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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.

Carmen Burke

Hope & Co is a small family business that began in 2012, initially on the island of Guam. We are a military family and my husband was stationed on a Navy ship in Guam. As a mother of two, I wanted to have the freedom to work from home and utilize both my artistic and business interests. Read more>>

Anthony Esparza

After the end of our guitarist and bassist, Anthony and Alberto’s former band Thirty 30, they were ready to call it quits on pursuing music. Anthony had put his equipment up for sale on eBay and Craigslist when a longtime friend, Brandon Lobb (formerly the drummer of Draind) had moved back to San Diego. Read more>>

Maria K.

I was always a natural motivator and helper – aged eighteen, I remember unexpectedly helping my boss to claim herself back and lose weight after giving birth, I had no formal training in that arena at the time, but I was generally excellent at seeing the potential in a person or situation. Read more>>

Jacqueline Ramirez

My family moved to San Diego when I was six years old. My father had been in the military and was stationed in Germany where he met my mother. For several years we lived in France where my brother and I were born. Having only been around my German mother’s family and our French family friends. Read more>>

Joel Yanez

My story has been quite eventful, at least in my opinion. I was born in Mexico City and raised by mom and grandparents (to whom I can’t be thankful enough); in 2006 I was awarded a scholarship overseas to Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong where I finished the International Baccalaureate. Read more>>

Theresa Vagnoni

It all began in late 2017 with me planning my daughter’s 16th Birthday Party. She wanted to include a photo booth for her party, and after some searching, I wasn’t sure a photo booth was something we could afford. It occurred to me that this could be a business that would be a fun weekend thing that was relatively easy to start. Read more>>

Carla Sanchez-Burruel

After twenty years in Corporate America, working primarily for small, start-up organizations, I took a leap of faith into the unknown and resigned from a mundane job where I was fulfilling someone else’s dream. With absolutely no plan but with complete support of my partner. Read more>>

Kristen Thomas

I started playing rugby during my freshman year of college in 2011 at the University of Central Florida. I dated a rugby player when I was a senior in high school and after years of running track and playing basketball, I wanted to do something new. Read more>>

Tim Nader

My father immigrated from Lebanon as a child and my mother grew up in the American Midwest. They moved to Fresno shortly before I was born. I’ll always be grateful to my father for moving the family from Fresno to Chula Vista when I was a year old. Read more>>

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