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Inspiring Stories from Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Enallicinitas & Carlsbad below.

Annie M Fonte

I lived moment to moment and realized that being happy and healed and safe was all a matter of choice. As the days, weeks, months and now years passed I learned a lot… about myself, about others, about life and about love. Along the way (thousands of magazine pages, a bunch of books, a seminar here and there, the support of friends and family and absolute determination). Read more>>

Alara K. Godwin

Numbers are my passion. Even as a kid, math was my favorite subject in school. In my early twenties, I worked managing the finances for several local businesses and I absolutely loved it. I come from a family of both mystics (my mother is a psychic-medium) and academics. In fact, my grandfather is a professor who is a leading expert in ancient sacred texts and manuscripts. Read more>>

Houston Max Buehrle

I searched through a few overseas distributor websites for design inspiration, then took a leap by hiring a contractor in China to help get things started. Despite my best efforts to explain this crazy idea to someone who barely spoke English, the language barrier was too much. Six months and several hundred dollars later, I had to throw the towel in. My focus then turned stateside to develop the first prototype. Read more>>

Taylor Summer

Working out and eating healthy religiously, I decided to challenge myself by competing in my first NPC fitness competition. I fell in love with a whole different part of fitness and ended up competing in four more shows. After years of personal experience and self-educating, I decided to get my certification for personal training through the International Sports Science Association. Read more>>

Corey Jones

We have found that what holds back most people from chasing their dreams, and doing something like self-employment, are life “problems” that we all have. Most of us are not ready to take that step, but we are prepared, and that is what Alicia and I have realized. We are both so in love with being entrepreneurs, and chasing that rush that we get when we commit to a new adventure! Read more>>

Janelle Koch

Janelle Koch was trained in eyelash extensions in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the service. She quickly realized the demand and lack of qualified eyelash extension stylists so she refocused her esthetician career to specialize in lashes. Blink Lash Boutique started in 2008 in a tiny one-room studio in Mission Valley. It didn’t take long before she was outgrowing her space and brought on friend and fellow esthetician Jen Pearson to help. Read more>>

Kim Holbrook

Painting intuitively layered bands of color on large-scale canvases is quite physical and meditative for me. The vibrant colors and repetitive lines in my paintings are contemplative and engaging and they speak to the repetitive linear nature of human existence and time. Read more>>

Lea Frazier

It is the mission of Lemon Ranch to rescue and provide sanctuary to homeless or discarded creatures. Through physical contact with animals, we provide positive life-affirming activities for individuals with troubled souls. With the relationships built between animal and human, we plan to grow a new crop of animal lovers. Read more>>

Jodi Boswell of Olani

Jodi discovered the wonderful healing properties of tropical nut oils when researching natural remedies for her own mysterious skin rash. Not knowing what her rash was from, she put together a skin cream of bioactive ingredients with a broad spectrum of beneficial properties (anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, regenerative, calming, restorative, and protective). Read more>>

Misha Skova

I launched Skova in 2008 as a jewelry company. I created my own designs by hand, with wax and molds. We manufactured in the USA and the business evolved into direct sales with SKOVA Soul accessories in 2011. I am very proud of what Skova has evolved into; a bohemian beach lifestyle brand. We currently sell a variety of travel towels and water-resistant, picnic rugs. Each towel or rug has it’s own unique design and colorway, inspired by a different part of the world. Read more>>


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