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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.

Sean McMahon

All this ten-year journey has helped me to become the self-made man that I am today. My accomplishments include graduating from Horizon High School with a 3.25 GPA, made semifinals at ASU expository speaking event during my senior year, I am politically involved with the Arizona Republican Party, and currently holding the position of ZECO ECO specialist. Read more>>

Hannah Allen

I bought my first DSLR camera and it all went up from there! I started my business and began to really love photographing people and their special moments. I love getting to know people and talking with complete strangers. I love being able to capture who people truly are and who they truly love. Read more>>

Jessica Ederer

We put a lot of love into each piece we work on for our clients. Whether it’s a custom order, custom build, an antique find or an outdated item that could use a new look, we can’t wait to transform that special something that will become the conversation piece of your home. We have been beyond blessed the opportunity this small business has given! Read more>>

Brady Taylor

I’m a very unpredictable styled artist. I honestly feel I’m some sort of mystery box. I never know what something will look like once it’s down to painting it.I’d say I specialize in acrylics, but I’m still learning new techniques and styles along the way. One day, I’ll transfer over to oils.As a creative, I’m most proud of the realm of freedom I live within as far as the way I can express my ideas and thoughts. Read more>>

Ruben Trujillo

For some reason, I told myself, “I’m going to learn how to do this.” It was a year later that I enrolled in a barista course an hour out of my city. It was during the first class that I realized although the instructor spoke fluent English he would not be teaching the class. I had accidentally signed up for a Korean barista course. Read more>>

Kristyn Dingman

There is not one definition of beauty in this world we live in. We have the ability to define our own beauty by allowing people to live, act and look however they choose. I am enough and I love the body that I have. The worst thing we can do as people is wish parts of our body away. Let’s encourage and lift each other up. We are all beautiful and worthy of happiness. Read more>>

Brian Bojanowski

The journey began in 2014. At the time, I was in the corporate world working for a fortune 100 company. I had worked there for the past 15 years since I and my wife had relocated from the Chicago area. I had given everything I had to the company and had successfully worked myself into a Vice President of Finance role. Read more>>

Tracey Rodriguez

Our vision at IRON Girlz is to assist as many ladies as possible with the systems we have in place to sustain and reach their health and fitness goals but even more important to feel strong, beautiful and create confidence that has been lost along the way and to feel this from the inside out. Read more>>

Faith Payne

Music, throughout my whole life, has been a huge healer for me. My Aunt used to play all sorts of music for me when I was younger, and no matter what, it would always calm me. Me and my aunt shared a passion and love for music, and I found myself throughout my rough patches of life always playing music to help me get through those times. Read more>>

Sofia Sparacia

Here I was, a new mom, trying to navigate this new life and figure out how to challenge myself and continue to grow and make my son and family proud. I didn’t really know where to go, but my very supportive father in law suggested I go to real estate school and become partners with my mother in law, Nickole. Read more>>

Vedder Gabriel Ellis

Vedder doesn’t have an interest in gaming or television. He enjoys creation and communication much more. His favorite artist of all times are CHRIS CORNELL, Jared Leto, Chris Stapleton, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Greta Van Fleet, Green Day, Led Zeppelin to name a few. Read more>>

David Lewis Hollins Jr.

After spending years recording with a group of other various artists, he decided to pursue a solo career. From there, he started his own brand (KrowVillageEnt) to perform under. He was always motivated by all music. Widely considered to be an experimental artist, new listeners should be ready to experience a different vibe, with every listen. Read more>>

David Simmons

What is most inspiring is that the vast majority of these teens are dealing with their own substance and mental health issues and very few of them have any experience in the arts. Their willingness to step forward in courageous vulnerability and share their stories and work to find hope for themselves and their peers has been life-altering. This is but one example of many. Read more>>

Bridjett JoAnn

Being a first-time mom, I was terrified of my daughter getting sick. I literally dreaded it more than just about anything. My goal was to find a way to give her all the positive benefits from using elderberry, without the honey, and that’s where it all started. Read more>>

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>>


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