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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

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 Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Jaymie D

I learned a lot about animals as well as things to be cautious of while working in the veterinarian field. One thing that I found important that some people may not realize is dog nutrition. The least amount of ingredients in dog food or treats, the better. So I found a minimal ingredient recipe for at-home dog treats. I altered this recipe to use all-natural and the most nutritious ingredients possible. I made a few batches and shared them with friends, family and coworkers. Everyone raved about them! So many people suggested that I start selling them because their pets liked them so much. I eventually decided to give it a go. It’s been amazing hearing how much everyone’s dogs love the treats and how they work for dogs with very sensitive digestive systems; as I also made sure to use ingredients that are best for pets with sensitive skin or bellies so that everyone can enjoy them!! I’m so happy to provide a quality product for people that care about what their pets are eating. Read more>>

Brittini Gray

I started cosmetology school at 17 right out of high school. I had to put my school on pause with only a month left till I finished for personal reasons. I went back and finished, I was asked by the school to give a speech to our graduating class which was all the schools with the company. I went out to work at master cuts with a friend. I was only there for six months and got promoted to manager of cost-cutters another salon in the company. I wanted to make more money and not have to work as hard so I applied to Ulta and worked there for years working at 25, I bought my own house which I thought was never going to happen excuse being on commission. But after a while working at Ulta, I got discouraged in my line of work; they raised prices to crazy highs and as stylists in the salon, they would make us stock their products which is not what I signed up for and I was losing clients to the price my anxiety was at an all-time high at this point I decided it was time for a change so I went to another salon which filed for bankruptcy. Read more>>

Shandranekia Copeland

RHIOT (Reaching out to Help Inspire Our Teens) is meant to be the bridge between children and adults. Our main focuses are anti-bullying, anti-suicide, and dropout rate decrease. We want kids to be able to learn to trust adults by bonding with “teammates” and mentors. All proceeds and donations will benefit the educational development as well as social entertainment with the children. Students will have the opportunity to be trained to be Mentors to their peers because we believe that by providing purpose it will drive a person to want to fulfill their dreams and stay a part of the world. RHIOT was thought of by Shandranekia Copeland when she was just a teen herself trying to find her way in the world. Growing up dealing with troubles at home and school she felt the only way she could get away from it would be to take her life. Read more>>

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