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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.

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. I realized that I could use those hours to instead build something that I am proud of and show my kids that you can do anything you want. So I created my blog in 2018 to help busy families reconnect and accomplish their goals by sharing my debt-free journey, self-care ideas and easy fun family crafts. Since then, my business has continued to grow into new avenues and have since also opened up an Etsy shop, Thrifty & Crafty Shop. Read more>>

Elizabeth Culbreth

When the initial COVID lockdown began our fitness routine got upended and we had to get creative with how we continued to exercise. This led to many evening walks just to pass the time. It was then that Erica, one of our cofounders, brought to our attention the issue of child trafficking. Knowing we couldn’t just sit on this information we decided to do something about it. We realized the World Day Against Trafficking was coming up soon so we met with A 2nd Cup, an anti trafficking coffeeshop in the Heights, and asked them if we held an outdoor event would they come speak. We programmed a high intensity workout in a local park, pausing every three minutes to remind ourselves that it’s with that frequency that an individual is brought into trafficking. With the incredible support of our friends and training facility, Elevate Gym, we had 52 people in attendance and raised early $1,500 for A 2nd Cup. We realized then we were on to something special-we could combine fitness with social justice issues. Read more>>

Annlicia Jenkins

I was 12 when I started doing hair. I use to practice on my siblings and cousins. I never knew that doing hair would play a HUGE role in my life today. I have learned so many pros and cons in this beauty & hair industry and I’m only 20 years old. I wouldn’t be here today in the position I’m in if it wasn’t for all my clients that believed in me enough to do their hair and or make up. Read more>>

Aaliyah Sam-Maxwell

Coming from Houston, there are many opportunities for anyone and anything. Since a little girl, I’ve always had a passion for the beauty industry from head to toe. From the fashion side of it to the beauty and cosmetics side of it. I’ve always loved seeing people look good, step out and feel their best. I used to always play dress up when I was young. I would do my hair, my makeup, put on some cute accessories and clothing and then take pictures and act like I was in a fashion show. As I got older, I started brainstorming. I knew everyone sold a variety of different things that I already had in mind. Things like that can cause discouragement, but I always told myself, “Don’t let that stop you.” After months of brainstorming with my husband and coming up with ideas, I decided on starting my own business. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I also knew that nothing good comes easy. I began researching, gathering inventory and putting everything together. 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. I realized that I could use those hours to instead build something that I am proud of and show my kids that you can do anything you want. So I created my blog in 2018 to help busy families reconnect and accomplish their goals by sharing my debt-free journey, self-care ideas and easy fun family crafts. Since then, my business has continued to grow into new avenues and have since also opened up an Etsy shop, Thrifty & Crafty Shop. Read more>>

Bianca Wiggins

I have been interested in the well-being of women and children for many years. Studying Pre-Med for four years, I knew the makings of the human body is what I loved. Since the age of five, I wanted to be a Pediatrician and give my parents the bragging rights to say, “Yes, my daughter is a doctor.” During my undergraduate years, I was no longer excited about being a Pediatrician, but I still wanted to help people. Changing my major to Clinical Health and Wellness was perfect for my plans. Once I switched over, I started to hear too many horrible stories about how black women and their children are constantly dying during childbirth. As a black woman, this really bothered me. I then found a new passion: helping black women and other women of color have healthy, enjoyable pregnancies and birthing experiences. Read more>>

Joey Naeger

In school, I fell in love with playing the double bass. I played in my school’s orchestra, local youth orchestras, and the Texas All-State orchestras. While attending a summer music camp, a famous bass luthier gave a presentation about bass repair and construction. This lecture sparked a fascination with the craft of instrument making and repair work. I continued my double bass studies at the University of Houston with Dennis Whittaker. During my time at UH, I continued to research the luthier trade and took some basic classes. During my last semester of coursework, an opportunity came up to take an apprentice bass repair position at the Lisle Violin Shop. At Lisle, I received excellent training and developed my skills over a number of years. Finally, in 2019 I felt I’d developed my skill set and my clientele enough to start my private business. I’ve been operating as an independent bass luthier since the summer of 2019 and absolutely love it. 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. I realized that I could use those hours to instead build something that I am proud of and show my kids that you can do anything you want. So I created my blog in 2018 to help busy families reconnect and accomplish their goals by sharing my debt-free journey, self-care ideas and easy fun family crafts. Since then, my business has continued to grow into new avenues and have since also opened up an Etsy shop, Thrifty & Crafty Shop. Read more>>

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