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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

Isaiah Hardy

If you look at my Instagram (@Zay.Hardy), you will see I have the title of “Motivational Speaker,” and this journey has honestly been incredible! In High School, I remember talking to my cousin about this new term we were going to begin calling ourselves — “Mid$kin”. This term came about because it was during the time when people would say a lot of jokes about light-skinned, dark-skinned and brown-skinned guys. Read more>>

Bryan and Sean Hill

In the summer of 1991, their final summer in high school together before Sean went off to college, “The Brothers Hill” had planned three months of friends, sports, travel and fun. On June 8th, their plans came to a halt when Sean received a scary phone call from a family friend that Bryan had been hurt badly during an indoor soccer game and to await another phone call with more details. Read more>>

Evan Kesner

After exiting his last business, Evan moved from New York City to an AirBNB in North Park. The hosts of his AirBNB recommended a local coffee shop, Holsem Coffee. Evan was working remotely from Holsem, running a business division of the largest technology company in Arizona when he met Krissy Krugman. Krissy happened to be an SDSU student and CEO of SoulMuch, a nonprofit that combats food waste, one cookie at a time. Read more>>

Katherine Lekas

I am the founder and Principal of Evnia Creative. I’m a graphic designer with a strong background in marketing. Prior to starting this journey with Evnia, I had a career as a Director of Marketing with several of the commercial real estate industry’s leading firms, specializing in client relations and marketing solutions. The skills that I acquired served me well in those roles and ultimately gained me the rapport and confidence with many people I worked with, to begin freelancing. Read more>>


Fadi Jak

I’m a painter and a biochemist currently residing San Diego, California. Art was always a big part of my life growing up in Baghdad, Iraq during the Gulf War in the early 90’s. I used art as a tool to cope with the horrors of war. With a pencil, paper and a lamp, I used to practice drawing animals, cartoon characters and religious figures while the bombs were over us. Read more>>

Ashley Goldman

I was born and raised in San Diego in north county suburbs, but I had a passion for living in and restoring an old home that’s full of character. In 2015, my husband and I bought our home in South Park and had been restoring the 1915 house ever since. My blog, The Gold Hive, is where I share the journey of restoring my historic bungalow with quality home improvements, sustainable practices, unique interior design, and old house charm. Read more>>

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