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Inspiring Stories from Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.

Sherrie Hudgins

If I had to narrow it down, I’d say three things have been my biggest life motivators. It started being raised by a single mom. She was ahead of her time and fiercely independent. She always told me I could do, or be, anything I wanted if I put in the work. Oh, and I didn’t need a man to take care of me lol! Mom had many sayings, but my favorite, and the first of my motivators, was ‘Nothing to fear but fear itself!’ A couple years out of high school, got married, had kids, got divorced. I had no idea what it really meant to be a single mom and career woman in the ’70s, but being taught that I had no limitations and the only thing to be afraid of was being afraid has helped me live a full life confident in just going for it. I have stumbled and learned lessons the hard way, but I wouldn’t change the drive to always love what I do, where I’m at, and who I’m with. Read more>>

Samuel Carvallo Hung

I have always had a deep passion for art and design, which has been a part of my life since I was young. Over the years, I have worked hard to hone my skills and creativity, receiving compliments and recognition for my work. When the pandemic hit, my parents faced challenges with their small business, struggling to attract customers and generate sales. Determined to help, I used my passion and skills to create a Facebook and Instagram page for their business, where I posted advertising content showcasing their products and services. Through this marketing content, which included promotions and offers, we were able to generate sales and attract new customers. Seeing the positive impact my work had on my parents’ business was incredibly rewarding, and it inspired me to start my own small business. I began creating advertising and marketing content for other small businesses in my community, including business cards, social media posts, and flyers. While some people doubted my abilities due to my age, I persevered and found success in doing what I love while helping others. I have been passionate about using my creativity to help small businesses grow and thrive, and I believe that my work has had a positive impact on my Hispanic community. Read more>>

Rashad Roberson

My story is really multifaceted across the different business ventures I have developed since 2018. Back in 2017, I decided I wanted to start a business for myself and researched ways to use my God-given talents or learn to develop my own skill set into something that could bring in some revenue. I grew up with a desire to explore graphic design and taught myself how to code and edit/manipulate pictures and build websites. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Stone

Sure! I have been interested in photography since I was a small child, but never had the courage to try. I was around 5 months pregnant when I impulsively purchased my first camera. I started to try to take some photos and was incredibly discouraged by how bad they were. I put the camera away until after my daughter was born. After my daughter was born, like many other mothers out there, I was diagnosed with Postpartum depression and anxiety. I was struggling daily to feel connected to myself and did not know how to push myself through this. That’s when I decided to pick up the camera and just started practicing again. I wanted to be able to take photos of my daughter as she grew up. Read more>>

Meaghan Ledet

I started my cosmetology career 10 years ago; I always loved doing everyone’s hair and making them feel better and happy. I’ve always had a passion for color and styling hair. I entered a social media contest in 2012 for a scholarship to regency beauty institute; unfortunately, I didn’t win the full amount because the contest was based on the amount of likes your post received, but I still received a scholarship because they loved my work so much and wanted me to attend their school and from there, I have been so in love with the beauty industry. I started working under two big salons from 2013-2015 and decided to open up my only salon suite in 2015 and started building Love is N the Hair. I recently in February 2023 opened up Love is n the hair Salon, where we booth rent and have stylist working there as well. Read more>>

Jass Meagher

To get to the beginning of my story, it is vital to talk about where I am today, as not only an internationally acclaimed singer and the world’s best Mariah Carey tribute artist but as an entrepreneur, producer, and founder of MUSIC ROYALTY CONCERTS with my partner J Michael Lucas, who also has an impressive and colorful resume of his own, performing as Michael Jackson all over the world. We are in the best way to describe it a team or power couple, but it hasn’t always been this way. Our solo careers and ventures as tribute artists, songwriters, and entertainers have dominated more of our lives, and I am originally from Scotland, UK. I trained in music and voice in London, United Kingdom at the prestigious Vocal-Tech, and completed a BETEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA in Popular Music and Performance the same college where English actress Kira Knightly studied, Westminster Kingsway College. J Lucas and I decided to join forces, and you could say our adventures in music throughout USA, Europe, and beyond are to reach another level of excitement for our fans all over the globe; as we currently plan more tour dates with our own venture MUSIC ROYALTY CONCERTS, and shows including; FOREVER MICHAEL AND ALWAYS MARIAH. We have received such a positive response from our fans on social media, and new and existing followers excited to see us visit their city with our shows. Read more>>

Sharon Ku

Hi! I’m Sharon, owner of Sharon Nicole Photography. I have always loved photography and taking my own photos. I decided to take a photography class in high school. I became the yearbook photographer shortly after that. After graduation, I went to college at the University of Texas, and I took jobs as an assistant for wedding photographers on weekends. I invested all of the money I earned into purchasing new equipment. After my college graduation, I moved back home to Sugar Land and decided to start my own business. I photographed weddings for 10 years before deciding to move to family and lifestyle photography. I also love Disney and fashion and frequently post on my personal Instagram account, @sharonnicole. I absolutely love my job and all of the people I meet and work with! Read more>>

Leslie Williams

I am Leslie Williams, and I began this inspirational journey by entering into a seven-day prayer. During this time, God revealed his prophecy through a young lady I knew. The word became life as I further discovered my talents that were placed on a shelf. Thus, It’s Personal by Les came into full fruition. I began to hear God speak to the talents that long awaited me. I was studious and humble while acquiring new skill sets to enhance my abilities to deliver Liberty in one’s dress and confidence through God’s eyes. To say the least, I am blessed to be a blessing to others as they walk through life’s challenges, struggles, and fears. I assist them in being a beacon of light in the darkest hours. Their voices become vehicles of expression. While loving fashion, it became apparent that I needed to allow God to manifest in my delivery to show others that they are beautifully and wonderfully made in His image. Read more>>

Carole Smith

Living, working, and volunteering in my county, I soon became aware of a population that is not as noticeable as it may be in other counties, families experiencing homelessness. The Hidden Homeless or The Invisible Homeless are those we don’t see under a bridge or in parks; they are people without a permanent place to stay so they live on someone’s couch, in someone’s extra room, a weekly motel, or worse, in their cars. This population consists of families with children, single women, and youth aging out of foster care. Added to the homelessness issue are people experiencing food insecurity on a daily basis and our most vulnerable population are children. Imagine being a parent and not knowing how you are going to feed your children so you make sure they eat breakfast and lunch at school because there may not be enough food for dinner. Not an abstract scenario but a reality for many families. Seeing the need I began to write down a plan; Habakkuk 2:2, “Write the vision and make it plain…” In 2013 I decided to provide Thanksgiving baskets to a few families that I identified with and together with my friends we provided 5 families with Thanksgiving provisions to feed their families. I knew I did not want to put a Band-Aid on the situation, so I talked with these families throughout the year and soon identified a bigger need, residential stability. I completed a Needs Assessment and discovered that right here in my county there are families with children, single women, and youth experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Palmer House was born. Palmer is a family name chosen to honor the legacy of the Palmer family who play a significant role in supporting the community and advocating for those in need. It symbolizes compassion, generosity, and community spirit. The Palmer family can be found around the world making a difference in communities. Read more>>

Takeisha Jackson

My journey started when I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.B.A. in Banking and Financial Institutions. After college, I began working in state and local tax, but I’ve always had a passion for real estate. After a number of years in state and local tax, I thought, why not turn my dream into reality and help others in the process? So, I did it! I worked full-time during the day, went to school at night, and became a licensed Texas Realtor. It’s wasn’t easy, but it sure was worth it! Read more>>

Brian Steward

I am a middle child of 3, and I grew up in the small rural town of Franklin, LA. At 17, I went off into the Army, where I stayed for 8 years, and then over to the Navy where I stayed for 4. After the Navy, I went into IT and then left San Diego, CA, and moved to Texas. Fast forward to today, and I not longer occupy the IT space, but I current run 3 businesses. I am a realtor, Notary Public, and I am the owner of BHG Credit Solutions. I spend my days trying to help as many people as possible feel secure in themselves and strive for Financial Empowerment and Freedom. Read more>>

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