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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.

Dayana Ramos

I arrived in the United States in 2016 with my suitcase full of dreams and high expectations. I tell you a little about my beginnings. As a professional in Physiotherapy in my country, I have 15 years of experience in the area. When you arrive in this great country, always try as much as possible to be related to the therapeutic area, as well as body aesthetics. Participate in several volunteers as a therapist assistant for seniors in Houston. Read more>>

Kristin Kotzebue

It was time to launch my newest fitness challenge, and I went to do what I always did. Post before and after pictures of women who had already been through the program to share the results they got. These were usually pictures taken in a sports bra and shorts or underwear, displaying how she had lost weight and inches. I couldn’t do it. I had zero desire to post a picture and have another woman join my group with the hopes of looking like that too. Read more>>

April Moore

I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a BS in Business Administration-Management. After graduating from college in 2011, I decided to pursue a life long dream in the beauty industry and go to cosmetology school. There I realized making others feel beautiful was a passion of mine, and it would never go away! After graduating from cosmetology school in 2012, I went on to study more about skincare and makeup. Read more>>

Moana Tela

When I was young, I use to challenge other kids to song competitions. I was never shy growing up, and anytime someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always said a superstar. As far as I can recall, music has always been a part of my life. I can still remember living on the islands of Fiji and Samoa wanting to be a queen of pop music, something about pop at the age of 9 just hit right. The girls back in the islands weren’t as fascinated as I was about hip-hop. Read more>>

Erfan Sharifi

Its all started shooting family for fun just like everyone else, Took some classes to become better while meeting with other photographers and assisting them in learning more, I would say the first step is to push yourself to go out of your comfort zone and learn from your own mistakes, that’s the only way you can improve yourself. Read more>>

Krystal Aziz

The next time you visit a famous tourist spot, look around. Put your phone down and look around. Take a moment to observe the facial expressions of all the people around you, everyone from different parts of the world, but experiencing the same feeling in this one location together. That feeling is fascinating. My name is Krystal Aziz & I am fascinated by this world. Read more>>

Dr. Mac Nwosu

While in physical therapy school, the plan was always to become a sports medicine physical therapist working with high-level athletes, however, that all changed after attending a lecture presented by a women’s health physical therapist. This lecture sparked an interest that I didn’t know I had. The curriculum did not give me an opportunity to learn more about women’s health physical therapy while in school. Read more>>

Tryshell Robertson

Tryshell “Chef T” Robertson was raised in the food capital of the south, New Orleans, Louisiana aka “The Big Easy,” where the culture is food and fun. At a young age, Chef T was inspired by her Southern grandmothers and their love for bringing people together through cooking New Orleans favorites. In 2015, Chef T’s culinary repertoire flourished at the Nunez Community College, under the guidance of two awards winning “ACFNO Chef of the Year” chefs. Read more>>

Elon Garraway

My entrepreneurial journey started back in elementary school. At a young age, I started selling candy after going with my mom to Sam’s club. For me, the legal working age of 15/16 years old seemed to be a bit too distant, and the money I would make selling candy always gave me a little more change than the rest of my classmates. I would learn the basics of the art of hustle here, continuing to sell candy throughout my adolescence. Read more>>

JR, Julie Richard and Cristina Nikolov

In 1987, I started Richard’s with every penny that I had saved. My only thought was to work hard, carry the best products, and always do right for my customers. I learned these principles from my father, who inspired me to develop the “Do Right” Philosophy: “Do Right” Products, “Do Right” Prices, and “Do Right” Services. Today, Richard’s Total Backyard Solutions still uses these principles and boasts over 7,000 satisfied customers. Read more>>

Myoshi McDaniel Smith

I was raised in a household with my mom Etoile and grandmother, Lillian (Lillie Pooh) who taught herself to sew clothes for my mother and my uncle when they were young. I learned a lot about prints, patterns and silhouettes by watching both my mother and my grandmother get dress. Although growing up, they didn’t have the most glamours jobs they always dressed like they had somewhere important to be. Read more>>

Shayna Matthews

My name is Shayna Matthews and I was Born in the Bronx NYC, and raised in the suburbs of GA.  As a child during my elementary years, I started to take interest in hair and makeup . My mother said I was eight years old, to be exact. I started practicing on myself, as well as using my younger sister as my mannequin lol. As I got older, I would sit and watch make over shows and experiment with make up and hairstyles. Read more>>

Belinda Longoria

I started my career in the field of Psychology, wanting to help others. I never made cookies or cakes, but my son Sebastian was turning a year old, and I wanted to try my hand at making his cake and cookies, The year was 2011 and making decorated sugar cookies was not a “thing.” This was my first attempt at making decorated sugar cookies, and I had no idea what I was doing. Read more>>

Rose Campbell

I was adopted at age 7. My adoptive parents were amazing. I wasn’t the greatest kid. But I have always been hardworking. I started teaching piano at age 15. They homeschooled me and accomplished a lot. I started marketing internships at age 16. I am now 24, married, have five children, and own three companies. Read more>>

Steve Davis

I was a health club manager when they cut my pay by $20,000 a year after winning a national sales contest. This made me feel like I had no control over my life. I burned through my savings and ended up with bad credit. I decided to look for another way to make money. I had always dreamed of being a real estate investor, so I bought every book and program I could find on the subject. I went in debt about $30,000 to do this. It was worth it. Read more>>

Demetrius Hines

I always was very creative growing up, whether it was building random things with Lego’s or drawing random pictures of cartoon characters. My eye for art was always there. Growing up, my family always had disposable cameras lying around and just being the kid I was, I would pick it up and start pointing and clicking the cheap plastic button. Fast forward many years later, I have a Sony Cybershot, and there was no one safe of me not taking random pictures to create memories. Read more>>

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