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Inspiring Stories from Katy

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston 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 Houston’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 rising stars from Katy and surrounding areas below.

Lisa Barley

Every since I was little, I have always been a giver. My grandmother really inspired me visiting her during the summer. I would watch her feed her neighbors, her friends any homeless person that was hungry. Becoming an adult, I found myself a single parent with four daughters trying to make ends meet was a struggle sometimes trying to keep it together with a smile on your face, not wanting your babies to know. Read more>>

Pj Smith

I became interested in baking when I was small, and I’d watch my dad, who at the time was really into baking. He had gotten a mixer for a gift from my mom and he quickly became familiar with it. I being young and nosy at the time, always would be nearby whenever he baked for my family. However, my love of baking came many years later when I began High School. I was struggling adjusting to a new school as well as my own more personal problems. Read more>>

Mayra Aguilar

I was born and raised in Houston, TX and have lived here my entire life. I am the owner and founder of Thrifty & Crafty. Starting a business was not something that I grew up thinking I wanted to do. Having a child at a very young age, I focused on getting a degree and getting a job in Corporate America to provide for my little family. After working for someone else’s business for 8 hours a day, five days a week and the fact that I had a long time before I could actually retire from Corporate America. Read more>>

Melissa Balderas

I’ve always wanted to be a mom but also have had a hidden desire for fashion. I started by wanting to be an inspiration for other moms out there that maybe, because they are moms themselves, they can’t dress a certain way, or because their bodies might not look like supermodels. They can’t wear the clothes that others can. So I decided to inspire myself first. Now with social media out there, you can reach a lot of people whether you have a large audience or small following. Read more>>

JJ Lara

I lived in San Antonio, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. I lived in San Antonio for about seven years, moving back to Houston approximately four years ago. I have only lived in Texas and plan on living in Texas & Houston for the rest of my life – the city and the community have created the man I am today and my goal is to give back a bit of what the city has given me. Read more>>

Curtis Brown

I am a US Army Persian Gulf Veteran (Disabled), I underwent 16 surgeries due to military injuries and/or botched surgeries with the VA system. I was also highly addicted to psych meds and opiates for nearly 20 years that the VA prescribed me. I nearly lost my marriage and my life due to physical injuries and addiction. I have been off all medications going on five years now. Read more>>

Larry Walker

I am a photographer from Vicksburg, Mississippi and I got started from scratch. I majored in graphic design and I fell in love with the arts from that point, despite my learning disability. Read more>>

Bria Morris and John McCrory

John and I (Bria) were at a time in both of our lives where we wanted to start dating for marriage. We were from different states, different backgrounds, different EVERYTHING! However, we both found ourselves on an online platform looking for our significant other at the exact same time. From that moment on, we’ve been inseparable. We met in-person January 2018, moved to Houston June 2019, got engaged in July 2019. Read more>>

Kayla Logan

I was quite artistic growing up but I never envisioned myself having a career as a makeup artist or being in any art or creative field. I was a Biology major in college with plans of becoming a dental hygienist but overtime. I found it hard to focus on my studies and questioned if I’d chosen the right field. The one thing that kept me intrigued was makeup. I watched makeup tutorials on YouTube instead of studied for my exams or prioritized online makeup shopping overwriting a lab report. Read more>>

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