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Trailblazers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Courtney Ferguson

A couple of months went by and I became frustrated because I was no longer seeing any results with just the cardio that I was doing. I made the leap of faith and decided to have a consultation with a personal trainer. That was the best decision and investment that I could have EVER made for myself. Read more>>

Sierra Palkovic

My mother would photograph our pets and all the love and light they brought into our homes, and the sun rays that strewn across our faces as we slept. In between all the love and beauty my family went through a divorce, not just of my parents but two whole families who were like continent drifting apart. Read more>>

Chyler Barber

I’m from Chicago, Illinois and growing up there, things weren’t all sugar and spice for me especially considering that I was so incredibly shy and soft-spoken, I never really had tons of friends and and before moving to California, I was in a constant battle with my Tourette’s and depression which was at an all-time high after the move to Oceanside. Read more>>

Rhonda Johnson

I used my creativity wings to fly into the world’s I’d created or the creations of others, whichever ones were the most appealing to a little girl who wanted to be the most beautiful, important and protected princess in the kingdom. Those places allowed me to dream big and taught me that dreams weren’t just in your sleep. I moved to San Diego county in 2015 with my family and dreams in tow. Read more>>

Prisilla Weckesser

Remember those stories of all those successful people saying that they knew they had to take a leap of faith when they saw a certain sign? This was my sign, and it was so powerful. I looked at the Permanent Cosmetics Specialist that was tattooing my mother n law’s eyebrows, and I said…” I could do this.” She said that she was currently searching for an apprentice and that she only teaches once a year. Read more>>

Sabrina Schlesinger

I have always had a passion for people and, the idea of being a world changer fascinated me when I was a teenager and young adult. So, my life has been a series of finding ways to enrich the lives of people around me. After I got married, had children, and moved to the San Diego area, my unique purpose felt like it was getting even more clear. Read more>>

Brittany Genereaux

I started Esthetician School that I wanted to get certified to be a Lash Artist. So, about two weeks into school, that’s what I did. I absolutely fell in love. The intricacy, the attention to detail, the art behind a perfect application, I loved it all. But I think what I love the most about it, is how the simple luxury of lashes can change a clients life. Read more>>

Kelly Suan

After connecting with so many local artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses as @kellydawnnoel, I realized that that was the direction I wanted to continue to grow in. So, I stepped out as Kelly Dawn Noel, a content creator, social media manager, and image consultant, driven and inspired by the local San Diego community and committed to doing everything in my power to continue to help the incredible people of this city to build their own entrepreneurial stories. Read more>>

Mirasol Wade

I started as a makeup artist. I took theater makeup, beauty make up is my favorite. I took a break after I had my triplet girls. I still did weddings here and there but my priority was to be with my daughters. When they turned three, I became a single mom. I enrolled myself in beauty school, a long life dream. When I graduated, I landed running. After I got my license, I started an assisting program at my current salon. Read more>>

Christina Kalnas

I am busier than I could have ever imagined. I’m my own boss, I still have time for my babes and husband and I’m back to have the incredible feeling of helping people enhance their beauty! I’ve even added more services such as spray tanning and I will be adding more soon. I’m still not where I see myself, but I’m always working to get there. Read more>>


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