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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 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 individuals in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Kathy Thomas | CEO Ready Ritas and an avid reader

It is ok when the world is against you, to go to bed and hide under the covers, scream and cuss, or drown your sorrows, but the next day you have to figure out how to face it. Give yourself 24 hours for self pity then make a plan. What is the issue? Can you fix it by yourself or do you need help? You really do have friends, family and business contacts who can and will help. People love to give their advice and ideas, and when they offer their assistance, take it! I have reached out to people, I have only met once, and they were great and really enjoyed helping me.

A team of people tackling a problem is better than one person. Sometimes the best idea or answer will come from the person you least expect to help you. I have had luck sending an email to a group of trusted friends asking for help. Most couldn’t help, but a couple knew people who ended up helping me. Now those friends of friends are part of my email outreach group. Never stop asking until you get the response or solution you need. Be persistence, stay positive, everyone at different times in their life needs help. You are not alone. You can always email me and maybe I know someone who can help you!

Instagram: @readyritas

Deyanira Salgado | Medical Assistant & Stay at home mom

My advice is  to really believe in yourself and just do what you like best. If it’s a passion of yours and it’s something you really want to do then start it.  Even if it has to start off small or if you do it on the side. Just do it! It’s is better than not trying at all. There is no wrong answer.


Facebook: @amoreonpaper

Joshua Blocker | Actor, Author, & CEO of DAWAY ENTERTAINMENT

My Advice would be “Don’t Leave The Table Too Soon… Life Gets Hard & It Becomes Unbearable to Sit And Watch Others enjoy Life and Eat.. Knowing you’ve Put in The Work.. Change Your Perspective about Your Empty table.. An empty Table is just a sign that You have Full Capacity to receive every you Ordered. Nothing Great Comes without A Great Struggle.. So If you’re Struggling.. Keep Heart.. Your Entree will Be Out Soon.. but Don’t Mishandle the Empty Table.. What You Do With Nothing Shows God if You’re Ready for Abundance!”


Instagram: @JoshDaWay
Facebook: Joshua De’Wayne
Twitter: JoshDaWay

Cody Neathery | fair-weather writer, local restaurateur, marketing guru

Not to be passé, but taking it day to day. Remember there’s always another day no matter how burdened you feel in the current. With that ideology, the odds will *still* be in your favor.

You can either wake up on the wrong side of the bed and make it right, or wake up on the side that faces the wall. Choose with purpose.

Instagram: @codyneat |


Clinton Terrell | Hair Stylist

That is such a wonderful question. Being someone who has persevered through many life obstacles, the best advice I can give to someone who feels that they are facing insurmountable odds would be; that anytime you are feeling overwhelmed, take a minute or even a few seconds to close your eyes, take a few deep breathes and and remind yourself to focus on what you CAN control and stop worrying about what you CANT control. Deciphering between the two, will help you to take initiate in the right areas, best utilizing your energy in a beneficial way! By doing that, the things you CAN’T control, tend to work themselves out!
Life is hard sometimes, it’s best that we don’t make it any harder on ourselves!

Instagram: @clintonterrellhair

Michael Thacker | Author, Craft Beer and Food Journalist, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer

 When faced with insurmountable odds, it is essential to first work on your foundation by making sure that you and your surroundings are as orderly as possible. A great place to begin is simply by making sure your house is in order, and then go on by examining your own self to see whether or not your body and mind are in order. If your body, mind and house are chaotic, then the idea of trying to accomplish goals is out of the question. Fix your foundation and then aim high and work hard. Once your foundation is fixed and you have an idea of what your goal is that you would like to achieve, and then break the goal down into subcomponents. Breaking your goal down will allow you to chart the course that is necessary to achieve the goal and will ultimately bring about clarity and precision within your aim. The last bit of advice is to never fold, but always press on. When things seem impossible, continue to aim high, and if you have to, readjust your goal accordingly. It is always best to aim at something and move forward than to sit still and be, not only a burden to yourself, but those who care about you as well as society as a whole. Get your act together, take responsibility, and aim high.

Facebook: @mthacker339

Aimee Cerka | Wealth Management & Empowerment Coach

You most likely have heard that cliche “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” It seems simple enough, right? If you’re focused on where you are currently instead of the destination you won’t get anywhere. What is ONE step you can take in the right direction? Take that step and do it again, focusing on one thing at a time – whether it’s creating a new habit or just putting food on the table. Taking action on one thing is going to create so much more momentum than trying to worry about everything at once. If you’re still struggling then change your environment; go for a walk, dance, or sing along to your favorite song.

Instagram: @aimeecerka

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