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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.

Jessica Jolivette

Jessica M. Jolivette M.Ed is a Houston Native who obtained an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Houston Downtown, as well as a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Ms. Jolivette has authored a book entitled “ In Love With A Doughboy”. In Love With A Doughboy is a memoir that discusses a woman overcoming obstacles of being in an abusive relationship with a drug-dealer. Read more>>

Mike League

I started cooking about 10 years ago with a friend at work who had a lot of family in the barbecue and catering business. I was really interested in learning how to make good barbecue so I cooked with him every chance I got. I made a lot of pits at work and I believe I’m on the 5th one I’ve made for myself personally. From that start, I kept cooking and learning and refining recipes and cooking for lots of friends and family and for anyone I could. Read more>>

Ross Witty

In 2011, our 12-year-old daughter, Kimmy, was diagnosed with a rare genetic kidney disorder called Nephronophthisis. At the time we found out, her kidneys were only functioning at 20%. Up until then, Kimmy had been very active in athletics and school activities, and in the blink of an eye, her life was forever changed. Doctors told us that with a change in her diet and medications. Read more>>

Jonathan Daniel

I’ve been telling stories pretty much my whole life. My siblings and I started recording “skits” on a home video camera when I was about ten. We roped our cousins and friends into some pretty crazy productions and it wasn’t long before my older brother and I were pushing the limits of Windows Movie Maker. Throughout high school, our free time was almost always occupied by some form of storytelling. Read more>>

Deborah and Claude DeShazo

Our journey began in 1979 with the start of iconic Shannon Fine Jewelry that Houston has come to know and trust. After several years at our newest location in The Champions area, Shannon Fine Jewelry closed it’s doors June of 2018 due to TX-DOT’s plans to widen FM1960 which would subsequently have put our location out of business. Read more>>

Tatyanna Penrice

My journey began by making pillows for family and friends. Well, that was until my passion was ignited and I was encouraged to get a both at the Mocha Kid Expo to sell those pillows. I was so impressed with the response I received that I began offering embroidery services as well. In the summer of 2016, I attended the Girls With Gifts Summer Program and I was inspired to dream bigger. Read more>>

Chris Moran

I started off in the restaurant industry in high school. While in college, I was working at a pizza hut, they gave me the opportunity to move into management and I left college to pursue that career. They would send me into stores that were not doing well and I would turn them around and they would send me to another. After two store moves in two states. Read more>>

Tanya Taylor

I’ve loved writing since I was a kid in elementary school. I wrote the typical poems for my self-made Mother’s Day cards, but it wasn’t until the 6th grade that I thought I could be a writer for a living. We had to create a short story as part of our six weeks assignment and my story caught the attention of my teacher who then shared it with the other teachers in the school. No one could believe that it was an original story. Read more>>

Kaynun Judice

I started rapping in the summer of 2015. My friends got me into it with freestyles and song writing. To me I wasn’t very good at it so it remained a hobby until 2017. That’s when I found my potential but I didn’t pursue music until the next year. I always showed my songs to my closest friend and he encouraged me to pursue this career but I didn’t really tune in to what he was saying I just took it as compliments. But until 2017 that’s when it all made sense. Read more>>

Blake Maples

While applying the extracted oil, Rick Simpson became cancer-free, with no pharmaceuticals, all-natural holistic healing. I continued to dive into research and go down rabbit holes, realizing the healing benefits of this magical plant and all other plants/essential oils. I began research on all carrier oils, essential oils, and plant material, learning properties and benefits. Read more>>

Kaylee Mcgilbery

I started tattooing when I was 18. A friend of mine had a cheap tattoo kit that he couldn’t really find a use for anymore, so he gave it to me. I took it home and basically lined my family up and gave them all tattoos, haha! I tried getting apprenticeships here and there in my hometown, but nothing worked out. Read more>>

Brianne Branch

I create custom sugar cookies homemade to order. I am asked, “but do they actually taste good?’” all the time! To which I answer, “of course!” I want them to be pretty but they are too good to just look at! I, personally, prefer my sugar cookies thick and a little soft, and that’s exactly how I make them for my customers! Read more>>

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