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Inspiring Stories from Marietta & Surrounding Areas

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 the rising stars from in and around Marietta and Cobb below.

Tasha Hussey

I started making jewelry after 18 years of fashion design. Jewelry became a more manageable outlet for my creativity and having a family. My third child suffered from terrible eczema which forced me to make all-natural skincare to treat him. People kept asking to buy the soaps I made for him so I launched a skincare line. As I continued to make jewelry and skincare my businesses changed with my lifestyle. I am an avid gardener and have always liked rustic and rough asthetics. Raw uncut stones fit my style. When the pandemic hit, I started raising bees and chickens and even growing my own food. I thought everyone should have the same opportunity so I began selling seeds. I didn’t intend to have two businesses, but I’m not a one-dimensional designer. I’m a little mix of country and hippy. My first Etsy store Esh Jewelry Collection carries semiprecious and acetate jewelry. My second store Esh Collection became a curated collection of teas, handmade soaps, organic, and heirloom seeds. Read more>>

Jake Hardy

Growing up in and around commercial construction, I believed that that is what I was supposed to do. I started part-time after graduating high school and went full-time after college. After a few years of doing project management work, I felt like I was ‘losing’ myself, my foundational values were being challenged, and I was struggling with depression on/off. After a couple of years of this, I happened to go on a solo cross-county road trip that created a pivotal change. Through many hours of being alone to think, challenges that created rejuvenated self-confidence, and a prayer for help, I asked for a change. It could have been a position to a career change, but I knew something else had to happen to keep moving forward in a positive way.  Upon arriving home two weeks later, feeling refreshed, I started working on ways to work on a new direction. Something that was based on being ‘rooted’ in yourself, but not afraid to experience more. Read more>>

Chris Rust

Back in 2013, I started posting different autograph signings happening throughout the city to help collectors find their way to more opportunities to build their collections and meet athletes and celebrities. Eventually, sports agents and marketing reps began reaching out to me with business opportunities to host my own autograph signings. In 2018, I hosted Norcross, GA’s own, Lorenzo Carter, in our very first autograph signing. It kind of caught wind from there and now I have hosted (16) different Georgia football athletes myself to create a small business presence with GeorgiaAutographs.com. Georgia Autographs has hosted guys from the likes of Nick Chubb, Garrison Hearst, Vince Dooley, and many others. We want to continue to give the collecting community the chance to meet these guys and/or get autographs from them. Read more>>

Marie Verde

Being from Charleston, I didn’t wanna be a part of the normal “crab in a bucket“ personality. I had to stretch myself past my comfort zone. I tried something new which was modeling and loved it.  Read more>>

Ebony Peterson

I grew up in a single-parent household with my 3 brothers in Rochester, NY. My mother worked very hard and did the best that she could with what she had. Throughout my childhood, I experienced various forms of abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually). School was my escape, I worked hard and did well. School took my made off of what I was experiencing at home. I was the 1st in my family to attend college. I obtained my associate’s degree at a Monroe community college, in Rochester, NY. I moved to Atlanta, GA in 2005 and completed my bachelor’s at Georgia State University and Masters’s at Clark Atlanta University. I became a Social Worker because of my story and I wanted to help children, families, and communities like I grew up in. I have worked hard and always told myself that failure wasn’t an option I had to succeed no matter how long it took me. I knew my struggles were only temporary. I married me on and off boyfriend in 2011. We have 2 beautiful children together and a bonus daughter from my husband. Read more>>

Ash Wheeler

I’ve always been an artist. From the 7th grade, I knew I had something within me capable of producing beautiful things- since then, I’ve worked on refining my technique and finding a niche. I started college with the intent of being an art professor one day. In my sophomore year as an art student, I took astronomy, and it inclined me to look up at the night sky more often. I saw the moon hanging in the sky one night and was graced with pure inspiration- I HAD to paint it. I did and it sparked something within me that is indescribable. I began painting all the spherical moons of the solar system and decided I needed to have a medium through which I could communicate the science of what I was painting. I changed my social media from personal to this persona, “Dust and Ash Co.” where I share what I love. Dust & Ash is an homage to my name “Ash” and also a verse from the Bible where Job is in such awe of God’s creation and is so humbled that he says he “repents in dust and ashes.” When I learn about the universe, I feel immensely small. As terrifying as that may be to some, I thrive off the perspective of it. Read more>>

Kurt Youngberg, PhD, LCSW

If you had asked me 20 years ago if I could envision my life as it stands now, as a psychologist helping people on their own journey, I would have probably laughed in your face. And not because I would see my future life as comical, but because it would seem preposterous, as I was so deeply lost and struggling with my own issues and deep existential crises with no vision of a future at all – like many emerging adults nowadays.m At that time in my life, I didn’t know up from down, left from right, or cared about much where my life was headed – which not surprisingly was headed to death or jail – both of which I had close encounters with. I was lost, disorientated, living without meaning and purpose and so insecure that I struggled to maintain authentic, healthy relationships. The reorientation of my life came at the opportunity to get out of my environment (Orange County, California) and move up to Alaska for half of a year. This disruption to my life and to my identity would be a catalyst for many major life changes in my future. Read more>>

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