There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Kim Dubois | Wedding Planner, Coordinator and Designer

I grew up in a small town just north of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Growing up my dad was a paramedic and I just knew I wanted to be a nurse. He ended up passing away when I was 12 and when that happened I just knew I wanted to pursue that path even more. Now looking back on it, what I actually wanted to do was to take care of people. When I was 17 I threw my mom’s surprise 50th birthday party. I loved every minute of it. Sending out invites, coordinating a park and ride from a local church to our house, and the execution of the actual event. it gave me life, but didn’t think much of it at the time. I went onto college and studied nursing which was not as exciting as I wanted it to be. Against everything my mom taught me, I quit my job one day as a nursing assistant and that was that. I gave up what I thought was a life long dream. I didn’t know where to go from there. Read more>>

Logan Fairchild | Cosmetologist

I am from a small town in the the panhandle of Texas, called Vega. I grew up farming, I am the youngest of four, and basically have been working since I could walk. My parents instilled in all four of us a very strong work ethic. Most kids growing up, got to sleep in on the weekends and watch cartoons, we were up by 9am and working on the farm. Whether it was building fences, driving tractor, or working cattle. All of my siblings and myself have worked extremely hard for our places in life. It’s something I will continue to do until I reach my end goal, which is to open my own barbershop one day. Read more>>

Joshua jenkins | Musician

I’m from Houston Tx. 3rdWard part of town. Growing up in poverty, I’ve seen a lot at a young age so it taught me responsibility very young. Also growing up not having much it taught me to grind hard and make something of myself and be the respectable man I am today. Read more>>

Roxxie Dymond | Singer, Songwriter, Musician, & Content Creator

I was born in East Houston Hospital on Wednesday, July 7, 1999; however, that’s just where my physical body is from. My being comes from a tight-knit, God-loving, musical family. Both my parents were musicians who created our family band: Escudo. (That means “shield” in Spanish.) I lived and loved tour life as a kid, and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. I grew up listening to my mother, grandmother, grandfather, and aunt sing while the rest played instruments. I didn’t watch much TV as a kid because, 1. We didn’t have cable and 2. Our form of entertainment came from playing, singing, and talking about music. My parents always told my brothers and I, “always play like it’s your last day on Earth.” That, we did. My parents wanted to teach us that we should play with our whole heart and never not give it our all. I always thought, if Jesus were to come to Earth right now, would He be pleased? Read more>>