Each month we find a woman we admire to represent the monthly H&S bag, but as we searched for the Icon (person) to represent “Womanhood,” it dawned on me that not one woman can represent us all. We needed more women from different backgrounds, different problems, different perspectives, and different victories; because although we as women have so much in common, we are also so unique and special, and that needed to be represented.
Meet our Womanhood Icons for the month of May:
Brandy Mabin is a lifelong resident of Southern California, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009, and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2011. She has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist for almost 10 years and currently works at a major healthcare institution where she fields crisis calls, coordinates treatment for high-risk patients, and renders short-term crisis treatment. When she is not juggling all of that, she loves to spend time with her family and friends doing some of her favorite things: shopping, eating and watching reality and drama television. She has been married for close to 5 years to her wife and has twin daughters that are 3 years-old, going on 10!
Mary Moody is a mama to three happy, wild boys (Myles, Roman, and Mac) and wife to Taylor. She started Made by Mary in 2013 as a source of light during a time of struggle and uncertainty in her life. Drawn to the idea of creating and designing jewelry with heartfelt meaning and, after months of research and mastering the basics, she started making necklaces. She quickly developed a passion for the process of handcrafting jewelry for people all over the world. Her work allowed her to connect with customers and their stories — their triumphs as well as their tragedies. Made by Mary isn’t just about pretty jewelry. Made by Mary is about connection: love made tangible.
Tanei Atagi Henry is a former English teacher and a certified yoga instructor. She always finishes her food. She has never met a microphone she didn't like. Big hair is her favorite hair. She left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, and has since founded an event called Provo Girls Summit and a nonprofit, Introducing Tomorrow, to encompass that event and allow for growth in other educational areas they may decide to pursue in the future.
Ashley Reeves is known as Ashley’s Fresh Fix online. She is a wife and mom of four kids, a full-time social media influencer, and entrepreneur who is juggling multiple online businesses. Ashley has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, and more. She is a foodie with a fun family, who are actively involved in all her projects. Ashley is a social media marketing expert and a branding coach who loves helping others build their businesses. Ashley has built a dedicated online community of like-minded women following her journey to build better body images, gather delicious family-friendly recipes, and share new products and methods to improve their lives, including her recently released top-rated meal planning app, Favoreats. She loves connecting with others online and is grateful for the opportunities its brought her and her family.
Allison Lew is the founder of @braidworkshop and co-founder of @segoawards. The idea behind the name Braid is that one strand by itself is easy to bend and break, but when you weave many together, they become strong. Her passion for economically empowering women by giving them opportunities to build skills and relationships has thrived because of the beautiful brand she created and nourished @braidworkshop.