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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.

Rachael Crossman

Rachael and her husband Wade moved from New York City to Phoenix, Arizona and just had their first baby! Here in Phoenix, she taught at Musical Surprise for two years before beginning her career as a music director at Arizona Charter Academy. In 2016, Rachael won first place in the NATS Valley of the Sun Chapter, Classical Voice Competition in the Adult Men and Women’s Category. Read more>>

Kim Wagner-Hemmes

They say you never forget your first love, and for me, that was photography. Growing up an only child, I often relied upon it as a surrogate sibling. Starting with the Kodak Instamatic 110 I received in the second grade. The camera lens soon became an extension of my imagination. Teaching me how to appreciate the little things in life that are often taken for granted. Read more>>

Patricia Jaliu

Along the way, many serendipitous events presented themselves and simply going with the flow and allowing what unfolded became the focal point of my work. I dove into an exploratory process of working on designs that I was excited about and executed them with artisans and creatives that I would meet. It was a very expansive time and I was loving meeting and working with so many inspiring people. Read more>>

April Edwards

We are going to continue growing and taking this business as far as we can. I wanted a business that would be a Blessing to others in some way, I feel I have accomplished that. It’s such a Blessing to me to see my wraps all over and my customers so excited to get them. Our wraps are not only top quality, but they serve a great purpose. They help protect the horses tail against the natural elements and allow it to grow long and healthy. Read more>>

Bryanna Fernelius

By March of this year, I began teaching myself many skills that I had not learned before my pregnancy. Since I have always had a firm understanding of my body and how to move it, I was confident and capable of teaching myself safely at home. And once more, I felt completely whole as an individual, wife, mother, and friend. Read more>>

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>>

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>>

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