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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.

Cristina Lorefice a.k.a. Giggles

It’s my passion and inspiration to share the enormous benefits of this methodology. Because of my Laughter practice, I am a better Human Being. I created LOL4Health with the intention to keep on spreading the healing that this phenomenal approach offers. I offer a Laughter Wellness coaching program that is unlike any other one that produces lasting changes at work, for individuals, groups, and couples. Read more>>

Tay Da Crown

I basically started doing music after a brief prison stint I had. I started with as little Knowledge as possible about the music business, I just wanted to create and stay out of trouble as much as possible. The more I recorded the better I started getting. I always wrote poetry and I even got one published called “Drums” in the National Library of Poetry. Read more>>

Jeannie Gambill

I started doing accounting right out of college, however, I didn’t have an accounting degree, I had a teaching degree which I just didn’t enjoy. I was doing bookkeeping for small businesses and then got a job with UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) where I started learning about non-profit accounting and really found a passion for that. Read more>>

Ciara Williams

I love social media. I enjoy waking up in the middle of the night because a thought or an idea won’t let me sleep. I’m always looking for ways to engage with my followers and cater to their likening. My goal is to provide great quality, self appealing product without breaking the bank for women of all color and sizes. Read more>>

Lynda Dickens

I started my endeavors longing to enhance one’s natural beauty. I’m a licensed instructor of cosmetology , a state examiner and my love for community has caused me to implement several programs at our salon.Number one, we cater to people who are either afflicted by cancer or who are going through treatments like chemo or radiation . Read more>>

Sam Rapp

Welding has been a passion and a struggle trying to take it from just some art I do in the garage to a full business that can pay the rent. There have been times when it has gone well and times when it just hasn’t gone anywhere at all. Currently, I have been focusing on building up inventory and building an online presence. Read more>>

Gabrielle Ward

I now have three beautiful children, an amazing husband and a small, quaint little farm we call home. I have an associates degree in digital photography and have been successfully running my own photography business for almost five years now. I have photographed everything from weddings to real estate. Read more>>

Cynthia Chadwick

With my DS, I only really took pictures and played around with the stickers and other editing features on the DS that were available at the time but I think that’s where my love for photography began. After the DS it moved to a Nintendo DSI and in high school when I got my first smartphone, it moved to that. Read more>>

Vanessa Dawson

Nowadays, nothing makes me happier than hearing from someone how comfortable I made them feel after years of being too scared to set foot in an office! It hasn’t been the easiest, quickest, or straightest path to dentistry and for that, I am forever grateful. Read more>>

Jenny Hyland

I moved to Arizona almost nine years ago from New York- my now husband, boyfriend at the time, got offered a job out here. I made the leap of faith to move with zero friends or family in AZ and trust my heart. It’s been a whirlwind of different jobs, living situations and figuring myself out in this new place in my life. Read more>>

Justin Ratkovich

This love for training grew, and God opened up doors to work in a large commercial gym as a personal trainer. For nearly a year and a half, I worked 5 am to 8 pm shifts almost every day of the week and loved every second of it. I felt energized by my clients, and I was really growing into my identity as a coach. Read more>>

Isabelle ‘Belle’ Singleton

It was a very gratifying feeling seeing my first time-lapse process video up on my Instagram, it reminded me of the kid who would lay down on the couch and watch some faceless man draw Naruto on a sheet of paper with gentle music in the background. I was suddenly that person, and I couldn’t have been happier. Read more>>

Michelle Lewis

With the help of Facebook and Instagram, I started building my business. I believe in slow and steady, so I made a plan and put it to work. I have been growing my business strong for almost eight years, building my client base and reputation in the west valley. I turned my passion for photographing people in the newspaper world into a business of photography peoples portraits. Read more>>

Heather Lobrigo

I had a bit of a late start if you could say that. I was always one of those people who would say, “I can’t draw a circle to save my life,” funny enough I have programs to do that for me now, but I never thought of myself to be all that creative until my junior year in high school. Read more>>


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