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Inspiring Stories from Peoria

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 Peoria and surrounding areas below.

Carrie Moody

There are so many avenues for dietitians to find work. My goal was to educate and reach as many people as I could to teach them to use food and exercise to better their lives. I wanted to share my story and experiences to show others it could be done and to have the education and knowledge base to become a credible source of information to them. My own personal journey is what led me to a career as a dietitian and soon after, a fitness instructor. Read more>>

Jessie Strickland

I began to understand why my father took so many pictures. After I got my first camera, I was taking pictures of any and everything. My oldest was in love with the camera, and the camera loved her. Friends started asking me to take their photos, so I decided to start marketing myself and my work. One of the first places I ever posted about my photography was craigslist. I’m honestly not sure why I posted there, but I’m beyond thankful I did. Another photographer called me out of the blue. I spent hours on the phone with her. Read more>>

Mikayla Hopper

I knew the community college courses were not the path I wanted to take so I took a break. I have a lot of thought into how I should turn my passion into a career, and I explored culinary schools. I enrolled in Arizona Culinary Institute and received my certificate. As part of the culinary program, I completed an internship at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn. I really enjoyed working there and was offered a permanent position as a line cook. While there, I was able to help out with pastries and made my first wedding cake. Read more>>

Kelly Stoddard

Creativity has always been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. With no formal art education, I am a self-taught artist. My earliest memories of art started younger than the age of five. All I needed was a piece of paper and a brush or a pen in my hand to be happy. Read more>>

Rachel Wight

I discovered my passion for dance in high school. Inspired by the flourishing dance community of a then young Orange County dance community. I studied at California State University at Long Beach Dance program where I had the privilege to study under Jeff Slayton, Trinjte Shapley, Gloria Newman and my mentor Nannette Brodie. I danced with the Nannette Brodie Dance Theater for five years. Read more>>

Dom Faussette

Growing up in San Bernardino, California. It wasn’t the most pleasant environment, but one thing my mother used to do was take us to an even more impoverished environment to just look around and feel the environment. Twenty minutes later, she’d take us to a new-build where a Realtor would tour the spec. homes and hand out candy. I remember a time we were sitting on the steps inside of this brand-new house and my mother said, “You know what? Just because I live here now, doesn’t mean I have to stay here.” I always felt this outlook was relevant in many situations. Read more>>

Jailene Carlos

To start off, I owe a lot of thanks to my family for the blessings that I have seen and received in the present time. I was born the fifth child to two amazing parents that had always believed in me and made me feel capable of achieving whatever I desired. I started my school life being the “smart girl” and was placed in many afterschool programs to further enhance my intelligence, and possibly earn me a scholarship. In elementary school, I found myself always interested in different arts; I enjoyed creative writing and performing arts classes, as well as singing. Read more>>

Meghan Smith

I have been crafty and creative my entire life. My grandma taught me how to sew at a young age, and my mother always took me to the craft store to find items to fuel my creativity. I am born and raised in Arizona and attended ASU(Go Devils!) I spent 16 years working in multi-unit retail management and decided to re-invent myself after my 3rd son was born. The retail hours weren’t flexible or ideal for my young family, so I took a leap of faith and began working in Land Development. Three years later, I am a Project Manager for Pinnacle Land Development LLC and I absolutely LOVE what I do. Read more>>

Adolpho Navarro

When I was nine years old at a family gathering, I found my father’s VHS camera laying around, so I decided to have fun with it. I rounded up my cousins, and we made a movie with it and played it on the living room television. All of the sudden the adults stopped to watch us and laughed at our movie. At that moment I realized the power of telling stories through the art of filmmaking. I was the only child growing up in a small town, so I turned to the video camera to play out my adventures with a green screen in my living room. Read more>>

Kerianne Prieto

My name is Kerianne Prieto & I have been doing what I love for the last 12+ years… Make-Up. I went to cosmetology school my senior year of high school in hopes that I could start my career early & get into the field that I have loved since I was a child as soon as possible. Read more>>

Tom Birney

A long time ago back in the 80″s the company was born. I always wanted to be in business for my self. This thing called computers were just coming out. I purchased one and was intrigued by how it could save time and money for pretty much any business. Read more>>

Christian Chambliss

I was raised in a loving family with a great support system, but early in my teen years some decisions I made took me far away from that into a life of addiction and self destruction. As a teenager I lived my life loaded, and lost ended up losing a few friends to drug overdoses. When I was 17 I myself overdose; thankfully I survived. Read more>>

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