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Trailblazers: Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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.

Bri McCorkell

Living my dream of serving + empowering women, from home, on my own schedule, teaching workshops in my community, coaching women all over the U.S, being with my two kiddos the way that I want + living the lifestyle I used to dream about. I’m building a life that I love. Read more>>

Jenny Ravikumar

Yoga started over a decade ago for me; a time when I was young, easily heartbroken and unaware of the potential living within me. I began attending classes with my mom during my senior year of college and soon moved my practice to a hot power yoga studio with a carpet. Read more>>

Alyssia Eunike Soetedjo

While I was trying to explore genres, I began to write songs at the age of fifteen. Most ideas of my song were from my personal experience. It turned out that songwriting was something that I was interested too. I never stopped writing songs. Read more>>

Sokkha Va

Eyebrows are kinda my thing. We know that brows frame our faces and it pretty much makes or breaks our look. I started with threading eyebrows back in 2012. The concept of removing hair with the twist of a thread intrigued me, so I kept threading and shaping eyebrows. Read more>>

Ankati Day

In my first year at a competitive, small college, I fell prey to the voices of my inner critic. According to her, I could never be good enough – ever – unless I was thinner, more academically successful, more liked. Fast forward (if only I could have!) through three painful years of disordered eating, anxiety, and loneliness, and yoga found me. Read more>>

Maria Noel Groves

I’ve had a passion for plant medicine since I was a kid leafing through my mom’s Reader’s Digest Magic and Medicine of Plants and making forts among the birch trees and wintergreen in the backyard. While getting my degree in journalism in college, herbs, a traumatic experience left me with insomnia and anxiety attacks. Read more>>

Michelle Pignone

I never took the initiative to enroll in art classes when I was younger, so I didn’t fully discover my artistic abilities until my late 20’s when I decided I needed a hobby. Once I started creating, the art that had been trapped in me for all those years flowed from the depths of my soul. Read more>>

Melissa Black

I’ve been involved in art my entire life– I drew people from the time I could hold a crayon, wrote poetry since elementary school, and got started with photography at sixteen (and used the same camera til I was twenty-four). I began with photographing nature. Read more>>

Kate Dahmen

Painting made me feel connected to wherever in the world I was. It made me feel a connection to the beauty of the environment. I gravitate towards the natural world. I love to hike in the woods and garden. Landscapes, particularly verdant ones, fill me with inspiration. Read more>>

Christina Costello

I like to believe that I’ve been a fighter my whole life. I was born with congenital pulmonary lymphangiectasia, a rare lung condition that has a high mortality rate in infancy. Because of this, I spent most of my childhood in and out of hospitals, always wishing to be on the outside. Read more>>

Sarah Coppi

I was a waitress who went to art school at night in Boston, it was so expensive so I looked for an apprenticeship. I found one at the Emerson umbrella in concord MA. My teacher was amazing and while I worked in the studio each day he would take time to teach me pottery. Read more>>

Sara Curry

By cultivating respect and compassion for myself, I’ve learned to do the same for my fellow humans and I am a much better person, neighbor, friend, partner, colleague than I was seventeen years ago when I took my first class. Read more>>

Elizabeth Guilbeault

In the last year, I have connected with local school systems in an effort to bring meditation and mindfulness to the classroom. I also love working with organizations as part of their wellness programs to offer meditation and even healings to employees. Read more>>

Jen Annecchiarico

If I were to look into the eyes of the “2012” version of me, I would be looking at a stranger. Self-absorbed in my social life, a complete lack of self-awareness,working two jobs, always surrounded by a group of friends I truly believed I was living the best possible life I could at the time. Read more>>

Bethany Doane

I’ve always felt most at home when I’m surrounded by plants and flowers. Growing up, both of my grandmothers took pride in maintaining beautiful gardens, and fostered a love of gardening in me at a young age. Read more>>

Karen Ordoñez

I’ve had a passion for makeup for as long as I could remember and I knew I had a skill for it when I can draw a cat wing eyeliner at the age of ten haha. I got into the makeup industry about 9 years ago I’ve worked at Ulta , Lancome and currently at Sephora. Read more>>

Kelyne Noel

Though everything may seem hectic sometimes, Kelyne reminds herself that her ultimate goal is to combine her skills, talent and passion in order help and connect with others for a greater purpose. Read more>>

Grace Waldron

I have always been very inquisitive in regards to people and what makes them who they are, I believe there is such a power in authentic storytelling. That with some good old fashioned hard work, perseverance, and a little help from my family/friends is what got me to where I am today. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis

    May 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    The work Brittney Trainito did on our wedd8ng was more than anyone could have imagined. I truly felt like a Queen! My pictures came out AMAZING! She not made me look and feel so beautiful i was very Camera Freindly.

    I wish I could put her in my pocket where ever I go! A true blessing to have her!

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