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Orange County Trailblazers

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

LINDSAY GRIMES FREEDMAN

Shortly before our first wedding anniversary, my husband was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He had to adopt a new way of eating to avoid spiking his blood sugars. I searched for recipes online that fit within his newfound dietary needs but was disappointed they were kind of boring and bland. Read more>>

MARIAN BARKER

My story begins as a young girl who grew up French Canadian (Paquette is my maiden name). As a child, my family immigrated to the United States to pursue a new way of life. I began my creative journey working in retail, manufacturing and later in visual merchandising. Once I got married and started having children. Read more>>

TIKA BHARADWAJ

I actually started my blog in late 2016 with the help of my husband. He knew I always loved the idea of blogging, but when he would ask me to research it, I would always wave it off. Truth be told, I just never felt “good enough” or “important enough” to share my perspective on life. After digging around and asking for friends’ advice, he surprised me with a domain, and website host. Read more>>

KYLE HEUSSER

I am the third of five girls, raised by a single mom. To say that money was tight growing up would be an understatement. I have always loved to bake and decorate, but I never thought that I could make a living doing so. I worked in the spa industry for years, then decided to stay home when I had my first daughter. Read more>>

Sydney Strabala

My story is an epic journey of growing up while trying to embody that child-like creativity and curiosity about why we are here. As I watch my career evolve as a creative entrepreneur, I celebrate my multifaceted experiences. I grew up in Orange County barefoot, climbing trees and expressing myself through creative arts the day I could hold a paintbrush. Read more>>

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