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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.

Mandy Arraiz | Fitness & Lifestyle Influencer

The best advice I would give is to set small goals to reach your overall goal and surpass the challenge. Challenges are only considered challenges because it takes you out of your comfort zone which in the end makes you better and allows you to conquer things you didn’t even know were possible. I always try to not look at the big picture because sometimes that is overwhelming and can sound inconceivable. It’s always better to take small steps and before you know it, you have achieved the impossible!

Abby Paup | Lifestyle Blogger and Personal Stylist

My biggest piece of advice for someone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable would be to just take take each day one day at a time and work really hard. I truly believe if you work really hard and believe in yourself, you can do anything! It’s also so important to have a positive mindset.. don’t fill your head with negative thoughts and don’t get down on yourself!

Daniela Rodriguez | E-commerce Account Manager and Freelance Social Media Manager

The best advice I would give is to take a moment to think about the issue, grieve, and then get yourself back up to find a solution to this issue or completely let go of it and look for the next best solution. We choose what we give our energy to and what we deem as worthy fighting for. Issues will come and go, big and small. So why not fight the battle for what’s worth fighting for?

Sunina Young | Master Megaformer Instructor + YouTube Vlogger

All things pass, both good and bad. Hidden blessings are always found in EVERY struggle. 

Melanie Hernandez | Artist & Adventurer

To anyone facing a difficult challenge, it’s important to not give up.Thriving through uncertainty keeps us growing, and allows us to walk away with invaluable lessons. No matter how far you think you have left to go in order to overcome this challenge, the key is persistence. Action leads to progress, and before you know it all the small steps you’ve taken will manifest into the results you’ve been aspiring for!


Lina Saroza |  saxophone player and mother

Every time I have to face obstacles that seem impossible to overcome, I say to myself, “What is the next step ?!” And I get going! Everything is possible! We just have to take it step by step 😉

Carla Afonso | Travel Blogger & Translator-Interpreter

It doesn’t matter the challenge you are facing in your life, you have to overcome it and tackle it always with the true and the love of those who surround you.

Lin Carusi | Freelance Model

Antonio Harrison on Model Mayhem

 The best advice I could give is that over the years I have learned that there will always be obstacles in your path in life. It will be filled with hurdles and challenges that may seem so impossible to overcome. Don’t quit. Ever. Tomorrow is always a new day with a fresh start. Keep your head up and follow the path you want. Ignore haters and love yourself. It might take a day or it might take years, but enjoy the journey, because believe me, that’ll be what you remember the most. Lastly, happiness comes from within, so believe in yourself! Be the fighter I know you can be. /

Rebecca K. Sampson | Author Mindset Coach & Indie Author

Every challenge that feels insurmountable is the key to your transformation if you chose it to be. When my husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2017, my initial actions revolved around crisis and survival. After we had some time to decompress and become part of this “new normal” I found the strength I needed to take charge of our lives. Less than two years later I started a business, doubled my online connections, and am publishing my first novel. Without that trauma and the skills I learned navigating cancer, I likely wouldn’t have created a better life for my family. If life feels really difficult right now, know you are reaching the top of a mountain. On the other side is what you’ve always been waiting for. Don’t let the pain take you over, use it to fuel a life of your dreams.

Tiffany Chen | Real Estate Agent & Manager of Carey Chen Inc.

Life is an endless rollercoaster filled with highs and lows. Even if you are facing adversity, just know that the “law of attraction” isn’t a myth. The more you practice exercising positive thoughts in your mind, the more they will come to fruition. The best is always yet to come.


Luanna Damiani | blogger

First believe that with God nothing is impossible, meditate every day and mentalize that goal. you more than anyone else is the fundamental instrument for accomplishing it.

Anne Julia Hagen | International Model, PhD Candidate and former Miss Germany

AlphaPrima USA

Deeply believe in yourself, there are hidden powers in you, you haven’t even encountered yet! Trust me! You can achieve everything if you overcome your doubts and fears! And hey — what can you loose? Do it!


Carolina Argüello | Influencer & Lic in marketing & advertising

Wow this is a very interesting question to ask especially for someone who has had quite tough challenges in life, I think the most important thing is to be aware of who we are and what we are made of in this life, every challenge in our life is to make us stronger, no obstacle is insurmountable on the contrary we must use those obstacles as strength to be stronger people, success comes from the hardest circumstances .. you who are reading this never doubt your ability and your power as be extraordinary everyone came to this world to shine and your talent implies to show the world that if you can and that if you believe in you! And that every challenge that life puts you will overcome it with strength and entrepreneurship that you will not let defeat. Demonstrate above all to yourself what you can achieve, and then to the rest..


Eka Watermelon | serial traveler

I don’t believe insurmountable and challenge can be in the same sentence. A challenge is a challenge. If it’s level of difficulty is very high you will just have to put more time, hard work and overall effort in order to master it.


Diana Benedetti | Artist

Face challenges with courage and optimism. Remember, challenges are temporary and most of the time, you will be grateful for them as they will be an opportunity to learn and/or improve.

Luna Mar | Fashion booker and content creator

The limits are in the mind, even if it looks or feels impossible you have to try, even if it is not completely achieved, there is the satisfaction of having given everything of you and in that process is where you grow and gain strength for new challenges.

Monique Hercules

My best advice for facing a challenge that feels insurmountable is to break it down into its little pieces and be faithful with the completing those pieces and one day you will look up and the big insurmountable task before is will already complete.

Melissa Blythe | Creative Entrepreneur. Photographer, stylist, yoga instructor

I think the key in our creative industry to keep our spirits alive is to stay inspired. It is normal to get in a “funk” every now and then. But we have to keep moving forward, keep creating and keep striving. Do whatever you have to do to stay inspired. Read a book, visit a new location, talk to people you admire, and maybe just treat yourself to a ladies night and let this phase come and go!


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