Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Joy Henderson | Creator & CEO

I’m from the Northside of Houston, Tx. I come from a separated home. My mom had to do what was best for her and my dad had to do what was best for him. The things I went through coming up as a child is what made me today as a woman. The life my daddy chose to live never made him forget about me. My dad was my best friend and the one who installed hustling(business) in me. He always told me to “work for yourself, own your own brand and make them respect it”! I lost my dad June 1, 2021 due to covid. I wanted to give up but I know he wouldn’t let me. Bring a single parent of 2 boys made me want more out of life. I’ve been in business for 13 years and since my dad passed I have expanded my business. Read more>>

Vanessa Carrera Garcia | Owner of “ArteNessa”

I am a Houstonian! My mother is from Chilpancingo, Guerrero and my father from Mexico City, Mexico. My best childhood memories were made in the south east of Houston. Seeing the art mural in my neighborhood park (port houston) is where my love for art grew. I am a visual learner, therefore, copying what I liked in a blank piece of paper was a challenge that helped me find my style of art. I entertained my self drawing cartoon characters like the simpsons, spongebob and betty boop for my classmates in school. Read more>>

Bridget Heredia | Freelance Online Marketing Creative | Owner of Bridget Heredia Photo + Design

I am blessed to be born in Houston, TX from immigrants parents. This completely shaped me into who I am today. My mom is from Mexico and my dad is from El Salvador, Not only do I get the best of both worlds, but they both instilled in me the importance of hard work and education as a child. My mother always had a desire to pursue her education, but didn’t have that opportunity as an immigrant. Because of this, I knew the value and blessing a higher education was to me personally. Growing up in Houston, I was surrounded by friends who came from similar backgrounds: children of immigrants and first generation college students. Being around people who valued their parents sacrifices, cultural traditions and education motivated me to not just pursue a college career, but to embrace all the talents and skills I had to offer this country as a bilingual, first generation latino american. Read more>>