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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.

Kenyon France

Where I am now is somewhere I would have never imagined I would be. So many times, I contemplated ending it all but knowing that things would get better and knowing every step has a purpose really helped me to keep going. When I was three, my parents split, and that really affected me growing as my father was no longer present in my life. The older I got, the less I stopped thinking about it as much, but the pain was still there. Read more>>

Nicole Adefuye

I started making YouTube videos because I felt that I could relate with other people in that aspect. I went through a brief stage in my life where I was starting to realize I have more to offer than just cute selfies on Instagram. People have always told me that I should look into YouTube and that I’d be a great candidate for becoming a brand ambassador. Read more>>

Sazsha Marine

I am enjoying life as a reiki practitioner and holistic living coach among other things… As any mom knows, we have to wear many hats. I grew up all over Illinois, from the smallest farmland town to the city of Chicago and all the suburbs in between. I have always been sensitive to different energies and have had a passion for learning about nutrition and wellness but it wasn’t until I moved to Arizona in 2014 that I was able to explore those interests further. Read more>>

Kala Vaughn

My mother introduced me to cooking and baking as a child. We would do many things from boxed mixes or from scratch, but as I grew older, I wanted to challenge myself more and experiment in different ways. After becoming vegetarian and eventually vegan, I had to learn new ways to create my favorite desserts in a dietary friendly way. Read more>>

Endymion “Tru” Bragg

I began exploring art in grade school. First with drawing, then with video recording little skits with my sisters and cousins like we seen on In Living Color. My father was a photographer as well so I was exposed to life behind the camera through him when he’d bring me along with him to weddings he’d shoot. I didn’t pick up a camera to do photography until later in life. Read more>>

Adam Schwartz

I have spent the past 20 years in education. After college, I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take. I ended up moving from Tucson, AZ to Upstate NY and coaching college football for six years. I served stints at Hamilton College, Cornell University, and Rutgers University. I met my future wife while working at Cornell; College coaching is a tumultuous career. Read more>>

Krysten Sarkissian

My love for photography started when I was just a little girl. I constantly had a camera with me wherever I went. I grew up with so many camera options like the Polaroid 600 (the one where the camera spit the photo out and you shook it till it developed), the Polaroid iZone (the other camera that spit out photos but they were on a long, skinny rectangular strip, often of multiple colors), and many, many disposable cameras. Read more>>

Caitlyn Capulong

My passion for art began when I was a little girl at the age of four. I was always drawn to art and found myself doodling and painting as a form of hobby and relaxation. Growing up, I started incorporating different mediums like markers, acrylic, watercolor paints, pastel, and crayons. I would collect random things around the house that most people would throw away. Read more>>

Mandy Sapp

I started my journey with MojiLife as a customer. I was supporting a friend who was a founding distributor of this brand new company I had never heard of. I was intrigued by the product and then fell in LOVE with it when I placed my first order. I hosted a MojiSocial around Thanksgiving to help my friend out and earn some free product for myself. Read more>>

Sue (Mitchell) Shapiro

We all have our unique soul-stories, and my story could have ended when I was four years of age but instead, it moved me closer to my life path. Back in the early 1960’s, at the very young age of four, I had a Near Death Experience (NDE) and this event must have been a frightening experience to my parents since they didn’t really want to talk about it or want me to talk about it. Read more>>

Hunter Rhoades and Mana Sadat

Baked And Boujee started with intentions to make “macro-friendly” or “healthier” baked goods. Mana and I are both very involved in fitness & proper nutrition, but also have major sweet tooth cravings. We make cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes etc. that are lower in sugar, carbs, calories & fats! We offer options such as keto, gluten-free. Read more>>

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