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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Krysten Medina

I am passionate about wellness and community. I hope to inspire and influence others to lead an active lifestyle and pursue healthy goals. My intention is to connect people in the community through sweaty endeavors and powerful experiences. I’ve been teaching Yoga and leading wellness events since 2013. I studied Communications at FIU, have a background in hospitality and marketing and have been working in the fitness and wellness industry for over five years. I found my passion for leading others to wellness through teaching yoga. Although I had always led an active lifestyle and enjoyed creating movement, yoga was not always something I enjoyed. Read more>>

Tara Katz

My sister Erica and I have always had a knack for creative expression. From chopping the hair off of our Barbie dolls to give them a pixie cut to cutting the necklines on our sweatshirts to wearing lace armbands a la Madonna, we were always looking for cool new ways to show off our individuality. But as we grew up and had our own daughters, it became harder to find high-quality products that let our girls express their inner awesomeness. What was our option? What we’d always done: Make it ourselves. Read more>>

Annette Balestra

In addition to being a full-time mommy of two amazing and adorable boys, I started a real estate team known as The Balestra Garcia Group in Luxe Properties along with my partner Janice Garcia de Osuna. As if having two full-time jobs wasn’t enough, in 2015, I learned that my eldest son was struggling in school, his self-confidence had taken a major hit, it was just heartbreaking to watch as a mother. As parents, we always strive to give them the best and ensure they are protected. He was struggling to complete work, to read, to keep up. He would call on a weekly basis once or twice a week for me to pick him up as he was having stomach pains. Read more>>

Cory Hines

I’m currently going on my 5th as the head coach of Florida international university’s cheerleading program. Being a former cheerleader and assistant coach for the team the entire program was near to my heart. I entered into my first year with 12 cheerleaders, the program having been dropped from athletics due to budgeting and poor representation and basically had to rebuild a program that I loved. It’s taken time, sacrifice, humility, hard training, comprise and definitely some patience, but we are now an integral part of the university’s athletics marketing department. Read more>>

Lilia Pozos

I was born and raised in Mexico City. I am a Public Relations and Communication Strategist with an environmentalist heart. I recently moved to Miami to be with the love of my life and everything has been a roller coaster of emotions. Leaving everything behind is not easy. I miss my family, my friends, and my delicious Mexican food every day. During my first months here, I was feeling lost and sometimes without motivation. For me, every day was a journey to find my place in this new city, environment and with different challenges to overcome. Read more>>

Symone Ambrose

I came out of high school as a B/C average student. I started off in college as a pre-nursing major. Completed my first two years and had to sit out of school for a few months while I was pregnant with my daughter at the age of 20 years old. Three weeks after she was born, I jumped right back into school. Now, entering the nursing program alongside trying to balance being a new mom, I’d have to say was one of the most trying times of my life… so I thought! Throughout nursing school, I failed three classed total, all missed by 2% or less. Each time I had to retake a class, I had a three-month wait before I was able to continue. Finishing nursing school finally in 2015 was only half of the battle. Read more>>


After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015, I was commissioned to do a few comic and storyboarding gigs but interestingly enough, I was asked to do a bigger job. That job was to be an Adjunct Illustration profession at the St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in St. Louis, MO. This particular school in my hometown is located in the Ferguson area of St. Louis. The school suffers from low enrollment due to Michael Brown’s death. For two years, I helped redesign the Illustration program and share new ideas for the fine art program. As an Adjunct professor, you are gifted with the opportunity to take free classes. Read more>>

Yaima Victoria Reyes

I was born in Cuba, where I grew up surrounded by the rich colors and vibrant patterns found in its fashion. At the age of ten, my family moved to Kansas City, where the city’s rich history in dressmaking immersed me further into the world of fashion. I then moved to Miami, a city known globally for its beautiful and daring sense of style. It’s here that I began to professionally pursue my passion. My dedication and grit for fashion have provided me with the opportunity to showcase my work in several fashion shows. Read more>>

Victoria Serra

I’ve always wanted to start my own business but I never knew what it could be or how I would even get it started. I tried a few things and had many ideas but none worked until Alma. I used essential oil room fresheners in my apartment and also had pure essential oils to use in the shower, one day, I ran out of the room freshener and I just refilled it with the essential oils I had. That was the moment everything clicked and I got so excited about the idea that within the month I had come up with the name, logo, labels and the first product; room fresheners. Read more>>

Kristin Abele

Our business actually began in Buenos Aires. Not many people know that, but when we started – we were living in Argentina and crafting content for businesses looking to break into the American market. We moved stateside in 2011 and have been rooted in Miami ever since. Even though today, our clients are across the country and we even have some that are international. Over the past eight years, our business has grown into a full digital marketing agency with a specific focus on creating quality content and branding. Read more>>

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