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 Outside 610 that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
In 2008, I experienced a shift in my soul. I realized that my whole life I had been saying yes to what everyone else wanted me to do with my life. I found the strength and courage to finally say yes to me! That involved leaving a career in which I was very successful but miserable. Read more>>
I was born and raised in Brookhaven, Mississippi. I was homeschooled from first grade up to the twelfth grade. I started my college years at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where I obtained my Associates in Art. I’m now working on obtaining my Bachelor’s in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture here at SouthEastern Louisiana University. Read more>>
My love for photography and travel began when I was very young. My family traveled as often as possible and I was always in charge of taking photos on the trips. For high school, I attended a school in Downtown Houston, which gave me the opportunity to explore the city and all that it has to offer. Read more>>
I am a 3rd generation preacher’s kid. I use to tease about not wanting to go into the “family business”. But at 18, my heart broke for the students in our church who didn’t have anything geared towards their age and what they were experiencing day to day. My brother, Mike Smith, and I began taking them to lunch after Sunday service, then we started hosting stuff at our house. Read more>>
Kimberly J. Lewis
As a child, I wrestled with insecurities and low self-esteem. I was an overachiever, always aiming to please everyone and be accepted. I just never felt “good enough” or like I fit the standard. As a result, I battled severe depression. I had highs and lows, but most people around me could never tell. Read more>>
I had my first child in February 2017. I had resigned as a high school counselor in December 2016 to be a Stay at Home Mom. I had always wanted to be at Stay at Home Mom and I was very excited that I would have the opportunity to be able to stay home with my son once he was born. Read more>>
DJ K La V (Makayla) Davis
I recall the exact moment when I said: “I am going to be a DJ.” I was living in Los Angeles, California at the time. Working a full-time job at CBS Corporation. I remember busting through the door of my apartment and running to the bathroom (as I normally would after an hour-long commute home). Read more>>
I’m originally from a small town called Franklin, Louisiana. I moved to the Clear Lake area in 6th grade when my father was released from prison. I really place importance of me going from South Louisiana to the outskirts of Houston, TX. I was able to grow up and experience necessary factors to nurture my core. Read more>>