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Inspiring Stories from North Miami

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 North Miami below.

Massiel Kurwahn

We are the proud parents of Bowie: a handsome, loving, 4-year-old Boston Terrier. During quarantine, we had some extra time on our hands and decided to focus on a solution for our furbaby’s allergies and sensitive stomach. We notice that Bowie had so many allergies and had a weird stomach every time he ate his kibble. Ean, at that time, started cooking bowie all his food. When it came to going around and shopping for ALL NATURAL dog treats we couldn’t find any out there. So through research and our passion for cooking, we created healthy gourmet bites that Bowie went absolutely nuts for. One day we’ve decided to share our healthy treats and help dogs the way they helped Bowie!. Read more>>

Angelica Gateau

Giv’N Goods LLC started off as a small, experimental project with candle wax I was gifted with for my birthday about 6 years ago. The candle wax served as a reminder to when I was in middle school participating in a candle decor class. The desire to make candles continued in my heart and I went full force by opening an Etsy shop in 2018. I was still very shy and coy about the business up until early 2021. With the help of other entrepreneurs, I relaunched full force with the intent to have a steady business. The goal of that was to have my candles tailored to self care that particularly soothes the mind and body. Read more>>

Monika Sekowska

I’m currently based in Miami. Poland-born, late 20 yo pastel gal you might spot walking around & cozying up in cute cafes – if I’m not working that is, which is quite rare as I like to keep myself busy! I actually just relocated here a couple of months ago – and it’s been wonderful to be able to explore this area; I feel like I’m falling in love with the people and the culture, slowly but surely. I’m the founder and Art Director of Atom Heart Lover, an online vintage clothing shop based mostly on Depop. My journey with AHL started 6 years ago and originally started as a side photography project, never intending to be my sole source of income – I never thought it’d become as big as it is today or that I would be still running it all these years later! In my shop I offer a range of vintage designer pieces such as Moschino & Versace (all imported straight from Europe!), colorful mod pieces, vintage nightwear and anything cutsy & quirky, all hand picked and curated by me. Read more>>

Natasha Figueras

After serving 8 years in the military I decided to get out to be able to be a mother to my youngest son and go to college. I ended up getting pregnant and moving to Maryland with my child’s father. At the time things were going good then it went left the relationship was toxic. We moved to New York shortly after I gave birth. I felt stuck at this point. I decided to look for a personal training school that I could go to initially just to learn more about my body and motivate me to lose the weight. The school ended up changing my life but I didn’t know it yet. I didn’t work in the industry after getting my certification even though I was offered a few jobs. Being a mother always came first instead I decided to compete in a bikini competition. Trained and prepared myself through the process alone. Even still I was bartending and taking classes at a local college along with raising both my boys and going through life changing events with my kids father. After competing things got worst with my personal relationship. It got to the point where I packed three bags and left to hotel for a night only to leave New York a few days later with nothing but the bags I had packed and both my boys. Read more>>

Jaylah Ambroise

I’m a young entrepreneur. I started as a little girl who loves to design, as my mom would always say that I ripped up her piece of clothing and made it my own customized clothing. I always like to have my own things, and as kids are we always want things, I’ve grown up to realize that I can make my own clothing or thing. Everything I see, I say I can do that, I can make that, that’s easy, why it cost that much and all you can do is make it yourself! I always seen myself as a person who doesn’t like to spend a lot of money, and now that I can make things on my own, I can benefit from that. Ever since then, I make my own things and sell it and my business is called JaylahsCustomizedCollections. Read more>>

Rodahina Pasteurin

I believe that big things have small beginnings. Growing up in a Haitian household, I often felt misunderstood as a child and early on, I hoped for more. This led me to turn to entertainment as a form of escape. When I realized that a camera could be the source of a new reality, I was convinced to create the world that I wanted to see with the characters that I needed. From that point forward, I began recording short films for my church in an effort to explore my passion for film and excitement for storytelling. Still, I hoped for more. My ambition to capture and document the world around me was ignited further when I attended my alma mater, Tuskegee University. The electrifying encouragement at my HBCU from my mentors and peers reassured me that my odd propensity to transmute human experience through a virtual interface was not strange after all, it was important. Since then my mission has evolved to create, preserve and inspire black stories. Read more>>

Isabel Bello

When I was in Venezuela ten years ago getting ready to move to the US because of the political situation in the country, me and my husband had no idea of what we’ll do for a living. The company I founded in Venezuela was closing because my corporate clients were leaving the country also. We were the owners of a summer camp, a Family Business. We knew there was a large Venezuelan community in the USA mostly in Florida. We did some research understanding there were many families that had moved to Florida and did not have a summer camp they felt confident within a new country. We believe that our experience of more than 20 years in summer camps, changing the lives of campers through an unforgettable experience, could make a difference with Camp Guaikinima, a bilingual Summer Camp in Florida. Venezuelan families were looking for a Spanish immersion program in summer because their kids were forgetting their Spanish roots and language. 11 summers later, Camp Guaikinima receives hundreds of campers from all over the world and different cultures. Camp Guaikinima launched its 1st sleepaway season in summer 2010 and today we sum up three additional Day Camp locations and we plan to keep growing. Read more>>

Brett Olivieri

I grew up in a small town in Connecticut with one quant little gas station and a whole lot of trees and rivers. I spent so many hours in the woods exploring and making things with my brother Brandon. We even found had a little quartz mine not too far from our house and we would go crazy over the fact that they were real and that we might as well be wizards. I mean there were piles of crystals that grew in the sediment in the woods! How fantastical, even as an adult. I look back on that and think how magical that was and I’m very grateful for being able to have those experiences. I always think how these experiences might have developed the way I look at the world around me throughout my life. I think it definitely has, I believe the place we feel the most comfortable relates back to where we grew up and where our senses developed. In a way, I haven’t stopped exploring and am still metaphorically looking for those crystals even while I have lived in cities for most of my adult life. Read more>>

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