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Inspiring Stories from Old Town-Mission Valley

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 Old Town-Mission Valley below.

Yanni Albana

After college, I was asked to work as a government contractor to train the military on insurgent activity and the Arabic language prior to their deployment where I was able to save some capital due to the fact that room and board were provided for me on military bases in California. It was after this opportunity that I was able to have my first taste of entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Susan Cooper

Life can take you down many roads, and you may be surprised just how many roads there are and how you get there. There are a few important things to remember as you travel down the road: never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something; never give up on your goal; it’s never too late to reach your goal; and most importantly, never let anyone define success for you… success is what you make it. Read more>>

Vi Pham

I’m a freelance artist because I felt I couldn’t do anything else, really. But there’s also a part of me that innately loves the process and problem-solving aspects in it. I somehow wound up doing primarily children’s book and while I plan to continue with it, I am in the process of building my own content. Aiming for something with more of my own interests and personal voice, despite my reserved personality – Read more>>

Bradley Boyce

After an unexpected visit to an acting school in San Diego, Bradley met a man that would forever change his life. This man’s name is Remi Adeleke. Remi is a former Navy SEAL, actor, and writer. This man would go on to be the father Bradley never had, introduce him to Christ, hire him as a “COO” of his company, and help him start a foundation called “Single Hope Foundation” all at the age of 21. Read more>>

Kathryn Ashworth

I’ve always loved kids. I was the eldest of five children in my family, the youngest of which was 25 years younger than me. After attending college and earning a degree in English, I got married and had three children of my own. And, like my mother, I was very active in the community. One role I held was as a volunteer with the Junior League, where we focused on child abuse and prevention and child advocacy. Read more>>

Chastitee Witherspoon

Life loves to throw me lemons and I continue to make chocolate milk. Well, Her Bellomar Lifestyle fell into my life when I was at my wits end in the Financial Industry. I introduced myself to the financial industry at the beginning of 2015. When I made this decision, I made a decision to let Define Colors take a break. I pursued the financial industry because a friend at the time referred me. Read more>>

Danielle Hampton

But what about the times when it is just OUR body? Why do we practice so much self-love when we are bearing children, but not when it is just us? We deserve to be treated with as much love, care, and awareness as our baby does. This is just one of the many reasons I made the switch to safer products— products that I love, and that I am confident are not impairing or affecting my health. Read more>>

Tiffany Nufio

Not only did I love the way my skin felt after creating my own body care product, but my production time became a safe haven for my thoughts and worries. Every day is to be taken one day at a time, and my goal as a business owner and mental health advocate is to encourage others not to be ashamed of their diagnosis, and it is okay to speak out for comfort. Read more>>

Courtney Henderson

I traveled the world for three years with a camera. As time passed I felt stagnant, I wasn’t growing. Deep in my heart, I wanted my business. So guess what I did? I quit Monster Energy to start my own Photography Studio. Hendo Studios is alive and thriving. We were up and running for seven months now. Read more>>

Julie Seal-Gaustad of Mirus Promotions

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with people and getting them excited about the products I was representing. During a time when social media was on the rise, and I witnessed the public thriving on quality face-to-face interactions, I saw a need in the field marketing industry for a higher level of brand representation. Read more>>

 

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