Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide http://voyagemia.com The best of Miami, Everyday! Sat, 27 Feb 2021 04:24:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories http://voyagemia.com/2021/02/25/miamis-inspiring-stories/ http://voyagemia.com/2021/02/25/miamis-inspiring-stories/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:00:40 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=2620 Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South […]

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Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South Florida home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout Miami and the surrounding areas.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

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Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 1 http://voyagemia.com/2021/02/01/epsiode-1-heart-heart-whitley/ http://voyagemia.com/2021/02/01/epsiode-1-heart-heart-whitley/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 22:14:12 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=197460 We are so thrilled to present Heart to Heart with Whitley, a high-energy talk show hosted by the brilliant and empowering Whitley Porter. On this episode Whitley interviews actress and dancer Natali Micciche.   Connect with the team: Host: Whitley Porter  Guest: Natali Michiche Creative Director: Sam Papers Digital Producer- Jorel Balabala

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Art, Therapy, Yoga & More with Souren Z Mousavi http://voyagemia.com/2021/01/25/art-therapy-yoga-souren-z-mousavi/ http://voyagemia.com/2021/01/25/art-therapy-yoga-souren-z-mousavi/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2021 21:18:30 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=196804 We are so pumped to introduce you to the brilliant Souren Z Mousavi . Souren is an artist but she is so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content […]

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We are so pumped to introduce you to the brilliant Souren Z Mousavi . Souren is an artist but she is so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Souren below.

Hi Souren, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
First and foremost, I am a professionally qualified artist specialising in Expressionism, and I have sold my paintings all over the world. I work not only as an artist but also as an art teacher, having gained my MA in Fine Art and having  been classically trained in the Middle East and the UK.

I am fully qualified as a graphic designer and I also practice and teach yoga and yoga art therapy, working with both private clients and recovering addicts as well as young offenders.

If you Google my name, as well as finding my website you will discover many references to articles and interviews that talk about how I suffered for my art, how I was imprisoned and tortured and how my artwork and my story resulted in my winning a Lifetime Achievement award.

Can you explain the importance of art and expressionism in your role as an art therapist?
I often tell people that art saved my life, and it is literally true. I had to go through a long period of recovery after escaping from imprisonment in Iran and art was my most rewarding and healing therapy. Because of my mastery of both art and yoga to relieve my pain and renew my spirit, I have developed an interactive  therapeutic programme that combines live drawing, art demonstrations and art yoga workshops.

My techniques empower emotions and develop cultural awareness to allow individuals to achieve true vision, improve self-awareness and boost physical and psychological confidence. With Expressionism an individual seeks to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse within them.

My students and clients explore and develop their own unique body of art and learn to represent themselves through emotional movement and physical awareness, eventually recognizing the bigger picture that represents their own space.

Because of my own personal experience of trauma and learning to live with its consequences I am able to both understand and relate to others who have yet to master their inner demons. I encourage individuals to express their anger or distress through what they create whilst at the same time magnify the beauty and joy of self-expression. Sometimes their time with me is there only escape from their pain, but each time they take away with them something positive about themselves, something re-assuring and something that helps rebuild their spirit and helps free their soul. For myself I have learned that nothing is more rewarding than helping others to find peace and solace in their life.

We know that you have worked in the past with interior designers. In what way does your artwork compliment the role of interior design?
Interior design focusses on how a space will feel. How it affects those who live or work in it and how it can support them in their endeavours, how it can supply inspiration when they most need it or solace, respite and restoration for their spirit. Art is critical in fulfilling an individual’s expectations. When I create I do so with the intention of establishing a rapport with my audience and when I work with designers my focus is on fulfilling their brief. Expressionism is all about reflecting the inner self and working with interior designers is a wholly collaborative process in which the designer, and possibly the client, would be consulted at each of the iterative stages of creation – concept, themes, content, sketches, drawings, outlines, sizing coloring etc. The process is collaborative so that the end result is truly holistic.

Which of your most recent works have meant the most to you and why?
With each of their works all artists take the risk of self-exposure. For me I always hope each painting will seize the imagination of my audience, touch their soul and bring them closer to my own life experiences and inspirations.

This year I created Contiguous Boundary in an effort to depict both what lies within me whilst gathering to me the world that lies without. There is a fine line between within and without. Like the borders between lands, like the tiers of different cultures and religions, like the depths of different skin colors there is a gap and there is a merging. There are at least two sides to all borders and two views to each perspective. My desire is to be the bridge that joins all of me to all of you. The bridge that merges the within and the without into a golden harmony that both defines and transcends all divisions. It is a painting designed to hallow individuality whilst promoting human harmony.

Has the Covid pandemic had any influence on what or how you create?
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have been inspired to create several works that reflect the courage and resilience of the front-line workers in hospitals around the world who have faced Covid head on.

Inspired by this selfless and unseen work I have sought to capture a representation of the anonymity of the carer and the sense of fear that accompanies treatment. A testament not only to the personal protection that they both need and give but to the human shield that they provide to the outside world, however flimsy.

Their bravery is in itself as much a  mask  as the one that they wear. A mask  for all the worry that they bear and the sacrifice that they make to end suffering and bring relief to those affected. Their commitment is a testament to the truth that life will always endure. I salute them and all that they have done and continue to do.

 

Many people use art to help them relax and unwind. Tell us what you do to unwind other than paint?

I too use my art to relax. With the exception of specific commissions, I still enjoy the sense of freedom it gives me. Of course, I also meditate and practice yoga every day of my life. I love the sea and have recently taken up paddle boarding which adds to my physical wellbeing and gives me a very direct connection to nature. I have a small but faithful group of friends that I see within the confines of Covid-safe rules and finally I keep a daily journal of my thoughts and activities. It’s a great way of safeguarding memories and providing an opportunity to release feelings and emotions that cannot always be shared elsewhere. Sometime the best way to unwind is to unload.

You originally came here from the UK. Do you have any specific pieces that reflect your life here in the US and what in particular reflects US culture?

Since moving to Miami I have had 3 series of paintings that all reflect my life here in the US.

One is steeped in my feminist roots but features butterflies to represent one of the pillars of my work and, similarly, of  US culture – freedom. Fleeting Joy is a classic example of how I use color to represent such freedom of expression. Not many people know that Florida is home to the largest butterfly park in the world in Coconut Creek, so the local influence is obvious.

Fleeting Joy

The second series is just called Horses. Since childhood they have been my secret passion. Until I came to the United States, I only painted them occasionally, and then only for friends. Of course, they are a significant part of American heritage and American culture and, since I moved to Miami, I find myself drawn even more to their beauty, their stature, their elegance and their independence. Once again, they represent freedom of movement as well as freedom of spirit and they are an obvious US icon.
Storms is a good example. I feel I have combined the impact of these majestic creatures with one of the elements that define life in Florida. This painting delivers climatic experiences in bucketloads and encapsulates not only the strength of mother nature but the resilience of spirit when faced with adversity, which, for me, typifies the US character  and underpins its pioneering culture.

Storms

Finally, I have a series of paintings based on the human form but again influenced by the sun and the sea that we all associate with the Sunshine state. I even used the State’s name in the title.

Florid Ascension

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

I provide both public and private sessions tailored to individual needs. For further information:

SOUREN MOUSAVI   www.sourenmousavi.co.uk

  • Twitter: @sourenmousavi
  • Instagram: @sourenmousavi
  • Instagram:@goyamasyoga
  • Email: miracleartlife@yahoo.com

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Meet the Man of “Many Hats & Many Suits” Josniel Fiallo | President of Rex Fabrics http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/23/community-member-spotlight-rex-fabrics/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/23/community-member-spotlight-rex-fabrics/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:20:42 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193063 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Josniel Fiallo of Rex Fabrics. Rex Fabrics is the leading authority on fabrics and we are so honored that they are such an active member of our community.  Rex Fabrics also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Josniel Fiallo of Rex Fabrics. Rex Fabrics is the leading authority on fabrics and we are so honored that they are such an active member of our community.  Rex Fabrics also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Josniel below.

Josniel, thank you so much for chatting with us again.  For those who may have missed our earlier conversations, can you please briefly introduce yourself? 

I am a man of many hats and suits: Josniel Fiallo, husband, father, Cuban Immigrant, Proud American, President of Rex Fabrics. I started as a charming salesman with savvy business sense by nature, became a textile connoisseur by experience, and a business owner by hard work and opportunity. As owner and president of Rex Fabrics, I am fully immersed in all facets of the business. On any given day, you’ll see me around town consulting clients on our home services, delivering reupholstered furniture, selecting fabric for men’s haberdashery services, selling a future husband and wife their dream tuxedo and couture gown from our in house atelier, assisting our neighborhood clients with buttons and zippers. No task is too big or small to undertake when you love what you do and are a business owner.

To what do you attribute your success?

Like the garments we make, attention to detail. ALL details of the business are important and require focus, analysis, and care. It’s a recipe of many ingredients. Consistency. Relentless Work Ethic. The ability to take calculated risks and evolve quickly with the ever-changing climate of retail and the luxury market. Allowing staff and management room for growth. Team – The people involved in the process facilitate a harmonious backbone and compliment each other with their respective skill sets. We have been fortunate enough to run this enterprise with a collective vision and all hands on deck mentality. Throw in a dash of faith and a positive outlook, and the universe will throw some good fortune your way. !Estamos bendecidos!

What makes you different from other fabric stores?

We are your local premier one-stop-shop. Rex Fabrics is your neighborhood family-owned business with 30 plus years selling premium exclusive textiles, offering Haute Couture Services and Home Decorative Services. Aside from the vast inventory of men, women, and home textiles, we distinguish ourselves through our Personalized Services. We complement the textiles by giving them life with our in house highly skilled team of designers, tailors, seamstresses. The key is the synchronicity of exclusivity and an assortment of products, boutique services, and authentic passion.

How do you advertise your product/service?

Client satisfaction and referrals are our best advertisement. We allow our textiles’ quality and the integrity of each piece we create, and the service we provide to speak volumes silently. We have serviced four generations of families. Great Grandmothers pass the torch, and our name stays relevant in the community. The ease of building reputable trust in craftsmanship and genuinely nurturing those clients have yielded success.

We evolve with the market, and run modern-day campaigns, find us on all social media channels. Moving forward, we are becoming more active within the community. Building community, liaisonship with design programs in Miami, always considering partnership opportunities, working with both fresh and established designers, and expanding the table so to speak. Ecommerce is undeniably the future; with brick and mortar constantly in jeopardy in today’s retail landscape, consequently expanding our online inventory and creating that accessibility for those outside of Miami, FL, has also yielded positive results for us.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

A solid business was built on the exquisite taste and exceptional service under the vision and care of the late Carina Rodriguez. I’ve taken what she and my brother, Ricardo Aldama, created and have expanded it. Fine-tuning the process, evolving with our clients’ needs, and satisfying a niche market in our local and global community.

Rex, in its inception, was a local fabrics store in Coral Gables Granada Plaza. Eventually expanding into premium textiles and in house boutique services. With a strong foundation, a young, talented, and eager team, this train is well on its way to a new frontier. El tren no para! Stay tuned!

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Visit me at our showroom! I love exchanging ideas, dreaming, creating the impossible with clients, and taking a cafecito break to engage and connect in person. Stay tuned to our Instagram and newsletter for product and service updates, promotions, and the occasional video.

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Hosting Events Everyone Will Remember: Conversations with Mariane Fahmy http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/22/community-member-spotlight-mariane-fahmy-owner-planning-director/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/22/community-member-spotlight-mariane-fahmy-owner-planning-director/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 11:29:02 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193051 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Mariane Fahmy. Mariane is a the Owner & Planning Director of Très Chic Event Planning and Design and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Mariane Fahmy. Mariane is a the Owner & Planning Director of Très Chic Event Planning and Design and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Mariane below.

Hi Mariane, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.

In addition to being a mother, a wife, and an aunty which I love, I also am the proud owner of Très Chic Event Planning and Design. I am a certified wedding and event planner with an eye for a creative elegant, design. I am full of love and passion for what I do. Coming from a 20-year executive corporate career falls right in place with operations and timelines which are natural to me. I have a creative side which shines through my love and passion for luxury wedding design, event creation, and planning.

Let’s fast forward, what has changed since our last interview three years ago in 2017?

Quite a bit changed and happened since then, my planning business was growing to a point where I had to decide whether to choose between my corporate career, or take a somewhat calculated risk and focus on pursuing my passion. Of course, after lots of prayer and family support, I took the leap and could not be any happier!

When I retired and decided to grow my business in early 2018, I realized I could never go back to work for anyone else. I love being able to set my own schedule around my family life. I never feel like I am going to work, even though I am working more hours because I’m doing what I love to do. I love being in control of the clients I work with, and I even enjoy most of the challenges that this business brings.

I have been blessed with amazing clients, and because of their stellar reviews, my company has been presented with several different top awards year after year. Très Chic Event Planning and Design has also been featured in magazines and top wedding blogs like WeddingChicks.

What types of events do you plan?

I love helping people celebrate special moments. We focus on private and social events such as weddings, bridal showers, birthday bashes, Mitzvah’s, Sweet 16, baby showers, engagement Parties, Anniversaries, and much more.
Whether the customer needs planning, decorating, custom designing or coordinating, we are their go-to event planner.
We are experienced in different cultures and work with our clients to bring their vision to life with a multilingual team fluent in English, Arabic, and Hindu/Urdu.

Have you ever planned multiple events at the same time? How did you prioritize your time and resources to meet critical deadlines?

Planning memorable events and juggling the demands of multiple clients while meeting important deadlines is no easy task.
When I am planning multiple events simultaneously, setting key milestones and prioritizing my time based on deadlines is essential. I pride myself on my time management skills and use to-do lists and organizational tools to keep everything running smoothly to satisfy all my clients. I love using technology to simplify my day-to-day tasks.

 

What personality traits and top skills that you bring to the table? 

This is a very important question. To put it into perspective, the most successful event planners tend to be highly flexible, organized, and easy to get along with. They also have great time, money, and people management skills. And although formal education is not necessarily required it is always good to have a certification.

I would say my unique attribute is passion. Without a passion for what you are doing, it is not possible to ideally perform your job. Other traits and top skills I pride myself on are Communication, Organizational skills, creativity, and an eye for details.

As a planner I spend lots of time communicating with my clients, as well as with vendors and service providers.

I believe that strong communication can support higher levels of trust and confidence, so I place a great deal of importance and emphasis on establishing solid lines of communication early on in the planning process with my clients. Also being able to  communicate with everyone in my sphere with clarity, confidence, diplomacy, respect, and a cool head, even in times of stress.

Events come with a million little details, Being able  to stay organized to keep an eye on the big picture—the overall feeling and quality of the event— from guest experience, to budget, to timelines without losing any of the little details like place cards, lighting, style of glasses, and flatware.

 

What are your strategies for dealing with stressed clients? 

Event planning is a high-pressure job that requires a level-head and the ability to stay client centric during stressful situations. I always put my clients first and look at things from their perspective. Since the lead-up to an event can be overwhelming, emotions can sometimes make my clients lash out. I never take this personally and instead suggest different ways of doing things until I find the solution that makes my client’s eyes light up. I pay close attention to their wants and needs and balance them with my professional recommendations.

Has there been a time you had to deal with a last-minute change or unexpected situation when planning an event.

Spur of the moment changes and unexpected circumstances – like inclement weather, last minutes changes, set up issues and many more that we face as planners in every event are very common. An exceptional event planner does not let last-minute changes blindside them and instead has Plan Bs, and Cs (and Ds and Es!) in place to prepare for the unexpected.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

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Introducing Art to our Little Ones: Meet Stephanie Pitts | Artist and Owner of artNEST http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/21/community-member-spotlight-stephanie-pitts-artistowner/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/21/community-member-spotlight-stephanie-pitts-artistowner/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 11:57:27 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193042 Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Stephanie Pitts. Stephanie is an artist, entrepreneur and owner of artNEST and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out […]

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Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Stephanie Pitts. Stephanie is an artist, entrepreneur and owner of artNEST and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Stephanie below.

Hi Stephanie, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers. 

My name is Stephanie Scianna Pitts and I am the owner and founder of artNEST Delray and artNEST Boca. artNEST is an art studio primarily for kids with options for adults as well to bring out their inner child. We provide an environment that allows everyone to be the most creative versions of themselves, naturally with no pressure or judgement. There is a good balance between traditional teaching and child lead learning. I wanted to have a place that would nurture intuitive talent where kids can discover and feel confident about the skill sets that they live within them. Kids are born creative, it is their superpower and we give them a space to unleash their innermost thoughts and ideas. There are no boundaries here…no mistakes, just pure creative freedom.

What was the idea behind artNEST and how did it evolve?

I was an art teacher for many years in Miami, FL teaching Emotionally Handicapped and Severely Emotionally Disturbed children Art. It was both beautiful and challenging but shaped my views about art and children’s lives in many ways. This was the seed that was planted early in my adult life that eventually culminated in my vision for artNEST. After teaching in the classroom, I moved on to other careers on the Operations end of Educational programming in the Arts. I always knew I wanted something of my own. Once I had my second child, I knew that was the time to bring something to life that incorporated my passions. I wanted my kids to be exposed to art and culture and have all the benefits that art provides to children. I also loved the idea of having them with me so I can spend maximum time with them!
I wanted My father, Cosimo, who is a retired filmmaker/photographer to be a part of this too. He is incredibly talented and I still have so much to learn from his brilliantly talented mind! We decided to open up a tiny studio where we both had a room in the back to create our own artwork and I would teach classes to pay the rent. Within a few months we were bursting at the seams. The support from the community was incredible and made us realize how high the demand was for the arts. We decided to take a leap into a bigger space and offer more classes and creative experiences and so we did! Once again, the community continued to grow so we opened up a second location in West Boca to serve that community as well.

How are you helping the community?

Being a mom in both of the communities that we serve keeps my finger on the pulse of what is going on. We partner with local charities and organizations in any way that we can to help build awareness. We also have a scholarship fund for kids that do not have access to the arts. Beyond giving back to organizations, I truly feel that any time anyone steps into our studio, we are giving a sense of community and belonging. We pride ourselves on providing a place that is stress-free…we take care of everything and the kids can literally do anything that they want. We are known for our Splash Room which I endearingly call “Las Vegas for Kids” because they can do everything they’ve always wanted to do but they aren’t allowed to do at home!

To have a place where kids and parents can let go and be free has always been important, but never as important as this time right now. I hope in some way that helps each person that steps foot into our studios.

How do you come up with the ideas for classes, themes etc.?

This is the MOST fun part of it all. Anything goes here…and we select themes and ideas based off of what we think will be epic. Not just, fun, but epicly awesome. If we aren’t excited about the idea then we won’t do it. I also have an amazing team of Visionaries as the teachers and we have some of the BEST brainstorming sessions. Being in a room with 7 creatives coming up with ideas with no limitations is energizing to say the least.

What has working with your father taught you?

The first thing that working with my father has taught me is that we are more alike then I have ever realized. My father and I always understood each other on a deeper level. We knew that not everyone would understand us as creative thinkers but we had to work hard to understand others that were more mainstream and be able to translate that. That understanding has literally molded my way of thinking about absolutely everything and has been a gift. The more I work with my Dad the more I understand how his genuine curiosity is what makes him know so many things, and his ability to observe and accept what he sees is what keeps his open mind. My father has brought me an understanding of myself that gives me self confidence and deep appreciation for the world around me.

What are some of the most important things that you focus on?

Our 3 core values are keeping the kids Safe, having fun and being the most creative versions of themselves naturally. Part of keeping our kids safe, beside all of the additional protocols for COVID is keeping them mentally safe. Using kindness when speaking to one another, how to comment kindly and constructively about each other’s artwork. Appreciating all types of people, ideas and views. It starts with the kids and we understand that. Besides being creative, we want to build a community of empathetic humans that will grow up to make the world a better place. If we can help shape their self confidence, they will make good choices about how they treat each other and that’s all we can ask for.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

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Having an Impact: Conversations with Christine Handy http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/20/community-member-spotlight-christine-handy-model-motivational-speaker-best-selling-author-book-walk-beside-writer-humanitarian-breast-cancer-expert-self-esteem-expert/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/20/community-member-spotlight-christine-handy-model-motivational-speaker-best-selling-author-book-walk-beside-writer-humanitarian-breast-cancer-expert-self-esteem-expert/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2020 10:16:17 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192927 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Christine Handy. There is no quick or easy way to introduce Christine – she has done is is doing so much!  She is a model, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian and so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Christine Handy. There is no quick or easy way to introduce Christine – she has done is is doing so much!  She is a model, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian and so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Christine below.

Hi Christine, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.  

My name is Christine Handy. I am an author, a student at Harvard University working on my masters degree in creative writing and literature. I am a motivational speaker. I work in the Florida prison system as a speaker. I am a model, a mother, and I am on the board of 2 non profit organizations. Lastly, I mentor young men and women and have been Nationally recognized as a Humanitarian.

What has been the most exciting time in your work life?

The most exciting time in my work life has been the hardest times. Because what came out of the disappointment was more perseverance and grit on my part. Ultimately, that led to my book being a best seller and now being made into a film. It was in this difficulty that my true character showed up. The beginning is easy, the end is exciting, its in the middle where people quit. Sayin no to quitting will be the most exciting part of your career, the hardest but most rewarding.

What has been the hardest season of your work life? 

The hardest season of my work life has been my illnesses. Just since Covid began I have been hospitalized 4 times and have undergone 2 major surgeries. During that time I continued to work and do Zoom speeches from my hospital bed. It was exhausting but worth it. It’s tough when our will is stronger than our physical ability. In times of illness, or crisis we have to balance work and health, for me I struggle with that because I want to keep inspiring and helping people. Slowing down is difficult for me.

What drives you to do more for your community? 

I didn’t grow up in Miami. So I have a different kind of love for this city. It’s roots I am just learning about. Wanting to feel rooted in this community for me starts with serving. I have joined a few non-profits in town, but the greatest gift I have been a part of has been serving food during the pandemic. A woman I know gathered a small group of women and we have a few hundred families we feed each week. I have gotten to know other women in our community by doing this hands on, grass roots initiative and I have gotten to see the community on a deeper level. Serving and investing in our communities not only builds the city up, it builds up the enthusiasm for the city and it creates a feeling of ‘we are in this together’ and I think we need more of that.

Who would you like to meet in your community and why 

Definitely DJ Khaled. That may seem odd because I am an author, motivational speaker and so on, why would I want to meet a rapper. I think DJ Khaled oozes out enthusiasm for this community. Just from watching him on social media he is so passionate about his work which I respect and admire, but he builds up everyone and everything around him. That is exactly how I live my life. I am a big cheerleader for women. I believe women are power united but our strength is in being together not divided. Khaled mirrors that same mentality. He is a uniter not a divider and I have enormous respect for public figures who teach the world that, it’s powerful.

How have you found is the best way to be a guide to other people in your industry?

The best way I can guide other speakers, authors and models is to give my time when asked for advice and to be generous with my knowledge. I have hundreds of people who message me on social media or contact my manger and ask to have a call with me to pick my brain on how to write a book, or how to become a motivational speaker. I take every call and spend hours talking through the process of both careers. It’s time consuming but incredibly valuable. I didn’t have anyone do that for me, but I would have loved it. Time is an asset. if we give time to others it can shape, change lives and give people hope. That is a gift I am always willing to do.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

You can reach me on social media 

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Community Member Spotlight: Kaela Genovese http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/19/community-member-spotlight-kaela-genovese/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/19/community-member-spotlight-kaela-genovese/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 10:12:03 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192915 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kaela Genovese. Kaela is an entrepreneur and jewelry designer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Kaela’s team shares their story […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kaela Genovese. Kaela is an entrepreneur and jewelry designer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Kaela’s team shares their story and process with us below:

Kaela Genovese began her life-long passion as a jewelry designer when she was just 3 years old and would make beaded bracelets and necklaces for her friends and family.  She’s come a long way since little plastic beads on a string but has not lost the love and talent for making something beautiful with her creative mind and her own two hands.

As a young adult, Kaela worked in the high-end luxury world of Worth Avenue on Palm Beach. She realized that she had a special talent for knowing exactly what her exclusive clients wanted when it came to their own personal style. 

Choosing the perfect piece for any occasion was instinctual to Kaela.  She also knew that the pieces she was imagining in her mind would have suited her high-end clients’ needs even more than the mass-produced jewelry they were buying. Her training shaped her ability to forecast and use trends while still respecting classical styles of jewelry.

With the help of mentors in the jewelry design and retail business, Kaela decided to start her own creative business designing, creating and selling her unique pieces.  La Enovese Designs was a leap of faith, but with the support of her family and friends, she launched her dream and has never looked back.

“Jewelry is my passion. It can be the one little thing that gives a woman the power to feel unique and chic. I want to inspire women to love themselves, believe in themselves, and of course, treat themselves.”  

Kaela’s success as a designer and a young female entrepreneur has been featured in profile pieces by the media as well as given her jewelry placement in high-end boutiques. She can often be found giving the stories of inspiration behind her pieces at regional Trade and Trunk Shows.  Kaela lives in sunny South Florida.

ABOUT: LA ENOVESE DESIGNS

You are one of a kind and your style should reflect that.  La Enovese Designs was created with the idea that every woman deserves to wear her own unique personality and story with her jewelry.  Our thoughtfully designed and hand-made pieces are one-of-a-kind just like the woman who wears them.

When you add a piece from La Enovese Designs into your daily style, you are telling the world that you deserve luxury and beauty that was created only for you.  

Our Founder and Designer, Kaela Genovese, puts careful thought and consideration into each piece that she creates and hopes that the woman who wears it will feel the passion and love that went into it.  Whether you are looking for jewelry for a special occasion or casual everyday wear, Kaela has designed pieces that will speak to you and your sense of style.

As the owner and Designer of La Enovese Designs, Kaela is able to bring her passion and creativity to life making jewelry that tells a story about the woman wearing it.  She sketches and hand designs but also collaborates with single-piece manufacturers that she visits and consults with regularly.  Each piece must meet Kaela’s high-quality standards before being embossed with the La Enovese Designs brand.

Kaela’s personal attention to detail and hands-on approach to producing unique one-of-a-kind statement jewelry is why La Enovese Designs is a favorite among women in the South Florida social scene.  

Jewelry is a very personal expression of yourself and La Enovese Designs wants you to identify with the pieces you choose to wear.  Our exclusive line of handmade pieces is created to reflect that you are an individual that deserves to wear something created only for you.

The Design Process with La Enovesé Designs 

Come with Kaela Genovese, La Enovesé Designs’ founder behind the scenes through the jewelry making process.

Step One: Sketch

It all starts with a sketch. Our founder, Kaela, sketches with paper and pencil and slowly the design starts to take shape.

Step Two: 3D Model

Once the sketch is complete, the next step is to digitize it into a 3D model so Kaela can see the design come to life.

Step Three: Rubber Mold

Once Kaela reviews the 3D Model, a rubber mold is created. This mold is used to cast the jewelry.

Step Four: Metal Casting

After Kaela approves the rubber mold, the master metal silhouette is then created. The metal casting is then dipped into the selected gold to give your jewelry piece its shine and finish before adding the pavé crystals.

Step Five: The Final Product

The initial sketch has finally come to life. Each piece in the La Enovesé Designs’ Designer Collection is custom created by our Founder just for you.

 

What other services do you offer? 

La Enovesé Designs creates unique one of a kind, hand crafted jewelry pieces. We also offer Styling & Accessorizing services as well as Jewelry Restoration

Styling & Accessorizing
La Enovesé Designs offers styling and accessorizing. Kaela, our Founder, will come to you to style and accessorize your look for your next girls night out, gala or night on the town.

Restore & Renew
La Enovesé Designs will work with you to transform your heirloom vintage jewelry into a modern piece to match today’s style.

 

Are you having trunk shows? 

YES! Kaela feels so blessed to be able to do what she loves and have trunk shows back IRL! Kaela has enjoyed her “Shopping Al Fresco” Saturday Palm Beach events and excited to experience what the future holds, for both her, and her brand in 2021!

What have you done to enhance your business during covid?

Kaela has used this unprecedented time to really fine tune and elevate her brand in more ways than one. She has completely re-branded by having La Enovesé Designs website restyled. She honed in on her PR department to reach an audience both near and far. Kaela also, set a plan in place for her social media content to transition La Enovesé into more of a lifestyle brand for all to enjoy, but keeping in lieu with her businesses core ideals of jewels, trends, and all things chic! 

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Kaela would love to hear from you! Please visit her on Instagram at: @la.enovese.designs , Facebook at: La Enovese Designs , Website: www.laenovesedesigns.com , Email: Kaela@laenovesedesigns.com, Phone #: 732.996.6423, and stop by her upcoming trunk shows , and add a little La Enovesé Designs sparkle to your jewelry collection! 

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Learning about the Law and Legal Process with Lourdes Casanova | Founding Attorney of Casanova Law http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/18/community-member-spotlight-lourdes-casanova-founding-attorney-casanova-law/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/18/community-member-spotlight-lourdes-casanova-founding-attorney-casanova-law/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 08:56:17 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192888 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Lourdes Casanova. Lourdes is a widely respected and well-known criminal defense and immigration attorney and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Lourdes Casanova. Lourdes is a widely respected and well-known criminal defense and immigration attorney and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Lourdes below and please note that none of the below should be viewed as advice – it is merely an educational conversation with a brilliant member of our community.

Hi Lourdes, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.  

Hello, South Florida! I am Lourdes Casanova, a criminal defense and immigration attorney in Palm Beach County. I am the owner and founding attorney of Casanova Law, a law firm in Lake Worth that litigates criminal, traffic, and immigration cases.

We know your law practice focuses on Criminal Defense, Immigration Law, and Traffic Tickets. Within those areas, what are some specific types of cases you handle? 

In the area of criminal defense, we defend against any criminal accusation, ranging from alleged misdemeanor offenses to felonies. Our most common practice area is Driving Under the Influence (DUI), but we also frequently handle charges involving Assault, Battery, Theft, Drug Possession, and Driving While License Suspended.

Regarding Immigration, our cases range from deportation defense to citizenship. Our favorite cases involve reuniting families through family-based petitions for resident status and fiancé visas. 

For traffic tickets, we handle all of them as well. We most often receive calls for Speeding. 

Aside from your traditional practice, do you handle any unique areas of law? 

This is my favorite question, because we certainly take on some unique cases! 

In addition to our traditional practice areas, we zealously defend against Fish and Wildlife violations, food crimes (such as improper refrigeration, selling candy with more than 0.5 percent alcohol, or misbranding food), and CDL charges. 

We also represent clients who have not yet been charged with a crime but wish to proactively protect their rights. This is called a Pre-Arrest Investigation. This includes people who believe they will be charged in the future, or witnesses who simply want to plead the 5th.

Lastly, our best-kept secret is that we represent victims too! Crime victims can benefit from hiring their own, personal attorney. A common misconception is that the prosecution represents victims. While they certainly fight for justice on victims’ behalf, prosecutors represent the government and not any single person. We understand that victims need a voice during their most traumatic and vulnerable times, and we are here for them.

What are some of the biggest public misconceptions about your areas of law? 

The most dangerous misconception about criminal law is that if the facts look bad, then there is no point in hiring an attorney. This could not be further from the truth! When it looks bad, the accused needs a criminal defense lawyer more than ever! Sometimes, victory is not in the facts, but rather in capitalizing on the legal and procedural aspects of the case. A criminal defense attorney is also there to present mitigating information, protect constitutional rights, and ensure a fair outcome.  

The flip side of that is those who believe their case is so easy that they do not need representation. Self-representation in criminal court can lead to giving up certain rights and options that you never knew existed.

With immigration law, the biggest public misconception involves the process for getting resident status. Many hard-working immigrants believe that the U.S. government will reward them with a green card for living in the USA for several years, paying their taxes, and having no criminal record. Sadly, being an exemplary person alone does not lead to legal status under our current immigration laws. Each immigrant has to qualify for status either through another family member with status, an employer, or some other legally-recognized category such as asylum. 

From the perspective of those who aren’t immigrants, a common myth is that parents can gain legal status by giving birth to their children in the USA. The derogatory term for a child born in the United States from immigrant parents is “anchor baby.” The concept of anchor babies is totally false and insensitive to the plight of immigrants. A child can only petition for his or her immigrant parent at age 21. The only exception involves a child suffering exceptional and extremely unusual hardship. 

What are some factors to consider when choosing an attorney?

A really good attorney is the total package – meaning book smart AND street smart. When looking for a criminal defense or immigration lawyer, most people only consider knowledge of the law. While this is important, it is also critical to find a lawyer who knows the ropes – from courtroom personalities, to judicial customs and procedures. An attorney who is experienced, local, and reputable will likely increase your chances of success. 

All of the legal and practical knowledge aside, you should select a lawyer who has the right vibe. This is an intangible quality, but you’ll know when a law firm is the right fit. Perhaps the lawyer and the staff provide a certain level of empathy, interest and desire to help; or, you may simply like the firm’s style and manner of communication. Regardless of the reason, you should feel comfortable with your lawyer to get the most out of your representation. 

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Call us! We enjoy old-fashioned conversation. Regardless of your legal issue, we want to help. Although our specific practice areas are criminal, traffic and immigration, we will always do our best to point you in the right direction – regardless of the area of law or your geographical location. Our phone number is (561) 236-5340. 

For those who prefer written communication, we check our emails and contact forms daily. You can either send us an email at info@casanovalawpa.com, or fill out our contact form on our website, www.casanovalawpa.com.

And yes, we are also on social media! Look up Casanova Law on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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Conversations on Spirituality with Sophie Frabotta http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-sophie-frabotta-spiritual-coach-mentor-guide/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-sophie-frabotta-spiritual-coach-mentor-guide/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 08:20:54 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192900 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Sophie Frabotta. Sophie is a spiritual coach, mentor and guide and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Sophie Frabotta. Sophie is a spiritual coach, mentor and guide and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Shajuanda below.

Hi Sophie, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers. 

Hi my name is Sophie Frabotta, and I am a Spiritual Coach, Guide and mentor. I founded The Awaken Co. where I guide people in walking through their darkness to find their light and stand in their truth. I do this through a few different formats; 1 to 1 private coaching, group coaching “circles”, self-paced online courses, and I also certify Spiritual Life Coaches through my transformational 5 month program.

What do you feel is your ultimate spiritual gift?

I believe my ultimate gift is being a channelor of Spirit. I can hear key words from Spirit that help me guide others to root wounds and move them through healing! I always ask permission to share, and others tell me that it is most of the time exactly what they needed to hear. With that being said, I am clairaudient, so I am able to audibly hear Spirit come through to me in word form. This was not always a gift, before I was able to translate the subtle messages, I would just be overwhelmed and overstimulated by life. But learning how to use this gift has helped me, help others! Over the years I have learned to translate power words to my clients and students in a way they can digest, process, and understand; this is what I believe is my ultimate spiritual gift.

What is the biggest thing you see change with your clients? 

I created The 4 R’s method, which is a process that I work clients and students through to get into freedom. It is a 4 phase process of recognize, release, reprogram, and radiate. So when a client comes to me with an issue, I help guide them to recognize what the wound underneath the “issue” really is. Next, we find the energy in the root of that wound and move them through several healing modalities to Release the energy. Once they release, I show them how to reprogram that space with new energy, and that is when they get to Radiate new light!

I see that my clients are able to flip over wounds so much quicker rather than staying stuck in a victim mentality. I believe that even if we have experienced a lot of trauma in our life, we probably only have a few “big daddy” wounds, as I like to call it. For example, we may have a deep wound of abandonment, that will continue to show up in other aspects of your life until you get to the root, do the work around it, bring healing, and learn to radiate from a new place. I believe you can heal from anything. I have witnessed my clients heal from death, divorce, sickness, abuse, you name it. The biggest factor here, however, is belief. You must believe you can heal, and then if you are willing to do the work, you will be able to radiate!

How do you go about Certifying Spiritual Life Coaches?

Certifying coaches through my Spiritual Life Coach certification starts out with them completing an online application. Once submitted, we have a phone call interview, and from there I decide whether they are a good fit and accepted or not. Once the program begins, it is a 5 month journey. The journey begins with a 7 day online retreat, where I teach them my 4 R’s Method and have them take a deep dive into themselves to really understand the work. The purpose of the retreat is to open the space and let them see how they are the most important client they will ever have. If they can walk through their wounds and find the light, they can then teach others to do the same. This whole training is really geared around our students going through their own inner transformation first to deeply understand this work. Our students are then taken through four modules that build on themselves,, inner healing, spiritual awareness, spiritual visioning, and becoming a coach. As I guide our students to step into their own healing chamber, by embracing their rejected fractals of self, something happens. And it’s a wonderful transformation for me to witness. As we learn about many spiritual practices and principles, my students are taught how to involve Spirit in every conversation, connect with their souls vision, and then move into becoming an authentic spiritual life coach. I believe that when we live the work, we are prepared and able to walk into any situation and see the opportunity, because once you understand your own darkness you can help others walk through theirs to find the light.

What does Spirituality mean to you? 

Spirituality is different than religion. I describe spirituality as the experience of God, while religion is the knowledge of God. When I describe spiritual health, I imagine being grounded to the Earth, connected to the Divine and having an open heart, all at the same time. Spirituality is a process of remembering where we came from and where we will return. It’s the unfolding awareness that all the abundance we could ever imagine is already here. It’s an inner attitude that is warm and alive, that pulses with the vibration of love, and ultimately gives back and serves others. As we spiritually evolve, I feel that there is a major calling to go back into the marketplace with open arms: being of service, helping others as where we can, and offering what we have to give now.

My vocation and life work (transforming root wounds into freedom) depend on my spiritual health and practice. With out this inner strength, support, and connection I would be useless in the coaching space. Every session I have, every class I teach, and every student I mentor – I surrender to God and Spirit to work through me and take my words. So my life’s calling and being spiritual are synonymous.

My vocation is dependent upon my active spiritual practice, therefore, I am very disciplined and active with my daily spiritual practice of meditation and union with the Divine. This is what positively charges me for the day and fills me with what I will need in order to give.

What are two things people can do today to begin to change their life?

Meditation + Journaling.

This is the best way to begin to connect with her your inner domain, see what is coming through and begin to unload + process through journaling. I have a bunch of free guided meditations on my website that can help you get started if you are looking to begin or deepen your meditation practice.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

You can connect with me on Instagram @AwakenWithSophie

I have my coaching website: https://www.awakenlifecoaching.com

  • This has private coaching, Future classes + dates

My Certification for Spiritual Life Coaches: https://www.awakenwithsophie.com

  • This is where you can learn more about our Spiritual Life Coach certification
  • See what courses we are offering
  • Testimonials + freebies

Then we have our crystal jewelry store: https://www.awakencrystalgallery.com

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