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Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South Florida home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout Miami and the surrounding areas.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

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The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

EPIC the Band | Christian Pop Group

We’re constantly called to greatness. Not just around us, but also within us. That through thick and thin, staying rooted in real love is a driving force in building our craft, in coming together to do what we love.

epictb.com
@epictheband

 

Grace Chepenik | Artist (Painter & Glassblower)

I feel the most important lesson I have learned so far is to follow my intuition. Whenever I have listened to my gut instincts it has paid off- and hurt me when I did not. Ultimately- we know what is best and right for us and it is so important to be true to that and the feelings you get. My gut instinct told me I needed to live in Miami the moment I visited. I was in Wynwood with my dad and knew it was the best place for my art to grow and flourish. I was inspired by every corner and wanted to dive into the art scene here immediately. I could not stop smiling when I experienced Wynwood for first time. The color, light and diversity I experience in Miami has and will forever influence my work. The city has given me incredible opportunities, such as live painting for SpeakFridays or displaying my art at a bar during Art Basel. Miami has led me to people along my journey that I know were meant to be in my life- and so I am forever grateful I acted on my intuition of choosing to live here.

gracechepenik.com 
@gracechepenikart

Will Noftsinger | Yacht Broker and Superyacht Broker, Denison Yachting

Be Relentless”. That is the most important lesson I have learned so far in business and in life without question. There is never a reason to slack off or surrender and chalk something up to a simple loss. Stick with what ever “it” may be that you are doing and be tenacious, be resilient, be resourceful and give it your all. And then, when you’re ready to call it quits and be resilient by trying 5 more times. Above all else, be relentless and be sure to couple that with a good dose of humility. Most everything worth doing in business and in life involves effort and it involves way more effort than we anticipate going in. No one is going to argue that I am stubborn and tend to take the difficult roads in life as some sort of personal challenge. So, when some one says I can’t or don’t, I am likely going to do just about everything I can to do it… Likely twice. It’s how I got in to college despite dyslexia and a host of other learning disabilities, how I started in this business and how I finally got my would be wife and at the time of meeting my flight attendant, to go out on the first date with me… After 2 months of asking her constantly mind you. Trust me, I get down, I get upset and I definitely get angry, but I never give up. Failure is 100 percent an option and it happens all the time to me… But, giving up… well that part isn’t an option for me and it truly is a choice. We choose to give up and take the easy road. Don’t. Be relentless and try, try again I think that’s far and beyond the biggest lesson for me so far.

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Estelle Cazoulat | Student in Economics

I would say that the city gathers a lot a different treasures : the calm with waves song on the beach, kindness with people you don’t even know who come to you and talk about everything (it’s like you know them, even for a long time but you just met them a few minutes ago), all these restaurants with world cuisines, being independent is really important or you can miss things (dare to go by yourself, anyway you can meet people everywhere), the world is small because I met one of my best friends from France 3 times in Miami since she worked for Disney world in Orlando so finally I would say that “the world is home”. Also, we don’t realize things as long as we don’t see them (for example I remember when I went to Nassau, people told us to go one way, I decided to take an other way and I saw the poorness, later I followed the instructions and I saw where they wanted us to go and it was wonderful but shallow in a certain way… An other thing, I was pleasantly surprised by Los Angeles and its beautiful hills. I decided to not take ubers and walk a lot and was not at all disappointed. About Miami, you always have something to do, you have festivals, events, concerts or parties. The city is amazing for that. It is not just about its districts, its about its constant evolution (walls in Wynwood change, some shops open, a lot of artists come, etc). It is a city of 1001 possibilities.

@_estelleczt

Jorge Charun | Bachateando Miami Dance Festival

To remain resilient through adversity. One of the most challenging situations we had to deal with were hotel cancellations. Two years in a row, our contracted hotel cancelled on us and we were left scrambling to find a new venue. With thousands of attendees ready to come dance and party at the festival, we were responsible for finding a new home. Staying resilient and focused allowed us to pull through this challenge and host a stellar event every time – and kept it growing!!

@BachateandoMiami
@bachateandomiami
bachateandodancefestival.com

 

Cosentino Top Faces | Juana Acosta | Actress

We have learned to inspire people through innovative spaces and at the same time connect with them as a result of our social responsibility actions.

@CosentinoCityMiami 
@SilestonebyCosentino

 

Paul Henry Collins | Fashion | Portrait Photographer |  Stylist & Creative Director

Most important lesson for me is to never give up, if you love what you are doing then do not let anything or anyone stop you.

@pauhenrystudios
@caroline_holladay 

 

Alicia Dallas | Admissions Advisor

Warner Kahn Studios

During my journey, the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that it is vital to be in an academic environment that is learner-centered, inclusive and innovative. Those components are the keys to creating a positive impact not only on yourself, but essential for an even more grand impact on the communities in which you plan to serve with your education and training. Here at Larkin University, we offer students all of those components as well as we are the first and only College of Pharmacy in Miami-Dade County, therefore we are not only innovative with our academic environment but we are making history in Miami!

ularkin.org 
@ularkin.org
@larkinuniversityadmissions
@LarkinAdmission 

Marcos J Reyes | Founder of veedah

Lili Estevez

The most important lesson that I’ve learned in this journey so far is that life will always reveal the forks in the road when you are not prepared. And that’s okay. What will prepare you for those life changing moments is actually making the decision. When you decide to make a decision, that’s when you start becoming prepared for what’s next. All forks will ultimately take you to the path you need in order to fulfill your dreams. Keep making decisions and keep moving forward.

@veedahapp

Yesenia Roque – Blogger | The Insomniac Trials and Co-Owner | Chief Creative Officer | Write & Day

No matter what the situation, circumstance, or moment in time that you’re in, always remember that you got this. Continue to motivate and inspire yourself daily because at the end of the day, you are your own support system. And cookies heal all.

@theinsomniactrials 
@writeandday
WriteAndDay.com

 

Alejandro Capote |  Product Manager & on my Journey to become a Self taught Front End Web Dev.

Nothing comes easy. People see something great and say “wow such talent, or wow how smart” but what people don’t think is that there is a lot of work behind that great thing. Not only talent and intelligence, but consistency is the most important thing that I have learned. It is easy to start something right, I mean, we all have dreams, we all have goals, but the hard thing to do is to keep fighting for what you want everyday after you decided to go for it. Even those days when you belief that you are not making progress.

@ialexkpot

Lais Correia | Sea photography

I think that the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that you need to be persistent. You should never give up of what you want. You need to think positive and believe in yourself. I think that this is the key to be a blessed person.

@lacorreiaa

 

Kirenia Legón | Soap Maker & Bachelor Degree in Spanish and Literature

All you have is the simple present. I tried to start a business several times, but two things kept me from being successful: One, to fantasize about results before even take one step forward into it; and two, to believe that if it is complicated then it is more interesting. A creative being suffers the demon of immobility due to the fluctuation of creations inside his head. Those creations turn themselves into more creations that bifurcate and turn into an amazing picture, but this is nothing but the chaos’ structure, which keeps you looking into your inner window, admiring every step of a possible project that vanishes in front of your eyes, without have done anything yet for it. The here and now is the antidote of immobility. To focus on present allows you to walk easily through the paths of chaos with skills, as you wish. The other thing that’s key is to believe that the more complex it is, the more attractive and impressive it is. I do not want to look down on Baroque but the minimalist precept of “more with less” is my absolute truth. I tell myself every day before the day begins “keep it simple” and I repeat it all day long. From my own experience, I have seen proofs that those little pieces of true happiness are hidden behind the most pure and authentic simplicity. So these are the most important lessons I’ve learned in my still short journey so far: the simple present does not have any other mystery than keeping simple and focused on the present.

latinalatinasoaps.com
youtube.com/c/LaTinaLatinaSOAPS

Ethan Julian EVLV,LLC | owner and founder

With every journey is another story to be added,everyone will always have their obstacles, it’s what betters us all greatly. Knowing how to react to life and these obstacles will truly predict your destination. Learning in life that if you project positive energy into any given subject, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Listening to yourself and taking every situation good or bad and learning from it, whether it’s a mindset, strategy or precaution. Never giving up and with that being said, allowing further inspiration to flow through every moment. It’s like an unstoppable formula.

evlv-world.com
@EVLVworld
@evlv.officia

Steven James | Author | Photographer & Spoken Word Artist

I’ve learned a lot of very important lessons in my journey so far. I’ve changed habits, perspectives, and many different processes for productivity and creativity. Through everything, the most important lesson I’ve learned is that reading is the best habit you can have. I truly believe that you are a different person after every book you read. The knowledge, perspectives, and ideas you gain from reading are priceless. Read as much as you can because even a bad story can have a good point. Reading has drastically changed my life and the way I create content. It continues to be the number one source of inspiration and the best mentor in my life.

music.apple.com/us/album/excuse-me-ep/999591036
@ssaintjames

Israel Consuegra  | Producer | founder and co-owner at KPRA FILMS Inc

Be constant, dedicated and fallow you dreams (No reward without sacrifice)

kprafilms.com

Samantha Dawn Rucker | CEO of December Dream Natural Products & Naturalista

My journey of restoration began in June of 2017. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, at the young age of 35, I went through years of depression and searching for a way to get back to my normal self. I have always had long, healthy hair but the chemotherapy stripped that away. It also stripped away most of my confidence as I struggled to feel beautiful again. Being a mother of seven children, I also struggled with my body image. This led me to dive much deeper into myself as person only to discover that true beauty radiates first from within. In a desperate need to stay healthy for my family and live a long life, I began my research of natural products. I looked up natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil and various essential Oils to find out what I could use to grow my hair back and restore my natural curl pattern. Vitamin Rich Hair Butter was created and is used as a first step product to kick start hair growth; especially for chemotherapy and cancer survivors. My brand has grown to include other hair care products I create, such as our bestselling Hair Growth Botanicals, as well as skin care that is all natural and organic. My main mission is to see people Embrace Their Natural Beauty & Live Healthy, Abundant Lives. To live the life God purposed for us to live. To love themselves, flaws and all. The most important lesson I have learned in my journey so far is that we have to be intentional with our health care and our lives. It takes work and a conscious effort to stay healthy; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am so grateful to be 8 years cancer free as I continue my journey of Healthy Living.

decemberdream.org
@theoriginaldreamcreme
@hairandbodycreme

Lama Bazzi | Tastemadefoodie Content Creator & Recipe Developer

My name is Lama Bazzi, I am a stay at home mom of two, which I home school. I needed to do something for myself that wouldn’t compromise my schedule and incorporate what I have a passion for. So as a hobby I launched Tastemadefoodie back in October 2018. I enjoy sharing easy diverse meals, desserts, raw juicing and snack ideas including traditional Lebanese dishes. Throughout this short journey, I learned to stay true to who I am as an individual and how I wanted to be viewed. I am..

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Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.

We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest female leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Doris Acosta O’Hare | Broker-Associate with Compass Miami Beach

I’m Ecuadorian-American, however, I relocated to the US alone after my 18th birthday and learning English was my personal mountain to conquer. It took me two years to feel comfortable with the language and culture change. I honestly believed I would never learn. Time and hard work got me to the top and I conquered what seemed insurmountable. My advise is to work with what you have and never give up on yourself. You set your goals, you make them happen. This is why my life motto is Let the Sunshine In. Life can be light or darkest. I dream in the dark and live in the light.

@doris305_
@Doris305
@TweetDoris305
youtube.com/channel/UCnTlkaDPHRY_RfeNbfAaSsA
Doris305.com

Alexis Dawson | strategic marketing professional

My motto? Keep Moving Forward. Whenever I am put in a challenging situation, I tend to take a short pause and look at the bigger picture ahead while connecting with my roots. In an ever-changing 24/7 world that we live in, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. It’s also important to collect your thoughts before you take action. Taking the time to reflect helps bring clarity while being consistent with your moral compass. If you are true to yourself, than you can continuously move forward in the right direction, taking action fearlessly and moving forward to surpass any challenges that come your way.

@dawsonslife
dawsonslife.com
alexismdawson.com

Gabriela Briceno | Capuhealthy | Healthy Chef & Culinary Nutrition Expert

Whenever you are in a tough situation remember that the best fights are giving to the best soldiers! Continue, go on because you will see the trophy 🏆 at the end of the path. Trust in God and Believe in yourself. You are capable enough to do anything you like.

Capuhealthy.com
@capuhealthy
@capuhealthy

Airica D. Kraehmer | Marketing CEO | Bestselling Author & HT Survivor

Lance Andrews

There will be times in your life in which it is hard to evaluate if life is worth it. I’ve been through a lot of terrifying situations, outlined in my bestseller Amazon book Models Stop Traffic, and these challenges did not defeat me. Sure, even after a terrible loss or trauma the pain or backlash does not end. But the reality is, after hardship is the opportunity to rebuild. Do not expect things to be easy right away. Just expect and work toward them being better.

storytellingmarketingagency.com
airicakraehmer.com
@airicakraehmer
amazon.com/Models-Stop-Traffic-Enslavement-Pursuit/dp/1732077827/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=models+stop+traffic&qid=1563201453&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Laura March | PreMed Student & Model

There’s a sentence I love and always say “My present is NOT my future” meaning that anything a person is going through will not last forever, with patience and a positive thinking everything will be better.

@dianam.espinosa

Daniella Liranzo | Makeup artist | beauty blogger | business woman

Accept the challenge and face it, because nothing in this life comes easy. We must work hard to achieve anything that we desire. But at the end of it all the challenge is what makes the victory so much more valuable, so cherish the challenge and believe in yourself.

@Beautylooksbyd

Nekeisha Francis | Founder of Vegan Bites With Nekei and Vegan Bites Near Me

Always make the best decision based on the information you currently have. Sit down, think it through and there will always be a solution to your problem. Once you do this you can overcome anything and live without regrets.

@veganbiteswithnekei
@veganbitesnearme

 Raiza Gomez | Newborn & Child Photographer

Adrian Basart

The best advice I can give someone who is facing a challenge is to NEVER EVER give up!
Whenever I am having a difficult day the quote I live by is “”Nothing worth having comes easy.”” Do not compare yourself to others, everyone has their own unique journey. Focus on the path set ahead of you.
I always sing to my daughter, in Dory’s words “”Just keep swimming, just keep swim”

@RaizaGPhotography

Alicia Pizarro | Hotel Manager & Professional Photographer

My advice is never to give up. Take a deep breath and be honest to yourself but never stop fighting. Every day brings to you a brand new opportunity to succeed and accomplish your goals. Obstacles are just “things” that are there to teach and strengthen us for the journey that lies ahead. We must, therefore, not view them as insurmountable problems that prevent us from achieving our goals, but rather as small — and at times significant — stepping stones that are required we need to pass. If you don’t find success the first time, start all over. The bigger is the challenge the greater the reward.

@miss_pizarro

Elizabeth Lugo | Makeup Artist | Stylist and Art director

Sometimes is better to just let it go, in that moment you won’t understand why is this happening, or why you can’t fix it, but the time will tell why…and the only then you’ll understand and learn, every hard situation is just a lesson that you must learn to go on, just believe, that no matter what is the result, you are always winning!

@elizabethmua

Zuly Calderin | Realtor & Entrepreneur

The best advice I can give to someone who is struggling or starting a business is remember to be grateful for what you currently have and not focus on what you don’t have. Stay persistent and work very hard!

facebook.com/zuly.calderin 
@zcalderinrealtor_

Sophie Zembra | Creative director ANTIDOTE

My advice is to be positive and think everything is possible, all the difficulty can be pass if mentally you are ready for. But also is important, to be honest and facing the reality: for my experience, I’ve made some pivot in my life when you see that you made the maximum but you cannot solve your problem it’s maybe because you don’t take the right path.

antidote.us

Jessica Toye | Personal Trainer & health enthusiast

The best advice I can give to someone who feels that they are facing a challenge that is insurmountable is that, whatever you think will happen, will happen. It is all about your capability to have unwavering belief that you will achieve whatever challenge you are trying to master. If you constantly tell yourself I can’t do it, 10 times out of 10 you won’t do it, same as if you constantly tell yourself I can do it and will do it you’ll 100% get it done. What your mind thinks your body will follow with action. For example, in terms of exercising, when I am in my final set finishing up my last repetitions and I begin to feel myself becoming exhausted I instantly get into a mindset of positive thinking. I say to myself “I can do it”, “you’re almost done”, “finish up strong Toye or something along those lines, within those split seconds I receive a quick burst of energy being able to dominate my workout. All in all, no matter what you are facing it will always come down to how you think and approach the situation. Whether you THINK you can or can’t, you’re right.

@_Toyee

Ana Perez | Fashion Lover and Blogger

Remember to stay positive. I believe in surrounding yourself with as much positivity as possible. And to stay close to their beliefs.

@anamrperez

Lorena Cucalon | Clinical psychologist with a MACP degree

When feeling that a challenge is insurmountable, search in your heart and find faith, even if it is as little as a mustard seed. Faith in yourself or faith in God. Wait and stay still, have compassion for yourself and remember you do not have to understand everything, and you do not need to solve it all now. It is okay to hurt or feel fear, it is not okay to dwell on those emotions. Remember that every breath is a gift of life and if there is life, it is not the end. Everything has a season and every season comes to an end. Be courageous, go through it and do not let hope depart from you. You are not alone, even if it feels like it, do not let your emotions deceive you. Remember how far you have come. Feeling alone is only part of the process when facing challenges. Breathe and remember to give thanks, then just be still for today.

@propositovirtudesyvalores
FB: @propositovirtudesyvalores

Vanessa Jules | CEO | Founder of KeepfightingTV

When life gets tough, when you feel like you’re about to drop, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to acknowledge the struggle of it. But, Arise! Wipe your eyes, keep walking, crawl if you have to, but Refuse! To quit. There is hope, and You were Born to accomplish that dream, that’s burning deep down within you! Keep fighting!

@keepfightingtv
@flawed_fitness101
keepfightingtv.com

Wendy Regalado | Actress | Model and TV Host

My best advice is keep moving forward, sometimes we can auto sobotage our capabilities to complete a challenge in part of our lives. I believe in positivity and the practice of being disciplined and motivated with a our surrounding and positive people who believe in you. It may take time, but it can be done. if your first plan doesn’t work stop for a moment and analyze and see other ways and options for your challenge to be completed. We always learn something in the way, that’s life , that’s the challenge.

@wendyregalado
Wendy Regalado
@wellnessby 
Wellness by Wen

Polina La Rusa | Psychiatric Physician Assistant (PA-C) and Latin Culture Enthusiast

Time will pass, and you will see that every hardship, challenge, misfortune was a way to teach you a lesson, prepare you, or redirect you towards new better opportunity. Trust the universe, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel soon!

@polina.la.rusa.pa

Maria Gershman | EMT , firefighter student

You should always believe in yourself. Never listen to others, no one like to see someone’s  success. And Patience, it’s better to do small steps and eventually achieve what you want, then rush. My phrase for life “who else if not me!?”

@salt_emt

 Nadia Adelay | Actor, Director, Musician

“Challenges are meant to be overcome. Pain is POWER.”

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Caylin Jimenez | Publicist, Blogger/Vlogger, and a soon to be International MBA Grad Student (I start in Fall)

The best advice I can give someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to remember that we are never given more than we can handle and to always positively and creatively spin whatever challenge they are given to their advantage by using it as a means to reinvent themselves.

caylinjimenez.com 
youtube.com/c/CallMeCaylin
instagram.com/caylinjimenez
twitter.com/Caylin_Vivian

Talita Pinheiro | Real Estate Broker

First of all, everything has a solution, sometimes we just need to step aside of our problem or challenge so we can analyze it without the emotions. The other thing is to understand that not everything can be done immediately, the most challenge moments I had in my life took sometime to be solved, so time is important and we can not combine time with anxiety. No matter what kind of challenge I am going through, I always do the affirmations: I have the strength to do what needs to be done and focus on my core values and beliefs, have faith that I will always overcome the challenges in my life, because I deserve a better moment, everyone deserve it. The person needs to focus on how they will feel when the challenge is over and how the benefits of this moment in their life.

everythingmiamiteam.com
instagram.com/talipinheiro

Aylia Zaidi | Adventurer & Techie

I always believe that the universe is on my side and that hurdles that we face are an opportunity for growth.Whenever I am facing a challenge that seems too big, I remember this quote which I try to live by:”If I were to go back in time, I would tell myself not to worry too much. Trust. Go through life as if it were rigged in your favor.” -Arianna Huffington

Instagram.com/ayliazaidi 

Kelly Dzioba | Satirical Motherhood Blogger, Sales & Marketing Specialist

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Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South Florida home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout Miami and the surrounding areas.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

The post Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories appeared first on Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide.

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The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

The post The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative appeared first on Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide.

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Miami has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

The post The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives appeared first on Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide.

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Jake DeLucia | College Student

The most important lesson I have learned on my journey so far is to embrace adversity, and that within adversity lies opportunity. Life is amazing when the sun is shining, but rain is always going to come. Instead of letting the rain get you down, look at it as the nutrients you need to help you grow and blossom into a better version of yourself.

@jakedelucia

Pedro Hieye | Private Jet Consultant & Celebrity Tour Expert #viajandoconpedrito

Most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey is to stay humble and be grateful.

@phieye

Rey Zamora | Photographer

The importance of individuality. You can’t be afraid to be unique, to see the world in a different light. I consider myself a visual storyteller, perspective is my most powerful tool. While my style is rooted in the past, I welcome the non traditional. It’s your story after all, and it’s important you tell it your way.

reyzamoraphotography.com
@reyzamoraphotography

Julie Mejia | Owner & Designer

As a small, slow fashion business owner trying to succeed in a market where fast fashion is king, it’s important to keep my ethics prevalent as part of my social responsibility by providing sustainable and quality products.

venomandhell.com

Lulu Marcano | Co-Founder | Alchemist Revolt

There’s a Damien Rice song that says “if love is not for fun, then it’s doomed”. Well, I believe this about love and everything else. The way I see it, everything in our life should be conducive to fun: our work, relationships, hobbies, travels, food, exercise. And I realized a long time ago that I am the person in charge of bringing fun (active joy) to each area of my life.

@croatii

Stephanie Pope | Owner | Creator, ENEZ Swimwear

The most important lesson I have learned in my journey thus far is that creating a successful business doesn’t happen over night. It takes lots of time, energy and persistence put towards it every day. I’m a one-woman-business so I’m still learning and trying to figure out what works and doesn’t work along the way but the entire process is so much fun to me. It’s very satisfying and rewarding looking back and seeing all that has come together to be ENEZ Swimwear in the past three years starting as just a side job and hobby to now my full-time job!

Rodney aka DJ Triumph | Music producer | songwriter

God is good, faithful and always strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

soundcloud.com/djtriumph38

Katie Hirschman | Retail Professional & Fashion Stylist

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey thus far is that change is healthy. Whether it be job, location, relationship, friendships, etc. the longing for something more means that you are not satisfied with where you are at. We tend to get stuck in complacency and mistake that for happiness when really we have an underlying desire for more that we push off to the side. Change is healthy, challenges are healthy, and although they are not easy we can’t back down or shy away from a new challenge as it inhibits personal growth. If we are not growing and evolving personally we are only hurting ourselves and those around us.

@katie_hirschman

Henry PC

Life is a gift: I must not leave it “unopened”, nor keep it in a drawer, I take it out of the drawer and I make it shine!

Naybel Rodriguez Vargas | I’m just a normal girl who love cooking. I created the #naybelitathechef👩🏽‍🍳trying to help people to achieve weight goals.

Learn to be yourself, to be authentic, to be unique and don’t compare yourself with others. Don’t worry about people lives missing the uniqueness of your own. The beauty of it, is your own journey.

Chanel Divine | Spiritual | Psychic Advisor | Reiki Master and Dance Instructor

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far, is Self Love. Self Love is probably one of the hardest things to achieve in a society where you are going against the grain of everyone’s standards, opinions, and rules. Self Love requires you to step fully into your authenticity, and accept yourself wholly and completely. It allows you to make decisions for yourself that aligns with your highest and best path, regardless of other’s opinions. It allows you to live an abundant life filled with joy, happiness, and peace!

tantricdivination.com
Facebook: TantricDivinationLLC
@Chanel4u2luv
facebook.com/groups/2260119740734248/?ref=share
youtube.com/channel/UCp9BXupzSwKWkRaKOxsKMHA
youtube.com/channel/UCtZIeNVS7dY9P1XQwBb0d5g

Aden Messier | Dancer and Public Figure

No matter how big or small you are, you can always make it in life by staying humble to yourself.

@dancer_aden

Dallas Ryche | Art Basel Faena House Perrier Jouët

Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring. Don’t leave your reputation to chance or gossip, it is your life’s artwork and you must strategically craft it and display it with the meticulous care of an artist.

@dallasryche

Jessyca Sarango | Songwriter | multiinstrumentalist | creator

Living without limits and fear, every day is my first, only and last.

@JessycaSarango
youtube.com/user/jessycasarango
@jessycasarango
@JessycaSarangoMusica

Fernanda Monteiro | Savory Granola bold and Crunch for salads and soups

Be patient with the entrepreneurship journey, it is long and challenging so you better enjoy.

savorygranola.com
youtu.be/B9ufdQ2_S-s

Elliot Suro | Founder of Top Expression

Be Unique, Express Your Style.

topexpression.net
@topexpression
@topexpression

Hugo Devana | film, television and theater producer

That does not matter the distance traveled. Only the quality of the people on the road matters.

@hugodevana 
@hugodevana

Chef Abel | @chefabel_veulens

Ricardo Mejia

Work hard and fight to achieve your goals, but always doing what you love to do.

@rmstudiocorp

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Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.

We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest female leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Shir Goshen | Event planner specialized in balloons decoration in Miami area

Good things happen to good people that work hard and believe in their self.

@balloons4you.us 
Balloons4you.us

Yasmine Souffrant | Entrepreneur & Poet

Nothing is impossible with God, and He never gives you more than you can handle. Yes, there may be obstacles in your way and your goal may seem unattainable but everything you need in order to succeed is already in you. Believe in yourself and believe in your strength and tenacity. You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.

thegawdessbrand.com 
@itssjustyas
@thehideoutmiami

Julia Cinquemani | Professional Ballerina with Miami City Ballet | Owner and Designer of Jule Dancewear

In the dance world there are so many ups and downs. From the highs of dancing my dream role, to the lows of getting injured, I have learned to accept the fluctuations as part of the business. If ballet has taught me anything, it has taught me to dig deep, be persistent and be true to myself.  I apply that same mentality when I’m creating for my dancewear line, Jule Dancewear. No matter the set back, I know what my goals are and that nothing will knock me off my path. Do not underestimate your ability to overcome anything that seems impossible. It can seem daunting to take your first step towards an uphill battle. The most important part is that you take that first step and that you are persistent in the steps that follow. If you believe in a dream or goal 100%, let it be known.

juledancewear.com
@julia_cinquemani 
@juledancewear

Danny Bermudez | Model and fitness coach

So that you can overcome this situation you must first change your thinking, what we believe with our mind we can generate in our lives.  Fear and distrust can not be an option.

@danielabg 

Isabelle Scott | Psychologist and profesional salsa dancer

God is inside of you, and he is going to help you, so please, please look for him, just try!. You can begin praying, meditating, or expressing yourself through art.

isascott.com
@salsawithizzyscott
@mcmhfundacion

FRANCY JULIANA FLOREZ | WELLNESS COACH & INTERNACIONAL- INDEPENDENT HERBALIFE DISTRIBUTOR

I’ve learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. I am a big believer in the law of attraction and the universe. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and taken back by challenges that come our way, but try to always see the good in every circumstance. The universe is and will always work for you, never against you. Once you can learn to accept the challenges and see that the universe is working to put you on the path that is meant for you, you will see a number of opportunities start to come to you. Learn to attract the things you love, desire and cherish in life, and watch the universe align you with those vibrations! Life is too short to focus on your shortcomings. Learn that everything you experience is an upcoming for your greater good. “Don’t stop – believing.” whatever the challenge is, don’t stop.  Don’t stop what you are doing or working toward.  Don’t stop trying or working hard.  Don’t stop BELIEVING: in yourself.  Don’t stop BELIEVING in what you can be.  Eventually, you will overcome the challenge and almost not even realize it because you were so focused on just reaching your goals.  Life is all about the ups and downs, highs and lows.  If we are not challenged, we do not grow.  Welcome life’s challenges and then you can revel in your victories! Everyone goes through times where they feel like their life is insurmountable, where you feel like you aren’t ever going to get through this rough patch in life. My best advice when you are feeling this way, focus on short term daily goals, weekly goals and then annual goals. Big goals can seem overwhelming.There is no challenge in life that is insurmountable. Any roadblocks we face are there for a reason. They allow us to pause, grow and learn. If we focus on the positive and believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything we dream of doing! It is all in the power of our thoughts and actions. Each day is a brand new day to succeed. Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something or you aren’t good enough. We were all put on this earth to shine. Let your light shine through! When facing a challenge that feel insurmountable I always go back to basics. What is my “why”? I do a lot of introspective exploring about my motivation and from there am able to pull the necessary strength, resources and dedication to begin to tackle that challenge. Having a plan is key. Making a plan and breaking it down into steps that make it more easily completed also help with feeling overwhelmed or defeated. The main things for me though it my motivation and if I can remember my “why” then I will be much more determined to give it everything I have!

jflorez.goherbalife.com/Catalog/Home/Index/en-US
@juli24fit
@juli24fit

Raisa Laburtseva | Party decorator and giant flowers maker

Hard work always pays off. Stick to it and if your hands are down grab it with your teeth. Never give up your dream and don’t let anyone to persuade you to stop.

Milvia Pena | Herbalife distributor

Take positive control on what depends on you to solve and what does not depends on you keep faith that sooner or later it will pass.

Frizmoothies.goherbalife.com

MC Mercier | Fashion Entrepreneur | Jewelry Designer | Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger | Influencer

Breathe, take your time and weigh all your possible options. Often times when we are in a situation where we don’t have control over, we panic and we stress out thinking there is no way out of it. But we have to remember that every problem has a solution. Some may be easier than others but we have to believe in ourselves and surround ourselves with good support system who can help, motivate and help us surpass any challenge or hurdle in life.

@theparisianpanda

Kaleigh Marielle | Student | Model and Creator of BLISS Yoga Class

I would remind them that nobody is immune to hardships and that all they can do is make the best of it.

 blissyogaclass.com

Valeria Paez | College student

If you feel as if you’re facing a challenge that is insurmountable I believe you should shift your mindset to positive affirmations and believe in yourself and your abilities. I also think it is important to remind yourself how rewarding it will feel at the end when you’ve reached your insurmountable goal. And finally I think it can be helpful to remember that any time you’re at a point of great struggle it really just means you’re at a point in life where real personal growth is happening and you’re being prepared to overcome so much more than you ever thought you could accomplish.

@valeriapaez

Martha DC |  Senior lady | Lifestyle blogger

Do not give up, nothing is impossible. Trust in yourself and with the help of God you will move to the highest mountain.

@instagrandmartha

Arelys Azel | Model | Fashion Influencer

When facing an insurmountable challenge, it’s important to take a small step each day toward resolving the issue. Fear and worry should be cast aside as much as possible. Reach out to a friend who you can trust. Chances are someone has faced the same challenge if not worse, so it’s important to have a heart to heart   conversation – we’re all human and face difficulties in which good friends can help you navigate through.  Most importantly, turn to your Faith.

@arelysazel
Arelysazel.com

Elissa Lithman of SoBe British Homes  at Coldwell Banker | Luxury Realtor

Have a go … the worst thing that can happen is you need to do it again.  Building a business is like scaling a mountain.  Firstly  you will never get there if you don’t start, you also need to continually train and educate and challenge yourself .  You may get easily to base camp and part of the way up the mountain then falter, do you give up and go home or plan a different route or technique and continue from where you are or even start again  . Keep going,  if you love what you do then you can’t give up because then you will never know what you could achieve.  You don’t learn from what goes well you only learn from what doesn’t work out .

linkedin.com/in/elissalithman
facebook.com/sobebritishrealty
twitter.com/sobebritrealty
instagram.com/sobebritishrealty
zillow.com/profile/elissa360  

Jil Vanessa Deviscour | Movement Coach

Imagine how the strongest wisest and most confident person on earth would handle your given situation. What action steps are they taking? Who are they talking to? How are they restructuring their beliefs? Then, set aside some time every day to visualize becoming that person! Mental reps count just as much as physical reps and soon your mental action will become physical! And don’t forget , the lows in life make the highs much sweeter.

@jilsanity

Kathy Sanchez | Wellness Coach

Don’t give up! Someone you’ve never met it’s counting for you to make it.

@24_terra 
coachkatsan.goherbalife.com/Catalog/Home/Index/en-US/

Eliany Martinez | Fashion Designer

I believe you can conquer anything you put your time and effort into.The difference is not in the challenge, but on yourself and the attitude towards the problem. My best advice is to believe in yourself always, make it a reality in your mind and break down the process. I can assure, you can accomplish anything you want with hard work and self confidence.

@ellienezofficial
ellienez.com

Chandra Preston | owner of The Vanity Room | Licensed Esthetician

Remember, with God all things are possible. Do not entertain fear and limit self sabotaging behavior such as negative thoughts. Develop a plan and make a conscious decision to be diligent in your efforts to succeed. Often reflect on your why.  Lastly, always have a plan B.

@Thevanityroom305
facebook.com/thevanityroom305

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Erik Castillo  | Leadership Coach & Day trader

Keep trying, does not matter how many times you fail, its all about the discipline and consistency of keep doing what moves you towards your passions.

linkedin.com/in/veneko

Elizabeth Schadan | Japanese Cooking Class

In my journey I learned and always be surprised how life put me some important lessons that I used through, my students teach me some important situations that may be I do not understand at the moment but at the right time I apply and I ‘ll be prepare to some. So I loved teach and I am always aware and Learn from people, because always, always people came to you for some reason. So It is two ways path, Learning and teach.I Teach them to Cook and ,they teach me Life Lessons.

bringjapan.com

Ana Carolina Balthazar | CEO Alva Illustration & illustrator

I believe you have to live one day at a time without haste, face your fears and judgments and surrender to what you really want. the world of art in general is challenging and you need to reinvent yourself always, seeking your evolution.

@alvaillustration

Safai Kelly | Content Creator & Beauty Influencer

The most important thing I’ve learned on my journey so far is being consistent and hardworking! You never know who is watching!

@safai305

Kassi Abreu | Dancer | Aerialist | Director | Choreographer and Teacher

Neil Cohen Photography

Versatility is key and Rejection is actually just another opportunity. My journey continues. And I am eager to continue learning more everyday. We are constantly evolving – ever changing by always maintaining forward motion.

kassiabreu.com
@kassilu2u
@kassi.abreu

Markee Jackson | President of Aleafiate LLC | Graduate Student & Entrepreneur Rickey Mitchell | Vice-President Aleafiate LLC | Graduate Student & CBD Advocate

Believe in yourself. If you’re trying to start a business, the one thing you need is a belief in yourself. There may be times when your product doesn’t sell as you want it or strategies that you spent countless hours coming up with don’t work; whatever happens, don’t doubt yourself. Doubting yourself prevents you from taking the risks that may be required to achieve the success you want from your company.

aleafiatecbd.com
@aleafiatecbd 

Laura Castano | CEO | fitness lover and sales director

The most important lesson and my motto of life right now is that happiness it’s the journey , not a destination .

@makaguaje
@drinkmonaco

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