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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.

Kristina Phelan

After I had my two boys, my path shifted to focus on staying home with them. My burning passion to serve others was still there, and only after I decided to take control of my own self care, in the form of nutrition, did the opportunity to help others through physical and financial freedom present itself.  Read more>>

Irma Haiman

God-given dream that finally came into fruition after two years. A tee shirt brand that brings a smile to your face, a giggle in your soul, a pep in your step and a longing to know who God is. So far, this journey has been fun, hard at times, as well as exciting! We’re learning so much and even though we’ve mad a couple of first-time entrepreneur mistakes. Read more>>

Rosemary Kunigan

I always loved art class the most in elementary school and I came from a pretty creative family. I grew up in Rochester, New York where my grandmother spent some time modeling for Kodak in the 1960s and my grandfather worked in film for many years. Their past spurred my interest in film and so my father bought me a video camera when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I fell in love with creating videos for many years until I discovered photography. Read more>>

Emma Hayman

Through the trials and tears, the ups and downs, and the seemingly endless question marks, I found my way. If I have learned anything in my early 20’s, it’s this. A trip to Iceland, a Disney princess dress, and a whole lot Bridal lace all have one thing in common: they’re the little moments that made up my grand finale. Find yours. Read more>>

Jamie Betz, Courtney Glass, and Brandy Gerg

We are three sisters and best friends. We were born and raised in Southern California and still live only miles apart. Jamie recently was finding herself stuck in a high-stress job that was keeping her from her family and friends. After months of praying and discussing with her husband, she decided to quit her job and start this blog together. Read more>>

Tiana Whell

I was a natural! By the time the eighth graders moved on to high school, I had already gained quite the reputation and many of them were calling me to help them style their hair and do their make up for the high school dances including problem. By the time I got to high school, everybody knew me as ‘That hair girl. Read more>>

Katie Corrigan

I imagined and replayed myself rocking out on the stage to timeless classics such as “Hit me, baby, one more time” and “Cold Hearted.” Once I took voice lessons and realized how hard it was to hit that high octave, my dreams died. I then aspired to enter the corporate world. My plan was simple. Get a business degree, in Human Resource Management and climb the ladder. Read more>>

Brooke Haggler

I remember trying to teach myself how to do a french braid. I would try at it every day until I figured it out. Throughout middle school and high school, I would braid anyone’s hair who would let me. When I finished high school, I convinced my father to let me go to cosmetology school. I learned everything there was to learn, then I quit! I wasn’t ready. I like hair as a hobby, not a career. Read more>>

Ashley Valenzuela

I had no idea exactly what I was going to do for a career. One day, a friend of mine offered me a job as a karaoke host. I didn’t have any experience and had no idea if I could even sing. I took the job initially thinking that it was extra money and it was one fun night out a week. Little did I know, it would turn into something so much bigger than that. Read more>>

Kateryna Sheremet

I have been dancing since I was three years old. During this period, I practiced different types of dances, for example, hip-hop, modern, classical and others. Today, I work with girls and women in the direction of stretching. Read more>>


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