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Inspiring Stories from Kendall

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 inspiring stories from Kendall below.

Ron Magill

I was born and raised in New York City, the son of a Cuban immigrant father and a mother who is the daughter of a Colombian immigrant. Since I was a small boy, I have always been fascinated by animals. Though there are many different wildlife programs on television today, when I was growing up, there was really only one – every Sunday night at 7:30 pm – “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Read more>>

Marta Magellan

I came to this country when I was seven years old. I knew no English, and I left behind all my loved dolls (it’s what mattered at the time). In spite of that, it became clear that living in a new Miami neighborhood, where I was allowed to roam free, was a bucket-load better than watching the world go by from an apartment balcony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it wasn’t safe to roam free. Read more>>

Stephanie Barro

I’ve been surrounded by art for all of my life. My mom loved to paint and be involved in many arts and crafts projects. My sister was the same, as well as several members of my family. So, it was always around me. However, as much as I appreciated the arts, I didn’t picture myself indulging into that world nor did I have the confidence to try. Read more>>

Ana Poletti and Carmem Perez

With time we start creating brigadeiro gourmet, We incorporated familiar flavors such as s’mores, Churros, Guava etc. We sold our first order to a close friend and they loved it. So we started selling to our close friends. At first, we only sold brigadeiros but with time we have added cake pops and cupcakes. Our business really took off this year. We started with a strong social media strategy and it is paying off. Thank God. Read more>>

Yvonne Rodriguez, Yvette Rodriguez

Our first and only 3 customers were my parents and brother. All forced to participate. After gaining tons of experience in media and business, we decided to venture into the cigar industry. Smoking cigars has always been weaved into our Afro-latino culture. It is included in celebrations, religious practices, and career paths for many from Cuba. We wanted to honor our ancestors and those that have paved a way for us. Read more>>

Isabel Paulino

After I graduated high school I really broke out of my shell. I was never defined by one thing, or known for anything at that. After high school fitness and yoga became my outlet, my creative space, my passion. I worked part time at a gym and one day the yoga instructor pulled me a aside and said: “It’s time for you to try my class”. Without hesitating that same day, I did exactly that. Read more>>

Ivania Guerrero

The only difference was that I had this thing called dyslexia that made me feel different from the kids around me—something I didn’t want others to know because I was too ashamed. Being the middle child meant that it was easier to hide my dyslexia because I just needed to be quiet and invisible. Read more>>

Laura Carolina Gonzalez Marin

I’d like to start my post by expressing gratitude and appreciation for this opportunity to share a little bit of my fitness journey. It’s crazy to look back at when I first started, because never in a million years did I imagine that this would be my life. Struggling with body image issues my entire life, I started dieting as my new year resolution and being “all in” to things, as usual, I did everything I read on the internet to a T and lost myself throughout the process. Read more>>

D. Shim

I’ve been a professional audio engineer running my own business for about eight years now. I first discovered my love and passion for music at Homestead Middle School. While in middle school, I picked up the trumpet and joined the band. In band, I enthusiastically set out to master my instrument. Playing the trumpet every day in a band taught me everything I needed to know about music theory. Read more>>

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