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Trailblazers: Neartown

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 Neartown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kimberly Taurins

This is such a big question. Ill do my best to stay on topic. I’ll start here, with my yoga life, which came after miles and miles of running, a corporate job and three beautiful children. After my first yoga class, I was hooked. I knew it was the thing I had been craving on all levels of being. It was years later that I pursued teacher training and just spent years studying all aspects of the practice through many avenues. Read more>>

Jessica Perry

I fell in love with music at the age of four. I started playing piano at that age, and later learned guitar, trumpet, and french horn. I believe in getting things done yourself. A person can accomplish so much if they put their mind to it. Music became my passion and focus. I created Vanilla Sugar in 2009, and have been developing it as a brand instead of just a band. I design the merchandise, book the tours and run the show. Read more>>

Elizabeth Miller

My personal life experiences led me through my own journey of loss and healing. By having a network of people in my corner throughout those difficult times, I was able to feel safe, encouraged and empowered. I knew that one day I wanted to give back to my community and be there for others the way that my support system had been there for me. Read more>>

Jen Yuhas

I wanted my life to look or more importantly feel shifted dramatically. For the first time in my life, I became very clear about what I valued, the kind of people I wanted to surround myself with and ultimately what I wanted to share with the world. This has been a ten-year journey and a whole lot of work, difficult choices and giant leaps of faith. Read more>>

Hollie Fulsom

One year later, was approached with an idea to create a “Super Fan” calendar with someone I had tweeted on game day with. We had never met but it sounded like a great idea and I knew a lot of those crazy fans so I could recruit them. The calendar was shot and we ended up selling over 1,000 copies and raising $20,000 for the JJ Watt Foundation that season. Read more>>

Kendra McCartney

As I progressed in my career, I was looking for something to do on the side. With my business partner, we came up with the idea for Noisy Knits: Black tees with simple statements in white lettering. Noisy Knits focuses on merchandise with positive and/or empowering statements. Primarily, we focus on tees for women, but there are a few tees for men. One of our very first tees, “Beautifully Flawed”, is still one of our best-sellers. Read more>>

Jasmine Woodson

I followed every vision that God placed in my heart and created outreaches, programs, and events as well as teamed with other world changers and served through their efforts too. It turned into many hours of unrewarded and hidden acts of service all over the city, but I didn’t mind because it not only brought life to the people I served, but it lit up living inside of me. Upon graduation, I could not find a job in my field AT ALL (recent grads, you’re not alone), so while I worked all kinds of jobs. Read more>>

Valerie Villarreal

I am a fitness and fashion enthusiast and blogger in Houston, TX. I am also a fitness coach and mom of 4 and am passionate about showing others how to make fitness an important part of their lifestyle. I am a runner and triathlete, competing in my first half Ironman triathlon distance this year and with hopes to complete a full Ironman in the next year or so (yikes!). I share insights into my endurance and strength training as well as nutrition and overall wellness tips on my social media pages. Read more>>

Loretta Norris

As a child, I had an active imagination and an incredible craving for language arts and reading. I arose daily with the fascination of indulging in a good book or engaging in some form of writing. Both would take me into a world of fantasy, adventure, and story-telling. Reading unfolded life in its various forms and provided an opportunity for learning. I grew up in a low-income home and there were limited opportunities to participate in other art forms. I loved modern dance, I wanted to learn to play the piano and I was highly interested in the fine arts but none of that evolved due to lack of finances. Read more>>

Sia Moiwa

Instrument of God, LLC was birthed out of my own life experiences, a corporation and a movement called to help souls that have been bound by the traumas of life and inspire, motivate and equip them to heal and walk into their God-given wholeness. Read more>>

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