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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.

Anne Menik

Anne was disabled as a result of infertility and major digestive problems in 1994. Two ectopic pregnancies and several bowel obstructions required the surgical removal of part of her small intestine and undergo emergency hysterectomy. Some of the health conditions she experienced were dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding), dumping syndrome (chronic diarrhea) and anemia. She had a total of 8 surgeries which left her dysfunctional, depressed, and hopeless. During her painful ordeal, she questioned her faith and mortality. Anne made a conscious choice to shift her thinking and commit to living for herself and especially for her daughter. In order to heal herself and begin life anew, Anne committed herself to the practice of Alternative and Holistic Health, a commitment and practice which has continued for over 26 years. Read more>>

Isabella Lehmann

I am originally from a small town in Oregon called Molalla. (population 7,000 people) I grew up on a 50-acre farm, attended a high school with a graduating class of 120 people, and like most of my classmates, I dreamed of getting out of our tiny town and setting the world on fire in one way or another. While in high school I was an event coordinator in ASB. There I planned Homecoming, Prom, 5k runs, fundraisers, you name it. I had no idea those skills I learned were actually creating a foundation for a future career. After HS graduation I attended Oregon State University and like many students, I struggled not only academically, but parents and I really struggled paying for college. After two years, and exhausting every resource we had, any resources from FASFA, I knew I couldn’t afford to return for my Junior year of college. That really turned my world upside down and I had to rethink my life and what it would look like if no longer was going to get a Bachelor’s Degree. Read more>>

Dina Díaz

I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and right after high school, I decided I’d become a volunteer at a non-profit. First in my hometown, and later in Tijuana, Mexico, where we’d build houses for low-income families every weekend. While in Tijuana, one of the volunteers would always bring a camera everywhere and at first, I thought he did it just to look hipster and cool, but when I saw his work I learned really quickly that (as cliche as this will sound) memories fade with time and photography helps you remember and relive those moments otherwise gone. He’d tell the story of these people getting home, and the way you could see the emotion in his photos made me want to do the same. Bryce taught me all the things about manual mode and I started taking photos every day. Soon after, I realized I loved photography. Read more>>

Edgar Merino

I grew up in a low-income neighborhood where more often than not, privilege and opportunity don’t get the chance to meet. Living in this type of environment as an adolescent made an impression on me. That’s where I’m lucky. I wake up every morning with the privilege of getting paid to do what I love. This is where my work collides with play. I started out in 2016 coaching kids ages 5 to 15 in a soccer program called SD Waves, where I learned a lot about how to coach kids and manage a soccer team. At the time, I was also working as a server to pay my bills. When COVID-19 hit, the restaurants closed and my income from both jobs disappeared. The silver lining is that when everything shut down, it gave me an opportunity to rethink my purpose. After months of being couped up inside their homes, parents were looking for a way to get outside just as much as the kids. That’s when I had my aha moment to fulfill my passion through the creation of a youth training development program. And in August of 2020, San Diego Premier Training was born. Read more>>

Whidbee

I’m originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. I joined the Marine Corps in 2001 which led to me being station at Camp Pendleton Located in Oceanside, CA. After nine years, I got out after being injured and never went back home because I loved San Diego so much. I’ve always played around with music, however in 2011 I decided to take it serious since I couldn’t find a job after I separated from the military, I felt like the rappers that were out at the time made money saying nothing so I should try to make music since I have a story to tell and I also needed an outlet to express what I was going through mentally at the time. As I started to progress in my music career, I created a merch line which plays off the concept of Alice in Wonderland since my logo happens to be the white rabbit. Music has also given me an opportunity to try acting and become a mentor to independent artists, entrepreneurs, and those who are looking for guidance in life. Read more>>

Natalie Falletta

I started my love for Skin Care in 2007. I have always been infatuated with the skin and beauty Industry. At 23 years old, waiting tables, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I met a girl one day, and she started doing my brows, and I love what she did, so then I started doing facials with her. Every time I went in there, I was always asking her what she was doing, just very curious of her industry. I was going to her for years now, so she was more than just my esthetician she was a friend, a friend who kindly asked me what my furtive plans were for my career. I said, “not sure at the moment.” She suggested beauty school to me because she knew I had a love and passion for this type of work. So now, my friend became my mentor. She set me up and told me where to go, and I loved the school. I completed school, got my license and I was off!!! I was lucky enough to find a job right out of school. Read more>>

Angela Hermida Rodriguez

I have always liked traveling. When I was studying Hotel Management, I did a couple of internships in different cities and that’s when my passion for traveling increased. Last year, I decided to start sharing my trips to encourage people to explore the world and make their trips easier. Read more>>

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