long, self-funded photography project in Southeast Asia where I documented the tribes and culture for a gallery series. Read more>>

Dr. Lauren Vreeland

My story starts with the universal childhood question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Well at age 17, I was graduating high school and was asked to answer this very question on a questionnaire. I baulked at the prospect of really knowing what I wanted to do with the rest of my life when I was still just a teenager heading into UC San Diego with an undeclared major. Read more>>

Tom Smith

At age 30 I was offered a job by an old army buddy in the San Diego area, and moved here from Iowa after a brief stay in Kansas City. Several years after arriving here I reacquainted myself with photography after a long absence. Read more>>

Nancy Woo

Growing up, I was raised in a strictly Chinese household. I spent part of my youth living in border towns.; one in Mexico (Mexicali, B.C.) and the other just across the fence in the United States (Calexico, CA). My parents were very strict and believed I should focus my studies on subjects that cater towards medicine, law, or engineering. Read more>>

Kerry Tepedino

My journey has been a long one. I’ve been in the health industry about 18 years, and I found myself here because I had my own dark chapter with my health. I was 40+ pounds overweight, was an emotional eater and didn’t feel good about myself. I hit a rock bottom… hard. Read more>>

Ryne O’Donnell

When I started Sol-ti, I began selling to one single yoga studio account in Costa Mesa, CA (Ra Yoga). I would press juice in the evening between 8PM and midnight, deliver juice at 5AM and sell juice to more accounts in the afternoon. Not for the faint of heart, this was a 24/7 endeavor for the first two years with little to no down time. Read more>>

Donna Pinto

In 2010, I was 44 — a healthy, happy, fit mom of two young children with no signs or symptoms of anything wrong. I was completely blindsided and shocked when I was given a diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), also known as “stage zero” breast cancer. Read more>>

Ryan Berman

I am the founder of Courageous: a consultancy that builds and leads Courage Brands™. I’ve been fortunate to develop meaningful stories for major brands in every corner of the country including Caesars Entertainment, Hilton, Major League Baseball, New Era, PUMA, Subway and UNICEF. Read more>>

Eric Zamora, Leigh Zamora

In 2013, Eric proudly graduated hair school! He assisted and continued to learn and build clients for the next few years. In 2017, we had an opportunity to open our own salon in Leucadia, the town in which we live, love and our kids go to school. Read more>>

Zachary Christy

In the fall of my 7th grade year in the advanced band at Placerita Junior High School in Newhall, California, I made the decision to follow a career path towards music education. I had moved several times during my formative years, but participating in music served as the “constant” throughout the transitions. Read more>>

Marnina Reid

I started being attracted to healing work, personal development, and holistic health because I needed it desperately. I moved to California with a lot of unresolved issues and traumas; physically, emotionally, and mentally and thought that once I moved away my life would be better. But you take yourself with you wherever you go. Read more>>

Vembra Holnagel

Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae and friends Christina Fulcher and Kianne Farmer were inspired to start Shades of Pink Foundation California in 2013, after a fundraiser for the Michigan-based Shades of Pink Foundation. Read more>>

Jackie Mazur

I jumped into my career as a Financial Advisor right after graduation in 2003. At the time, I had no idea how different firms operated, or what I wanted my business to look like. I quickly learned that not all firms were created equal. Read more>>

Jessica Barbato, Alyssa Conlon

From a very young age, my sisters and I, (“the Messina sisters”) had a real passion for fashion and a unique sisterly bond that was unlike any other. Growing up in the fashion forward city of Los Angeles, we always dreamt of owning our own boutique. Read more>>

Brenda Doyle

After being in this industry for 10+ years I do feel like it is truly my calling & this is exactly what I should be doing. Although I do love the event design & styling, I SERIOUSLY LOVE creating a perfect day. It is the best to make the day and process run smooth while relieving stress from the Bride and Groom, & family. Read more>>

Judith Hand

I am by training an evolutionary biologist, having earned a Ph.D. in biology at UCLA in 1979, specifically in the field of Animal Behavior. I studied the communication and conflict resolving behavior of gulls on islands in the Gulf of Mexico and along the California coast. Read more>>

Hadley Wood

My path to the Insurance world is not unique – like most agents and brokers, it is something we usually fall into by accident. I don’t think any kid dreams of being an Insurance Broker! Insurance is actually my second career. In the 90’s and early 00’s I was involved in the Entertainment industry for 13 years. Read more>>

Chanté Gernertt

So I launched my brand last March, 2017! I randomly had the thought of doing it and just sort of went for it. I started with only about $200 that I put into my brand. I ordered packaging, supplies, built a website on my own during down time at work, had a friend help me with graphic design and launched two weeks later! Read more>>

Matt Thorn

Jess Kraus and I founded the company back in 2009 when he sold his last company and was looking for something new. At the time there was a lot of buzz about measuring and reducing your Carbon Footprint. There was even federal regulation on the table that was going to mean a lot of companies would have to deal with it. Read more>>

Kim Millwood

Chef Mark met Miss Kim in Vail Colorado. They both were part of an opening team for the Arrabelle, a new luxurious destination hotel for Rock Resorts. Chef Mark wooed Miss Kim with his undeniable charm and they married in Maui in 2011. Read more>>

Kara Kohnen

Grow Through Life Counseling was founded in 2012 to provide a higher level of quality support to families in San Diego. Kara Kohnen, Clinical Director and Founder desired to provide a higher level of mental health care to younger populations. All clinicians employed at Grow Through Life Counseling have a passion for improving the lives of youth. Read more>>

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