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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

Eliah Razo

I grew up in Oceanside, California for the first few years of my life, then slowly transitioned into the North Park area with my mom that way i could go to school in a bigger city. Even to this day, my mom has been my biggest supporter, I can remember her helping me make mini movies with my friends in our backyard after school nearly every day. I could tell she wanted me to keep doing what made me happy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a film director for a major film studio. It’s always been something I’ve strived to achieve yet never had a clear view on to how to get to that point. During my early high school years, I had a slight detour in my ambitions and thought I could make a career out of the military. I was so set on trying to make a difference in the world by serving my country, but never really felt the dedication or passion that I felt with filmmaking. Read more>>

Sam Stofko

I first picked up a camera my freshman year of high school in my first photography class. After that I took photography along with tv/film for the rest of my time in high school. At first, I thought it was just a fun thing to do in high school while I was focusing on playing baseball and school in general. But after I quit baseball my freshman year of college, I decided to buy my friend’s camera and I got back into it, and haven’t stopped since. Read more>>

Lucas Ryden

I’ve always loved being in the kitchen. But it was in my last year of college at UCSB, with graduation and thoughts of a soul-sucking desk job looming over me, that I made a conscious decision to pursue a more creative career in the food & beverage industry. I decided I would stay in Santa Barbara after school and work in bars and restaurants until I found a path that clicked. About a year later, in 2013, I was learning to bartend and geeking out on homemade syrups and tinctures and bitters and the like when I came across shrubs for the first time. I immediately felt drawn to the flavor profile and history of these wonderful preserved syrups and began experimenting with my own recipes; it didn’t take long until I had conjured a vision of a brand that sourced seasonal produce from local farms and preserved it with vinegar and other interesting fruits and botanicals, in a way that made craft cocktails more accessible to everyone. Read more>>

Fredrika Syren and James Harker

We’re a family of five living zero waste, plant-based, and mindfully minimal so that both our kids and the planet can enjoy a beautiful, thriving future. Living zero waste has allowed us to save money and work less so we have more time with our kids. Our mission is to inspire people to take steps toward a zero-waste lifestyle so that they too can achieve more freedom. While we try to be a role model, it’s not about doing perfect zero waste, but taking steps to reduce. Our journey was a room-by-room journey. It started in the kitchen, where we recognized we had so much packaging. While a lot of it was put in the ‘recycling bin,’ we also learned that more than 90% of plastic is not recycled. So we started looking for ways to shop differently. Sometimes there were direct swaps; get pasta in a box rather than a plastic bag. Other times we challenged ourselves to do things differently. Read more>>

Ryen Toft

Ryen Toft, the founder of Simply Luxe, wants to spread the love of organizing throughout San Diego County. She hopes to help people de-clutter their lives while giving them back their time. Ryen is very hands-on when organizing, consulting, coaching, and finding products to help individuals become hyper-organized. She helps them tailor and maintain a system for what best suits their needs. She is patient and inspiring while being firmly committed to her clients’ goals. A San Diego native and a UCSD graduate, Ryen has a tenured background in Estate Management for elite homes in the San Diego area. When she is not organizing, she is traveling, giving back to the community, admiring bees, or at the beach with her golden retriever. Read more>>

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