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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Cheyenne Beardsley

I found my passion for health and healing. I began changing my daily habits to live a more healthy lifestyle and actually use techniques to deal with my stress. I also started going to counseling and other healing modalities like reiki, curanderismo, and grief retreats. Through focusing on my health and healing, I learned how interconnected our bodies and minds are. Read more>>

Elle Gaia

My journey to being a spiritual teacher and healer happened at one of my lowest lows, My health wasn’t in order, my relationships were a mess, I had trauma, and I didn’t know what to do. A lot of people would call it a dark night of the soul or whatever- but it really was just all of my traumas and false beliefs coming up, and I was not equipped to deal with it. Read more>>

Rena Sugarman

I signed up for beauty school out of desperation. I had been working full-time with the developmentally disabled while taking psychology courses off and on, with the intention of becoming a psychologist, but was really going nowhere. I knew that I wanted to help people, but I never felt passionate about what I was doing until I landed in cosmetology school. Read more>>

Alexes Monique

Kayla Patterson

I decided to give my first class a try, and just like that, I was hooked! I did my first competition about three months later and haven’t looked back since. I’ve now been training Jiu-Jitsu for over nine years! it is the one thing I’m my life that keeps me grounded. I use my company Belt2Belt to share news within the Jiu-Jitsu community. Read more>> 

Cassandra Altmann

I worked for a short period of time for a college admissions office, advising students on their choices for majors and career options. While both of these paths leveraged my strengths in research, listening, and problem-solving, they both lacked the opportunity to be self-directed, mobile. Read more>>

Delicia Rashad

I had taken one yoga class at Grossmont College for a dance class credit. At the time, life was seemingly wild, with my living situation being quite tumultuous and my love life being trash, that class was a mini escape and the breathing techniques left me feeling light and high, at the same time. It was magical, truly. Read more>>

Chelsea Flaming

After several meetings and a trip to Paris, we decided on the name Oui Will, which is a nod to our duality – European aesthetic and American Can-Do Spirit. In the beginning, we had to take all the clients that wanted to work with us, but as we started winning more awards and gaining international recognition. Read more>>

Femi Olafioye-Omogbehin

I love writing, and meaningful conversation, and growing in emotional health/self-discovery (been in therapy for five years and counting heyooo!) I figured creating a brand centered on what I’m calling Self-Love Activism — that is being candid about emotional healing and self-acceptance but making it clear that my brand is FOR black women. Read more>>

Cara Paymaster

I decided to open a private studio in my neighborhood of North Park. I now offer affordable facials, chemical peels, waxing, and makeup. I wanted a private space that felt calming and relaxing while still offering serious skincare services. Read more>>

Jessica Velivis

Photography has always been a part of my life, almost as far back as I can remember. My Mom is an incredibly talented artist, and her influence definitely helped shape my own creative passions. Both her and my Dad have gifted me countless cameras over the years. Read more>>


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