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 graduated from college and took a gap year to apply to graduate school while nannying. In the meantime, I started an Instagram and blog for Chasing Daisies. It was very early on when I realized that I absolutely love everything about this type of content creation! Read more>>
I created Lucky13Fitness in 2010 as a way to combine my education in the mental health field with my passion for fitness. As a Licensed Certified Social Worker and Certified Personal Trainer working in a commercial gym, I observed so many frustrated people that showed up every day and went through the motions but weren’t seeing optimal results. Read more>>
I grew up watching my mother meticulously apply makeup every morning and follow a skin care regimen every night. When I was old enough to wear makeup, she brought me straight to the luxury beauty counters, ensuring that every product applied to my face was top quality and would irritate my sensitive skin. Read more>>
When I was younger, I was overweight, insecure and very unhappy. I started a weight-loss journey fresh out of high school and lost 30 lbs., no gym, just old fashion diet and at home exercise. Fast forward a couple years, I was hooked on fitness! I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until I realized this is what I love! Read more>>
When high-school came around, I found myself spending my free time delving into photography, graphic design and more sketching. Through the encouragement of one of my English teachers at the time, after seeing the quality of my work and how passionate I was about it, they recommended I start a side-hustle that would incorporate my love for photography and design. Read more>>
When I was fourteen, I started getting my eyebrows waxed. Luckily for me, my brow lady is my sister, Clarice MacDonald. She was always so patient with me. I’d sit up, walk over to the mirror and tell her where I needed them adjusted. I was so picky about eyebrows. A little higher here, thinner here, bring this in a bit… I’ve always said eyebrows make the face. Now, it is my job to create eyebrows that make the face. Read more>>
I first started doing hair in high school. I would do my friends hair for dances and proms and even cut my girlfriend’s hair once (with kitchen scissors… a VERY bad idea!). I always had an artistic side and loved to draw, sketch and paint. I would sit in my room practicing styling my hair, braiding it and doing my makeup. Read more>>
As a black woman who grew up in Detroit, MI, it is my mission to highlight excellence in urban communities, which have largely been marginalized in educational settings. I believe that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Read more>>
My story doesn’t start with one of those childhoods where I traveled to Europe before I could walk, and it doesn’t include a life-changing semester abroad in college (although, I do regret that one!). It does, however, include growing up in central Pennsylvania, spending summer vacations at camp and east coast beaches and a few lucky childhood vacations to the Caribbean and Florida. Turns out, you don’t need a fully stamped passport by 21 to have a heart and soul built for wandering. Read more>>
I began The Happy Hungry Yogi, as a means of sharing my healthy recipes with others. Just prior, I had begun to experiment with existing recipes and foods I loved in order to transform them to be gluten-free, Paleo and vegan. when the realization the impact food really could have on my over all well-being. Read more>>
I genuinely enjoy writing and always have. I also truly enjoy sharing moments and bits and prices of my life for others to read. With all the negativity I’ve read out there about social media, I’ve always seen the good in it. A blog is a place for me to share my photos, what adventure I’m about to go on next or who I’m spending the weekend with. After years of following other bloggers and envying their ability to write, post and share their stories. Read more>>
I have been practicing yoga seriously for a little over 1 year now. I was and still am an avid gym person. But back in 2016, I developed a knee injury which didn’t allow me to do any intense leg work and I was pretty adamant to make sure I keep moving, so I started looking out for other options. Read more>>