Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city 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.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes
Ily Mendez – Makeup Artist
Recognize negative emotions and move past them. If you don’t all of that negativity will taint your goals/ dreams and make them seem as if they are unattainable. Stay optimistic and surround yourself with positive people. It truly makes a world of a difference.
Noushi Kosari- Mom, Wife & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
My best advice to someone facing a challenge that is insurmountable is to remember that as hard as it feels, it can always be worse. I KNOW that is so hard to accept sometimes but it helps to keep you grounded and give you perspective so you can make the next best/right decision. Put ego, fear and hesitation aside and ask for help and support. Make sure you are being kind to yourself, mind, body and soul….be your own best advocate.
Dawn Wilson-Hair Care Specialist
Nothing is too insurmountable or impossible with God at the forefront of your life! Keep the faith and keep pressing forward.
Naheemah McMicheaux-McCallop, Femprenuer Business Mentor & Empowerment Coach
The best advice I can give to someone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to let them now they are not alone! Connect with your trusted high-vibe tribe and network of core sister friends. Be open and allow them to be there for you. Lastly, know you will get thru it, and this will not break you but will propel you to your next step and next level if you allow it. Take time to reflect, learn the lesson and grow from it.
Chloe Gharios | Engineer & Lifestyle Blogger
My advice would be, nothing is insurmountable if you want something enough for your life and you put the work in. Does this sound cliche? Maybe. But I’m a girl who loves fashion and the color pink running her own business in the “mans world” of Engineering. So I’ll keep saying it. Don’t let anyone tell you something is insurmountable.
Christina Kutch-Brand Copywriter & Fashion Blogger
Christina moved to Los Angeles to launch her blog and business Arfullyblog.com, a fashion and lifestyle site that encourages women to use fashion as a source of creativity and inspiration in their own lives. In her latest blog post she shares her creative story and, how to get past fears to share your art, how to stay inspired as an artist/creative and how clothes can aid in the process. “If you were to ask me now, ‘What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?,’ I would tell you to read, to sing, to dance, to write, to travel, to dress up. So not only can you think about how to create but also take physical steps that serve as outside reminders to shake things up. Fashion has been there all along on my journey allowing me to express myself in loud and quiet ways. Clothes can hold meaning, a memory to transport you back in time or take you away on a daydream. They not only make you stand taller, but allow you to shift your energy and explore, whether that’s far off places or new personas. On Artfully Blog, I want my words, my clothes, fashion stories and tutorials to inspire you to create, take chances and have some fun with fashion along the way.
Victoria Nelson – Lifestyle Influencer
So far, you’ve made it through 100% of your worst days. Take a step back and make a list of the things you can change and the things you can’t control. Focus on the things you can change and accept that sometimes life gets a little out of control, and that’s totally okay 🙂
Danielle Johnson – Lifestyle Blogger & Owner of The Holly Collection
The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is take it one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with looking at everything at once. Look at what’s in front of you and deal with that.
Derria Underwood- Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Blogger
As hard as it may be. Don’t overthink your situation. Acknowledge your challenges and come up with solutions. Keep your thoughts positive and the universe will give you that same energy back! Keep pushing forward and everything will fall into place as it should. Love and light!
Stacey Lu – advocate for female empowerment and self care
Everything is made up of little things. By focusing on one small task at a time, any larger goal or challenge can be overcome. Imagine you have a whole sandwich, you don’t try to stuff the entire thing in your mouth at once; you eat it bite by bite. The smaller the bite, the easier it is to chew. So these checklist items can be as small as “take a breath” or “get out of bed”. Apply this concept to any challenge you come across, whether it be task-based, physical, or mental, and it will seem a lot more feasible.
Carleigh Craparo-Lifestyle and Travel Blogger
My best advice to someone who is facing a difficult challenge is to not be afraid to ask for help, remind yourself how far you’ve come, and to keep going because there is ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel.
Dulce Dagda (Healthy Lifestyle Influencer)
I would say there is nothing you can’t do, the limits are your fears. Go for what you want even with those fears.
Jaimi Brooks – Therapist + Women’s Group Leader
When something feels overwhelming, break it down. It’s an obvious thing to do when feeling overwhelmed but we so often forget to do it. Each big thing is comprised of so many smaller steps. When we take a minute to brainstorm the little steps, it gets easier to start. Also, pretending that a friend has the same problem and thinkng of the advice you’d give to them if they shared about it can give you some great perspective.
Dana Le & Myrna Mousa – Pre-Medical Students and Food Bloggers
Conquer your challenge one step at a time, while keeping in mind the big picture and remembering what or who motivated you to face that challenge in the first place. Do not sell yourself short, and be confident in your capabilities!
May Pham – Content Creator or Travel/Lifestyle Blogger
My advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is changing your perspective. Perspective is how you approach a problem and seeing things from various sides of a problem is a good way to find a solution. If we believe our challenge is insurmountable, then it will be. If we wish to hold onto our pain and our suffering, we know that we go nowhere with those kinds of negative feelings. Instead of focusing on “what ifs” and “should haves” you need to realize that, regardless of the challenge, facing up to it is key. Challenges are a part of everyday life. They make us stronger! Learning to deal with and overcoming obstacles is what builds character! Just remind yourself that, “This too shall pass. You have survived a lot worse.
Starrie Sky “author”
I always approach challenges that seem overwhelming, by taking “baby steps”. Rather than burn myself out, by tackling an entire project at once, I like to break it down into several small goals. I will designate an amount of time each day to one piece of the whole. Wether it’s an hour, or only 20 minutes. I do this everyday, until the I reach my goal. This is ideal for me, as a writer, especially when I have those mid chapter blocks, and my mind just wants to wander. It’s amazing how quickly I get there, when I manage my time, and really stick to taking a “baby step” approach.
Things always seem hard at first but with goals in mind and some postivity; things once though impossible can be achieved.
Aileen Chiu- model and actress
From my experience, everything comes down to perspective. You can either view events as happening to you or for you. They’re either times to feel sad for your life or opportunities to prove something to yourself. Looking back, some of the worst events in my life happened to be the best because I learned how strong I actually was. Obstacles only appear to be insurmountable until you overcome them.
Ashley Marshall-Mama G- chef, full time mommy
Try to understand the perspective of the problem. Understand that life is here to teach. If life’s lessons and road blocks scare you… picture yourself in a life where failure does not exist…..failure is non existant and if the nature of failure was never created what would you attempt if you know you could not fail? Perseverance in all things and never stopping for the pursuit of joy and peace is the key to happiness. That is currently what I am envisioning for myself starting this content creator journey as a stay at home Mom.
Laleh Mehrrafiee- Dentist
There is no challenge that can’t be overcome. You have to be relentless and when needed don’t hesitate to ask the experts, after all that’s what they are there for. Just believe in your journey and set a series of small goals that will lead to achieving your overall goal. And whatever you do, don’t ever give up!!!
Emily Valentine – Reiki Master and Teacher/Self Love Coach
Know and believe that everything is always working out for you. Repeat that as your mantra while you face the challenge! Challenges are presented on our lives as lessons. Can you look for the lesson in the face of the challenge? That will give you power! Know that life is about balance you can not have light with out dark and the challenge will offer so much growth and expansion. Most importantly LOVE yourself throughout the process! Cultivate a relationship of generosity and compassion for yourself while you go through this challenge and always. *BONUS Ask for support from God, The Universe, Source Energy (whatever you believe in) you do not have to face the challenge alone. Blessings!
Emily Schirmer – Wardrobe Stylist & Model
Face the insurmountable head on, you will not only realize that you can achieve more than you might think are capable of, but gain invaluable experience every time you overcome these moments.