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Inspiring Stories from Stafford

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 Stafford and surrounding areas below.

Sherita Harmon

I started Blessed to Be a Blessing in 2012 as a way to honor and celebrate my birthday. I wanted to celebrate by doing something meaningful. During this time, I was in school working on my MBA from Texas Woman’s University and on my way home from school each day, I would see homeless people gathered at a small park. I thought to myself that I could use my birthday as an opportunity to serve those less fortunate. I spoke to my husband and daughter about the idea of having a “party in the park” for my birthday, and they were on board with it. Read more>>

Brandi Stokes

Sucker Punch Custom Sweets & Novelties was born shortly after my sister’s baby shower. During the party and weeks after, everyone continued to ask me how much I charged for a sweet table decor, etc. At first, I would reply “Oh no, that was just for my sister. It wasn’t until someone told me “Hey you’re to really good at this you’ve missed your calling,” that the lightbulb went off. Read more>>

Sebastian Sanders

Going through a period of time where I started to evaluate my life and friends. Didn’t’ quite know the direction but I knew I wanted to create something that would outlive my legacy and change the world. Most importantly wanted to live out my passion and seek out my greatness for the greater good. It all started my junior year in college. Second semester April 2017, at UTSA, I knew I had the God’s gift of leadership and a powerful voice but quite didn’t know how to use it! Parents always told me “son you have a voice, just learn how to use it” my first thought was to become a rapper. Read more>>

Joyce Norton-Wilkins

I started off as having the greatest title in the world! MOMMIE! I am a mother of three, and I loved taking photos of them. My passion for photography grew and grew. All of my work was free because hey it was just a hobby right! Lol. Free later became “Here take it this, your work is amazing”! I couldn’t believe it… I was getting paid for something that I loved doing! My Pastor (Rondy Long) and husband (Brian Wilkins) saw my passion and gave me the courage to turn my hobby into a business. Being a photographer means to be able to capture special moments in someone’s life. Read more>>

Riot Muse

I have always been a storyteller, even from youth. I didn’t talk much until I was about in the 3rd grade. I guess you can say that I was a late bloomer (in almost all things). I began telling stories in about 7-8th grade when I joined “Speech and Debate,” I would then discover my knack for storytelling. I would do quick impromptu stories for competitions, even went as far as singing “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly during an Alief Taylor High School Tournament. I also guess you can say that I’ve always been in the arts. And I always loved it there. Read more>>

Connie “Tru” Island

When I started Truluxx in 2016 , I was at what I felt to be my LOWEST point. I had lost everything (my apartment, my car, a lot of belongings, etc) . Being a young Single mom of 2 boys, barely hanging on to a full time job and starting completely over I knew I wanted better. I remember not going to work for a week because of how depressed and disappointed I was in myself . During that same week I began to watch motivational and inspirational women , who had been in the same position I was in at that very moment. It was during that SAME week I turned my attitude from “giving it up” to “giving it my ALL”. Read more>>

Frederick Foy

I am a Houston, Texas native born into a musical family. My mother went into labor with me while playing the organ in church one December Sunday morning. Read more>>

Shearrhea Fletcher

I started as a Child Advocate volunteer with Child Advocate, Inc., in 2012. Prior to becoming a Child Advocate, I volunteered with The Department of Family and Protective Service for many years in other roles such as teaching parenting classes, answering calls on the crisis hotline, monitoring mothers and babies after being released from the hospital in the home, reading stories to abused babies at Hermann Hospital, and being a room mother at The Covenant House. Read more>>

Samuel Leger

Having to spend the majority of my time sitting pews quietly, my imagination found all the open pasture it could desire to roam free. Drawing contest would often arise between myself and the other bored boys to see who could draw the best ninja turtle. Although, art was something of a gift that my mother passed to four of her five children. We all would assist her in making floral arrangements the she created with varying sized pottery vases and synthetic silk flowers. Yeah, she was breaking child labor laws but we had bills to pay. Read more>>

Rivka Fishman

I’ve been a teacher for over 18 years. Meeting the social and emotional needs of my students has always been a top priority for me. Over the years, I developed a bully-proofing workshop/ training program based on Izzy Kalman’s bullies2buddies program that I tweaked and adapted. After teaching and using these techniques successfully for several years, my five year old daughter got a new kid in her class who made her life miserable. Read more>>

William Cumby

I grew up in west Houston and attended Stratford High School. From there I matriculated through Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok. Upon graduation I struggled to find a career. After being let go from a job, God led me to a passion that is purposeful. Currently, I am the Youth Pastor at The Fountain of Praise. Read more>>

Anthony Garcia

Last year around the month of June, I really turned my life a complete 360. – I started getting involved in the CHH (Christian Hip-Pop) community, simply just recording in my room with a microphone my parent’s bought me with a lot of love. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Timothy Cour-Palais

    February 23, 2018 at 1:58 am

    You should definitely check out Twisted Catfish. They are a food truck that has succeeded and expanding. Best Catfish in Houston

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