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Inspiring Stories from North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights

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 North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights below.Jenna Ryan

Alfred Howard

I’ve been playing music in San Diego for 20 years. I’ve released 30 albums that I was the primary lyricist for. I worked with the Redwoods Collective since their foundation. During the pandemic, I decided to do my own collaborative project reaching out to musicians I’ve met over 20 years of touring and inviting them to work on songs together. My mother also lives out here now and she’s a master watercolor painter. She’s doing an original piece of art for each song. Over the course of the year, I’ll be releasing 100 songs, two per week. Read more>>

Jorge Porres

My name is Jorge, I am from Guatemala and live in Golden Hill. I am the founder and CEO of Faraday Electric, a company that installs charging stations for electric cars. I started this company a little over two years ago. I worked for Tesla for a couple of years, and later worked for three other Solar Companies as an Energy Adviser before realizing that the market was in need of a company that specializes in electric vehicle charging Installation. Read more>>

Vera Philipsen DPT COMT CHT

I graduated Physical Therapy school in 2008, and worked primarily in orthopedic settings with a manual therapy focus. After the birth of my second daughter I had an extended maternity leave planned. I started attending playgroups in my community for the first time and really talking to other mothers around me. I heard straight from their mouths the massive need for postpartum and pelvic care. I began dreaming of modeling a physical therapy. Read more>>

Sloane Wormser

I had the most beautiful childhood growing up outside of Boston. My family then moved to Orange County, California in the middle of high school. It was very hard for me and brought me many of years of making mistakes as well as lessons. At the age of 20 I was lucky enough to find beauty school. Doing hair changed my life. Creatively, socially and achievement wise, it has brought me a sense of purpose. It has now been almost 10 years since graduating and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to make this a career for myself. Read more>>

Christopher Bittner

Myself and my two Garrick Oliver and Anney Rosenthal-Hall we’re working together at another firm and decided that we wanted a better lifestyle than just working for someone else, so we decided to start a firm that would value the balance between life and work. We started in 2008… right before the market crash. Since we had primarily worked in the education sector (with some custom residential here and there), we thought that was where our work was going to come from. Read more>>

Adrienne Moore

The Bloom Of Time began with a giant spark of creativity and a simple passion for making art out of the bounty that nature brings us with each season. Over the past 8 years, we have grown to include a team of talented designers and client specialists servicing Orange County and Southern California. The phrase “the bloom of time” stems from the meaning of the Japanese words, wabi-sabi. Read more>>

Madeline Mattina

As a woman raised in a thin-obsessed culture, I became very aware of my own body and how it measured up to social standards beginning at a very young age. Each and every message I received about food, weight, diet, and body image I internalized and condensed into one toxic belief system: I am not enough because there is too much of me. This belief system snaked its way into all parts of my young adult life. Read more>>

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