Have You Listened to “Conversations with Jen”?

Jennifer Barreto-Leyva is the Editor-in-Chief of Belleza XL magazine and host of Conversaciones con Jen Podcast. The successful lawyer and journalist crushed the stereotypes many of us have become accustomed to seeing when she broke barriers as a Plus Size top model. Jennifer is based in Caracas, Venezuela, the first Latina Plus Model has been … Continue reading Have You Listened to “Conversations with Jen”?

Fierce Women Rising

Do you consider yourself fierce, a badass and confident woman who owns her life? It wasn't long ago when the thought of that woman was elusive to me. The idea that not only could I be myself but find self-acceptance was difficult to imagine. Spending much of my life settling for less than I deserved, … Continue reading Fierce Women Rising

The Passionistas Project

The birth of AW has provided a platform to share stories about women including myself and other awakened women. My hope is that readers will feel hope they too, can do anything. This opportunity has provided a gateway to meet amazing females who have encouraged me to continue the pursuit of knowledge and empowerment. The … Continue reading The Passionistas Project

Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

The idea of being a mother in my 20's was unfathomable. I always had a desire to build a stable life before considering starting a family. My mother's generation was less focused on careers due to social pressures in the 1970s. Women were expected to marry and have a family almost immediately after the wedding. … Continue reading Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

Dating 101: Lessons Women Should Learn

Dating is work, often times unrewarding labor that leads to nothingness. Have you been told you have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your prince? Although, not always true, there is validity to the statement. The majority of us do not find good love on the first or even second try. A strong, … Continue reading Dating 101: Lessons Women Should Learn

Awakened-Woman on The Art is Alive

Many of us have goals and dreams that we think will never come to fruition. Sometimes the hard work, dedication and perseverance are not enough to push what we envision into reality. Like anyone else, exhaustion kicks in from life's stressors. Have you ever felt this way? Most of you reading will relate to the … Continue reading Awakened-Woman on The Art is Alive

5 Things Men Need to Know but Women Won’t Tell Them…

Women are keepers of all kinds of secrets. There is a vault of emotions kept close to the vest helping ensure our microcosms stay intact. Unhappiness, pain, frustration, fear, insecurity, and suffering all simmer beneath the delicate feminine quilt upheld for appearances. Preserving the gracious silence to avoid rocking life's boat is our specialty. Plenty … Continue reading 5 Things Men Need to Know but Women Won’t Tell Them…

The 2 Things Most Men Lie About May Surprise You

Untrue stories can take time to craft or none at all. The right ones can put anyone from a love interest, wife, girlfriend, or any beloved at peace but may also leave unrest. Fooling someone takes effort and can throw anyone into a pool of their own sweat. Men and women have the capability to … Continue reading The 2 Things Most Men Lie About May Surprise You

Happy New Year – Toast to 2020 Goals!

Each year on this date, we begin our rituals. New resolutions written in some notebook, or typed into a phone. Have you made your promises, yet? Tomorrow, many of us will begin taking down Christmas trees, activate gym memberships and head out to work or school. A return to the daily grind is imminent. So, … Continue reading Happy New Year – Toast to 2020 Goals!

ROAR! Fierce and Empowering

Melissa Kelly stumbled on her gift, like many others, by really seeing through to the heart of a matter. She saw a void that needed to be filled and found the courage to dare go for it. Women have different means to raise their voices against injustice. Unfair or hostile treatment comes in many forms … Continue reading ROAR! Fierce and Empowering