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Trailblazers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Meredith Winters

I have always had a strong creative soul, I grew up playing the piano, painting and playing sports. One beauty routine was consistent throughout childhood. I have always loved to have my nails painted. Read more>>

Denise Martin

I believe you have to find a mission that really makes you feel butterflies in your stomach, and that it’s calling you so loudly that you have no doubts that is what you have to pursue. For me, that mission is education. Read more>>

Laura Nielsen

Swell & Sway is my big-dream to share my passions with the world. I write about life, leggings, and everything in between on Instagram and my blog. I teach yoga at retreats and in my living room. I have never been more enthusiastic or fulfilled about how I spend my days! Read more>>

Jennifer Pennell

Ten years ago I was in a successful corporate career, had a loving husband and family, and I was miserable. I thought I was going to have to implode my life. I found meditation, or rather it found me, transforming my life out of misery and into well-being. Read more>>

Kyla Santillano

Spotlight Studios was born in 2005. I moved to San Diego from New York City and hit the ground running. The first year it was myself and one other artist. I soon realized I needed to always be growing and learning from my fellow photographers. Read more>>

Ilona Davidov

I started out 16 years ago making jewelry pieces for myself and for friends until local boutique owners became interested in my work. I quickly realized that designing jewelry was not going to be a hobby but instead a great business opportunity. Read more>>

Alessandra D’Orazio

I started out as a shy girl who just met someone who thought I would be a good yoga instructor because I was so calm. Then before I knew it, the supervisor of the campus gym was emailing me to get set up with a yoga mentor. It took 4 months and a one fitness certification later, but I was teaching yoga at 18 years old. Read more>>

Chelsea Serrano

I learned to cook from my mom and grandmothers. On my mom’s side my Grandma is Japanese (my mom is half) and on my father’s side my Grandma is southern so I learned a lot of different flavors and techniques from all the women in my family. My mom started a personal chef business and I would help her out as her sous chef. Read more>>

Jackie Gomez

Wow, where to begin! Well let’s start it off with my name but everyone calls me Jackie. I knew from a young age that college wasn’t going to be for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved high school and my classes but something inside of me knew I wanted to do something in either in fashion or something in the beauty industry. Read more>>

Kristy Flores

I started cosmetology school in 2012 after not being able to figure out what I wanted to do with my life degree-wise. I sort of did it on a whim, honestly. But it really opened up my creative path, giving me a different outlet that could evolve into a career. After getting my cosmetology license in 2013, I had different jobs and different opportunities, where I’ve learned so much about what works and doesn’t work. Read more>>

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