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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.

Bekah Guedry

I’ve been a creative for as long as I can remember. I’m so grateful to have been homeschooled all the way through school until university, because instead of having my creative way of learning and processing squashed, it was instead accommodated and encouraged. My mom really fostered my creativity and encouraged me to try anything and everything that excited me. This led to my wide interest in pretty much every craft you can find in a craft store! I carried my creativity into college, where I was a dance major and had many opportunities to perform and learn more about what really ignited me. I found passion in the field of childhood education and implementation of creative learning styles. This passion took me all the way to Montreal for a study abroad partnership with Brila, a children’s creative philosophy camp. My grant for this trip included a tablet for recording my research, so of course I immediately downloaded all the creative apps I could find! I found the app Procreate and started playing around with digital calligraphy and illustration. This tablet has been with me through sermon notes, brainstorming sessions, my first logo, then my second and third until I realized I LOVED graphic design of all kinds. Read more>>

Monique Vasquez

I am the owner of My MOJO Boutique, an online boutique located in Pearland, Texas. I am 25 years old and can say that those years have been quite a journey for me. I have lived in Pearland for most of my life, but for some time I was a student at Texas State University. Pursuing a business degree to hopefully one day have my own business was the motive while at Texas State, but financially was not an option. I moved back home to find a local job as a waitress and to transfer to UHCL to still try to obtain a business degree. Unfortunately, it was still not in the books for me, since COVID-19 had caused some more issues. I started working another job (while still waitressing) at a boutique located in my hometown and absolutely fell in love with it! I have always loved fashion and sharing outfit inspiration with others, so this was my way into learning more about how a boutique operates. Pitching ideas to my bosses, unboxing and packing online orders, modeling the new items and customer interactions made me feel like a mini girl boss! But I finally wanted that feeling for myself, so I launched my small boutique in May 2021, just 8 months ago, and have had the greatest feedback. Read more>>

Kerri Agnew-Osborne

I have been creating for as long as I can remember. But macrame is my most current and I’m absolutely in love with this art form. I actually started at the beginning of the pandemic. I was looking for something new to do and once I started I was hooked. I’m very particular about the materials I use. I want my designs to be as safe for our planet as possible. I personally collect all of the driftwood I use and clean it in the backyard. I do use bleach, which isn’t the best, but since it’s been in the ocean and I am putting these pieces of wood in people’s homes I want to make sure they are clean and safe. I also use recycled or reclaimed cotton macrame cord. Reclaimed meaning they use scraps from other textile businesses and repurpose them into cords. For any other materials, I use I always look for natural materials such as wood beads or metal hoops. Read more>>

Adrianna Garcia

I have always been fascinated with pastries since my mom used to share stories of working in a bakery in her youth. I ventured into the cake world around the age of 19 as a hobby and learned quickly that it takes a ton of patience and an endless supply of funds to cover the costs for my amateur cake business. I made cakes for mostly family members and friends however I realized that it came with unnecessary stress and I never saw a profit so I made some realistic changes and closed down shop (AKA mom’s kitchen). I had odd jobs in my early twenties while I was still deliberating whether I should finish getting my college degree and one of my favorite gigs was nannying. I have met some wonderful families in the Houston area and the life altering moment came when I met Bree. I was arriving for a shift and it was during the Halloween holiday and I saw the most adorable cookies on the kitchen island. It was a bat, spiderweb and a candy corn shaped cookie with animated faces on them. My interest was piqued and later that Christmas season, I tried my hand at decorating sugar cookies and the rest is history. Sort of. LOL. Read more>>

Rebecca Herpin

I was born in Springfield, Illinois of all places while my mom was attending medical school. As soon as I was allowed to ride the train we came down to Texas to be with my grandparents and dad, eventually moving to the Webster area. As a child I worked very hard in school. I was involved in a lot of different activities– soccer, volleyball, orchestra, honor society, etc.–classic “nerd stuff”. I was fortunate really. I owe a lot of my academic success to my grandparents. In fact, my grandmother taught me how to read. Somehow, I always maintained my academic priorities even when life felt out of control. When it was time to apply to colleges my guidance counselor suggested I look in state. I was in the top 15 of my class at the time. My Nanna wasn’t having that, and strongly encouraged my to apply to some Ivy League universities. My journey to attend Columbia University in the City of New York ensued. Read more>>

Tamara Wesley-DeClouette

I’m a Certified Self Care Specialist(Body Contouring). I am the CEO of Sapphire&Hatchet~bodiedbytamara. Back in May 2020, I was having health issues due to weight gain. I was in a state where I was dependent on family to do things for me and I didn’t like that because I felt handicapped. So I started looking into other options as my previous attempts had failed. I was following a chic on IG that offered a cream that was used 2x/day that produced inches lost if consistent and non-invasive services. I watched her for like 2 months then bought the product. I followed instructions and was getting great results. I then scheduled services and the results were awesome as well. So I decided I wanted to learn more about this process that offered no surgery and no downtime yet effective. I researched and took a body contouring class. I got certified and began my journey to continue to help myself stay healthy and help others that were having daily struggles with their bodies. Read more>>

Bianca Postel

I began my makeup journey in/around 2013. Growing up I was never the girly type who always cared too much about her appearance. But once I was introduced to the makeup world, I began using it as a creative outlet. I’ve loved all forms of art since a very young age. Painting, drawing, dancing…you name it, I’ve tried it. With makeup, I believed that the face was simply a canvas that could be wiped cleaned day after day and recreated into something new. Self taught, I worked my way into the retail side of cosmetics, working for Sephora and then MAC shortly after. I never thought I would be pursuing the “hobbies” in my life that fueled my creativeness. Here we are, almost 7 years later and I’m still doing what I love. Although I am a full time elementary Art teacher, I still do makeup as a second job. Really, I do more than that. I knew at an early age that I didn’t want to work behind a desk of some corporate company that I had zero passion for. So I went to college to pursue graphic design and photography while I worked numerous years in retail. In 2019, I decided I no longer wanted to work for retail either. As I neared graduating with my bachelor’s, I really put some thought into what I could utilize my talents for that would keep me above water and in a stable environment. Read more>>

Jameika Baysinger

I grew up as a self-proclaimed artist. I did it all. Any medium you put in front of me, I was determined to master it. Getting into the candle business was no different. I’ve had a love of candles since I was younger. As I got older, I realized that I couldn’t enjoy candles the same way as I was used to. Candles I purchased from well-known brands started giving me insane migraines. Something I loved so much had to be taken away from me. After doing my own research, I learned that a lot of brands mass producing candles use very toxic waxes and chemicals in their fragrances. So I did my research on how to create clean candles and Unmatched Candle Co. was born!. Read more>>

Natalie Trevino

After graduating culinary school in 2012, I found myself extremely ill and unable to perform the strenuous tasks of a restaurant chef. I became a personal chef and cooked for families in the Corpus Chrisiti Area. During this time my grandmother was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and I took that as my call to provide her with any foods and substitutions she needed in this new chapter of her life. Tending to her allowed myself to heal from my illness while focusing on this very important role I had. Having lost her ability to eat at restaurants, we would do dinner parties at my house. Candles, flowers, wine, nice settings and I would cook for her and make any craving she was missing to get a restaurant feel. Read more>>

Brittani Perry

For as long as I can remember I have always been in the kitchen. I was the child who preferred to sit and watch Food Network or who checked out recipe books from the library. Lol, maybe I still do. Oops-a-Pastry officially/originally started in December of 2018 when I registered my LLC. I can’t remember what my original intentions for OAP were but in 2020, after not doing anything with it, I added the name Oops-a-Pastry Bakery to the LLC. Read more>>

Kimberly Valdez

I grew up in a family where caring for others was essential – not just to our values – but to our identity. I don’t remember a time when one of my parents wasn’t trying to organize a service trip, help someone move, or talking to someone who needed a shoulder to lean on. As we grew up, my older siblings and I joined right alongside them. When I started college at the University of S.t Thomas, I knew I wanted to be a psychologist to help people work through the struggles they experience in their day to day life. I bought a guide to the best psychology graduate schools in the country and started making a plan to move to Chicago for a PsyD program. Just before my Senior Year, I had the opportunity to intern with Communities in Schools, Houston with their Partnership Coordinator who just so happened to be a Social Worker. Read more>>

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