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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.

Kayler Kempf

I am a holistic doula, placenta professional, & owner of Instinctual Birth Doula & Placenta Services serving the Arizona valley! I am a mom of three, dog mom of seven, home birth assistant & I have been with my husband for ten years. We are high school sweethearts! When we decided to start a family in 2015, I spent most of my time researching nursery decor and the cutest girl clothes. I researched absolutely nothing in regards to giving birth, the importance of having a postpartum plan, & most importantly signs of postpartum depression and/or anxiety. I struggled greatly postpartum. I felt disconnected from my baby & I wondered why I ever made the choice to have one. I assumed I just wasn’t meant to be a mom. I never wanted to hurt her or myself, I just thought motherhood wasn’t for me. At my six weeks postpartum check-up with my provider, they gave me a postpartum depression screening. The paper asked me if I felt like killing myself or my baby, if I had had any uncontrollable episodes of rage if I found myself crying for no reason. All of my answers were no. Read more>>

Tammy Gann

I started French Candle co. for my love of candles. When I was in a small little village in Holland, I came across a small candle shop. This shop was one of the oldest family-owned candle shops in Holland. This shop hand-poured and hand-dipped all of their candles. Fascinated by the beautifully handcrafted candles, I asked many questions and it was in this small elegant shop, I began to learn all the secrets of candle making. When I returned home, I began the art of candle making for my friend and family. This is something that I take great pride in and only the finest natural ingredients go into my candles, including my passion. Read more>>

Terri Hernandez

As long as I can remember, I (Terri Hernandez) have enjoyed baking and cooking. For me it is relaxing, creative, and brings joy to other people. I baked my first pie, on my own, at age nine. I also won a purple ribbon at the county fair (highest honor) for Gingerbread as a member of the 4-H group. I didn’t even care for the flavor of gingerbread at the time. I don’t quite remember when I started making fudge, or even why, it just sounded good. It was around Christmas time when I was a young teen Mom with two children. Eventually, I was making fudge every Christmas and it became a tradition with my family. Every Christmas, I’d be asked if I was going to make fudge! Of course, I obliged. Read more>>

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