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Trailblazers: South 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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Marcela Valladolid

My original plan was to become an architect and still lean very much towards interior design and apply that to my food/entertaining but have always loved my career in food. My first national break was on The Apprentice; Martha Stewart. That lead to my first book, Fresh Mexico and my first show on the Food Network, Mexican Made Easy. It’s been an incredible ride ever since. Read more>>

Karla Rodas

She was at a crossroads, seeking more fulfillment out of life, to live a life of purpose and meaning. Being across the country, away from family in NY, she felt alone and stressed out. The traditional resources offered through the military were not the best fit for an introvert like herself. She felt like she was on alert and in survival mode all of the time. Read more>>

Kelley Wojcik

“I am Beautifully Broken, Perfectly imperfect, Beautiful in my flaws, altogether I am a BEAUTIFUL DISASTER” and so are YOU! I found that quote on a necklace, author unknown, but this is so true of everyone. We are all broken! That is a scary thing to admit! I used to think I was fine, that I couldn’t ever be broken, that I could do it all. But you know what? Read more>>

Shannon Truax

Putting that knowledge together with basic human anatomy and physiology and understanding how our systems work with certain vitamins, nutrients, and hormones brought me to functional medicine. Now, I work on both the critical care side and the preventative side of our broken system. I founded You Heart Life to help educate, coach, and change lives towards better health by putting the two sides of the system together. Read more>>

Lilia Gomez

My passion for health advocacy began during my college years when I was majoring in community health science. At the time, I worked two part-time jobs while attending school full time to complete my bachelor’s degree. Before graduating college, I worked a couple positions in the health care field that made me realized I wanted to be at the forefront of alleviating health disparities in underserved communities. Read more>>

Monette Douglas

When I finally graduated from FIDM, eager to start my new career, my first son was born, followed by two more. By this time, all my time and attention was focused on my boys. My career was put on hold. Most of my time was spent volunteering at their school. Although I was able to take on part-time work, it had to be within the hours between dismissal times from school. Read more>>

Alexis Ortiz

I just started posting my outfits weekly and I would get questions about the things I was wearing all the time. I knew at some point, people made a career out of this but I never thought it was something I wanted. With that being said, I was never consistent and I’d only post when I felt like. I didn’t start becoming serious about it until two years ago, that’s when I’d tag everything I was wearing. Read more>>

Chloè Nefertiti Langston

I was raised around made me dream of the day I was old enough to put on a full glam show. My Latina best friend introduced me to eyeliner in 6th grade and it was history ever since! I went full-time freelance in April 2018, after doing makeup part-time for three years. I decided to stop second guessing myself and my talent and to put my heart in soul into it! In the event of chasing my dreams, I quit my 9-5 and bet it all on myself. Read more>>

Elda Montoya

I loved the challenge of creating new outfits and pairing items. Co-workers encouraged me to continue posting since it. Interested them as well. Currently, I am a full-time Realtor for Coldwell Banker West in South Bay and continue my passion for fashion on the daily. In my line of business, first impressions are key, so being presentable in a fashionable manner tie in with both my work and hobby. Read more>>

Rebecca Maldonado

The last three years of my life were such growing periods (between moving to Orlando to work for Disney to moving to California) and blogging was just such a great way of documenting and sharing those major life moments with my readers. Now, blogging is the thing that feeds my creative urges, pushes my style, and has introduced me to so many wonderful people within the blogging community. I can’t imagine my life without my blog now. Read more>>


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