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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Maca Ramos

“Healthy Mess” started in September of 2017 as an accumulation of all the things that I am passionate about which include: Healthy living through food, Childbirth and my hobby of Organic Gardening/Growing food. Eight years ago, my husband and I were living exceptionally unhealthy lives as young parents learning to navigate marriage and raising our firstborn daughter. Read more>>

Samantha Hargrove

Well, my interest in photography has always existed. I remember taking some of the WORST photos as an angsty teen. However, it wasn’t until I moved to Oak Cliff that I got back into the creative side of my life. I was the store manager of a boutique called Strut for a good five years, and I ran the social media for it as well. Read more>>

Hector Mendoza

I started about 10 years ago, when I was in college up in Kansas and decided to get my personal trainer certification on the side of working on my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. I came back home to Dallas and continued my degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, and that’s when i first started working for LA Fitness Duncanville for a short period of time, eventually starting my career as a trainer with Anytime Fitness Dallas, and that’s when things really took off for me. Read more>>

Kenny Cheshier

I began as the interim youth minister at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in December of 1999. I received a degree in radio/tv/film from The University of Texas in 1997 and my dream was to be a film director. God had other plans in store for me though (thankfully). Read more>>

Cessilye Smith

Fast forward three years and this is where my mind was blown. I was at a conference in FTW and the phenomenal midwife, Jennie Joseph was discussing the infant and maternal mortality rates within the black community. The fact that black women and children are dying at an average of 3-4x the rate of white mothers and babies really troubled me. Read more>>

Diana Zett

My story begins in childhood and permeates throughout my life. It involves living through the suicide deaths of my father in ’74, my grandfather in ’75 and particularly my sister, Stephanie, in ’94. Stephanie was 33 and had a 5-year old son that she adored. Read more>>

Octavia Soljour

A little over a year ago I signed up to be a mentee at a bible study that I attend on Tuesday mornings at Oak Cliff Bible Church. I was given the opportunity to choose who I wanted to be mentored by. After learning about all the different mentors one stood out, Alice Warren. Read more>>

Brandie Burkhalter

During late 2013, I was in between jobs. My pastor told me about an opening at Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA). The position was to facilitate the school’s online program. I eagerly applied, and I was invited for an interview/visit. When I visited the school for the Christmas open house, I felt so at home. Unfortunately, I did not get the position. Read more>>

Jonathan Sloan

I was working at another gym as a personal trainer, and the gyms membership base had been declining over the past few months. The owner of the gym decided to cut the compensation plan of the personal trainers to make up for the revenue the gym was missing. Read more>>

Maureen Ehrlicher

I was first interested in opening a snoball (snow cone, in New Orleans we call them snoballs) stand in Dallas in 2016. My husband David was a bit skeptical, but encouraged me to investigate my options. Dick Davis at the Texas Discovery Gardens gave me my chance by offering me a spot for the Texas State Fair. Read more>>

Megan Wilkes

I grew up in Maypearl, Texas (south of Dallas) and went to college in Oklahoma City and I got my degree in Interior Design. In 2010 I moved back to Dallas and I really wanted to work with more people on an interpersonal level than I was at my office interior design job. Read more>>

Kimber Shelton

I grew up in Upstate New York and was raised in a family that never took vacations, but always went “home”. Home for my family was Beckley, WV, which is where my grandmothers lived, my parents were raised, and I was born. Read more>>

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