Alexa Auwen is the Blossom Team’s lifestyle author. Simply put, she loves to live life at its fullest. She loves taking risks, traveling, and is an adrenaline junky. She is the youngest of six kids, and her siblings would say she’s definitely a free spirit. She currently attends Utah Valley University and is set to major in Elementary Education, eventually pursuing her career as an elementary school teacher. Alexa also has a great love for hiking and being in the mountains. She relies on the gospel constantly and makes it a priority in her life, while enjoying every ounce of life!
Adriana is Blossom’s relationship expert. She lives in Utah with her husband Jake and their cute puppy, Lucy. They are expecting their first baby girl May 2018. Adriana studied cosmetology during her last two years of high school and has worked as a stylist for over ten years now. She currently works at her home salon in Utah County. She loves that her job helps women feel empowered and confident. Adriana also received a bachelor’s degree in Behavior Science in Family Life at Utah Valley University. After serving a mission in Guatemala at age 21, she taught at the Missionary Training Center in Provo for over a year. Adriana enjoys yoga, acai bowls, hiking, running through Utah canyons, and just spending time with her family. She is passionate about teaching the gospel and developing meaningful relationships.
Emma Jarvis will be inspiring girls to strengthen their spiritual side. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2014 with a degree in English. A passion for reading and writing begun at a young age and continue to be her main source of enjoyment. Jane Austen, Henry James, Scott Fitzgerald, and JK Rowling are among her favorite authors whom she returns to time and again. She spent two years working for the Church at the Church History Library where her love of history and her testimony of the Church grew everyday. She loves the devotion of saints around the world and is inspired by their stories. Her dream calling is Girl’s Camp Director. She and her husband were married in the Manti Temple in 2014 and now reside in Dallas where they are awaiting the arrival of their first baby boy in June.
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 is the Blossom beauty expert. 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 The Blossom Girls’ health expert. 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 is the Blossom Team’s fashion expert and Editor-in-Chief. 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.
Ashley Romney is The Blossom Girls’ Inspiration writer. She is a positive psychology enthusiast and has a passion for finding old books and fabulous fashion finds at D.I. She has spent several years volunteering in quite the array of nonprofits and various causes and currently serves on the board of ‘Utah’s Distinguished Young Women’ as well as ‘Ivy Girl Academy’ with founder Jessie Funk. Not knowing what she wanted to do in life and feeling late to the game she recently started back at the University of Utah with an ambition to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology studying teen girl behavior, realizing God’s timing is simply beyond perfect. Ashley and her husband have a passion for health, he is a personal trainer and both of them follow a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle. Ashley currently serves as her wards Young Women President and is the founder of ‘The Power of One Girl’ where she empowers teen girls through coaching, worksheets, and workshops, to have strong self-esteem by coming unto Christ as they choose to take power over their own life. You can visit her site, The Power of One Girl, here.
Ivy Van Dusen:
Ivy is Blossom’s “Be Your Best” author. She is a wife, a mother, a business-owner and a goal-setting-enthusiast. Ivy met her sweetheart, Kody at a BYU football game and they were married in 2015 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. She graduated in 2017 from BYU with a degree in communications and family life. During college she also started my own clothing/jewelry business called Ivy Avenue. She is a huge fan of trying new things and “going for it” even when things seem scary! She says, “I don’t believe were meant to sit on the sidelines in life but rather to get out there and give it our all!”. Shortly after graduating she had a sweet baby boy, Jack. Although she has many hobbies, dreams and passions in life, none of them are as important to her as her roles as wife and mother. She is constantly striving to build her foundation on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging others to do the same because she knows that is where true success and happiness comes from.
Aubrey Kashiwagi 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/