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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.

Sima Kohen

I am originally from Turkey with two majors in Hotel Management and French Litterature. Additionally, I was fortunate to be offered a scholarship to Cornell University, which saw me welcomed into the United States in 2000. I then returned to the U.S. in 2001 after getting married and had my two sons here. Read more>>

Tamara Filgueiras, LCSW, CCATP

I was born in Brazil; and moved to the United States at the age of 13. As far as I can remember, I have always been curious about people; an observer who would notice and have regard for people’s emotions. As I grew up, I realized that I could turn my passion of helping people into a career of creating space for them. Read more>>

Anna Bonanno

It wasn’t a surprise that I would have started working in the health field. I have always been passionate about “all things natural”. I grew up in a house where we always had plants of Aloe Vera that could be useful for different things, so natural healing was part of my daily life. Read more>>

Tobechuku Nwahiri

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and raised in Miami. I was the last born of three siblings from two immigrant parents from Nigeria. My father was an engineer and mother a school teacher. Being that my mother was a school teacher, she ensured that we were all well-educated. Read more>>

Brian Neu

Grew up in a construction family in Lima, OH. Mother and father operated a general contracting company that was founded by my grandfather in 1965. Graduated from Ohio State University in 2008 with a degree in Construction Systems Management. Worked as a project manager at various companies throughout the United States and New Zealand. Read more>>

Yessy Gutierrez

Still is about more than just tea. Still is about using the ceremony of making tea in order to create a moment of stillness for yourself. In a fast-paced world, it’s important to slow down and take inventory of how you’re feeling and what you want out of life. Sometimes, we move so fast that we forget to just take a breather. Read more>>

Kayla Harris

I grew up in a creative family. My dad was a DJ and now a graphic designer, my mom a hairstylist, and my brother a musician but I never really considered myself creative. My brother and I would have fake concerts in our rooms but I was always really good at school and loved to write so for a while I thought I would become a teacher. Read more>>

Ezenma Forrest

All my life, I’ve had a hustler mentality. I just wanted to provide for myself. It’s no fun in life if you don’t have your own money. Starting from Instagram I posted a necklace and it went viral. That’s when Zee Ice Factory took off, approximately October 2018. For the first week, I had done way better than expected. Read more>>

Carolina Munoz

My story started in Colombia when at a very young age, I started to develop my passion for arts and handmade arts & crafts. I knew that I needed to follow the artistic path somehow, so when the time came, I decided to study Industrial design in my hometown Pereira. Read more>>


I got started around seven when my father asked me to write a rap for children’s church. He’d made a couple of important scriptures into rap and taught them to the class, but he wanted me to do something original. A couple of years later, my brother King Chav began to rap. Read more>>

Jessica Romulus

I started to party and puff with my love of hookah. After a long day of work, I would get home, assist my son with homework and wind down after a long day by sparking up my hookah. No matter what event, outing or family affair that I attended, I would seek hookah. Read more>>

WJ Daggins o

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, I have lived my life learning how and why to love people just for who they are. I’m 31 and married to my beautiful wife Debra Daggins. Father of seven and love them to pieces. Our oldest are 11-year-old twins and youngest 1-month-old daughter. Read more>>

Emily Wincel

After graduating with a degree in communication studies from Arizona State University in 2014, I landed my first job as a social media manager at a Scottsdale, AZ-based advertising agency. This was during a time that businesses were just starting to immerse themselves in the social media world. Read more>>

Melissa Jean

Steppin’ Stone Beauty was launched in December 2017 during a time when I was unemployed and using funds that I had been saving for a rainy day. I was a newlywed and had just recently found a new hobby which happened to be makeup. I became super fascinated with cosmetics which led me to create my own cosmetics line. Read more>>

Samantha Caballero

I have always worked in the education field, either in the classroom or the water. I taught my first swim at the age of 10 to a 6-year-old. She mastered the technique in two months and joined a swim team winning 1st place in first meet. Professionally, I began private lessons at 16 during an internship at a swim school. Read more>>

Mr. Sunday Akinbiyi

I started this business toward the end of 1999, around November. I was previously in construction/engineering. After almost 20 years in that profession, I decided to open an African store in South Florida since there was no authentic African store in South Florida area. Read more>>

Arbeilla McCray

Growing up, I fought with low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. In that place of wanting to be liked by everyone and not knowing my worth caused me to live a toxic life. When I finally give my life to Christ, I found purpose. I told myself that I will no longer live my life in fear and I will walk in the life God designed just for me. Read more>>

Emmitt Combs

There is no short story to my process and there was no overnight success! For you to truly understand where the passion originated, I’d have to take you back to 2005 when I lived in Atlanta where I was raised. 2005 is significant because a lot of events happened that year that made me change directions in my life. Read more>>

Kevin Justinien

I’ve been a college promoter for about three years now and I actually started as a sub promoter back in 2013 after I graduated high school in like my first semester in college. At the time, I played for Broward college for the men’s basketball team that 2013-2014. Read more>>

Danielle Farmer

Hello, being a single mother of three and a lover of travel, I wanted to be able to show my children the world. I stop having big birthday parties for them and started taking more trips. I would look for all the deals and discounts I could find. One day on social media I saw an ad about becoming an Independent Travel Agent. Read more>>

Kelsee Major

Well I also tell people my mom and sister’s intrigued me, Culinary School refined me, and working throughout the Culinary industry made me. Being hospitable is simply part of my nature I remember even as a young girl my friends would come over after school and I would cook for them. and believe or not that gave me solace. Read more>>

Kontrol Freak

Most people only know me for being a sex expert who hosts events on pleasure, safe sex, BDSM kink shows, speed dating, and body positivity. I am a Fiancé, Mother, still an employee, Serial entrepreneur, Speaker, and radio personality. I wrote it this way because that has been my timeline thus far. Read more>>

Brandon Beasley

My journey started in 2013, towards the end of my first year as a music teacher with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I had grown to become a huge proponent of music and music education, but I knew then that my passion for music would fade if I were to confine it to the classroom experience. Read more>>


I was originally born in London. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria in a household with all my relatives and extended family members, who all had a love and passion for music. So naturally, I obtained that same love and joy. I fell in love with music at an early age, my dad would take my brother. Read more>>

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