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Inspiring Stories from Keys

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 Keys below.

Sasha Gadea Mayer

Every year since the age of 11 I’ve had headaches that sometimes led to migraines. It would start with a headache and follow up with a loss of vision in my left eye for about 30 minutes. Everything would look as if I were staring at a static TV and when my symptoms got really bad I would begin throwing up continuously for most of the day. At 13 I had my worst episode which involved all these symptoms but they lasted longer. Read more>>

Rebecca Arroyo

Hi! My name is Becky and I am the owner of Gone Coastal. I began my business in 2012, right after I finished high school. I was working at an after school care make $7.25 an hour to call parents over a walkie talkie when they arrived to pick up their child. I had so much free time at my job, that I began making beaded bracelets at my table, because I always loved crafting. One day, I had a mom at the school ask me if I was selling them, because she needed some as a mothers day gift. Read more>>

Nada Khalaf-Jones

Struggle. How it started! Of course like all humans. Don’t know about you but I don’t recall ever feeling ‘normal’ like I was welcome as one of the people around whom I grew up. Maybe that’s why I’ve been in the USA for 26 years. Not England where I was born. Refugee parents mean no one really gets your background – you don’t either. Until you make your own way. So! Travel! I discovered writing, Journalism, were my way to connect with the stories of others. As an avid athlete and team captain that shaped me early in life – it was obv to others that I fit in. But not me, still had this burning need to travel. The foundation of my family of girls and my Florida Keys video, photo, and drone business is intense long-term cultural exposure and travel, Grown in London, University in Northern Ireland, and scuba work in Egypt and Dubai. Droner, photographer, filmmaker. Makes total sense right!! Lol! Read more>>

Jennifer Calacuayo

Since I was a child, I have been completely fascinated with the mystical, magical, and the different. I started to learn about my zodiac sign as a child and when I transitioned into my late teenage years, I started to dive deeper into understanding astrology. This curiosity leads me to study different branches of astrology for over a decade (I will truly always consider myself a student). Through my own spirituality, consciousness and wisdom; I have harnessed a business based on astrology and spirituality. I learned through being a psychic at a metaphysical shop in Sedona that I was truly gifted with holding astrology readings and through the passion of wanting to be my own “boss,” I created an online business – where I create in-depth natal charts, designed to be used as a conscious tool for individual growth. Read more>>

Ryan Bather

Since 2010, I’ve always made beats. I actually started on an itouch lol there’s an app call Beatmaker 2 that allowed me to make beats but in 2018, I started recording in San Diego from my garage where I met “lil Weirdo” he had came in to do a feature with a session I was recording and I heard how fast he laid down his verse. First, I thought this kid sounds like he 7’1; from there, I reached out and we came to a monthly fee to record lol like $130 to record whenever then from there, he introduced me to Rappers SMOKEYGM, RG and Young Rich and more. around the same time I started making beats for lil weirdo we released back to back visuals “How we Rock” “no co-sign” “natural” “road trips” during this time I was putting together a tape called “Zoo” featuring San Diegos buzzing artist lil weirdo SMOKEYGM Pancho gm Sethii Schmactt Yhg Pnut acetakemillions,… Read more>>

Jesse Acosta

I have been self-employed for the last 15-18 years of my life. I have always had a drive for self-dependence and to not be a part of the rat race. As an elementary school child, my parents gave me a gift for Christmas, it was a toy called creepy crawlies. This toy had molds where one would pour a liquid into and then cook it in the oven it came with. This was not an edible item it would bake, you would bake a rubber bug, I would then take these with me on the bus on the way to school and sell them to my peers. I always looked for ways to make money to save up so I could buy fishing equipment. During high school, I worked at a pet shop and I would often calculate how many items I had to sell on eBay so that I could quit my part-time job at the pet store. Today, I run multiple businesses, trade stocks, and invest in real estate. Read more>>.

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