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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Shae Bynes

I left a thriving corporate career behind in June 2010 to begin my journey as a full-time entrepreneur. At that time, I was building a real estate investing business in South Florida and also coaching part-time business owners to help them create leveraged and residual income streams that provided them with flexibility to live a life of their own design. In 2012, God completely interrupted my business and my plans in the most beautiful way. Read more>>

Merline Thermora

I started doing fashion shows six going on seven years. It all started really on my couch. I originally had an online store. I was talking to a previous business partner of mine that evening at my house, and she told me ” you already have an online boutique, you love fashion, why not try a fashion show?” I thought it was a great idea. The first year I did the show I only had about 50 people that showed up. It was raining really heavy that day, I did it at a warehouse, and I was freaking out thinking people wouldn’t show up due to the rain. Read more>>

Kristin Beck

I studied graphic design but went fine art instead. I now live and create in both worlds. While I’ve been a working artist for many years, I began to truly focus my creative energies more when I found my studio’s space in 2016. During the aforementioned years, I’ve headed a gallery space and founded a now 20+ years annual art event (in Orlando, Fl.), and have applied my creative direction skills to a number of industries (winning two Addy awards along the way!) in South Florida. Read more>>

Samuel Pierre

I’ve always loved taking photos, this was way back since my younger Myspace/Facebook days and back in 2016, I decided to buy a camera for my own personal use, and at that time, I didn’t know a single thing about photography except that having a professional camera meant having a very good sharp photo that I could share on social media. So, that day came on black Friday, I saved up a good amount money working and with the help of my best friend, I got my hands on a Canon t5 which I still use to this day. Read more>>

Monica Ribeiro

Brazilian born in Rio de Janeiro, the youngest daughter of an attorney and an educator, Monica traveled the world and learned about diversity experiencing different food, cultures, and languages. Monica has two older brothers, both physicians, and one sister who is a retired teacher and currently serves as vice president of a not-for-profit organization that provides support and education to women with breast cancer in Brazil. Married for 33 years to Ed Ribeiro, a retired businessman, and talented chef, Monica has three children: Eddie, Danny, and Gabby. Read more>>

Gia Biggs

I got recruited from a Family Member. And when I started, I didn’t take it too seriously. But when I start reading about the Paparazzi Business, I start getting excited about having my own business and not needing mega money to start. Still not where I want to be, but not where I use to be. Thank God! This ride has not been an easy one. But this journey has taught me something’s about myself. And I have grown in some areas of my life. I have a Team of 40 and only 10 are active. So, I’ve learned patience and everybody who starts with you will not stay with you. Read more>>

Candice Maritato

I started playing guitar when I was nine years old. I had always wanted to be in a band and sing but was never comfortable enough to put that idea out into the universe. I didn’t actually start to be open about singing till I was about 17 years old thanks to some friends in high school encouraging me to be open about my craft. I started singing in a rock band that year and then formed a two-piece project that lasted for about four years. After that, I began to scream and yell in a band for a short period of time.. and that was probably some of the most fun I’ve had on stage up until my current band Woolbright formed. Read more>>

Martha Lerner

About 20 years ago, I was called to learning everything I could about birth, even before I was remotely ready to have a child, I began taking classes, becoming friends with midwives, and reading up or watching anything birth related. I later found out I come from a long line of midwives on my father’s side in Cuba. To me, birth always seemed like a natural thing women did, in most cases, without the need for many medical interventions. When I finally became pregnant, and then had a child, nothing went “according to plan.” Birth and parenting in my situation was far from easy. Read more>>

Wolkenzye Pascal

The Masters Piece was created after spending sometimes with couple ladies telling them my testimony. One of them was explaining to me how there are so many young women suffering and thinking they are the only ones going through what they are going through. I thought about it and realized that if I can help someone heal through my story, then it will be all worth it. It hasn’t been a smooth road. Many times I wanted to give up thinking that no one cared about what I had to say. I thought No one would be reading these blogs. Then, I had to switch my mindset. I decided even if only one person read it, it will still be worth it. Read more>>

Terisha Lee

I’ve started public speaking at the age of 14 in a group of local teens in KY that went around to various schools and spoke on the dangers of tobacco use. I started out with a team of about six and within weeks, I was speaking to entire auditoriums alone. That was the first time I realized that something that really scared a lot of people was really fun and exciting for me, that’s where my public speaking journey began. It wasn’t until after graduating college and being hired as a chaplains assistant that I learned and I had a gift and love for programming and workshops. Read more>>

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