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Inspiring Stories from West 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 West Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Jacquese Smith

I’ve always aspired to be a fashion designer and I finally put my dream to action in 2019, when I launched my online boutique, XIV! I stayed focused and prayed through the process and I successfully was able to provide affordable, high-quality clothing to ladies with curves! After moving from Mississippi in July, the boutique is currently closed for rebranding. I can’t wait to show the ladies of the DFW area what we are bringing to the table!. Read more>>

Shericka Johnson

I’ve always had a love for accessories, and anyone who knows me knows this! My routine in the mornings consists of choosing my earrings and THEN an outfit to match! I’ve particularly loved eye-catching statement earrings. So, when the chaos of the injustice of incidents started to surface in the public’s eye with individuals such as George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Tayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Micheal Brown Jr., Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean & Breonna Taylor (just to name a few), I wanted their voices to be heard. I don’t often verbally express how I feel about the everyday issues that we are pressed to face in today’s society. So, in my need to feel heard, I found comfort in expressing myself with earrings (hence my frequently used phrase on social media “… say it with your ears”). I was more than motivated to couple my love for earrings with my desire to make a statement. I initially supported another great designer but decided I had more to say. Read more>>

April Littmann

From the time I was in high school, being an interior designer was always a dream of mine. My parents gave me the opportunity to redesign my bedroom and at that point, I discovered my passion in life. From selecting my own bedroom furnishings to designing draperies and custom framing artwork, I learned about the interior design industry and wanted to use my passion to help others. Leading my own business was a dream that came much later down the road. After working for some of the top developers in the residential and multi-family market in Houston, I started a family of my own and wanted to allow more time with them. It’s well known that when you are a business owner, you work more hours and although that may be true, it is rewarding to be in control of not only my work schedule but more so my success. Read more>>

Michael Watkins II

Michael Watkins II is the CEO of The Code Chasers. Michael Watkins II found his passion in life at an early age! He received his 1st iPad at four years old and that’s when his coding journey began. He attended his first coding camp at eight years old. Entrepreneurship is something Michael has always enjoyed. He started his first business at 11 years old. He published his first e-book at 11. Michael is a 2020 graduate of Dale Carnegie youth course. He is also a Certified Game Developer, Certified Android and IOS App Developer and Teacher. Michael is the CEO of The Code Chasers. The company offers many services including live coding demonstrations, Coding & Technology Classes, App Development and Public Speaking Events. Michael loves speaking to people about all of the opportunities available in tech fields. Michael realizes how blessed he is to have the opportunity to learn as much as he possibly can about whatever he has a passion for and he never takes that for granted. He realizes many passed generations were not afforded the opportunities he has today, so that is what drives him. Read more>>

Jared Bolton

I recently moved here from Mississippi, like three years ago. I’m a bass guitarist and have been playing for ten years. Every since I moved here to Dallas, I’ve been focusing more in modeling. I got into modeling by default while doing a shoot with some family back in Mississippi. After that shoot, I put together a portfolio, and then boom, people started reaching out with wanting to do work with me. So I pretty much do music and model for a living. Also, traveling. Read more>>

Danielle Hawthorne

I’m an entertainment journalist turned Confidence Coach who has worked alongside some of the biggest names and studios in Hollywood. When I was in my early twenties, I hit what I call my own personal rock bottom. I got out of a toxic relationship and was left feeling invisible, alone and worst of all, unworthy of my dreams. I felt so stuck, yet I had this inner voice that was screaming that I was meant for more. One day I decided that enough was enough. I wanted something different for myself. I invested in coaches, therapy, courses, programs and everything I could possibly get my hands on to learn how to become the person I wanted to be. It took me several years, but I uncovered a process that allowed me to do just that. I’ve now gone on to accomplish more than I ever thought possible and have had the privilege of traveling the world interviewing some of the biggest stars across the globe all while being my own boss because of one simple choice; I decided to believe in myself and take inspired action one step at a time. Read more>>

Kaelin Anne

I’m Kaelin Anne, founder of The Girl Talk Agency, which is a powerhouse in the movement of women’s empowerment. A young womanpreneur, I spent the last five years of my career pursuing my dreams and turning them to reality. With each success, I reached backwards to pull other women up with me. As I steamrolls ahead, I stay grounded in that passion building my community from within. Getting my start in entrepreneurship as a blogger fueled my passion for helping others grow not only professionally but personally. Seeing the reaction from my blog launched me into a career of hosting as I created my hit talk show, Girl Talk with K. The phenomenal creative project set trends and made waves by building up a sisterhood of creative, resilient women – an alliance that not only highlighted the exceptional women involved but also catapulted them into further success, all the while pulling up inspired women in the process. Nowadays, I transferred my experience to skill. On my quest to become a multi-millionaire, I’m staying true to my passion – building up women by tailoring my knowledge to fit the personal brands of millennial womenpreneurs on the same mission to secure wealth. I consistently use my platform to drop gems, tagging in other entrepreneurs to spread their wealth of knowledge with my audience. Read more>>

Janely Herrera Nieves

I have enjoyed art and fashion ever since I was a little girl. Throughout my life, I’ve worked with different mediums and in the wake of these trying times, I decided I wanted to try something new. I’m a firm believer that earrings are the most important part of every outfit. I often struggled to find the perfect pair of earrings, so I decided the new medium that I would pursue should be one that enabled me to create earrings I love. This is why I decided to get started with polymer clay, and once I did, I was hooked. As I created new pairs of earrings and got such positive feedback from loved ones, I realized that my new hobby could help make one of my longest-standing dreams come true; starting my own business. Eight months and eighty all-nighters later, J Snow & Co. came to be what it is today. Read more>>

Coach D

I started my fitness journey when I was a youth. Much like majority of the youth, I found fitness through play. At around the age of 12, I started to notice that I had above average strength and explored it more diligently as time went on. I built my first weight set at age 12 and continued to find ways to push myself with whatever resources that were available. Till this day, I use the same concept to build my current gym, which is about 10,ooosqft. It’s a luxury garage gym of sorts but it’s not the actual gum that makes it unique or successful; it the members and the culture that has been built here over the past two going on three years. Read more>>

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