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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.

Sabrina Ingalls

In 2012, a Mom found herself struggling to find a way to finance her daughter’s upcoming College Tuition payments. But after years out of the workforce, what could she do? What skills did she have? Artist, seamstress, and former Costume designer who’d had a craft business years ago, she had a plan. Read more>>

Gustavo Valdez

I was born in Monterrey, México. I am 35 years old. I studied International Relations and I have a masters in Ethics. I used to teach Humanities at one of the biggest private universities in México. One day, 7 years ago, my life partner and I moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where I started working in the nonprofit industry. Read more>>

Kristine Davis

I have loved make up my entire life. My Mom is a red lipstick, blush and mascara wearing momma and I can remember playing in her things as far back as I can remember. I always had a love for the arts. I loved painting and drawing, but as soon as I was old enough to experiment with make up, it’s all I wanted to do! Read more>>

Julie Russ

From a young age, I had such an interest for fashion, i would sit down in front of the TV and watch the fashion channel. I would watch the runways from fashion week and think about what I liked the most about the outfit and what, according to my eight year old self, was actually going to make it to stores. Read more>>

Sade Burrell

Sade Burrell established Mothers Motivating Mothers (M3) because she was a single mother who had little to no support and needed to build a community to help teach her how to become the best mother possible. As a former foster youth, Sade worried about becoming the mother she once had. Read more>>

Chris Aguilar

I was born in Los Angeles County in 1965 to Joseph and Elan Aguilar. I had 2 brothers and 1 sister (I am the youngest). Our family moved to Orange County CA. where my memories of my childhood are still memorable. I spent my youth surfing and body-boarding all along the southern California coast, sometimes even missing school to do so. Read more>>

James Longobardi

I dreamed of becoming a physician since age 8. I belong to a medical explorer post and Long Island New York in the early 70s. I enlisted in the United States Navy in 1973 and was Hospital corpsman with United States Marines. After my discharge in 1977 I went went on to graduate from George Washington University Washington DC with a physician’s assistant agree and worked in neurosurgical orthopedic shock trauma for 7 years in the Washington DC tri-state area. Read more>>

Haydee Alderete, Federico Alderete

My husband and I were both working full time jobs when we decided we needed to make a change in our professional lives. Fred wanted to use his background in architectural design and had a vision to start a business where he could design and create new things. Read more>>

Vanessa Campos

Like most people, I began blogging as a hobby in the beginning of 2018 and has been quite an adventure. It all started when I had a coworker help me with editing some pictures from a while back that I had taken. He asked if I didn’t have more recent pictures that he could edit so that’s when he offered to take pictures and that’s when I decided to create a blog. Read more>>

Pepe Guapostein

WEELLLL, I come from an undocumented immigrant family so i’m first generation American. I was born in Martinez California. (It’s like miles East of San Francisco). My Mother divorced my father due to domestic abuse, so we were always bouncing from house to house. My Mother would work 2-3 jobs. at a time. Read more>>

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