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Inspiring Stories from Metrowest & Worcester

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 Wortcester and surrounding areas below.

Aleah Mara

I was born & raised in Southern Maine, my parents are self-made homesteaders raising animals & growing a huge, organic garden annually. I was brought up using plant medicine and homeopathic remedies and always thought this was the way that made the most sense, plants are our allies. I spent a lot of time exploring the woods and absorbing plant energy at a close range. As I grew up homeschooled and later attending alternative high-school, I was fortunately able to explore a lot of what’s considered “alternative” healing modalities. Read more>>

Heather Bukovsky

I got my start in this business actually by accident. I had been doing interior design work when I lived in North Carolina and that translated into having a warehouse full of used items, antiques, and extra inventory. A friend of mine owned an antique co-op mall on South Boulevard in Charlotte North Carolina and invited me to open a booth there. I thought it would be a wonderful way to be able to move along some unwanted merchandise for myself and my clients. From the moment I started, I was completely hooked. I enjoyed coming out weekly to bring new items to my space as items sold and always looked forward to that phone call from the mall owner letting me know that a large item was purchased and picked up. It became almost like high! Read more>>

Tracy Affonso

On a whim one day several years ago, I decided to go to a yoga class with one of my roommates. At the time, I was decidedly unhealthy and had little interest in exercising, and I’m not sure what prompted my interest in class that particular day. However, there was something about that first class that I fell in love with, and before I knew it, I was regularly attending classes. I’ve always been a slow learner, and progress was incremental at best during those early days. Read more>>

Rachael Provencher

I began taking photos and got my first camera when I was a junior in high school. It started with me taking photos of my sister and my pets, and then, it evolved into me taking Senior Photos for my friends because we were graduating next year. Over time, I received many more requests from other people to take portraits of them so I decided to upgrade my camera and invest to improve my work. Over the next year or so before college, I never put down my camera, I was getting more and more clients that wanted me to take their photo so that’s exactly what I did. Next year, I went off to college and still never stops taking photos I was still doing a lot of senior portraits in family sessions, but then I booked my first wedding and I never turn back from there. Read more>>

Mayara Moreira

I started MAYLIVING, my lifestyle blog after losing two very important people in my life: One was my boss, who I was extremely close with. She passed away. The other was my best friend and sister who moved to another country!! I was sad and felt alone. I loved reading blogs and learning about people’s lives, so I decided I wanted to start a blog as well. The only problem was my super low self-confidence and my tremendous fear of being made fun of kept me from starting it. I eventually started an anonymous blog, while simultaneously reading self-help books and personal development blogs and that was when I finally came to a decision: I would base an entire blog on my personal life changing journey and I would share it with others who needed the push to fight their fears. Read more>>

James Ellis Coleman

In an antique shop more than a few years ago, I ran across some negative objects and images using Black people as subjects. It was at the moment I started to realize how powerful these images were in negatively impacting how different or marginalized peoples were being portrayed. The ‘humor’ was thought silly, cute, harmless but the results of these images were intentional hurtful and politically and socially devastating. The derogatory ideas and insulting attitude still abound in our society today. We are still living with those negative messages generations later. Read more>>

Jorge Jimenez

I immigrated to the United States in 2004 at the age of eight from Colombia. I came from a middle-class family growing up in a different environment from what I was about to face. I moved around different towns in Massachusetts living with different relatives until finally living with my father in Framingham, MA where I currently reside. It wasn’t easy getting used to this country and its system, especially after feeling like I didn’t quite belong and like I was different. High school was kind of a struggle academically, plus trying to fit in and finding myself mad enough it more challenging. Read more>>

Lisa Hersey

I was always interested in art, but up until I signed up for my first bookbinding class, I really had no idea what I wanted to specialize in. I graduated from Montserrat College of Art, in Beverly, MA, in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. My concentration was in Book Arts and I studied bookbinding and letterpress printing. After graduation, I moved back home and really had no idea what to do with my degree or how to make art without any of the equipment I had access to at Montserrat. Read more>>

Jen Rudd

I grew up in a family business – a steel fabrication firm. I come from a long line of engineers and accountants and have always been interested in how things worked. My favorite classes in high school were accounting and auto shop. After obtaining my BA in Business at Whittier College in California (where I grew up), I worked in various positions in corporate America. I started out in sales, moved into small business office management, and then into accounting. I worked for both small firms and huge corporations and I noticed a trend in each company I worked for – there were always ways that they could run more efficiently. Read more>>

Amy Hurley and Tony Mascarin

For years, Tony and I talked about opening a bar together. At the time, I was the manager of the bar currently located at this location and Tony had a consulting company. Unexpectedly, the bar I was managing closed, without notice. Approximately two weeks after it closed, I called Tony and asked if he really wanted to open a business together. Without hesitation, he said yes. We had a meeting, developed a concept for the bar and spoke about what we each envisioned. Read more>>

Sandy Honeyman

Movement and fitness have always been a part of my life. I grew up studying dance and taught aerobics in the ‘80s and ‘90s. In 2000, I discovered yoga and found that it sustained me not only physically but also mentally. During over a decade of acting as a caregiver for my two ill parents, yoga provided a physical outlet and a grounding and calming influence. I spent many rewarding years caring for my parents and also for my two now grown children. When I was ready for my “second act,” I chose to move away from my training as a lawyer and return to my roots in movement and wellness. Read more>>

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