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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

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 outside the 610 below.

Jessie Barnes

The more I started to live this way, the more it became clear how many people are holding themselves back with negative feelings about their body permeating how they view themselves as people. It became clear to me that people desperately want to leave behind insecurity about their appearance. Read more>>

Chari Twitty-Hawkins

My journey of becoming an entrepreneur started shortly after I gave birth to my beautiful twins in 2010 and was laid off from my job. While being in what I call ‘mom zombie mode’; balancing breastfeeding, making bottles, changing diapers and trying to get some sleep in between. I longed for more for myself as a woman. Read more>>

Jairo and Natalia Chacon

I became obsessed with my camera. I took it everywhere I went. It didn’t matter where we went I had the camera in my bag. I took it out and started taking pictures of anything that caught my eyes. I watched countless hours of youtube photographers sharing tips and advice on photography. Read more>>

Alexandra Warren

I was making time to write romance novels while also working as a preschool teacher. And when I moved to Houston four years ago, I decided I would pursue writing full-time. Thankfully, the universe worked in my favor, allowing me to continue writing full-time with over twenty published works to show for it. Read more>>

Josie Field

Teaching is what I love to do and, for me, I thought about teaching from the time I was a little girl growing up in Detroit. My teaching career began in St. Louis when I was 21. After I graduated from college there, I decided to stay there and start teaching in a junior high. Read more>>

Dorothy Gibbons

The Rose was not my first career choice but I am so thankful that “She” picked me to be her co-founder and her leader. What began as a basic part of my marketing job at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena TX almost immediately morphed into an avocation that would consume the next 35 years of my life. Read more>>

Michelle Happle

Becoming a photographer was not something I planned when I was little. Then, in 2006, I picked up my first Canon 450D. Ever since my passion has bloomed, I started a wedding photography business in 2008 with a former partner. The business ended in 2016. Read more>>

Kristina Tucker

While in school, I waited tables in both family and fine dining to pay my way. My early exposure to wine helped me learn about the wide range of flavors and artistry required to make fine wine. As I learned more about wine, I began to fall in love with it, the lifestyle and appreciate everything that goes into it. Read more>>

Beth DeLozier-Hayes

The spark for Manor came from a few long distance friends. I had been working as a home stager and interior designer in Houston for many years, and I was assisting friends out of state with furniture selections. One of them joked that if I just put all of these things on a website, she wouldn’t have to bug me every time she needed something. Read more>>

Manolo Grajeda

decided to change careers and became a school teacher. This inspired me to continue my learning in now a new field of study and returned to HBU to pursue a graduate degree in Education with a specialization in Bilingual Education. In the last decade, I discovered photography and fell in love with it. Read more>>

Setshaba Makgwane

Everything started on the 15th of April 2018 as I was entering Elite South Africa pageant. I would say I “literally” forgot about it because I was busy with other projects. On the 5th of September 2018, I received a message from Elite South Africa pageant, telling me that I’ve been selected as Mr. Elite South Africa 2019 finalist. Read more>>

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