There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Amanda and Rebecca Ehredt | Full time Lawyer, part time crafter; Full time Educator, part time crafter

We are both Tucson natives and we were raised in a multicultural and multigenerational environment. Our dad, originally from Colorado, moved to Tucson to be closer to his family. When he moved here, he met our mom, originally from New York, at work. Our mom moved here with her parents and brother in order to be closer to our grandmother’s family in Mexico. Read more>>

Laura Vázquez | RELAXLANDS Creator and Co-founder

I’m originally from the land that’s the major producer of olive oil. From a land where taking a walk can be a sensory therapeutic experience: from vibrant citrusy notes of orange blossom to calming lavender and delicious, herbaceous rosemary. I still remember very vividly the scent of jasmine and magnolia flowers in my mom’s small but beautiful garden. A little oasis she built over the years. But not only the plants and flowers remain in my head. Read more>>

Kizzy Reece | Clothing Brand Owner

Hello my name is Kizzy Reece and I am born and raised in Randolph, Arizona which is about 5 miles for Coolidge Arizona. I grew up in a small town where everyone knows everybody and everyone is pretty much related. Growing up my parents were strict, I couldn’t do a lot of the things that the other kids I grew up with did. I am the youngest out of 3 kids. My sister and brother was older then me so I pretty much didn’t have my brother and sister around much at all. Read more>>

Monique Porras | Enthusiastic People Mover, Community Influencer & Talker!

I feel extremely lucky to have seen many facets of life while growing up! I was born in Los Angeles. Don’t remember living there my dad moved us to Piscataway, NJ. I say, I learned how to talk there and eventually spent most of my life right outside of Washington, DC in Fairfax, VA. I was raised by multi-cultural parents who are comprised of many cultures themselves. One parent came from a farm in rural Alabama and the other from Los Angeles, with neither growing up with any luxuries at all. Read more>>