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Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Elevate, Empower, Membership, Soul Food, Woman on the RISE | 0 comments

Woman on the RISE ~ Margaret Ybarra

Woman on the RISE ~ Margaret Ybarra


Organization Name: 5th & Magnolia

Founder’s Name & Title: Margaret Ybarra, Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger |

Facebook Page: | Twitter: @5thandmagnolia

Your immediate region {within 100 miles}: Southern CA

Featured products &/or services: Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle & Fitness Blogger and self-proclaimed expert in all of the above.


What do people think you do for a living?

Most people think I start my day with a leisure Pilates session, head to a coffee shop, relax, play on Facebook and spend my afternoons shopping and evenings out at fancy dinners.

What do you actually do for a living?

I work primarily for the company that I own with my husband, Focal55 Design & Development. We design & develop websites as well as offer consulting services in social media & marketing. My primary focus is project management, marketing & design – all of which I love.

I also have my fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog – 5th & Magnolia where I document all things fabulous & pretty as well as my workouts and favorite things.

Last, but not least, I have recently taken on (in my spare time) becoming a Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor and plan to teach private and group sessions starting in a few weeks!

Thankfully I love what I do, so even though the majority of my time is spent ‘working’ I am lucky to really enjoy it!

Tell us about your passions!

I am passionate about my family (including our fur babies) and friends, they make me laugh, lift me up and listen to all my crazy dreams.

Fitness, wearing what you love, finding a good steal, being a shoulder for others to lean on, traveling, tasty foods at new and old favorite restaurants, a crisp glass of champagne & ‘me’ time!

Who|what inspires what you do?

My parents & my husband, who also happen to be the most important people in my life, because of my parents I am who I am today and because of my husband I have the support & encouragement to do what I love and the safety net that even on the worst day he’s here to come home to and my mom & dad are just a phone call away.

I also pull inspiration from my siblings; their fresh & honest take on life, their youthful spirits and the fact that they still need me.

On a less serious note; the sound of the ocean, the smell of magnolias, fresh baked cookies and a good sale!

Was there a turning point in your life that led you to your current career?

I was working in corporate America, and although I enjoyed my job, I found myself constantly worried about what laid ahead, stressed out and feeling trapped. After about a year of hemming & hawing I made the lead (or I could have possibly been softly pushed by the husband) and have never looked back.

If money weren’t a factor, what would you be doing?

Exactly what I am doing, with more traveling and a little less stress!

What’s in your Bucket List?

Traveling overseas, holding a Koala Bear, Cross Country drive across the US and finding the largest ball of yarn, swinging from a trapeze, learning to box, learning to shoot a gun, completing a triathlon or marathon, opening a breakfast restaurant, going surfing, hangliding, learning a foreign language, baking all of my Memere’s best recipes & swimming with dolphins.

Knowing all you know now, what would you tell your 20 year old self?

SLOW DOWN, enjoy the moment…and be a kid, you have your entire life to be an adult. Most importantly save all your neon clothing, it will be back in style in 2013.

What’s you go-to stress reliever?

Exercise whether it’s running, Pilates, swimming or lifting weights. It’s the best way for me to zone out and clear my head.

How do you perceive retirement?

Well, two ways really…1. Boring and 2. Terrifying because our retirement savings will not where it needs to be.

Do you have a personal philosophy you’d like to share?

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world…”

It’s not my personal quote, but it’s something that keeps me grounded and reminds me to focus on those who are nearest to my heart.

What would you like your legacy to be?

I would like my legacy to be in my family & friends and to have in some way helped each one of them, been there for them at an important time in their life and to be remembered with a smile and hopefully a good laugh.