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.
Stephanie Fuentes – Food, Faith & Fun
I can honestly say that I am alive and able to share my life with the world because of God’s love and goodness. A year ago I was in a very dark place with a challenge that I felt was to great to bear. I didn’t have the inner strength to live another day and I contemplated suicide. There are several things in this world that can help take your mind off challenges but at the end of the day the pain and pressure of those things will still be there. I encourage anyone going through a tough situation that they feel is too big to overcome to #1 trust God that he has not abandoned you and allow him to lead your life. You have to take it day by day, not thinking too far out ahead. All challenges are temporary and even though some seem great or last longer than others they are meant to form you into a better person. It’s also very important to surround yourself with people that are going to speak life to you and help build you up. I have alot of good people in my life that I call my “angels” that motivated me, pushed me to not give up, helped me grow as a person and showed me love and support that helped keep me going. It’s also very helpful to start your day with prayer because through prayer you can release your worries and anxieties to God and in return gain hope and peace that will help you get through the day. I end with this, there is a verse in the Bible that I hold on to close to my heart that says, “God causes ALL things to work together for the GOOD of those who love him .” Romans 8:28 The challenge you are facing now, as bad as it may seem, will SOMEHOW work for your GOOD as part of a BIGGER plan God has for you. Trust God and praise him even for the insurmountable challenge because something good will come out of it if you don’t give up. So whatever you do, just don’t give up! Your sunshine is coming!
Bailey Brown – Content Creator & Social Strategist
When faced with challenges that seem insurmountable, remind yourself that the only way to fail is if you don’t try. It’s easy to focus on failure, and get caught up in the idea that any outcome that’s less than ideal is a loss. But, in reality, you learn, grow, and adapt with every challenge, regardless of the outcome, and that’s always a win.
Miranda Sasha – Model and Mua
My advice is to remember that every failure came before a great story. Sometimes we feel as if the world is against us or that we cannot overcome our obstacles but without them we wouldn’t learn how to live and be the people we are today. Take every challenge as a step forward than back.
Courtenay Prelow – Boutique Owner & Teacher
The best advice I have is to stay calm so you can think clearly, figure out exactly what options are available to you in this challenge, and then decide to push yourself to get past the issue. When we face obstacles sometimes they may feel insurmountable because the option we truly want isn’t easy or it just isn’t available. So we have to make hard decisions that may make us uncomfortable. It’s ok. You don’t want to be stuck and just sitting in your problems. Choose to move forward and believe in yourself.
Jan Cargo – A Shoe Blogger
I believe that every difficult situation has a purpose in our lives. They are times of reflection. Balancing thoughts and feelings. What I do to overcome bad situations is to connect with someone, specially someone who you have a strong relationship with (maybe a family member, friend, or partner). Most of the time just chatting with someone lightens the discomfort. Talking about our problems and opening up with others definitely can change our mood. Humans are social by nature, so just converse and see how tough feelings lessen.
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
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!