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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.

Michelle Ikediobi

I currently manage two companies focused on mental wellness, bare chats (an introspective journaling app) and bare it out (organic CBD products). My personal journey with mental wellness started in university when I was pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a concentration in Math and Media. I found myself consistently feeling stressed out with my life as a student and realized I had to do something about it. I had a mid-diploma crisis and took my third year to ‘find myself’ while studying abroad in Spain. I know, typical. During university, I struggled with all-nighters, boy drama, and anxiety and wanted to create an app that promoted the unfiltered and raw dialogue I expressed through my own personal journaling and therapy sessions. After discussing with a few friends (both in/out of university), I realized this was a far bigger issue than I initially thought. Read more>>

Sparkle Love

Being a young single mother and being raised in a Christian household for me was a challenge. Wanting to experience more that’s outside of my raising was always more entertaining. Needless to say, it came with a lot of heartbreaks and loneliness. Wanted to be more than just a pretty face after so much trauma from past broken friendship & romantic relationships. I decided to fully give a higher power more of me. As, I grew stronger within my original upbringing. I come to realize being a woman is more then A relationship with the opposite sex. Being a woman and being loved by a higher power comes with such beautiful details of what Heaven could be like on the earth. And looking at more than just myself, I realize that women are like life-size dolls. And it was at that moment that I wanted to be the Doll that I would want my little girls to play with and admire. So I came up with the Dollhouse” The Dollhouse is a place where any woman can come to be healed and healthy along with being inspire to be free to be the very best you. Read more>>

Tyla-Simone Crayton

The dream of becoming the youngest-ever Sauce Boss started when I was just eight years old. My favorite wing place closed down in NYC and I asked my Mom if I could try to recreate the flavor by playing with ingredients in our kitchen. With the assistance of my Mother, we created something even better. This was the birth of Sienna Sauce. At that time (2011), we were still living in Brooklyn, NY. My Mother and I would make the sauce for wing Wednesdays with the girls, family functions or just wing night with Mom and Me. Unbeknownst to us, we would be bottling sauce to sell to the masses in just six short years (2017). Read more>>

Ashley Spivey

Life kind of reset on Jan 1, 2019 when my husband and I got married. We were both working for IBM at the time and with a new normal I was able to start back to school, a goal I had been trying to achieve for years. As I ventured back into the wide world of possibilities known as college, I found that the entrepreneur in me was searching for a means to escape big corporate and find its place in the ranks of the small business owner. In conversation with my husband, I had mentioned the possibility of breaking off from IBM and reinventing myself as an entrepreneur. He nodded in support and chuckled as we talk about how I would pull off, wife, mother, student, and entrepreneur. He asked me what I wanted to do and I told him “I love cookies and Christmas”. He jokingly said, “Ok, Mrs. Claus, make it happen!” and I instantly knew where I wanted to start. I established Mrs. Claus Cookie Company in Oct of 2019 working out of a homemade stand in Skeeter Stadium for the Christmas season. Read more>>

Nilou Gibson

I was born and raised in California and raised by my father. I went to Nursing School in San Jose, California and have been an RN since 2009. I moved to Texas alone, with hopes of working in the highly prestigious Medical Center. I met my now husband through some mutual friends in Houston. While he was in the process of “woo-ing” me, he brought me home a small pre-packaged buttermilk pie from the local gas station. Pie isn’t really a thing in California, and I certainly had never had buttermilk pie before. My husband grew up eating the most amazing buttermilk pie which is made my incredible mother-in-law. I knew if I could learn how to make this pie, I would be able to win his heart forever. We ended up moving to Calgary, Alberta (Canada) in 2015. We got married and while I tried to have my RN credentials transferred to Canada, It was not approved. I soon became pregnant with our son and became a stay-at-home mom. Read more>>

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