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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South East Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Sarah Uftring

This is always an interesting question. Where do you start when trying to wrap up your life in a few paragraphs? I’ve lived a few of them (lives), and the story is still unfolding, the trajectory constantly changing. I’ve been a door-to-door salesman, leasing agent, a housekeeper at a Super 8 motel, a server, a flight attendant, a marketing events manager, a traveling product specialist for Volkswagen and a few more. If we’re going back to the start, I grew up in small-town, middle-of-America. Growing up, things were very chaotic. My siblings and I were adopted and we had foster children in and out of our home and our lives. For a long time, I think I was running and trying to find some sort of peace while simultaneously being unable to stay still because of that chaos I’d become accustomed to. So I kept moving, trying on different lives and identities. Read more>>

Tamara Janee

At a young age, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset. At 12 years old, I started my first business and continued to grow from there. Today, I am a proud owner of five different businesses, skincare/yoni homemade products, eyebrow microblading & Ombre brow shop, construction company, marketing agency, and government contracting agency. I would say my favorite is my skincare/yoni homemade products. Just like any other woman in this world, I was tired of acne and dark spots covering my skin. I tried hundreds of different products and spent thousands going to the dermatologist but nothing seemed to work. I started doing my research to find out what really worked for my skin. After testing many different natural remedies, I finally found the perfect formula that has been changing not only my life but my customer’s lives as well. The reviews I receive on a daily basis is what keeps me going and has motivated me to extend my products to yoni care and health and wellness as well. Read more>>

Vee Davis

After working more than 14 years closely with my mom Interior Designer Lula Toliver. I decided to channel all of that experience and talent toward a new venture: Fashion Wardrobe Styling and Image Consulting. I started heavily networking in DFW, going to different fashion shows, styling free photoshoots, anything I could do to get my name out there. I didn’t ask for handouts or help I did it all on my own, With consistent hard work, dedication and focus. I’m blessed to be where I’m at today, along with my two other businesses I started The EnV Brand in 2017, a fashion styling and image consulting firm. The EnV Brand is designed to help individuals define their own unique image, style and re-create their looks by streamlining, supplementing and styling their wardrobe. Read more>>

Meagan Elzner

Our farm began as a weekend hobby. My husband and I wanted to keep bees at his family’s ranch, with this vision of enjoying honey made from the wildflowers that grew around the property. We would visit the ranch on weekends to check on our bees, enjoying the quiet pace of life the country brings. Learning about these tiny flying creatures fascinated us, and as we dove into our hobby, we realized it was calling us to do something greater. So we began to study and learn all we could about honeybees and eventually left our full-time jobs in Houston to pursue our dream of having a bee farm in quiet East Texas. Packing up two tiny babies and starting a new career was both exciting and exhausting, but we slowly began to grow and had wonderful support from other local businesses. We went from owning two hives to having hundreds and now pride ourselves on providing high-quality honey and bees for the local community. I love getting others involved in this as a hobby, with the state of pollinators these days the world sure could use more beekeepers. Read more>>

Corey Boyd

At the age of 12, I fell in love with lifting weights. I was one of the smallest kids in my class and I loved sports so I knew I needed to get bigger and stronger. My Mom bought me a weight set for my birthday and that really paved the way for my love for fitness. Then, I played sports throughout middle school, high school and some college. After college, I was incarcerated for a long period of time. From the age of 18-34, I was incarcerated. For 16 years, fitness and working out was my saving grace. When you’re behind those walls with not much to look forward to, you need something to help you get through the struggle. Exercise was not just physical but also mental therapy. It helped me to focus on something other than my current circumstances and also helped me to escape mentally. I would read fitness magazines and also check out books from the library on anatomy, muscle groups, and workouts. Before long, I was not only training myself but also other inmates. And I was known around the unit by both inmates and officers for my work ethic on the yard. Read more>>

Candace Sims – Mosley

Growing up in the heart of Oak Cliff, living with my grandparents, my grandfather taught me hard work, determination, and the spirit of entrepreneurship. He took care of his family and ran a successful business. Along my journey, I was able to see exactly what it took to build a business, strengthen a business, and increase productivity with the business in an ever-growing competitive market. Though I experienced several life challenges along the way of deciphering what path I wanted to travel, it wasn’t until I connected with a Tax Preparer. The Tax Preparer introduced me to taxes, the company trained me on how to prepare taxes, I apprenticed with the company for a year and later ventured off to start my own Tax Preparation Service. It wasn’t until I was preparing taxes for about four years, I then launched Genesis Financial Service. This name came from the bible, the thought of being the beginning and the end and how God created all things in the first chapter of the bible. My tax company is a one-stop service, we educate you on personal taxes, business taxes, earned income, withholdings, tax credits, and filings. We are the beginning and end to all your tax needs. Read more>>

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