Alexis is a goal setter and life-hack junkie with a passion for self improvement. She’s always looking for that tidbit of information that will spark something new within herself, and she’s hoping to do that very thing for blossom readers as the Inspiration writer. A few of Alexis’s favorite things are learning, singing, and asking people questions. She studied broadcast journalism at BYU, performed with Young Ambassadors, had a wedding video business, worked at a nuclear plant, and is currently following her curiosity to find her next big thing. She believes the more interests you have, the more opportunities for happiness, and she also believes that the only way to find lasting joy is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tiffany Cook is the fashion expert for the Blossom Team. She is a certified Fashion Stylist and professional wardrobe consultant. Tiffany received her cosmetology license and then graduated from ASU Cum Laude with a degree in Communications. She has styled for commercial video projects and photo shoots, coordinated fashion shows, and helped women of all ages discover their own personal style. Her work has been featured on 12 News, Arizona Midday, and 3 TV’s, Your Life A to Z. Whether Tiffany is wearing high heels for a date night with her husband or sporting ballet flats to chase after her two sons, she is an advocate of dressing up for every occasion. She finds peace in knowing she will be with her family forever and her greatest joy comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Tiffany has been a speaker at Time to Blossom Young Women’s Conference. Check out her website at http://www.grownupdressup.com and her intro video at http://youtu.be/qS-S6L3XuDg.
Aubrey Kashiwagi will be inspiring girls to strengthen their spiritual side. She is passionate about a few things: motherhood, living a healthy lifestyle, and creativity. She was married to her sweetheart in the Mesa, Arizona Temple in 2013 and had a fun-loving son soon after. Motherhood is her favorite blessing, and she feels like it has been her largest growing opportunity yet. This is why she plans to have “ten kids or as many as I can handle!” Aubrey recently started a new venture and opened up a small business as a freelance calligraphy artist. She loves it because it allows her to stay home with her son and have a creative outlet! Aubrey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from ASU and says that her degree comes in handy on a daily basis! She is always striving to become her best self and is a firm believer in the eternal nature of families, which is why she has been a lifelong member of the LDS church. In her spare time, Aubrey loves to journal and blog, so check out her site here: http://www.aubreykash.com/blog/
Ashley Johnson is the Blossom’s happiness enthusiast. She loves trying new recipes, being a mom, singing loud in the car, and ending the day with a walk around town. Ashley has a solid testimony of Jesus Christ- the source of true happiness. Ashley hopes to spread joy, teach happiness, and start the occasional dance party. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from ASU with a degree in political science. She left a mission call for marriage to her best friend. You can follow her day to day adventures here.
Rachel grew up in a home with three older sisters whom she looked up to for beauty inspiration. Hair, makeup, and everything beauty became a passion that she has studied for countless hours. While in high school, she completed a 1600-hour cosmetology program and received her license in cosmetology & barbering. Shortly after completing cosmetology school, she served a mission in the Oakland/San Francisco, California Mission. She honed her skills by cutting and coloring her fellow missionaries hair and experimented coloring her own hair various colors. She currently attends Brigham Young University, works as a hair stylist, and does event and special occasion makeup part time. She believes that “when you look good, you feel good,” and loves helping people look and feel their personal best.
Melissa is a wife, mom to two beautiful, adopted children, coach, Arizona weightlifting record holder, ultra marathon runner, and lover of ice cream. She loves helping others find joy in physical activity and watching as her atheletes accomplish their goals. Melissa has learned through personal experience that being healthy directly affects one’s ability to serve others. She has been able to serve in the Young Women organization and has loved watching and helping the youth gain strong testimonies of Christ. While serving others is Melissa’s everyday mission, her favorite people to serve are her family. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 11 years and are so proud of their kids!
Rhea Maynes: Rhea Maynes is the Blossom Team’s teacher of success principles. She is a lover of style and science. Rhea graduated from BYU in 2013 at age 20, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology, with plans to join the medical field. After choosing another career path, she began pursuing finance and now works for Goldman Sachs in Investment Management. With a continued love for science, Rhea volunteers at science fairs and as a Sterlings Scholar Semi-Finalist judge. In her spare time, she travels with her husband, studies basic photography, models, practices yoga, and reads. Rhea also enjoys styling, exploring world cultures, and teaching. Rhea has found the greatest happiness in life through living the gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing Christ’s love with those around her.
Melodi Melecio’s Blossom Team specialty is “Blossoming”. She was raised in Utah in a bilingual, Peruvian-American home. Finishing high school at age 17, she eagerly sought a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at BYU. At age 21, Melodi completed her first year as a second grade teacher, got married, had twins, and graduated! Things didn’t slow down as she went on to certify as an Emotional Release Facilitator and Montessori teacher. She loves to run every morning, read, cook, sing, laugh, and just be with her four precious kids and husband. Melodi has spoken at BYU Women’s Conference and sang at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in “Ven a Mi Casa esta Navidad,” a Spanish Christmas celebration. Here she is singing a duet with her husband Alex: http://youtu.be/KdBPP1tzP8M.
Gabrielle is a Blossom’s relationship expert, makeup artist, selfie queen who lives with her husband/best friend in Arizona, though she desperately wishes she lived in Disneyland. She looks like an adult, but still sleeps with the TV on. She believes in living a balanced life which is why she has salad for lunch and pizza for dinner. Her one regret in life is that she cannot pull off adult overalls. You can see pictures she takes (here).