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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Erin Buhr 

I would be a first-grade teacher in the Midwest. Moving, twins, having CF – those have all taught me that you can’t predict what the world is going to hand you. I think my biggest advice is to absolutely have a plan, but be willing to change it. Take the twists and turns life brings and let them shape you. Learn from them, adapt, and make a new plan. Read more>>

Rafeal Henderson

I can truly say being fearless and stepping into a realm of the unknown changed my life. I said yes to projects and volunteer opportunities that were out of my norm. Through saying yes, I learned what I liked and what I disliked, I was able to learn my strength and my weakness, and I connected to individuals who challenged me to strive to be my absolute best. Read more>>

Aubrey Hancock

I knew my love for exploring wasn’t something I couldn’t shove into the weekends & time-off portion of my life and still be satisfied. I also knew that I love to work with my hands. Leatherworking had been a hobby of mine, but I never imagined making it my trade. Until I did. I sat and pictured what it would look like, what it would feel like, to be doing exactly what it is my heart longed for. Read more>>

Tina Trinh

My advice to women and especially single moms don’t give up on your dreams and what you love. If there’s a will, there’s a way. #jumpnotskip don’t be afraid to or feel that the journey is not clear once you start your already halfway there. Believe in yourself and have confidence in everything you do and you’re going do it and become more of an amazing woman that you already are. Read more>>

Jessie Serbay

It sparked a fire in me to want to change up my routine. Over five years ago, I enrolled in Bellus Academy and that’s where my journey began. At first, I was primarily obsessed with skin care (still am obsessed – always wear sunscreen!!), and my first month as a student, I took a lash course. Read more>>

Crystal Gaxiola

It all started when I was six years  old, my brother wrestled for his school. He would come home and try all the moves he learned on me, and I thought it was so fun. I remember going to a tournament and saw that they had boys my age wrestling and I was watching saying “Hey, I can do that!” Read more>>

Andrea Madril

I created Sunflower Motherhood company to give other mamas what I wished I had and to make mom care a bigger part of the newborn baby culture. Curated from one mom to another, our bundles relieve postpartum discomfort as well as encourage self-care on the wild ride of motherhood. Read more>>

Bethany Green

I started my journey as a toddler, I’d say. My mother and my aunt consorted to take me to a production of The Nutcracker in Indianapolis when I was about three, and though my mother had doubts that I’d be able to sit through a full-length ballet, I was absolutely entranced the entire time. And the rest is history. Read more>>

Coleen Otero

My years in the beauty industry began to transition as technology and social media disrupted the way we communicate in society. My creative gifts were employed for photo shoots, website development. content creation, logo development, videos… and more. Beauty, Branding, and Business! It’s not what I do, it is truly who I am. Read more>>

Angela Minardi

The hardest part right now as a solopreneur is how and where to spend my time. It’s easy for me to stay in “sales and service” mode because I “grew up” in marketing and business development, but I also have to spend equal amounts of time on the back end operations and setting up a very seamless and automated system for my clients and vendor partners. Read more>>


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