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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC below.

Francis Donald

As I’ve navigated my early 30’s and this community, It’s become clear that people are just busy and to get them to slow down, you have to present them with meaningful programming or activities. That is where BroActive comes in. It’s a men’s community group… a collective designed to promote mindfulness, fellowship, and physical wellness among men in San Diego. Read more>>

Sophie Nik

I soon realized that becoming a clinician could be my calling. I pursued a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy while simultaneously obtaining certifications in the Psychology of Eating and Holistic Nutrition. Upon completing my masters, I decided to specialize in eating disorders and work as a therapist at a world famous treatment facility. Read more>>

Angela Quisumbing

One that proves that perseverance, having faith, and taking action pays off. I’m an everyday, ordinary multi-passionate mompreneur who wants to make an impact in my community. There are so many of us out there who keep thinking if we can do something, when sometimes all we have to do, is get out there and do it: fear and all. I still have to convince myself on a regular basis that my fears are not as big as the impact I could make if I did something. Read more>>

Dave Anderson

I’ve become a full-time digital nomad, and make all my money online while traveling the world. I never had the intention of becoming a professional travel blogger, but it just kind of happened. With the growing popularity of social-media/influencer marketing, it’s a viable career option now. Read more>>

Malte Niebelschuetz

One day, I read an article about an outdoor jacket all made from recycled soda pop bottles. What an amazing concept I thought! Using old material to make new things? This is was I was looking for. After I finished reading the article, I looked up from my laptop, and the first thing I saw was a stuffed animal. I thought “Maybe you can make a stuffed animal from recycled plastic bottles?” Turns out; you can! Shore Buddies was born. Read more>>

Monserrat Verjel and Princesa Vitela

We both come from single parent households and childhood trauma being something that has had a big effect on our worldview and relationships growing up. We also both experienced sexual trauma at a very early age and just last year for the first time came face to face with those experiences with a conscious desire to do whatever it takes to rise above those backgrounds in order to manifest the life we deserve to live. Read more>>

Jessie Crystle

I always loved to draw. Living in the Philippines, surrounded by nature and animals, it really inspired me to capture those moments and experiences onto paper. From doodles, my curiosity grew and drove me to buy drawing books and decided to teach myself how to grow my skills. Fast forward to eight to ten years, I strived to create my own business. Read more>>

Christina McFaul

I learned the most about connecting with nature from my father, who passed from cancer when I was 18. It was one of the most definitive moments of my life. Unpacking photos of him to share with my brother and sister, I was profoundly struck by the importance of an image. I found so much comfort from seeing him in photos, even though he was gone. Read more>>

Ronald David Casper

Jiu-Jitsu is the number one self-defense martial art and the most practical. The training you do here will help you in the unfortunate case of a street robbery, domestic situation and also give you self-awareness for all other situations. The sports side is obviously important to me also if you read this article. My goal in being a coach is to share as much knowledge as I can in hopes my student will spread to other individuals and make the world a safe and fun place. Read more>>

Clarissa Gosney

I knew I wanted to be a therapist when studying Child Psychology in high school. I supposed I am one of the fortunate ones who always knew my passion! To make money while going to grad school, I got my certifications in teaching special education. I moved to Hawaii in 2007 to teach Special Education while completing my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). It was then that I met my husband. Read more>>


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