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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.c 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.

Kimberly Murphy

I have been active in dog rescue for the past 20+ years in the Atlanta, Ga. area. I have worked with several different rescue organizations and shelters in that time. I have a passion for saving the under dog so I decided with the help of my husband and several great volunteers to start BarkTown Dog Rescue in 2016. Read more>>

Samantha Mills

I started Samsortof of in the hopes of helping to inspire, and connect with, others on their health and fitness journeys. This is broad, but it’s for a reason. I always knew that I wanted to work in a field where I could help people, and hoped it would be something where I could also work for myself. Read more>>

Nikki Michel

I think my infatuation with weddings started with this most amazing wedding scene in my absolute favorite movie of all times, “Coming To America”! I mean, the elaborate costumes, amazing dresses, and absolute grandeur surrounding this event, who could not want to be apart of something so amazing…all the time! Read more>>

Erin Ryser

People often ask me to describe my style…I don’t know why, but my preferred aesthetic is not generally what springs to mind. It’s my reason behind doing what I do. I am all about relationships. I want to hear people’s stories and be there for big moments. Read more>>

Renay Grant

I’ve always been physically active participating in sports and a broad spectrum of activities from high school basketball, running, hiking, weight lifting, etc. I find human anatomy and physiology fascinating and the body’s ability to physically adapt and improve as a result of healthy eating and consistent exercise. Read more>>

Katie Kelly

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved practicing my handwriting and experimenting with art. In grade school, I was the last person to turn in my spelling tests, not because I double checked my work, but because I made sure every letter looked as perfect as possible. Read more>>

Shate’ Edwards

I’m originally from Houston, TX. I’ve danced my whole life and began booking professional work as a teenager. After graduating from Spelman College here in Atlanta, I moved to Los Angeles to fully pursue a dance career. Read more>>

Dr. Ipek Brooks

After finishing my undergrad back in 2005 in my hometown, Istanbul, Turkey I moved to New York for my masters degree in piano performance. It was a big change indeed, at the same time, it was very familiar as I grew up watching American shows and movies. Read more>>

Ashton Garner

I was an art kid in high school, so I started with a photography class my junior year. I didn’t do super well. I think I got a C. When I graduated high school, my parents gave me a Canon Rebel T2i, which I was so stoked about. Read more>>

Nina Manuel

I started my first fundraising project in September, 2011. My mom was telling me about a co-worker’s mom who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and was not covered by private insurance or Medicare. She needed money to pay for radiation treatments and surgery. Read more>>

Chris Anthony Hamilton

I grew up as one of the only black kids in my class in a small town in western Massachusetts. I loved movies from a very young age, but it wasn’t until I bought my first DVD player as a senior in high school and started listening to the director’s commentary that I realized that it was something I could actually do as a job. Read more>>

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