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Trailblazers: East San Diego

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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Wiam Paulus

God gave me a vision of a woman wearing a headscarf embracing a young girl and He said: “these people have had their hope and dignity stolen from them and I want to restore it!” I intuitively knew He was speaking about the Yazidi people in Iraq. I said: “here I am, Lord send me, in October, I went to Iraq alone guided by His voice and His presence. Read more>>

Melissa Miller

My college years are the ones where I finally became brave enough to showcase my work to the world. I went to intern abroad for a summer, and I remember sitting on a hill overlooking the city of Sydney, Australia, writing songs in a diary that had a koala bear on the cover. At that moment, I knew when I got back to the states, I would let people hear my voice. Read more>>

Mayra Alcaraz

I want to take care of my parents one day and be able to take my entire family on a trip as a way of saying thanks. Once I found a strong WHY, I began learning about money and investing. I wanted to know why the rich are rich and why they stayed rich and that’s how y journey began on a mindset change. Read more>>

Valli Williams

I had two options, stay broke or take a risk and take that risk on myself. When you are young, you have a beautiful opportunity to take more risk than when you are older with kids, etc. You will never be in the same position you were five years ago, so take the risk and make something of it. Read more>>

Patty Tolentino

Both these courses helped me feel more confident when it came to applying makeup on clients, and when it came to photo shoots. These last four years, I’ve been blessed to be collaborating with amazing photographers, models, stylists, and artists that I’ve met thanks to social media such as Model Mayhem and Instagram. These sites have been a huge help with my growth as an artist. Read more>>

Kathy Luong

I feel that there are great benefits from helping those in need, the reality is that the act of kindness contributes to both parties’ growth, in addition to restoring the quality of life. I truly believe that to be a part of the improvement to someone else’s well-being or provide positive energy is a tremendous blessing. Read more>>

Evelina “Eva” Hatch

My story starts long before I decided to start Mountain Made. Shortly before I was born, my parents moved from the sunny beaches of Pacific Beach to the small San Diego mountain town of Julian, CA. Growing up here allowed for my siblings and me to have lots of room to run around, explore, and be creative. Read more>>

Angela Riggs

My chalkboard art and wooden signs are my top sellers. I can and do letter on any and everything! I also create digital art using my iPad Pro, which is so much fun! The thing that sets me apart from others is, well, me! I share my story and my passion for others seeking to learn this art or who want to bring a piece of my artwork into their home. Read more>>


I dance burlesque, ballet, hip-hop, and I love exotic chair and exotic floorwork. I danced in my first ever burlesque show in February as a part of a student showcase at Glitter Tribe Studios. Last weekend, I danced in my second ever show as a part of a group called Music Box Revue in Lola Demure’s Burlesque and Variety Show! Read more>>

Sarah Kostelyk

I love the way my nursing job enhances my business. I have a good handle on baby sizing, fit, and practicality. I get a lot of ideas when I see what moms are bringing into the hospital with them to help me keep on trend. Colors and styles of baby clothes change in the same way they do with adult fashion so I can see what’s going on that people like while still staying true to my aesthetic. Read more>>

Natasha Octon

I have a background in Social Media Marketing as well, so I knew to have a more niche account would allow me to build a following around my new found passion. I started my Instagram, Facebook, etc. for Natasha’s Food Adventures over three years ago and it’s grown a lot over the years. Read more>>


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