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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.

Maria Gershman – EMT , firefighter student

You should always believe in yourself. Never listen to others, no one like to see someone’s  success. And Patience, it’s better to do small steps and eventually achieve what you want, then rush. My phrase for life “who else if not me!?”


Nadia Adelay – Actor, Director, Musician

“Challenges are meant to be overcome. Pain is POWER.”

Caylin Jimenez – Publicist, Blogger/Vlogger, and a soon to be International MBA Grad Student (I start in Fall)

The best advice I can give someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to remember that we are never given more than we can handle and to always positively and creatively spin whatever challenge they are given to their advantage by using it as a means to reinvent themselves.

Talita Pinheiro – Real Estate Broker

First of all, everything has a solution, sometimes we just need to step aside of our problem or challenge so we can analyze it without the emotions. The other thing is to understand that not everything can be done immediately, the most challenge moments I had in my life took sometime to be solved, so time is important and we can not combine time with anxiety. No matter what kind of challenge I am going through, I always do the affirmations: I have the strength to do what needs to be done and focus on my core values and beliefs, have faith that I will always overcome the challenges in my life, because I deserve a better moment, everyone deserve it. The person needs to focus on how they will feel when the challenge is over and how the benefits of this moment in their life.

Aylia Zaidi | Adventurer & Techie

I always believe that the universe is on my side and that hurdles that we face are an opportunity for growth.Whenever I am facing a challenge that seems too big, I remember this quote which I try to live by:”If I were to go back in time, I would tell myself not to worry too much. Trust. Go through life as if it were rigged in your favor.” -Arianna Huffington 

Kelly Dzioba | Satirical Motherhood Blogger, Sales & Marketing Specialist

As people, we feel the need to be strong in the face of a major life obstacle. I, myself, had the hardest year of my life in 2017, when my husband, Mike, battled cancer while I was pregnant. I felt like I had to be brave and bury my feelings in order to give him the support he needed. I didn’t take care of myself and as a result suffered emotionally in postpartum. I learned from the experience that it’s ok to let your guard down sometimes and be human. “Self care” is receiving a lot of attention these days because so many of us neglect it, especially in the face of an insurmountable challenge. Mike beat cancer and recovered beautifully, we have an incredible one-year-old baby girl, and are stronger than ever today.


Mariana Montero | Yoga Instructor E-RYT 200 RYT 500

Every day is a challenge and in order to overcome these challenges we must embrace them one day at a time. Embrace the day with self love and compassion towards ourselves, with the certainty that all things shall pass.


Isabella Hinds | Business Student & Accountant

Keep your head high at all times, don’t give up and work hard to achieve your goals. Know that you are not alone and don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance. Do the things you love to do and surround yourself with people that makes you happy.

Sandrine Kamhi | Yoga teacher and Founder of State of Yoga

In the darkest moments of our lives, we have to remember to keep on having faith and trust the process of life itself. Every challenge, no matter how difficult, is a key for self transformation and sometimes, we can be shaken to be awakened to a new life… the life that’s waiting for us. We don’t need to understand the bigger plan or control everything, but instead to take time to reflect and to make space for it all to unfold.

Emily Godoy | Style Blogger

My best advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to take a deep breath and take a step back from the situation. Often times we get so caught up in the limiting thoughts in our minds, that we don’t realize how truly capable we are. Ask for help and support from family and friends, have faith in whatever you believe in that this is going to work out in your favor and believe that you can overcome this challenge. Think back to any other challenge you’d faced in your life. You’re still alive, right? Everything will be okay!

Emelie Sveed | Model

You don’t grow when you’re comfortable, so embrace it and figure out what skillset you need to get better at for it to not be a challenge anymore.

Mika Stoitchkov | Mother, Influencer, Foodie

Never lose faith. If you strongly want it and believe it, you will always achieve it!


Sara Birriel | Personal Trainer & Mother

Keep your mind away from all of the possible negative outcomes, and brainstorm the steps you can take to get past this. Trust the process and don’t forget to make time for little things that keep you happy and energized— like maybe your favorite yoga class. A positive perspective and healthy mindset can make all the difference between a moment of turmoil and an opportunity to grow with grace.

America Manzano | Writer, blogger and published author / a plus size model and a nano influencer on Instagram

I was a high school teacher for 12 years. When I had my son, my husband and I decided I would stay home with him. It sounded like an easy task, but it turns out that the raging hormones coupled with my new task and extra time plunged me into depression and anxiety. I think my biggest motivator was focusing on doing rather than wallowing. I noticed that the days I felt sorry for myself, I did less. I would move around the house on those days and not get anything done. So I forced myself to start something. I tried being more active (going on walls at first) and then dressing for the role. I realized I was feeling ugly because I had let myself go. So I would dress up even to stay home and at least slap on mascara and lip gloss. This began to set the mood for me in many ways. I not only got out of the slum, but I was able to start doing things I loved like social media marketing and modeling. The hardest part was believing I could… now, it’s keeping up! I’ve become so busy trying to stay busy that some days I kind of want a break. But the no-time-to-feel-sorry-for-myself-method worked! And here I am, almost a year later wearing so many hats that I don’t care to name them all. But I’m happy and healthy, and that’s all that matters!

Sessy Hernandez | Retail Marketing Assistant & Social Media Manager

Almost every challenge we face in life may feel insurmountable. It is KEY to stay strong and continue to fight forward. Things will start to slowly progress as long as the effort is given. Sometimes it is too easy to fall into self-denial (myself included) always give that 110% in everything you do. Wake up every morning and say “today will be a great day!” get yourself some coffee, put on your favorite lipstick, and hit it girlboss!

Jessica Menendez | Lifestyle Blogger & Theme Park Enthusiast

At some point in life, we all struggle. How you react to hardships – how you handle them and overcome them, will ultimately shape the person you become. Life throws us a lot of curveballs that we cannot control; however, we CAN control our attitude and how we respond to those curveballs. Perspective is everything, and I challenge you to find the joy in even the darkest of situations. Push through, rise above it and take every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Ariel Rose | Singer & Songwriter

Keep going & don’t  give up. We all go through hardships and have obstacles that get in our way. But you will get through it. One of my new original singles that I will be releasing in the near future is about this very topic. What always helped me was keeping in mind that no matter how hard things get, there is someone out there who cares and “Somebody Loves You.”

Fedra Prado | Lifestyle model, Blogger and Teacher

The advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to breath and try to meditate on the magnitude of the situation. Sometimes its our own fears that play against us and make us feel like we can’t do x,y or z or we’re not good enough to face what’s in front of us. When in reality, as long as we’re alive there’s nothing we cannot make better. Having a positive attitude is the first step to face any challenge. And if you really feel overwhelmed and that you can’t do it alone, reach out for help in a friend, a loved one or a family member. Remember you deserve to be happy and at peace.


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