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Inspiring Stories from Surprise

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 Surprise and surrounding areas below.

Laura Kearns and Kelsey Cook

Kelsey wanted to open a Board & Brush because she loves crafting and was obsessed after she participated in her first workshop. Kelsey’s husband’s job moved them from Georgia to Arizona. Laura, from Arizona, suggested that they open a Board and Brush as Kelsey was interested and was looking for work in Arizona! Read more>>

Amey Fields

One of the parts of my job that I really was passionate about was helping moms and babies with breastfeeding. I decided that I wanted to add IBCLC to my title (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) so in 2010 I started my clinical hours, and in July of 2012, I sat for the boards. I started Az Breastfed Babies in 2014 and continued working in my role as a labor nurse as well as lactation consultant until 2016. Read more>>

Jordan Gilman

Jordan Gilman truly grew up studying the design and marketing habits of the top brands in the world – motivating him to design his first website in the 4th grade. Since then he has gone on to work with some of the top entrepreneurs and businesses across the world, helping them increase their reach in the digital marketplace. Jordan Gilman is a Creative and Branding Expert who has consulted and managed digital brands for top-level CEOs, professional athletes, celebrities, and $100 million lifestyle brands. Read more>>

Kaity Baugus

It has always been in the back of my mind as a dream of something I want to professionally do. However, I was scared of entrepreneurship and of the unknown. I was going to school for education, then switched midway to dental hygiene. I felt like something was missing. I didn’t really feel like I was doing what I needed to do. I then began exploring the idea of making my dream of becoming a professional photographer come to life. Read more>>

Garrett Galindo

During my time here, I became very interested in so many of the art pieces that decorated our multi-purpose classroom and my 3D design teacher who had noticed my curiosity recommended that I take her fine art course as well. I eventually signed up for Fine arts, and this is where my love for painting truly blossomed. Growing up as a Latino boy in Arizona who didn’t speak a lick of Spanish definitely led me to a bit of an identity crisis during my adolescence and teenage years. Read more>>

Bathsheba Adams

Entering foster care at the age of five and being raised as an adopted child she discovered her purpose through operating in her passion to help people. She employs her talents to deliver her message of keeping God first, forgiveness, and success. Ultimately, her goal is to continuously collaborate on projects with those who share the drive to help people while crossing all boundaries with no exception to age, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, education, and culture. Read more>>

Heather Shrum

I loved baking and always dreamed of running my own bakery. My dream became a reality shortly after my daughter was born. I was three months into my breastfeeding journey when I felt my supply was dropping. A friend of mine had told me to try lactation cookies. I had no idea what they were. After hours of browsing through recipes, I threw a batch of cookies together, and they not only did they taste amazing but quickly improved my supply! Read more>>

Emtesha Newble

The idea of Baked Chemistry started when my daughter who was two years old at the time was diagnosed with severe nut allergies. My husband, son, and I do not have a nut allergy, so the adjustment was challenging. I went from rarely reading labels of products to reading EVERYTHING! Her allergist helped educate my husband and I on our new normal and developed a treatment plan that would include every step needed to keep her safe. Read more>>


Jamie Rye

I have always LOVED photography but when I lost my brother, tragically in 2011, I realized I didn’t have enough pictures of him, and there were so many moments that my family and I weren’t ever going to get back. Shortly after that, my husband and I got pregnant, and I knew I wanted to capture every special moment of my daughter’s life. I also realized I wanted to gift that same passion I had for my family onto other people’s families because I know they have just as many amazing things going on as I do. Read more>>

Sherrie Werner

I have always been a creative person. My love of crafting is where it all began when I was younger. I have always loved doing different types of crafts….whether it was jewelry making, knitting, needlepoint, dried floral arrangements, silk floral arrangements or making wood signs. I love learning new things. I didn’t become a floral designer until I moved to Arizona. I worked in the medical field and just wasn’t happy sitting behind a computer anymore. I stepped out of my comfort zone and changed careers to fulfill my creative side in 1999. Read more>>

Sophia Martinez

It all started from a desire to create pretty spaces on an affordable budget.As a stay at home mom for just about twelve years, I had to learn to get creative on a single income. The lack of income coming in really fueled my creativity and I taught myself how to take one persons trash and turn it into treasure. I really wanted my home to look put together and welcoming but we just didn’t have the budget to do all the things I wanted to do. I would go to yard sales and estate sales knowing I would find pieces with good bones, and I would take it home to paint. One summer I lived in Sacramento and things were really hard financially. Read more>>

Loren Oliveira and Beatriz Malnic

Our story began as a group of women in South Florida that decided to showcase the beauty of Brazilian music and its people. Fast forward 17 years, and we now have trained over 160 women to also perform in various activities to more than 13 thousand people yearly. Additionally, these women serve our local community through musical experiences in hospitals, schools, universities, and theaters. Read more>>


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