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Gilbert’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix 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 Greater Phoenix area’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 inspiring stories from Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Eileen Pieczonka

Not even in my wildest dreams, would I ever think of being a children’s book author. Writing is just not my forte. I hope you will find this read enjoyable, maybe even a bit goose-bumpy, or ultimately inspiring! My story is about destiny; my inspiration for writing; pets changing lives; and literacy awareness. “An individual who does not challenge him/herself, struggles to flourish to their highest potential.” It took a karmic dog named Jamie for me to realize I was that individual. Through her experiences, I learned to challenge myself with every opportunity that comes along. Read more>>

Vickie Aigner and Sophie Aigner

Definitely! I think to tell you how Alive, Fit & Free has come about is to tell you a little bit about where I come from, so here goes. I have been a passionate health advocate my whole life, adopting a natural lifestyle at a young age and healing myself naturally from cervical cancer at the age of 25. After being widowed at the age of 47 with 5 kids still at home, I turned my passion into a career as a health and wellness professional. I became an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and have worked over the last 15 years with various senior residence facilities, corporations, and individuals as a Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Coach, and Nutritional Coach. Read more>>

Iysha Wedderburn

Iysha C. Wedderburn Master Esthetician. Owner and Founder of Sparkle N Sparkle Skincare. She is Tri licensed in Arizona, New Jersey and New York state. Her home base is Chandler, Arizona where her business is located specializes in corrective skincare, skin coaching and full body waxing, During the Pandemic Iysha provided complementary Virtual Consultations to help assist her clients and followers to still feel confident and educated about their skin during uncertain times. Iysha was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and always had a passion to inspire and help others with their self -esteem. Iysha volunteers her time speaking on panels to others especially the youth about the importance of skincare that it’s not a luxury but a part of our health. Our company motto is “We bring out the inner shine that you have always had within”. Read more>>

Tosha Tharp-Gaitanis

Pawsitive Friendships was founded by Tosha Tharp in 2014. When her son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of four, she quickly realized that no diagnosis was “one size fits all” and that each child should be considered and treated on an individual basis. The idea for Pawsitive Friendships occurred to her while she and her son were practicing their regular home exercises. He was VERY non-compliant because the exercises were difficult and because he was unable to communicate his feelings. When he asked to have Zoe, their French Bulldog, join him on the swing, Tosha was stunned. Both boy and dog loved every minute of it!  From then on, Tosha incorporated Zoe into other exercises, and soon his compliance ceased to be an issue. Rather than focusing on what he couldn’t do, he was focusing instead on Zoe. Read more>>

Ivan Gomez and John Vizcarra

Inspired Dreams Supply Company (IDSC) is founded in 2018 by three individuals (Ivan Gomez, Jeremiah Padilla, & John Vizcarra) who wanted nothing more than to pursue their dreams and to build a brand that will inspire others to go after theirs.  We wanted to use this platform to encourage everyone—through God’s help—to find their passion and what their purpose is on Earth. Throughout our two years since IDSC was founded, we’ve learned countless valuable lessons from individuals who is going through/ has gone through hardships and trials. Lessons that we want to utilize now and in the future to share with our community in order to help individuals reach their goals. Read more>>

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