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Point Loma & Shelter Island’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 Point Loma & Shelter Island below.

Aida Edgington

I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with my parents when I was 13 years old. As can be imagined, that was a big cultural shock for me. Everything was so different, including the weather. I remember the day I arrived in Wisconsin in late summer. I experienced a level of humidity that I never have before, then a few months later, experienced bitter cold that I never felt before. Read more>>

Jesse Thomas

About 11 years ago now, an opportunity to venture into the cannabis/hemp industry presented itself. I was immediately drawn to the unmistakable and diverse benefits of the plant(s). Feeling compelled to share this with others, my journey began. Read more>>

Nikka Blunt

I’m 46 and was born at a time with six degrees of separation. We were raised on good food… real food, right? Lucky Charms or a Pop Tart for breakfast, $2 from mom for lunch in the cafeteria, meat and pasta for dinner and the occasional dessert. Mom’s Italian, Dad was hungry. The Rules: (1) we sit down as a family, (2) clean your plate. Read more>>

 

Brian Hoffman

Two years ago, I was looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint. I started by commuting on an electric cargo bike vs. driving my SUV. I have pretty average transportation needs and I found that “life by bike” could be challenging. I struggled to carry around my daily needs on the bicycle and any time I needed to make a stop, I would have to carry my belongings with me or they would be stolen. Read more>>

Nathan Keys

I’ve been an avid storyteller from a young age—creating fanfictions of my favorite movies, books, and videogames, and inventing my own worlds, creatures, and characters. My passion took the form of writing when I was 14 years old and wrote my first complete fanfiction novel. It never crossed my mind that I could become a professional author (and no one told me I could), so for many years, writing was only a hobby. Read more>>

Jason Lee

I moved to the United States from South Korea when I was seven years old, and lived in the East Bay Area (about 30 min away from San Francisco) until the end of high school. After high school, I decided to attend San Diego State University. I initially came into college as a science major, dreaded every class, then switched my major my junior to communication, and somehow graduated in four years. Read more>>

Andrew Waltz

My wife, Kristen, and I met in college. After graduating from the University of Delaware, we moved to Washington, DC, where we lived and worked for five years. Wanting to explore more of the country, we left good jobs for a 12-month life-finding journey, a drive through the SouthWest, along the West Coast, all the way to Alaska, to pick out a new home where we could settle, find work, build our lives and start a family. Read more>>

Karin Haggård

I was born and raised in Sweden in a loving, intellectual and creative family (I know I’m crazy lucky). From an early age, the concepts of form and function that I apply in my business — now as I reflect back — were very much a part of my early athletic pursuits. At the age of five, I entered the figure skating world. My mom and I used to make all of my performing costumes. Read more>>

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