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Inspiring Stories from Miami Beach

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 Miami Beach below.

Matt Cardone

Matt Cardone is a mentor, interventionist and Vedic meditation teacher, who has invested years and thousands of hours of his life in the study and practice of Vedic knowledge and meditation. He first began meditating in 2014, and since then has traveled to India frequently to study under some of the greatest masters of our time. He teaches regularly throughout Palm Beach County, but also travels the United States and the world leading meditation retreats and meditation courses in corporate environments. Read more>>

Cristina Bustamante

I always wanted to be a writer, but was always told that it wasn’t “practical.” Since I am nothing, if not practical, I graduated from law school in 2008. I practiced for a couple of years before becoming pregnant with my first daughter (Blake). After my maternity leave, I wasn’t too eager to get back to my cases full time. It was difficult to find a law firm that allows you to balance work with the demands of raising a newborn. I made the decision to stay home and focus on this new chapter of my life. Read more>>

Fifty Eight Hundred

Fifty Eight Hundred is a Miami-based rock band and follow-up project to the band WYK. The project began in January 2015 when bassist, Yannick Waingarten, and drummer Nic Collins, formed the band after playing on stage together for the first time in December 2014. After a few lineup changes, Lead Guitarist, Joey Rodriguez, joined the band in November 2015, and Lead Vocalist, Jacob Maicol, followed in April of 2017. This lineup immediately clicked and began to develop their own unique sound. This change in direction prompted the name change to Fifty Eight Hundred. Read more>>

Steven O’Ren

I spent most of my life wanting to be a doctor. Raised by two doctors. Got into a really good med school. After becoming seriously sick, I decided that I would rather affect a person’s life versus simply prolong it. I Dropped out. Ever since then I have dedicated my time to creating content that has an emotional impact as both a director and a photographer. Making someone feel good can happen outside a doctors care. I’m exploring those avenues using a visual medium. Read more>>

Taylor Cohen

Adashah was created out of a couple passions of mine. One being the human’s ability to heal ourselves through nutrition, inspired by Hippocrates’ “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” And the other stemming from my background in outdoor education, organic farming and food justice which grew my belief that no matter your location or socioeconomic background, everyone deserves access and education to clean healthy delicious eats. Adashah was created as my brainchild born in a tiny Brooklyn apartment covered wall to wall in pots of lentils. Read more>>

Designer Don G

Harlem & Denim is a Fashion Disruptor, an apparel and lifestyle brand launched in 2016 but established decades before by the exceptional style of this family of founders. Father, entertainment industry alum, Don, collaborates with daughter, Dominic, incorporating the inspiration for his sons’ names ­ the style of the Harlem Renaissance and the timeless utility of denim into fashion’s newest location for custom style  Designed with Socialites and Tastemakers in mind, Harlem & Denim epitomizes individual style. Read more>>

Masatsugu Kubo

My culinary career began when I started working in a small local Italian kitchen when I was in high school. Since it was my first job, I was not allowed to touch anything. The chef told me to stand and watch or wash the dishes. I learned while watching the chefs and slowly started to gain an interest in culinary art. I joined Plan Do See when I was 25 years old. I was introduced the company by a former employee that I worked with at my first job. Read more>>

Mara Geronemus

I started out on a traditional path at a big law firm, first in New York and then in Miami. Never in a million years did I imagine I would end up with my own successful law firm, offering concierge in-house services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. After graduating from NYU Law School, I worked as a litigation associate in a big NYC law firm. My experience was very typical. I was one of many first-year associates, working long hours, late nights and weekends. It was stressful and overwhelming.  After two years, I decided to move to Miami. Read more>>>

Amanda Fogarty

I’m a photographer and multi-passionate creative. I photographed my first wedding when I was in high school and have been creating genuine, romantic and beautiful wedding photography for the past six years. My natural approach allows me to capture heartfelt moments through a genuine experience and create images that are as timeless and authentic as my client’s love. Although I’m based in Maine, I love to travel and Florida (especially Miami area). Read more>>

Mark Chatburn

Everything began with my grandmother and the British version of the game MONOPOLY. Every summer, my brothers and I used to gather around her and play the game. She was a British lady living in Ecuador. An active member of her community through her work with the Red Cross and who owned real state investments in the most beautiful places surrounded by nature. We would play for hours during tea time, and she would tell us exactly which properties to buy and why. Read more>>

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