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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth 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 the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Bethania Aranguren

My career with my personal brand began after giving birth to my first girl, I wanted to be the best mother for her, be with her as long as I could and also give her the best nutrition that I could, so I began to study, learn, and learn about food, I began to exercise as well since I did not feel good with my body postpartum, and in that process I understood that beyond a body, I had to learn to heal my past wounds and to love all that I was. When I started my healing process from the inside out, people began to notice it and that’s how I became that woman who lifts up other women not only by giving them an eating plan but also by letting them know that they are more than a body. From there, every day I try to let them know that you can transform their life from home, many times one as a woman makes many excuses, says: I do not have time, I do not have money, I am not going to achieve it, I cannot, but all that is in the Mind you, I started my transformation process from home. Read more>>

Joseph Samuel

I got started in the Dallas bar scene by going to ABC bartering way back in 2006. Little did I know how hard it would be to get a decent job afterwords. Hardly anyone wants a bartender fresh out of school with no experience. Most companies want you to have some experience or want to hire you as a server and teach you all of their terrible bar technics on the way. I got a small Jamaican restaurant/ club “Murphy’s” to bite and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve spent the last 15 years in every type of bar scene possible. From fast-paced nightclubs to fine dining. That’s allowed me to be around so many great minds and personalities in the service industry. My wife talked me into starting Craftenders in 2018. At the time, I was running the bar program at Flora St. Café the only 5-star restaurant in Dallas. I had done plenty of private parties but I wasn’t locked into it. Then it hit me. If I can maintain a 5-star bar program for a fine dining experience, then why could I do this for myself on a more permanent basis. Read more>>

Alfred Rucker

I was born in South Carolina, grew up in Killeen, TX. I am a small-town guy trying to live out my big city dreams. The pandemic taught me one thing, go after your dreams because tomorrow is not promise. Label Me Exclusive started with helping people celebrate events whether it be a drive-by or a backyard event through the pandemic. It has now turned into a one stop shop for your event decor needs. Read more>>

Lara Days

It took a lot of twists and turns for me to get to where I am now! I went to school for music performance and education, and I honestly never saw myself doing anything other than music. I was always active in sports as a kid and thought I had “retired” until my junior year of college when I got an email from the softball coach asking me if I was interested in trying out for the softball team. I think that was what got my foot back in the door, so to speak. I played college softball for two years, then got into yoga and running when I was in grad school, and eventually CrossFit. I did my yoga teacher certification in 2013 but never really learned anything about food. Through all of this, I was sharing my own health journey on social media. I would share yoga classes I was teaching, CrossFit classes I was taking, races I was running. Read more>>

Kellie Kay

I started a full-time Wedding Photography business in 2019 with my fiancé & lead videographer, we realized early 2019 that we could create a structured and organized business that would be successful. I personally wanted this whole process to be very easy for couples and I wanted photography to be the least stressful part of their journey to marriage, I really do have the best intentions for couples and people who come to us and I want them to start their lives together with images that remind them why love is important. Read more>>

Marquila Turner

After my sons Eric Jr and Cameron passed away at birth from Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, I went into deep depression and had no one who understood my pain. I created Quila’s Angels in January 2019 to connect with other mothers who experienced a loss of a child to share their stories and break the silence of pregnancy and infant loss and ARPKD. In 2020, Quila’s Angels became a 501 (c) (3) organization and now we have launched the Sisterhood of Angel Mama’s Magazine, a digital and print magazine for angel mamas and infertility warriors to share their stories and express their truth about grief and healing. I got to where I am today because of God, he has brought me out of depression and gave me peace and strength to help others. Read more>>

MatNeshia Woods

I became a single mom at 18, straight out of high school. I was five months pregnant with my daughter walking across the stage at my graduation. I was determined to not be another statistic and made sure I did any and everything to provide for my daughter. I had to go through a lot of things in life; most people wouldn’t believe that I am where I am today with all of the things I have been through. I had my son at 22 and thought I found the love of my life and finally had the family I always wanted. Those dreams only work out in movies, not in real life. That didn’t work out so now I am a single mom of two at 23 years old. I had to make a way for my kids to have everything they needed because I was all they had. 2015 I met my amazing husband and my bonus daughter and we got married in 2017, I finally found what real love is. My daughter’s name is Alaijah (Lay) and my son’s name is Zayin (Zay). Those two little people are my world! I really started this for them. I wanted to build generational wealth for my children and show them that if mommy can do it so can you. Read more>>

Shawna Linzy

My Mother (Gladys) discovered my gift of singing when I was 3 years old. Both her and my Father (Sam) would have music playing in our home and I began to sing along with the songs that were played. My Mom entered me into my first talent show at the age of 11 and I won first place with Whitney Houston’s, “The Greatest Love of All.” Following this, my Dad began working with me vocally and we as a family would often travel to different locations as I competed and performed as a vocalist. Read more>>

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