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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.

Ana Gabriela Guajardo

I have been into exercising or moving my body since I was eight. I used to be in every after-school sport in my school. In 2012 I started with Crossfit, I was obsessed with this sport, I loved it, I loved competing, I could be there for three hours training, never ever wanted to miss a day of training. Enjoyed doing the Open at the Box with everyone. I could go on and on I just loved it, but it came a day when I had to close that chapter. I trained Crossfit for five years. After that I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t find something that I really really loved, until one day I went on a trip with a friend, we went to Barcelona and the last day while I was having a conversation with someone over there training for a half Ironman got into my head, so I came back home and the first thing I told my parents was I want to train for a Half Ironman, they always say yes to everything. Read more>>

Magdalena Patterson

My journey into the world of fitness has evolved and unfolded just like my life did. I have always been a fitness junkie, and during my years of working in “corporate America,” I have endlessly dreamed about being one of those inspiring fitness instructors that I would follow religiously and take their classes at a local Gold’s gym. Some 25 years ago! I honestly couldn’t wait to get out of the office every day and even scheduled my workaround so that I could catch my favorite workout classes. What really “did it” for me was seeing “yoga” on the group fitness schedule at that local Gold’s gym. Stepping on the yoga mat for the first time was intriguing, inspiring, and frankly, just magical. The class was lead by the coolest, calmest, free-spirited girl. I guess nowadays you would call her a “hipster,” haha… and little me, a corporate girl, was hooked!. Read more>>

Camellia Ghotbzadeh

I’m a free-lance travel photographer who specializes in California content. I started my Instagram account, Golden Poppy Photography and Lifestyle, back in 2017 because of my love for photography and San Diego. As a native Southern California resident, I have had a deep appreciation for the Golden State for many years. I went to college at University of San Diego and was fortunate enough to be surrounded by the beautiful weather and scenery of the city, inspiring me to pick up my camera and capture these amazing moments to share with the world. From here, I grew a passion for documenting my travels in San Diego, Southern California, the Golden State, and beyond. I decided to open my photography print shop in May 2020 to share my photos with others as a way to bring a piece of California into people’s homes and favorite spaces. Since opening the print shop, I’ve continued to grow my passion for California and photography and I hope to continue to share my business with visitors and residents of the Golden State for many years to come. Read more>>

Gina Hundley

I grew up in the Bay Area but decided to move away and go to college at San Diego State University. I earned my degree in journalism from SDSU and soon began working for a public relations firm. I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else for the rest of my life, yet I also wanted to have a flexible schedule since I knew I wanted children too. Since I was handling multiple clients and assisting with grand opening events in the PR world, it seemed like a natural transition to start my own wedding planning company for weddings. The first two years of my business included many baby steps where I planned/coordinated friends and family member’s weddings. Then I decided to take the leap and quit my PR job to be a full-time wedding planner. And, here we are… During consultations with couples, I always get asked, “what is the craziest thing that has ever happened at a wedding.” There’s always something new that happens at weddings as no wedding is completely perfect, but the one that sticks out was for an NFL player a few years back. Read more>>

Erika Kotite and Sabrina Contreras

She Shed Living began when Erika Kotite, an author of two books about She Sheds, met Sabrina Contreras, an entrepreneur and board member of a large organization for women, met at an outdoor vintage fair. The two discussed creating a community where women who loved their private spaces and their backyard living could meet others. This led to a shop of lifestyle products, a shed build and design business, and a large Facebook Group. Read more>>

Alex Matthews

Rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, for as long as I can remember, I have loved live music. I grew up in Sacramento, California, home to one of the largest jazz festivals in the US. When I was young I used to watch concerts with my family, I loved shows and I studied all the details of the musicians and all the technology used in the productions. I learned early to tap my foot along to the beat of the band and after trying several instruments, I eventually became a drummer myself. That passion for music always influenced the other aspects of my life. In high school, I discovered new interests like video production, photography, and visual art. I helped produce a cable access television video show with my friends and learned from a Media Academy at my school. This eventually led to college and a move to San Diego to attend UCSD, where I earned a degree in Visual Arts. During college, I was still drawn to music, playing in local bands and helping produce music shows and concert coverage for the college television station. Read more>>

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