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Inspiring Stories from Coronado

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Coronado below.

Kiana Valdivieso

Vieso (pronounced Ve-es-o) is a handmade jewelry line made in San Diego, California, founded by Kiana. Vieso comes from my last name Valdivieso. My family inspires me in all aspects of life, and that is why I want to share part of me with you. Growing up, my mom surrounded me with arts and crafts. A few years ago, jewelry making was the “Craft of the Week,” and I have never stopped making it for fun since then. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago, where I started selling my jewelry through Instagram. Earlier this year, I was able to expand my business to a website. For A Timeless Soul. My slogan “For A Timeless Soul” was created because Video jewelry is made to be worn by everyone. It should be worn as a form of expression. I love creating jewelry because it is not a necessity but rather something we wear to feel beautiful in. Read more>>

Jessica Tompane

After working for a top advertising firm in San Diego, Jessica realized her true passion was not advertising but interior design and entrepreneurship. From there, she began her new road to interior design, gained her design education, and founded J Hill Interiors, Inc. as a Coronado-based interior design company in 2010. Jessica started J Hill Interiors as an avenue to bring an elevated aesthetic to more homes. She is known for her timeless look and feel, as well as her intuitive layering of colors, textures, and patterns. While ensuring each space is the client’s own, she reimagines it with a clear vision and an elegant approach. In addition to priding herself on the results that J Hill Interiors delivers, Jessica and her team prioritize and nurture her business’s relational side. Read more>>

Lindsay Maphet

Absolutely! I am thankful to say I grew up here in sunny San Diego and continue to live here with my family. Growing up, my mom took me on adventures all over San Diego and would sometimes pull me out of school for a Disneyland day trip or some special one on one time. Those are the days I remember the most about my childhood; the memories and time we spent together. When I became a mom, it was only natural that I wanted to do the same with my kids, so I began taking our girls to various playgrounds, beaches, and restaurants all over San Diego; whether all the way up in North County or as far south as the border. I was sharing these adventures on my personal Instagram account when a friend noted that I should start an Instagram showcasing the locations we venture to. Read more>>

Jessica Dodson

I’ve always been a very mission-driven woman. I worked in education for a bit, in management at a non-profit for a couple of years, and most recently in brand management at Eagle Creek, an outdoor gear manufacturer. Almost two years ago, Eagle Creek decided to relocate from Carlsbad, CA to Denver, CO. The loss of that job and community ushered in a new opportunity to dream about what I wanted my life to look like, and how I wanted to make a professional impact. For me, that journey started with a 500-mile walk across Spain and a 6-month sabbatical between Eagle Creek and whatever was next. While trekking along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, having conversations with travelers from all over the world, the idea of PurposeFULL began to crystalize. Read more>>

Sophia Carmín

My love for photography started when I was little, my mother liked to take a lot of photos of me when I was a baby, also when we go on trips she always took a lot of photos. When I was in my last year of elementary school, I bought a small camera at Walmart with the money my father gave me, only 15 photos could be taken, it was perfect for me. Then I started to grow up and use more internet, I began to get more involved in the world of photography, I used a lot of Tumblr and I started to upload my photos there. When I was 15 years old, my uncles gave me my first real camera and from there everything changed, I always took pictures of landscapes, things, my family, basically everything, then Instagram came and started to use it to upload my Photos. I came to high school and I was studying graphic design, I had photography classes, it helped me a lot to learn more things, I had my first exhibitions in places like Entijuanarte. Read more>>

Alan Kinzel

I came to San Diego on a family vacation. One of our favorite things to do was to camp at Campland on the Bay. We were having a nice family talk while playing games when my oldest son started telling me about how badly he was being bullied at school. How he felt so isolated and sad. He said “Nobody cares about me because I am not good at baseball or football”. As a dad, my heart was heavy and I wanted to do something to change his trajectory. So I talked with my wife and decided that a change of scenery was the best thing for the entire family. I wanted to find the absolute best place in the world to raise my kids going forward. I didn’t have to look far. I looked at Coronado, which reminded me of Mayberry. Low crime, families out riding bikes together, the Mayor was a high school teacher at the local school. Read more>>

Patricia Camille Fernandez

Around age four my parents purchased a piano. I was insistent, absolutely hellbent on playing it. By age ten, I started writing my own music. All throughout grade school, middle school, and high school people knew me as “that girl who sings”. I was a little moody and weird as many of us artists can be. I had a wild imagination and ADHD and would often eat alone at lunch. I would daydream about moving to a big city and becoming a big-time recording artist who toured the world. I dreamed of feeling seen and heard on a large scale. After school I would spend my time in dance class, writing music, and/or darting around my room, jumping on the bed. I still do this ‘darting’; my cat, Delyla, chases me. Read more>>

Kate Camuti

Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine, starting all the way back as a young child. Throughout the years, I have channeled my passion of fitness through sports and group/personal training. Coming out of college, I pursued a job as an Orangetheory Instructor and have been excelling in that role for the past two years in San Diego, with everything going on in the world, I decided to take on a new adventure of helping those stuck at homestay active and healthy. That is when Booti By Camuti was born. BxC is an at home fitness plan that provides 12+ workout videos for people of all ages and gender. A total body workout that will challenge you and leave you feeling accomplished and proud of yourself. Read more>>

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