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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

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 inspiring stories from South San Diego below.

Kristi Pastore

My story is about work. I figured out early on that work was not an option for me, it was required to survive. I learned that more often than not work is hard. Most importantly I discovered that if I worked hard towards a plan, that it would pay off in more ways than I could ever have imagined. Read more>>

Jessica Luongo

Photography is in my blood. My mom always had a camera in her hand when I was growing up; she took photos of all of our school events, family get-togethers, vacations, you name it. She was asked to do it professionally, but declined, having 4 daughters that kept her happily busy. Read more>>

Aimee Anderson

I grew up in a sugar-filled home (in reality, a sugar-filled world) and consider myself above average in the sugar consumption category. After watching my grandmother bake sweets during my childhood, I became not only a fabulous baker but also a famous cake decorator. Read more>>

Angela Kemsley

Mud, bugs, and adventure ARE for girls! This was my mantra growing up in east county San Diego. My mom didn’t miss an opportunity take me and my younger sister and brother to the beach, to the park, and on a number of other adventures throughout San Diego County. Read more>>

Charlie Aughenbaugh

I had been a Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles for over 10 years. And I came to a place where I was tired of living and working in Los Angeles. So I made a plan to move to San Diego. And I am so glad that I did. I arrived here in June of 2017 with the name “Charlie Aughenbaugh Photography”. Read more>>

Jen Nation

Growing up in the Midwest, it was impossible to not develop a passion for environmental education and a taste for delicious fresh veggies! Every summer my family planted a garden at our house, and I watched and waited as carrots, tomatoes, corn and peppers grew! Read more>>

Lex Gillette

My journey began 2000 plus miles away in Raleigh, North Carolina. A childhood bout with retina detachments left me with the challenge of living life without sight, however, blindness is the very thing that fueled me in becoming an elite level athlete for Team USA. Read more>>

Michelle John

I care about others deeply. When I see someone homeless on the streets it hurts and it generated in me a deep desire to make a difference in my community. So, in 2014 my husband, Chris, and I founded New GateWay Solutions initially to help the unemployed find jobs or start businesses. Read more>>

Kabir Gambhir

I thought I knew everything about coffee until the day I wandered into a cozy local café and tried a new drink made from coffee fruit, also known as cascara. I had my laptop open and attempted to work but was distracted by all of the nuanced flavors and complex aromas I was experiencing with the drink I had just purchased. Read more>>

Lisa Peranzo

Oh this story of mine…it actually started back in 2004 when I found Pilates as a way to rehab an injury I got in ROTC that left me unable to walk for the better part of a year. Fitness just kind of became my thing. I love learning about nutrition, health, fitness, and I love talking to people to see what they do to keep themselves happy. Read more>>


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