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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

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 Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Lashanda Gary

Not a day goes by where I don’t get asked about how I got started as a speaker and entrepreneur. I would say it started in the classroom…or maybe it was the track field. I spent a lot of time there! I was always to talker or educator in my circle of family and friends growing up. Read more>>

Susan A. Finnih

City of Houston’s Certified Event Planner, Founder and CEO of Divine Works, Inc. Adeyemi Susan Finnih was raised in London, England. Her upbringing in the UK has paved the way for a bright future. Susan has always had a knack for planning but her decision to move from New Jersey to Houston has opened many doors for her in the event planning industry. Read more>>

Joshua Ashburn

I’m a Texas boy, and I’ve always been a writer at heart. I met my wife in High School and we’ve been traveling through life together ever since then. We have four awesome kids, and all the craziness that comes with being parents. Read more>>

Jessica Rodriguez

I started with the thought of wanting to have a platform, a platform that will allow me to have a voice to inspire others, especially women. In the blogger world, I wanted more women that looked like me. I wanted to reach women that needed a boost of confidence, or that simply wanted to feel inspired to go for that dream /goal in their minds. Read more>>

Osby Phillips, Kianti Phillips

My calling started out of necessity really. I was born in Houston’s 5th ward in a household of 8, and at 9 months relocated to the 3rd ward community. One year after being there, my mother was killed in a drunk driving “accident”, (at age 18) which left my grandmother to adopt the role of my legal guardian when i was only 1 years old. Read more>>

Sarah Beth Baca

As a college freshman, I fell in love with painting. I spent my college years and 20s exploring different art forms and media, finding my own unique style. I’ve always been a creative, but painting truly brought my unique expression to the surface. For several years I focused on impressionistic landscapes and still life, then moved on to a more whimsical modern style. Read more>>

Kalette Alspaugh

Beautiful Feet Studio has been my dream since I was a 15 year old kiddo! I was born and raised here in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. I knew when I was a sophomore at Foster High School here in Richmond that one day I wanted to own and lead a studio of a different kind! Read more>>

Terence Tang

When I was a kid, I always excelled at art. I loved watching Bob Ross and spent free time experimenting with different styles and mediums. Fast forward to high school and college, and at the time, everyone wanted to work for Pixar – including me. Read more>>

Ricky Norris

I grew up with both parents highly involved in my life. After they separated when I was 4 years old, I moved to Richmond, Tx with my Mama and I spent every weekend and Summer with my Daddy in Wharton, Texas. Read more>>

Michelli Cockburn

I began drawing at a very early age, mostly sketching the faces of people around me, sometimes unbeknownst to them. Over the years I stopped drawing altogether but suddenly as an adult discovered a love for painting when I saw a very interesting abstract painting done by a cousin of mine above her fireplace mantle. Read more>>

LaToya Sparks

I started up photography 4 years ago. So, it wasn’t something I’ve always wanted to do, it kind of just found me. One day, I was just browsing on social media, looking at photography and said to myself I believe I can do that. Next thing you know, I got a camera for Christmas. Several months from getting my camera, I just started going to local parks or downtown to capture outdoor shots and even taking photos of my kids. Read more>>

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