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 Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I fell into the diet trap and started choosing a ‘100 calorie packs’ over a fresh apple. It wasn’t long before I began to feel ‘off’ and out of sync with my body – from chronic fatigue, anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, and acne. Worst of all, I was told these symptoms were ‘normal’ for women my age. But these health issues got so bad that I ended up in a hospital on a cocktail of medications, wondering if I was ever going to feel good again. Read more>>
Nancy Dubow Kanell
Social justice was always an important part of my life, but it simmered on the back burner for many years. Then, one day, an acquaintance of mine came to me and told me her husband was beating her so she left with her daughter and took all her savings and bought a small condo, but the oven was broken and she did not have enough money to buy a new one. I wanted to help her and had an idea. Read more>>
My doctor told me that I would not be able to have kids unless I got put into a chemically induced menopause and then I would need to have surgery every six months to clear out the lesions caused by this illness. I simply did not accept this and started researching alternative ways to heal my body. I came across lots of amazing information about the anti-inflammatory diet and how what we put on and in our bodies directly impacts our health and auto-immune disease. Read more>>
I love to cook (so much so that I have become a trained chef), I’m an altitude junkie (the higher the mountain, the better), and I’ve been a horse crazy woman for as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of time dreaming up business ideas. I even started to pursue one or two ideas in the food space, but it’s a problem with my horse, Ron, that ended up sparking the idea for my business, The Simple Equine. Read more>>
The premise of my blog is to share my thoughts, opinions, favorite things and to educate, motivate and inspire! Ever since I was young, my mom would find me in her closet trying on her heels and playing with her makeup. Those who have known me for a while, know that I absolutely love to shop. I have a knack for finding affordable pieces that are high quality and look designer. Read more>>
My burning desire to create new bigger and better things motivated me to get out of my comfort zone again. So, I packed more luggage and moved to the United States.Now, my husband and I run Cora+Sal Photography from a home-based office in Chelmsford, Ma. Jeff and I are a great team and we are deeply grateful to be able to work with so many inspiring couples and capture their love! Read more>>
Heather Daniels Pusey
I’ve spent my life deeply in love with the natural world. I feel lucky to say that hiking, swimming, canoeing and exploring forested paths were part of my everyday experience. I could feel the sacred and magic in those places and found safety in them, which has carried me to this day. Oddly enough, I’ve also had a lifelong fascination with technology. Read more>>
I created Annie-Made during a shift in my life. A few years ago, I flipped my little world around and was craving something that would be my very own. Conveniently, I was also a little broke, that really helped to kickstart the process. I figured I would buy some linen two doors down from my apartment, design a couple of dresses that people I know would like. Read more>>
Sara M. Woods Kender
Plant medicine is a way to connect people to the earth again as well as empowering them with their health. I provide people with time-honored, proven, traditional ways to maintain balance in their lives and bodies using a combination of plant medicine, energetic healing, and nutritional and lifestyle support. Read more>>
Loie Levine and Beverly (Bev) McKean
Craft/artisan shows continue to be our main focus and can be a lot of fun. We get to meet people from all over the world who also love sea glass and we learn a lot from each other. People are passionate about sea glass and many have their own collections found as a child or while on vacation. They’re thrilled to hear that we can make a custom piece using their own pieces of sea glass. Read more>>