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Inspiring Colorado Springs Stories

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver 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 Denver’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 Colorado Springs’s rising stars below.

Natalie Spear

I never thought I would be a hairdresser… I was never the best dressed in school or super interested in hair and makeup. Sure, for me it was fun and interesting. But what really got me, was being able to invest in people. Hair for me… it’s just a front to loving people well. It’s a tangible skill to help people be wholly self. “There are only three people that touch your hair; Your mother, your lover, and your hairdresser.” I believe that it is a sacred space for people and such an amazing opportunity for influence. I am beyond thankful to be a part of this industry. It has created opportunities that I never thought were possible. Being able to educate people about their hair is just another form of empowerment. Being able to work behind the chair and work for a company that believes in their stylist, is exactly where I want to be.  Read more>>

Amber Martinez

The light that ignited my fire for wedding planning started after I’d planned my own back in August 2020. Once the wedding had come and gone, there was a void I felt like I needed to fill. My full-time job at the time hit a major lag when planning in-person events across the country came to a halt due to COVID and I needed something to keep me motivated. I loved everything about planning my own wedding and had been planning events in the higher education industry for five years prior. It felt like my skillset was easily transferable and there was truly no better time to get my feet wet in a different industry and see where it might take me.  I met with a local planner in the area and picked her brain, then took her advice and went for it! I hired Nicole Renee Coaching to walk me through the processes of starting my own business, and here we are today! I set a goal at the beginning of the year to plan 5 weddings in 2021 “just to get my feet wet” and am now sitting with 15 weddings under my belt for the year – tripling my goals and with soaking wet feet, ha!.  Read more>>

Julie Miller Davis

I worked as a high school English teacher for 17 years, all the while getting really good at boundaries, delegating, and making sure I protected my time. While other teachers were working 15-20 hours outside of the school day, I was working 5 to 8 max. I wasn’t willing to give up the things I loved to my job. I created systems that never sacrificed my students’ business education or my own well-being.  Fast forward about 11 years, and you’ll land where I launched JMD Productivity Training. While running another business, I found that many business owners were asking me how I was building the business I was building working the edited schedule I worked. I found that I had strengths and skills that not many come easily by. Thus, my business was born! I now help entrepreneurs and business owners reset their habits and patterns so they can focus their time and energy on the things that will move the needle forward rather than seemingly spinning in place or being overwhelmed because they’re trying to do everything.  Read more>>

Angela Winston

My husband & I moved to Salida, CO from Fort Collins, CO to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Front Range. We saw the need for more restaurants and entertainment in Salida, and after making Salida our home for 4 years, we decided to open the High Side! Bar & Grill in August 2020, during the height of the pandemic. Was it crazy? Maybe. But sometimes you have to just go for it and put as much energy and positivity into something, and have faith that with the right people, hard work, and planning, everything is gonna be alright. Fast forward to present day, and our restaurant has become one of the best live music venues in this area, we are serving delicious food that ranges from wings and burgers to fresh Tuna Poke Bowls, to Sushi, to NFL game day classics, and not only are the tourists visiting us on a regular basis, but the locals (our most important customers) have embraced us and continue to make the High Side! a regular spot in town.   Read more>>

Ralitsa Carter

I have had the privilege of learning about many different cultures from very early ages. Over the years with the great support of my family, and the opportunity to live on three continents, I learned to accept, appreciate, and respect different cultures and methods of expression. That is the foundation of the person I am today.  I never stopped learning and pushing to be a better version of myself, every day. I left my home and family at the age of 17 to start college in the UK. At the time communication was not as accessible as it is today, which made it emotionally difficult, as I come from a very tightly-knit family. Aside from my professional aspirations, I set it as a life goal to find a way to “gather” my family back together again…  In the first years of my career, I specialized in 2D (traditional) animation. That allowed me to combine my passion for telling stories and art. I completed a number of independent short films, which received international awards while working on commercial productions for the U.S. market. Read more>>

Elizabeth Baden

I grew up in Eastern North Carolina about an hour from the coast. Basically, drive to the middle of nowhere USA, then go another 25 miles. I grew up living in the country with my brother and many cousins four wheeling, running wild, and driving my parents nuts, like any free-spirited girl would. After high school, I worked at Bath & Body Works and nannied full-time while getting my Associates’s degree before meeting my husband David quite out of the blew when I was 21. We instantly knew we were a match for each other. We were married about a year and a half after we met. As I was finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership online, I managed to find myself in retail banking then made the switch to a company that aligned with my new life as a military spouse. I would become a part of R. Riveter’s Fab Shop doing leatherwork for handbags, sewing, and working side by side some of the best ladies I’ve ever met. Then shortly thereafter welcomed our first son into the world… and then drove cross country with him two weeks later.  Read more>>

Melissa Stynski

I am a farm girl from the midwest. I moved to Colorado in 2006, had just finished college, was married, had no kids and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So, what else does someone do, they move to western Colorado! It’s where we landed and 15 years later, we are still here and we love it. In 2007, we became parents for the first time. We walked through, what no parent would ever want to walk through, hearing a doctor tell you that your child needs heart surgery and may only have about two weeks to live. At that moment, my life changed, and I knew I wanted to capture whatever moments I had with our sweet newborn. Those few clicks opened a business in 2011. I loved capturing memories, moments, stopping time, but for a moment. In the beginning, I photographed everything from birth to the end of my life. Given the name of my business, “Life Photography.” After photographing 57 weddings over the course of 5 years, I realized that was not my passion. I left the wedding world and found my love for newborn photography. In 2016, though I had photographed many newborns before this, it was in 2016 that I really allowed myself to take off with the newborn world. Read more>>

Sara Plett

I entered the world of photography when I was around 11 years old. My parents would take us on road trips around the United States, and as a way to keep me occupied, my dad allowed me to use his camera to document our travels. It was so much fun. Following that, over the next couple of years, I fell in love with photography. I progressed from iPhone pictures of my best friends to professional photos of paying clients. I’ve learned a great deal about photography and giving the best client experience I can, and because of this, I am thankful to say that my business continues to grow. Read more>>

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