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Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach’s Rising Stars

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach below.

Marine Mathias

After 15 years working from home as a translator, I missed the interaction with people on a daily basis, so i knew it was time for a change. Working in front of a computer all day long was not for me anymore! Read more>>

Lauren Elizabeth Ursch

I am a yoga and meditation teacher, reiki practitioner, holistic healer and spiritual entrepreneur. I received my Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Arts Therapy. Read more>>

Jasmine Drake

Growing up, I had one goal in mind: move to California. I’m originally from Northern Virginia, but always felt drawn to the allure of the west coast. I moved to San Diego in 2013 and still consider it to be one of the best decisions of my life. Read more>>

Laura Petersen

But, after studying abroad in Germany for a year (and falling in love with world travel and activities other than academics — like salsa dancing, trampoline, and painting), my dad also handed me the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Read more>>

Carrie Hoffman, Zachary Minnich

We are Carrie and Zach, a travel-obsessed couple always on the hunt for new adventures! We met in our home state of Ohio but made San Diego our adopted “adult” hometown and lived in Ocean Beach for five years before uprooting our lives to become digital nomads last summer. Read more>>

Lavender Fields

I started playing classical piano at the age of 4 and have been mainly exposed to the classical world of music for majority of my life. Then a few years ago I felt the urge to compose my own music and my sister gave me my first acoustic instrument which was a ukulele. Read more>>

CiCi Sayer

Since I was a little kid I loved watching the TV show “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”. I had been working as a Charter Boat Captain for about 20 years, doing Whale Watching in the Winter, sailing in the summer as well as an 8 year stint as a shore boat captain in Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Read more>>

Breanne Acio and Lacey Mayer

Breanne and I (Lacey) were born and raised in Los Angeles. We met in Woodland Hills and, about 5 years later, married, went on a honeymoon around the world, and then moved to San Diego to pursue Bre’s master’s degree while I started teaching 5th grade. Read more>>

Mike Hastings

My whole life I dreamed about playing in the NFL. Since I was 8 years, I had played football every year since then. I played wide receiver and loved. I stumbled upon kicking on accident when playing around in practice. Read more>>

Braydon Moreno

My business partner, Coby Kabili, was working on a 3D printed prosthetic leg for his Senior Design project in mechanical engineering at San Diego State University. Since prosthetics are so expensive, he came up with a concept to 3D print an affordable prosthetic with 3D printing. Read more>>


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