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.
Tameshia Rudd-Ridge | Digital Nomad and Founder + Lead Designer at Cool & Collected Africa
Just Keep Swimming” as Dory from Finding Nemo says. By that I mean…breathe, be as gentle with yourself as you would be to a dear friend, acknowledge that the challenge is hard however figureoutable. After that, I’d encourage them to imagine what could happen if everything went right?
Brandy Lucas, Dallas Salon Owner & Hair Stylist
The best advice I can offer to someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable, is to take some time and think about all the things they’ve overcome in the past. Even your small wins are proof that you are far more capable, then you give yourself credit for. Tap into your faith & remind yourself that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains!
Rheannon Business Owner, Dallas Native
I handmake jewelry and started my store 6 months ago today on Etsy. I also have a huge passion for beauty, which I really dove into during a dark time of depression and it turned into a beautiful hobby that has opened several doors. I wasn’t happy with my job after 8 years, I made very good money but I was at such a low place I knew I had to change something, so I walked away, into the unknown but I’m better for it. I would tell anyone who is struggling to find something that makes you happy, that focuses your mind at the task at hand, rather that is a hobby or a potential career opportunity you make for yourself. When I started my Etsy I had no idea what I was doing but I taught myself and constantly look for ways to improve and for a 6 month old shop I’ve been pretty successful. If you are feeling defeated or that things are too hard that is life, nothing is easy. we all have our struggles, highs and lows and that we have to do our best to enjoy and take advantage of the highs so that we can navigate ourselves through the lows because they will happen. There is always light at the end of the tunnel and how quick you get there depends on how determined you are to succeed. What we put into the world is what we get out of it.
Glam By Veronica – Makeup Artist
If ever in doubt, it is okay, we are human, keep pushing forward and don’t ever let anyone make you think any less. Stay positive, set goals and conquer the world!
Marlene Perez – Realtor & Luxury Apartment Locator
What can you do today to get closer? Do your best, try your best again the next day and the day after and keep doing so until you over come it.. continuously asking oneself how can I grow and learn from this and do differently next time.
Sallie Holder, Business Coach & Speaker
My best advice for someone who feels their challenge is insurmountable is to examine the facts vs. the feelings. Ask yourself if you simply “feel” that way or if it is a “fact” that the challenge is insurmountable. Can you say that it is 100% true that the challenge is insurmountable. I can assure you that 99% of the time that is not true. We simply feel that way & we tend to allow how we feel about the circumstances dictate our decisions. We feel like the road ahead will be hard, filled with mountains, and very unclear. However, the fact is that we only feel that way because the path ahead is new to us. The fact is that it’s not insurmountable, and that the only thing we need to do is take the NEXT STEP in front of us. The path will appear as you keep taking those next steps. Trust the facts vs. your feelings!
Kara Adams – Love & Life Clarity Coach
Think back to another time you had an impossible goal— a really large challenge that someway, somehow you made it through. Thinking back to other tough times will encourage your spirit to know that you can press through and will be able to stand withstand the challenge you’re facing now.
Eleasha Samuel- Fashion Blogger and Influencer
Remember to always have faith and speak positively even though the situation may look bleak. Know that we all go through different phases in our life, and the rain days are just as much beneficial to us as the sunny days.
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
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.