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    Enhancing the inner glow

    Her vocation is helping women look their best, but makeup artist Jackie Merlau knows that real loveliness radiates from within. “True beauty comes from the heart,” says Merlau, who has been working as a makeup professional for 13 years. “It is how you treat others. Always choose to be kind!” An in-demand artist based in […]

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    Committed creative

    Photos by Brian Pearse She’s a writer, producer and director — with films that have been featured at the Cannes Film Festival — but Monica Mingo hasn’t always embraced her true self. “Instead of focusing on being the creative I truly am, I tried to fit into a corporate box,” says the Louisiana native and […]

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    Hitting her target

    Archery may not be the quintessential “girl” activity, but for Rhonda Waits, it’s a passion. “Like any other hobby or pastime you engage in, it’s about finding that ‘something’ that fulfills you and drives the inner self to growth (and ultimately success),” says Waits, a married mother of two grown children. “Archery, to excel in […]

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    The struggle is real but surmountable

    A quote from writer Maya Angelou appears prominently on Karol Brandt’s vision board: “Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from failure. So that in the end, she did not fail at all.” Brandt — executive casino host for Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, Amazon best-selling author and motivational speaker — concedes […]

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    Get real about New Year’s resolutions

    Let’s be real. It is estimated that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions don’t even make it past the second week of February. That means most people really only make January resolutions. They are not really committed, just following a New Year’s tradition that soon becomes Auld Lang Syne — loosely translated to “days gone […]

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