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Trailblazers: The Woodlands

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

Kyna Nelson

I have a deep love for fashion, and I am passionate about what I do. I think that’s what makes my handbags hot pieces. People really recognize the love that goes into all of my handmade products. I compare making a handbag to painting on a canvas everything is done from scratch. Read more>>

Dara Parker

I am passionate about helping others learn to incorporate integrative nutrition strategies into their own lives. I want to help people feel better in their bodies, live more fulfilling lives, experience more simplicity, and take control of their own health. Read more>>

Amanda Cano

I love that I am able to put my personal spin on a dessert and that it is so well received. We have expanded into wedding/special occasion cakes, breakfast items, and other pastries. BabyCakes intention is the same as in the beginning, to create a high-quality product that is special and unique. Read more>>

Danielle J. Martin

I wanted to prove to myself that I am capable of anything and everything and I can’t be limited to anything that is thrown at me. I am a huge advocate of going the extra mile in all areas of my life and with my Faith in God by my side, I am more than confident in my journey. Read more>>

Ciera Young

It took me a long time to realize how important coffee was to me. Around this time last year, I was in a slump; hated my corporate job, wasn’t happy with my day today. So, I took some time off to dig deep and ask what I wanted to wake up and be happy about doing. Read more>>

Maggie Blair Dietrick

I started my business in the Fall of 2014. This was not the plan; I had always wanted to start my own business but not while I was newly married and still figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. If you want God to laugh tell him your plans, right? So, there I was at 24 trying to figure out what I was going to do, I quit my job, my husband, in college what was I going to do? I started making jewelry, mind you the jewelry was to just get me started and to eventually transfer over to clothes, gifts, etc. But the jewelry took off, and that’s what I stuck to! Read more>>


Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved music and writing. I grew up singing in church choirs and started writing lyrics when I was nine years old. I also helped form a girl group in high school that performed my original and co-written lyrics. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2011 with a degree in English Creative Writing. Upon graduating, I had the all-too-familiar transition of not knowing what I wanted to do as far as a career or what my purpose in life was hailing the death of my mother in 2011. Read more>>

Britain Paulk

Photography by Willow & Pine, florals, venue selections, officiants, makeup & hair artists, styling and creative coordination, and day of coordination. This is all coordinated by me and pulled off by my incredible team of creatives that have the same passions I do. Read more>>

Loryn Heitzmann

For a long time I wanted to start a blog, not for any particular reason or to a particular audience, but just for me. My mom never loved the idea of someone potentially not agreeing with my words, so she was a little skeptical about the idea for a while. Read more>>

Sophie Newman

spent some time deciding between going to another company or starting my own. I eventually jumped all the way in and began working for myself! I started working from home, going out and meeting people, and getting to know the Houston community. Read more>>

Hayley Taylor

I started my blog in 2014 as a creative outlet to share fashion finds. Since then, I’ve added beauty, home decor, travel and a few recipes to the mix. With the intent of adding some maternity and mom lifestyle related content in the near future. Read more>>

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