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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.

Tabatha Marden

Working in schools doing Speech Therapy, I witness kids/teens struggle with mental health, confidence, and social anxiety, which Impacts their relationships, academics and overall well-being. As well as teachers and parents who feel depleted, stressed and anxious more than ever. According to CDC, 1/3 of kids are diagnosed with anxiety disorder by age 18 years old, starting at age six years old. It’s devastating to know the third leading cause of death in the United States is suicide, which played a huge role in my inspiration to educate myself and others on preventing these tragedies. The key to prevention is social-emotional learning (SEL). Read more>>

Guy and Joanne Penns

Heaven’s Healing Hands was formed in September of 2017 by Guy & Joanne Penns. The organization was driven by our passion to serve the people of God. We would leave our faith-based service at Kingdom in The Valley Christian Church under Pastors Reginald & Kelly Steele. After seeing the number of homeless people in the Sunny Slope area increasing weekly, it was so alarming, so we decided to take action, starting with buying 200 sandwiches from a local fast-food restaurant and the same number of bottles of water. We would serve people from the Sunny Slope neighborhood to the Human Services Campus / CASS in downtown Phoenix on a weekly basis. So the organization was birthed. Read more>>

Wildflower Connections

When it comes to business, we have learned that in order to rise in your field of genius, you must also have a tribe that supports your vibe, as well as a mindset ready for growth and the hunger for more. When we met over eight years ago at another networking group, we did not instantly know that our friendship was destined for something so magical – we weren’t ready at that time. While we showed up to our meeting every week and supported each other in our businesses – there was something grander in the works. A couple of years later, unknowingly we found ourselves connecting on a whim and magically having deeper, more genuine conversation. We realized we both were on a personal growth journey. Timing is everything!! We were no longer afraid of being raw and real. We took off our pretending hats, realizing that life is not all peaches and cream. Read more>>

Angelique Jones and Marisa Contreras

My best friend and I decided to create a garland for my birthday in September. We did such a fabulous job that once we posted photos to social media family and friends started reactions out requesting our services for their special occasions. That being said, we decided to take our talents to the next level and boom “Bubbly Chic” was born. Read more>>

Dianna Stewart

Hello! I’m Dianna – the owner of Steward Strategies and I Quit Corporate for Small Biz. In my career, I’ve managed multimillion person social media communities, multi-million dollar paid advertising & TV commercial budgets, partnered & negotiated with over 500 influencers & celebrities, and sat in many boardrooms presenting to CEOs of multibillion-dollar companies! As much as endless budgets and resources was fun, I always felt the biggest beneficiary of social media marketing was a small business. When I saw how hard 2020 hit small businesses, I knew it was more important than ever to share my corporate strategy and tactics with them to help them survive, thrive and grow. So, here I am… launching my own small business to help yours! I currently serve over 10 businesses with their social media strategy, product and service photography, brand story, influencer management and overall digital marketing strategy. Read more>>

Garie Chavez

It all started when I was 19 years old in 1982. Living in Glendale at the time, newly married, with no furniture, I decided to build his own coffee table and dining table and chairs. Fast forward to 2015, I started collecting wine and liquor bottles to repurposed as candle holders and centerpieces. I recover logs from weathered down trees, individual homeowners and tree services allow me to create 100% sustainable, repurposed live edge wood designs. This prevents some logs from being taken to the landfill. I combined desert live edge wood and wine bottle and turn into functional art. Today, I create live edge fractal art charcuterie boards, magnetic knife and firearm holders, guitar hangers, fractal wall art, wine and spirit flight boards, live edge dining tables accent table, front entry tables, coffee tables, sofa tables, wine bottle centerpieces and candle holders. Read more>>

Jonny Elliott

I was born and raised up in mainland China in a town called Wuhu till 21, Be a language teacher traveled a lot after graduating from teacher’s university, Moved to Phoenix 7 years ago, and started tattooing as a hobby after teaching job by then in Glendale. With time goes by, my tattooing business grow bigger and bigger become a career, I finally quit my teaching job after 11 years of teaching last year, start being a full-time artist in Iron Key Studio. Read more>>

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