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Inspiring Stories from East 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 East Dallas below.

Bryson Cook

My wife and I had recently moved into our new home. It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood, clean streets, and the people are friendly. I wasn’t sure of the crime rate. Being a Marine veteran and a former cop, I was suspicious. Before I bought my new truck, I had a bucket (beat-up car) and would purchase auto parts for it. Plus, with the new digs, my wife was shopping online too. We would have almost everything sent to my mom’s house 70 miles away to make sure we got our stuff. I love my mom but driving 140 miles or having to wait to get it wasn’t working. I knew there was a better way. During the Christmas season, we are all familiar with the stories about the porch pirates, and then it clicked. My love of service and my background met head-on, Wolf Pack Receiving was born. I bought a copy of “Starting a business for dummies” and a copy of Tim Ferris’ book “The 4-hour workweek” and I was off and running. More like stumbling. Read more>>

Myesha Hill

I began creating t-shirts when my husband first started his music ministry. I knew we were just kicking off and all of our funds were going towards his music so I felt that I could cut costs by creating and branding his products. This went well, but after awhile, I could feel myself being lost in his dream so it was important for me to find my purpose and walk in what God was telling me to do as well. I have always been a sucker for dressing up a t-shirt with a message or even throwing one on with jeans. I am also a proud Christian and African American woman so that is where the concept of promoting both these things in my t-shirts came from. It has become an extremely therapeutic outlet for me to express myself and start conversations about Jesus and my culture. Read more>>

Suman Mallick

This particular novel was inspired by a short story of mine, which itself was inspired when Malala Yousafzai was shot in a school bus for being an activist for female education in 2012. When Malala was shot, I found myself caring deeply for her, but just as much if not more about the untold stories of many other girls like her who suffer and sometimes die under very similar circumstances, but with nowhere near the same level of coverage or outrage. My initial short story was based on a girl like that; she was sharp but ultimately a bit hapless (as a pre-pubescent teen faced with a hopeless fate.) She tries to cope with her situation in a self-destructive way. But in the novel, that young girl has survived and she is grown up, married, and in the US. Read more>>

Roporscha Taylor

Having been raised in a strict Christian, single-parent household, faith and hard work were synonymous. My mother worked as a teacher in both her profession and church, so education was very high on her “To Do” list for me. For the most part, my childhood was amazing. I didn’t lack for the things that I needed and in most cases, I also got what I wanted. However, it wasn’t until I was about 16 or 17 that I started to desire a relationship with my father. He would come around during special occasions, a few holidays, and some weekends, but the absence and inconsistency still left a very large void. Read more>>

Benjamin Martin

The thirst for entrepreneurial independence came to me in college but at the time they were just thoughts I dismissed. I’d always had a desire to own a business I was passionate about, where I controlled all aspects of the process. If I was going to run my own business, I wanted to develop a skill that wouldn’t make me completely dependent on anyone. For my 25th birthday, my wife bought me my first sewing machine and eliminated my excuses not to get started. So, I learned how to create bow ties and women’s scarves from scratch. I control 100% of the creation process from start to finish all by hand. This process took about a year and a half of late nights, early mornings, multiple trial and error failures and countless spells of self-doubt. After I’d finally mastered my craft, I took the leap and launched my business. Read more>>

Jackson Whitby

Meet Jackson M.E. Whitby, the founder of Transcending Limits Coaching. Jack was born in Arkansas and, in his early teens, moved to Dallas, TX. Jack started from humble beginnings. His single mother raised him and his three siblings and they moved around frequently throughout his childhood. Jack gained many valuable experiences and learned to interact with people from varying backgrounds. Jackson has been medically transitioning since 2018. In 2011, he had two strokes, one on each side of his body. Jackson had to learn how to build his life from the ground up and survive some of the hardest, darkest moments. Read more>>

Ashley Nicole

My name is Ashley Nicole and I am an RA Warrior! I’ve lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 16 years and developed a passion for health and fitness along the way. After my first big transformation and deciding to change my lifestyle in 2009, I knew that I could inspire others like me to do the same. After being laid off for the second time in 2018, I decided to obtain my personal training certification. I used my time wisely and also got certifications in fitness nutrition, endurance training and strength training, qualifying me as a Master Trainer. After achieving all of this, you’d think I’d be on top of the world and ready to conquer it, but there was so much self-doubt. Read more>>

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