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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.

Christine Billones | Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger

I would say that no challenge is unconquerable. Take it one step at a time and visualize your success. The most important things you can do is begin to tackle what’s in front of you and tell yourself that you will achieve your goals. Your own voice resonates the loudest in your head and you are the biggest source of your strength. Be kind and understanding with yourself— you will get there one day. You are more powerful than you know all you have to do is take that first step and learn as much as you can.


Emma Charles | singer/songwriter

Make a list of all of your goals, step by step. Each point should be steps for you to overcome this challenge! I do this all the time and it makes it seem like achieving my goals are just like checking off items on my list! Baby steps.

Mary Awad | Real Estate Agent

The best advice when facing a challenge is to first recognize your self worth and your own strength to overcome it. I strongly believe in the Law of Attraction; that is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. The power of the thoughts in our mind will translate and materialize them into reality. If you focus on the gloom during this challenge you will remain under that dark cloud. If you focus on the solution and positive thoughts then you will achieve this with great action!

Vi Luong | Los Angeles-based Style Influencer

The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to take a quick breather! Go for a walk, grab a snack, watch some Netflix – anything to unwind and take attention away from the challenge for a quick moment. This always allows me to gain a fresh perspective on how to tackle the challenge at hand in a way that is much more digestible.

Nicole Alexandra | “The Singing Violinist” – Recording Artist, Dancer, Music Coach

If someone is dealing with an insurmountable challenge: I know the feeling too well. I have struggled with my health at times throughout my life when I wasn’t even able to play. But it gave me hope to take myself out of the situation and look at it from an outside perspective. Going back to the basics and calming yourself down by focusing on your breath can also put things in perspective. And with life, things always change. Whether we want them to or not! Learning acceptance instead of pushing away what we do not want will also bring us positivity. The law of attraction is real.
YouTube: Nicole Alexandra The Singing Violinist

Saori Yamashita | Ballet dancer/ Ballerina

My best advice for someone who is facing a challenge that feels insurmountable is to take a deep breath, trust yourself and KEEP GOING! I also like to talk to my family and friends and ask for help. We must remind ourselves that we are not perfect human beings; we all need a little help sometimes.

Leah Martin-Brown | Musician/Vocalist + Songwriter for Evol Walks. Music Specialist for 10K Advertising

Take a deep breath and allow yourself time to process what exactly is going on that seems so insurmountable.


Davy Khy | Recipe Developer & Fashion Planner

We often get stuck trying to map out the perfect path to reach our destination.  Then we become overwhelmed by the amount of things we think we need to do to get there.  But there is not one perfect path.  There are many paths, detours, rest stops, and side trips that will take you to your destination and maybe even further.  You don’t always need to know how you’re going to get there or sometimes, even where you’re going.  Just focus on taking that first step and then the next few steps will become clearer from there.

Jennifer Malaszczuk | Freelance Makeup artist and lifestyle influencer

My best advice to someone facing a challenge that seems insurmountable is to just keep going and always think of the silver lining! There is always a lesson to be extracted from every situation. Sometimes, the things that seem the toughest, are what provide the keys to unlock our blessings! Also, smile even when you are in a bad mood because it is very powerful and has the ability to instantly uplift you! Oh, and practice gratitude…it really is everything! 

Jill Jennings | Fashion Influencer & Registered Nurse

Last year 2018, was one of the most challenging year of my life. I faced some life challenges about my family, and marriage. It was overwhelming, but at that time I prayed and improved my relationship to the Lord by becoming more involved in our church. My advice is just have faith, focus on small little thing (even just waking up each morning alive and breathing), and just tackle whatever challenge it is one thing at a time. And one more thing… take a break and have some alone time. Whatever it is, it could just be as simple as going for a walk or a 10 min quiet time to reflect, breathe and think.


Michelle Elena (revelandrow) | Lifestyle blogger

The best advice that I would give, is to remember that everything has its season – this challenge will pass and help mold you into the person you are. I also like to remember in the storm of it all, that it’s okay to not be okay. Sure, right now is hard and it may feel like you’re drowning, but have faith and kindness towards yourself that you will get through this.

Esmey Leon | Podcast Host: Wake Up Naked, Personal Trainer, and Social Influencer

If anyone out there is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable, my advice is to go out and volunteer! Volunteer at a dog shelter, volunteer in a homeless shelter, or volunteer to help your friend move! This may seem counter-intuitive, especially if you already have a busy schedule, it might even seem like you’re wasting time, the precious time you could be spending worrying about the challenge.  I would argue, however, that stepping away from the challenge will actually yield the solution. Challenges, especially ones that feel insurmountable, have a way of sucking us into a blackhole of the “poor me” mentality, and take us on an endless loop of “How can I fix this? What can I do? Why is this happening?” When we are in this state of mind we will never receive the solution.  It’s only when we step out of our little world, that the solution can be given to us.  And what better way to do this than by helping another human being?


Ashley Frangie | Photographer

Kelle Ramsey

I think the best advice would be to take it step by step. The mountains look huge from afar, but once you are hikking it, whats important is to have one foot infront of the other. 

Angela Simpson | Marketing Manager, Culinary Nutrition Expert + Holistic Wellness Coach

Know that you’re not alone, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I think part of self awareness is knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and part of self care is knowing when to call in support. By being open to talking about what you’re going through, you might just find that people come into your life who can help you overcome it.

Colette Carlsson | The You Power; Quantum Biofeedback Healing, Reiki Master & Soundbath Meditation Curator

Where your attention goes, your energy flows. If you think this challenge will be insurmountable then your energy will go into being insurmountable. If you can reframe your thoughts and tell yourself you can surmount this challenge then your energy will go into surmounting the challenge! You CAN do this!! Shift your energy by shifting your thoughts! 

1 Comment

  1. Cee H

    March 5, 2019 at 15:54

    Women are just born with some extra perseverance! They better say this! I’m here for it.

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