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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.

Brieanna Conway

Personally, I did not grow up in the healthiest environment. Don’t get me wrong my family did the best they could. But mentally, I was lost, drained, broken and constantly feeling like I was alone. I suffer from Depression & Anxiety myself so I wanted other people to know that they are never alone when they are battling with there hearts & minds. I know this sounds crazy but I have been wanting to become a therapist since I was in middle school! I am currently in the process of earning my bachelor’s degree in psychology so I can open up my own practice. I want to become a mental health therapist and help heal as many lives as I can. In terms of starting my Mental Health Loungewear Line, I knew I wanted to start a business of some sort but I never knew what Exactly. So, I thought of incorporating mental health into my business. I love clothes, especially comfy clothes and I wanted to spread more awareness in regards to Mental Health. My loungewear line is not just about selling clothes and products. It provides a positive message and encourages people to not only share their story but to accept and acknowledge that they have one. Read more>>

Moshood Adams

I am a first-generation Nigerian American from southwest Alief, Texas; A pocket of Harris County in the southwest suburbs, which at the time of my arrival to the world in 1997 was in the midst of its largest-ever population boom. I grew up in one of the most diverse parts of one of the country’s most diverse cities. I was born to Omolara and Tajudeen Adams, who migrated to the United States from their home country, Nigeria, at the very tail end of the 20th Century. They were pushed to make such a big move from such far away for the same reason as most of their mates from West Africa at the time. They were yearning for larger prospects for their future; from the moment they met in this foreign land, it was up and stuck, and have been building that legacy beyond their wildest dreams ever since. A big part of my development was the emphasis on the importance of religious faith, education, and perseverance; they made the backbone of the teaching at home. My mother was so dedicated to giving my two younger sisters Zeenat and Zainab (20 years and 22 years respectively). Read more>>

Bolaji Omofojoye

Growing up, I would shave and would get really bad bumps and ingrown hair. Shaving began giving me hyperpigmentation in my vaginal area. I tried so many shaving creams and I got bad chemical burns. Then about a year and a half ago, I started waxing and there was a change in my hair growth, not as much ingrown hair. I began to feel more confident down there. Since I saw the change and felt proud of myself, I wanted to make other women feel the same way I do. There are so many females who are going through what I went through and I just want to help them feel confident and great about themselves. I also have bad menstrual cycles and the yoni steam made my cycle much easier and more shorted my days from six days to about four days. I began doing more research on the steam and what it does so I began focusing on that. Last November I went to spend time with my brother and he pushed me to open my business and enlighten me about ways I could venture into my business ideas. Then I bought everything I needed, made a video shoot by TuVisuals and took that drastic move by investing almost my whole savings into this business. Read more>>

Keri White

I decided to start Opulent Kare after experiencing complications from my own “Mommy Makeover.” I began to experience shortness of breath and fatigue shortly after my two-week post-op appointment. The symptoms progressively got worse. I completed an examination on myself only to discover my lung sounds were abnormal!! My surgeon advised me to report to the ER. Upon admission, the ER doctor did not take my concerns attempting to discharge me without performing a CT scan. As a nurse, I knew this was a critical aspect of my treatment plan; therefore, I refused to take no for an answer. My CT scan revealed multiple pulmonary emboli (blood clots) to three lobes of my lungs two hours later. I was transferred to the hospital by ambulance, where I spent the next two days. I was subsequently placed on blood thinners for several months until the blood clots resolved. Needless to say, this was a scary time for my family and me! I have been a Registered Nurse for over 13 years and was not prepared to manage my own aftercare needs. This period was extremely stressful for myself and my husband. Read more>>

Nina Saunders

I use to suffer from depression and instead of taking prescription pills, I chose fitness as my medication. I’ve been training for almost 7 years with my depression at ease. Read more>>

Marlen Sifuentes

I’m a 27 years old that still trying to inspired young girls who is into modeling that never give up on your dreams. I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I was in a really toxic relationship so I had to stop my career for a very long time. I got out of that relationship and I got back to it. So many opportunities god have giving me, I’m so blessed. Finish my cosmetology career too. Makeup and modeling is my passion. I’m so very happy! Never give up on your dreams, so many beautiful girls trying to get in this industry which I know is not very easy but you made it this far for a reason. DONT GIVE UP. Read more>>

Adrienne Carrington

I started writing poetry when I was ten years old as a coping mechanism for dealing with things I wasn’t comfortable talking to others about. As I’ve grown older, poetry has been a constant outlet for me in terms of my journey with depression and anxiety; it may sound silly, but simply getting the negative thoughts out of your head and upon paper does actually help. Friends and teachers have always told me that I needed to share my writings because they could help others realize they’re not alone. In my senior year at UHD, I had three poems published in The Bayou Review and the feedback was immediate! I realized that outside of helping myself, writing my experiences helped others as well. In the last two years, I have self-published three small collections of poetry through a company called Blurb in hopes of spreading my work to a wider audience, but it hasn’t really taken off yet. A co-worker suggested I reach out to Voyage, so here I am! I want to share my poetry with all who want to read it and possibly make some pocket change at the same time. Read more>>

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