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Perspective & Advice for Those Facing Insurmountable Odds

Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.

We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest female leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Bekka – Mom to an awesome little lady named Hazel, Traveling Make up artist in the DFW

Take it on by bit by, day by day. Once you break down a big problem into little ones things get a little less overwhelming, at least in my experience.

Simone – Traveling make-up artist out of Dallas, Texas

I never thought I’d see myself here doing what I love and creating happiness for other by the touch of a brush… Walk by faith not by sight.

Paige Walker-photographer and blogger Jeni Mourton-blogger

We all can feel that way from time to time! We have both openly shared our struggles with anxiety, motherhood and business. Our best advice is not to be afraid to reach out for help, whether that’s seeking counsel from friends or family, a trusted industry peer or even speaking to a counselor or doctor. Try and break down the challenge into much smaller manageable tasks or steps and know that this too shall pass!

Cristyahna Selders- Aesthetician & Lash Tech

Don’t procrastinate or live in fear just take the situation head on a press to be great.


Roxanne Carne – Personal Stylist & Shopper

The best advice I have for someone who’s facing a challenge that feels insurmountable is to talk to someone they trust and respect about the situation.  Never underestimate the value of someone else’s insights and experience to help you put things into perspective.  And know that nothing is ever really insurmountable – you just have to rationally figure out how to navigate through it!

Alexis Cavo – Brand Ambassador/ Masters Student

I think that it’s important to realize and we aware that we are going to go through challenges throughout life, and some are going to be bigger than others. It’s something we have to learn how to accept. Life isn’t supposed to be a straight paved road w/ no obstacles. Every bump in the road is there to reach a lesson and to help us grow as humans. So when facing a challenge we feel is to big for us, think about the end results! Regardless of how it goes, it was placed in our life for a reason. So don’t give up!

Nefertiti Beal—Dallas Entrepreneur & Upcoming MUA

I would tell that individual first and foremost that nothing is insurmountable. If you keep limiting yourself & emitting vibes that say this challenge is insurmountable— then it most definitely will be! The more emphasis the universe will put on what you can not accomplish. You will be standing in your own way at that point. Change up your mindset. Change up your habits. If you have to go back to the drawing board a thousand times. Who cares?! Do it! The goal is to progress further than where you were before. The little successes add up to the biggest triumphs. So go hard or go home!

Jennifer Hiller Professional Makeup Artist

Malarie Hall Photography

The best advice I would give to someone who is facing a challenge that is insurmountable, is to turn to their loved ones. When I’m struggling with anything, I turn to family, friends, and my spouse. Being a mom of two young children, running a business and doing all of my mom/wife duties, gets to be overwhelming at times. I’ve learned that no matter how well you plan, and how well you execute your plan, you will always have setbacks. I take these setbacks as learning lessons and always ask for help if I need it. Always remind yourself that nothing will last forever, no matter how bad things may seem! Be confident, Stay Positive, remember to laugh, give hugs and PRAY! This has always helped me get through my crazy days and keep life less stressful and fun!

Jessica Acy – Content Creator & Stay-at-home Mom

My father always taught us to “be the river”. My interpretation of that continues to evolve but I do know a river doesn’t stop running because a stone, or even a mountain, gets in its way. It either finds a way around or creates an entirely new path by withering down the obstacle with its persistency. When a storm comes, it uses the downpour as fuel to push harder. Even a drought doesn’t last always – the river is patient and waits to be replenished by the source that feeds it. Stay the course, be the river.

AshleyDrew | Professional Makeup Artist

Photographer: @caliheber Model: @xoxomaddiejonely

I think my best advice for someone going though a hard time is to remember that there is always more.More chances, more good days ahead, and always more love. Life is messy and sad and beautiful and we always need to remember that things always get better.


Lisa Williams @ Zazzazu

Nick Pendergast

Take a deep breath . Breathe constantly and continue moving forward one step at a time. I find it is always good to ask others that you know and trust for help and advice. Do not give up and trust yourself in the process.


Laura Oliver DFW stylist at Studio One Eleven

The best advice I can give to someone who is facing a challenge is that I’ve learned powering through uncomfortable situations with a positive outlook will ALWAYS help you to grow and to become all that you can be, anything is possible. 🙂

Lesle – Natural Hairstylist

Life is more about the journey and less about the destination. Adversity makes us stronger so embrace hardships and search for the lesson in them. Hard times help push us toward greatness.


Brittanee Jones – Professional Braider

Remember why you started and stay focus until you reach your goal. Trail and error happens quite often when trying to accomplish “life”. When those days come where I feel unmotivated, I spend time with God. He gives me reassurance that I’m walking in my calling. Plant your feet in fertile ground.

Facebook – Brittanee Jones

Dormiya Watson- Makeup Artist

My best advice to someone who feels as if they’re facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is…JUST GO FOR IT!! Write a plan and stick to it. There will be obstacles along the way, but don’t give up or get distracted. What’s for you is for you. Your book is already written. If things doesn’t go as planned. God has something better! So always think bigger then big!

Ria K – makeup artist and owner of “Ri Adoir”

Nothing is insurmountable, any challenge that is faced can be overcome with a strong mindset and desire for greatness.


Camille Buensuceso – CEO Rocket Launch Creative

Every setback is a chance for a comeback. There is one thing that separates people who succeed and people who don’t: Grit. It may seem like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel but there is. Take it day by day and celebrate every little victory you have on the way to finally overcoming the obstacle.


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