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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.

Celeste Marquez | Photographer & Video Creator

Start out by planning small and specific steps to reach your overall goal. Completing smaller tasks will help make the challenge seem more achievable and can also give you a sense of accomplishment along the way.


Emma Potts | Australian actress in LA

In the end everything will be okay if it’s not then it’s not the end. There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel just keep persisting.

Alejandra Armijo | Filmmaker & Life Enthusiast

Juan Franco Raznatovic

Take a moment to breathe. It’s important to put aside the problems for a few seconds and appreciate the beautiful things around us. Take your mind to a positive state of being before you continue with your journey. We waste so much energy trying to face difficulties throughout our lives than when it’s moment to relax and enjoy we are exhausted. Everything you want is already in the universe, we just need to rise our frequencies by accepting ourselves and loving the journey.


Michele Renee Sherlock | Abstract Artist

Photographer: @liteskystudios

Do not fight the challenge. Work towards acceptance and ownership of the challenge.Then work towards making the situation the best that it can be, even though your life may look different than you expected. Also, be authentic and open with trusted family and friends. Support and encouragement is crucial. 

Inci Eker | Real Estate Agent

Perseverance! Whatever it is, just push through, work hard and keep positive!


Lauren White Murphy | Irish Contemporary Artist in Los Angeles

I have felt like this before and my best advice is, get a journal and write what you’re feeling down. No matter what it is, write it down. The only person that can get out of it, is YOU. Your mind is a powerful thing and sometimes we always feel stagnant and in a hole too deep. Find out who you truly are and face the challenge head on, because time will pass anyway and nobody likes to feel stuck in a rut. Writing down everything truly helps and get to who you are because there you’ll discover that you can overcome ANYTHING. Life is beautiful and we just have to learn how to adapt to changes and fight the struggles head on. You were put on this earth to be a boss ass bitch! I believe what energy you put out there you get back, so by writing everything down and figuring it out (no matter how long it takes) will help you see through the cloud and think clearly and also motivate you to overcome the obstacles.

Nicolle Oliveira | Brazilian, searching for the best version of me

When I think back to the time when I was most unhappy with the way I looked and the way I felt, I was facing big life challenges that all felt like my world was constantly crushing me.  Everything was a in a vicious cycle.  If I was dealing with stress, I took it out on myself by eating unhealthy or sabotaging myself in some other way.  It took a lot of inner contemplation and talking to myself in order to get clear on how to see everything from a higher perspective.  Based on my experience I knew that life is always going to be challenging but if I kept beating myself up over being challenged than how would I ever reach any of my goals?  I looked at what things I could control in my life as a start.  Those were diet and exercise.  I thought what it would feel like to have reached fitness and health goals I only dreamt of. I enjoyed what it felt like to imagine being in that space.  I put together a plan for myself and everyday I tell myself not to give up.  Of course I slip back into my old habits sometimes, but instead of continuing the downward spiral, I recognize the slip and forgive myself and get back on my grind in the next moment.  Once I started to see such amazing results, other things in my life started to feel less heavy.  Even though I still face incredible challenges I use them as lessons and figure out how to conquer them, rather than allowing me to conquer me.  My biggest motto for anyone is to NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.


Loca Kitty aka April S. Hernandez | Positive Dodgers fan and Domestic Violence Advocate & Humanitarian

It took me over 30 years to figure this out. It’s all in our minds. Don’t ask opinions and just go after all your fears. Make them not dreams but reality.



Varla Va Voom | costume designer | fabricator and burlesque artist

For tasks that’s seem insurmountable I use a technique Nikola Tesla also used, visualization! Visualize the task at hand a meditate on the best way to achieve your goals, you might be surprised at the solutions you can come up with!


Eevi Rola | Actress & Filmmaker

Work smart, not hard. If something isn’t going the way you are hoping, change your tactic. Do something different! You don’t need to change yourself, just the way you approach the challenge you are facing.


Lynette McNeill | Private Acting Coach

As an acting coach, I work with actors who are often under stress, in crisis mode, or feel overwhelmed by what seems like insurmountable obstacles. When a problem is this big, it sits there eating up all of your attention and draining you of energy. So when this is occurring with one of my clients, we go for a walk. It’s not a thinking walk, but a walk to look at things. Looking at trees, flowers, grass, the sky, houses, and buildings starts to bring back a little ease and a feeling of space. By looking and not thinking, you can start to get OUT of your head, and gain some perspective where things feel less threatening and serious. As that occurs, you often start to come up with solutions to that problem. Keep taking walks to reduce the anxiety and worry. We want you to return to your creative self! The world needs you at your best!

Christy Marion | PR manager and blogger

When I feel like something’s impossible, I try to focus on the things I can control. My attitude, my daily routine, my breath. And when it’s really tough, fall back on people you trust. Sometimes, it helps to get outside opinions, support and encouragement from others.


Emily Zhong | Owner & Graphic designer

Step a step back from the challenge/situation and break down it down into small achievable goals. There will be many challenges/situations that you may feel are insurmountable, but if you’re able to manage your expectations and step a step back and rethink how you are approaching it, a different strategy will present itself, and you’ll have a different outcome. 

Audrey Marilyn Jacobs | Photographer and Artist

Challenges are problems begging for solutions. Remember you are stronger then you think and you are adaptable, capable. Break your challenge down into smaller tasks and take it one task at a time.

Mermaid Blu | Mermaid | Model | Transgender Advocate | Grad Student

Jayson R

Never stop believing in yourself. Remember, anything that seems insurmountable is just a challenge, and every challenge can open the door to a new opportunity. Even if you don’t see the end result you were initially aiming for, check out the other paths that have opened up for you along the way. There is always opportunity.


Tina June Malek | Photographer

Be patient.  Be easy on yourself.  Breath.  Take small steps.  Ask for help.


Angela Petrilli | GUITARIST

Listen to your gut. Enjoy the ride and stay curious! If something crosses your path that brings the slightest bit of curiosity in your soul – follow it! You never know where it will lead you.

Laureline | Entrepreneur

When I start thinking about challenges,  I come to remember all the hard moments of my life where I had to fight for something I wanted.  But in fact life is a challenge.  The society puts us in competition since we are babies. We are compared to other children, to other generations, whether at school or when you have to start a career. The more we grow, the more this notion of challenge becomes important. Many things seem hard, complicated or even unbearable, but every mistake is a lesson, Every weakness will become a strength and every unfamiliarity will become a knowledge. Nothing is insurmountable, your only limits are those that you impose on yourself. But the main challenge in a lifetime is the challenge against yourself, do not betray your principles, your values, your morals. Stay who you are and go after your desire without ever giving up no matter what.

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