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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.

Dr. Hyejin Lee

Violinist Hyejin Lee is dedicated to her career as both an active performer and a passionate professor. Hyejin Lee completed her doctoral degree in violin performance and minor in music and medicine at the University of North Texas having been awarded the University Graduate Scholarship, College of Music Scholarship, Anshel Brusilow Scholarship in Orchestral Studies, and The Lupe Murchison Foundation Scholarship. Read more>>

Ashley Johnson

I was raised around real estate. My mom has been in the industry for about 20 years now. As a child, I remember tagging along with her on her showings and closing appointments, and I would quickly catch on to most of the real estate terms that she would say frequently. Fast forward to August 2019, my junior year of college at The University of Texas at Austin, I got my real estate license and started working for a local real estate company, where my primary focus was being an apartment locator for my fellow UT students. Read more>>

Dawn Fabritz

My story began 7 years ago, I was dealing with unexplained and unanswered health issues. Every doctor I went to wanted to dismiss all of my symptoms and throw a pill at them. Working in the fitness industry there was a lot of pressure to follow fad diets, take short cuts to loosing weight and do crazy amounts of intense workouts throughout the week. I knew that was the very reason my own health was so out of wack and I was suffering ,something had to change. Read more>>

Maria Becerra

Lubellas started almost 2 years ago when covid started. Me and my husband we both work in the restaurant industry for years and with covid we both ended without a job, so he told me to start making cakes and he help me out delivering and selling them with friends and family. So I did, I started baking mostly cheesecakes, banana bread, muffins and basic things. We started baking more every week and then people stater asking for cakes, so I was then baking cakes, but then they wanted custom cakes and honestly never decorate cakes before , only basic cakes and for family but never cakes like with a theme or more detail ones, so I took the challenge and now I am making 5 tiers wedding cakes and any cake they order me. Read more>>

Valerie Ramos

I would like to start off by saying thank you for this interview. I am a single mother of 3 children. I have a full time job and now have my small business. Val’s seafood kitchen started During Covid 2019. My job was very slow with work, with my job you could only work so many hours and with us not having work there was not much I could do. I have 3 small children, bills weren’t stopping and I was finding myself getting discouraged because I couldn’t provide for my children like I wanted too. Read more>>

Britany Maxwell

It’s an interesting one that’s for sure! I actually have loved photos and Polaroid cameras since I was a little girl. I just found photos so interesting. I ended up taking a photography class in college where you develop your film and it was so neat and rad! But I was pursuing a teaching degree in early childhood education. Photography was just a fun “hobby” to me. I never really thought of it in the sense of a “career” where I could make a living off of. So, I ended up graduating with a teaching degree and became a 2nd-grade teacher for three years! Until I had an epiphany. I realized early on; teaching was not what I thought it would be. I didn’t feel free or truthfully fulfilled. So, I bought a cheap camera and just started taking photos of EVERYTHING. My dogs, my friends, nature you name it. Read more>>

Danielle Turner

I am Danielle Turner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Transformational Self-Care Coach, Best-selling Author, and Podcast Host. I am the CEO of Inner You Clinical Services LLC. Inner You Clinical Services LLC was born in 2018 after going through my own mental health challenges and feeling that I did not receive the services I truly needed to heal. Inner You Clinical Services is a place where individuals can feel heard, validated, seen, and understood while working through challenging mental health issues and trauma. It was important for me to be able to provide therapeutic services to the community that would be beneficial and make an impact. I also wanted individuals to be able to get what they need out of therapy to help them heal by working with a therapist that was relatable. Working through my own mental health challenges taught me the value of self-care. Self-care became a part of my every day, and I wanted to further my services to include helping others work through barriers to their own self-care challenges. Read more>>

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