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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.

Rosa Luna – Owner of Dominican Salon

On many occasions we feel that the challenges overcome us and that we are unable to overcome it but we have no proof of that, other than our fears. the limitations exist in our head there where the fears are also but thinking objectively will allow us to always be able to make the right decision and keep going until we reach our goal. the success is for those who do not give up easily and my secret has been constancy and tenacity, in our salon we want all women to feel supported, accompanied and show the best they have, reaffirming their beauty will help them to reinforce their self-esteem and feel confident in everything they do.


Maiah Holbrook – Certified Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach

If you’re facing a challenge that feels insurmountable I recommend changing your mindset.  By doing something that you know you’re good at, that gives you confidence! Cooking for your friends or family, working out, painting, helping someone. Give yourself a confidence boost then tackle the challenge with that energy!

Jessica – Brunch Queen and Labor and Delivery Nurse

Storms don’t last forever.

Claire Bridges – Style Blogger / Influencer

The struggle you’re facing is a test to see if you’re truly committed to the life you say you want.

Julia Gutierrez- Photography and Blogger

I always go back to my Faith when I’m feeling lost or less than. God is greater than your highs and your lows, without a doubt. When I allow Him to be my strength I always prevail.


Makayla King-Reed, Youtuber & Influencer

My advice would be to stay true to yourself and follow your heart. Anything is possible if you just believe and put in the work to get to where you want to be.

Lea Toshiye – Beauty & Positivity Influencer

Brand @asherahswim, Photographer @jessyjphoto, Makeup @kimjluv, Hair @ndustrybyndia

My advice is to remember that it’s okay to ask for help, try to focus on one step at a time as opposed to everything as a whole all at once, and believe in yourself! You are capable of so much more than you realize.

YouTube – Lea Toshiye

Ayanna Whitebear – CEO/Founder of Pretty With Purpose Inc.

The best advice I have for someone who is dealing with insurmountable is no matter how hard it seems to be, no matter what obstacles you face, no matter how many times you fail and/or have to start all over again, KEEP GOING AND PUT GOD FIRST!!! You might have to refocus, restructure, reorganize your life, get some old things out the way to receive new blessing but no matter what again KEEP GOING AND PUT GOD FIRST!!

Kathryn Sharrock Real Estate Professional, Dal•Gal founder

The best advice I’ve ever been given is that no one ever really feels ready to do something big that’s out of their comfort zone. Prepare, study and know all about it, and be confident in knowing that you’re bettering your future and life.


Ashley Smith Owner and Healthy Hair Stylist

A piece of advice is to never get comfortable with anything, if its business then live everyday as if u have no customers or clients, never get comfortable, if u get comfy then u get lazy and laziness isn’t good but don’t ever give up, always remember that. You pray and give it to God and you keep going. It takes a lot of courage to be an entrepreneur and it also takes hard work, late nights, disappointments but it’s so rewarding.

Ideli Osorio Aspiring social media influencer

I believe that everything we go through in our life is meant to happen, good or bad. With time we will realize what the purpose of each situation was. My advice is stick to your gut and try to stay positive. If you need support on whatever you’re going through, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. There are tons of people on this earth that may be going through the same or similar situation. Join a Facebook group, or subscribe to YouTubers and blogs that have similar issues. You’ve got this!


Cut and Color by Rachael Ellis at Charlie + CO

I’ve been in similar situations and what has worked for me in the past is to talk about it with those I’m closest to. They remind me of the times I’ve had the courage and persevered- that I’ve always and still am capable. Also, a good long walk outside helps too 🙂


Messy Heart, Crazy Life – Beauty lover

Take it a day at a time.

Sabina Kunwar Wife, Daughter, Sister, Lifestyle / Fashion Video Creator / YouTuber

I have a strong conviction that you must first believe in yourself. My journey of moving to the United States from Nepal was not an easy one. Yet I have always had faith in myself and my abilities. The bottom line is -you must never give up! Though life is full of challenges, you should always have the courage to live for yourself and then for others. Don’t be afraid of failure. In fact, it leads you closer to your goals and paths to success. Perhaps each failure ultimately teaches you how to succeed – this is my belief.

Jackie Spencer  – Makeup Artist & Beauty Influencer

The advice I have is success comes from working hard. Every day is an opportunity to keep working towards your goals, but most importantly, believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone take this away from you.

Jasminn Hilburn ( 2n’s NO e ) – Youtube Content Creator

The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to BREATHE!! Take a moment, write down what concerns you and make a plan. Pace yourself and be okay with not having all of the answers. Everyone needs help and know that no matter what… YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! Remember Philippians 4:13 

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