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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.

Fatima Minhas

As a young adult, I always wanted do bring about a unique idea with a background of my culture. Although I am American born, I will forever be Pakistani at heart. I love my culture and all the traditions as a Pakistani. My sisters and I have always loved visiting Pakistan and exploring throughout the various cities that have different traditions. After our visits of Pakistan we discovered the one thing that brought the whole country together was just so simple, it was Chai! Chai is definitely one thing that can bring quality time to families and friends in every gathering! Read more>>

Jordan Prangner

When I was five years old, my family had a Mexican restaurant in my hometown of El Paso, TX. That is where I first got a taste of the restaurant life. I would always go there after school. You could always find me talking with the dishwashers or the other cooks. My dad was the kitchen manager so watching him run the kitchen was something I always enjoyed watching. Growing up, football was always my dream. I played little league for four years before taking a break in middle school due to some family issues going on. I was also bullied a lot in middle school which drove me to my first suicide attempt. After bouncing back my freshman year, I moved to Houston and attended Jersey Village high school. I wasn’t tall and the reputation of East Texas football compared to el paso football was really different. Read more>>

Cydni Brionne

When I was younger, I was surrounded by many musicians in my family and I immediately fell in love with music and was always singing and listening to it. At the age of 8, I began writing my own songs and singing for other people and loved entertaining my family at functions. By the time I was 11, I knew that this wonderful thing was something I wanted to keep close to me and make apart of my life and that’s where my musical journey started. Read more>>

Dai Smith

I’m your typical working mom, with multiple kids, trying to keep the laundry at bay, pantry stocked, social calendar under control and oh yeah, fulfill my purpose in life… no pressure. I found this wonderful balance in doing all of the above was my way to live a life of fulfillment and purpose through organizing and design. Two things I love to do, all day, every day. I am always searching for better ways to do everything– from organizing my kitchen pantry, to keeping my kids’ toys from taking over the game room, to having a succinct calendar between my husband and I, so when I discovered professional organizing, I knew I’d found my lane. With 12+ years in marketing and strategy development as well as a passion for organizing, productivity and decor, I’m combining those experiences to help busy people, like myself… uncover ways to make their lives easier through Simple Organizing Solutions and create the home you love to live in. Read more>>

Keisha White

In December of 2016 I gave birth to my daughter, Kayleigh. I took three months of maternity leave and when it was time to go back to work, I didn’t like the thought of being away from my three-month-old for 10-12 hours a day. I went back to work for about four months before I decided that I wanted to quit my job, go back to school, start a paying hobby/side hustle, and have all of the time that I needed with my little one. While being a stay at home mom it brought out so much creativity from within. I started making and selling gift baskets, body soaps & scrubs, and then custom t-shirts. Read more>>

Lisa Reyes

I originally had the idea back in late 2000, much more primitive back then though. Then I kinda let life get in the way and kept putting the idea off. When our boys were getting to college age, I knew I need a plan to help make their dreams a reality, so I dove in head first! #1 goal was to make a little extra income for our family, and 2nd was to bring Joy to others! I prepped and planned and set up my first official sign in September on 2019, I was moving right along building my small business, and then COVID-19 happened, and things propelled into overdrive! These Lawn Letters are my passion, my creative outlet, and most importantly we deliver smiles in the process, so you can’t beat that! Read more>>

Abdulmalik Ajisegiri

My story may come out like many other, but personally distinct to me. Starting from a young age, it was a usual occurrence for me never in group photos, family photos or photos in general. This was due to the fact that, I was always the man behind the camera. This level of understanding of how a camera operates and works its magic started to catch my attention on a smaller scale, little did I know this small scale was going to grow exponentially into a larger scale. My business legitimately started during quarantine / early this summer. The quarantine was a bitter sweet moment for a student like me. Isolated and unable to express myself creatively but used the opportunity and time I had in my hands to brainstorm what I can do with the talents I have on a small scale and make it into something I’ve always wanted. Read more>>

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