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Inspiring Stories from the Woodlands

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 the Woodlands and surrounding areas below.

Sarah Prial

Friends came to me who were struggling with design and technology. Even before that I was always troubleshooting for family and friends. So as I am helping these friends design graphics, websites and working with design and technology resources. Read more>>

Michelle Elijah, Malia Elijah

When Malia Elijah was 10 years old, she decided that there needed to be a safe place where kids like her with severe food allergies to eggs, nuts and dairy could find freshly baked tasty treats. She created ENDless Bakery in late 2016 and with the help of her mom, started making and selling her cinnamon roll, banana muffin, cupcake and cookie recipes out of her house. Read more>>

Kimberlee Moayed

I was born in Houston and raised in the surrounding areas to the north side my entire life. I’ve always felt very drawn to the city and although I was California bound for art college my senior year of high school, plans shifted and I found myself settling in to the charm of the city. Read more>>

Rhoda Brimberry, Anna Crelia

Anna wanted a vintage style speak easy wedding, so we tasked ourselves as a family to scour thrift stores and flea markets for all the vintage table top items we could get our hands on: plates, lamps, linens. We both got into the process being avid vintage lovers and estate sale junkies. Read more>>

Juan Medrano

My life began like many people that come to this great country. I was born in Mexico and I have been blessed to live a life full of diversity, laughter, friends and family. When I think of how my life has turned out, there is one constant, one thing that has always remained the same, my love for life. Read more>>

Paul Shaw

I’ve called New Orleans home on and off, but we took the relationship the next level, settling down for a….bit. She’s a charmer, offering up creole cuisine, violet sunsets, and music that floats across the Mississippi. Read more>>

Dr. Tamika Bush

I am a well respected board-certified Holistic Integrative Pediatrician, Nationally Recognized Speaker, 3 times Best Selling Author, Consultant, and Mother to a beautiful and vibrant four year old daughter. I graduated in the top 5% of my class from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and went on to further pursue training in holistic pediatrics. Read more>>

Farouk Shami

I came to America in 1965 with $71 in my pocket with the idea of pursuing my PhD in education to respect my father’s wishes. I took a job as a waiter to pay my tuition and while working I met a group of young women who told me they were in beauty school and I was inspired to enroll. Read more>>

Sha Davis

I initially began training as a classical competition vocalist. I toured with operation choirs nationally and competed in SSA, SATB and sight reading. After I finished my final tour in 2005 I joined the United States AirForce where I served my 4 year enlistment as a Personal Trainer and Rehab specialist. Read more>>

Jeanna Vance

I grew up in Houston, and I love our city. Raised in the dance and theater community and part of an urban church youth group, I have experienced several different facets of our community. My days were spent in the beautiful studios of Houston Ballet, training for hours upon hours toward the goal of attaining the physical excellence a career in professional ballet requires. Read more>>

Elle (Elvira) Ballard

I am originally from Kazakhstan, Soviet Union, I came to the United States 17 years ago and fell in love with this country. I graduated from University of St. Thomas with an MBA degree in Marketing. After my graduation, I worked in software companies in a marketing capacity for seven plus years. Read more>>

Lindsey Danielle

Massage therapy was an original occupation aspiration when I was in high school and sat down with my parents to discuss education after graduation. I was told being a massage therapist is not a real job and I won’t make any money at it. Read more>>

Gabriel Cortinas

Starting out it was hard for me personally. Facing doubt and adversity it took me time and dedication to continue to put forth the effort in creating and maintaining my dream. It has been a hard and long journey so far and the best is yet to come. Read more>>

Mariano “Manny” Ranero

In 1994 at the age of 18, I came to the states with $150 on my pocket, very basic English and a pregnant 20 year old wife! We crossed the California border saying we were going to Disneyland… we overstayed our visa and started working towards the American Dream! Read more>>

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