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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

All of us are where we are today partly because of our own efforts and partly because of the advice, guidance, influence and inspiration provided by others.  At Voyage we have the good fortune of connecting with so many of the city’s hidden gems – from entrepreneurs and creatives to athletes, researchers and more.  We asked them a simple, but important question: what is the best advice, personal or professional, that you’ve ever received?

Sophia Nicole – Influencer

The best advice I’ve ever been given, is to never dampen your curiosity. So often, society tells us to follow the rules, go by the book, or trust the tried and true; while beneficial at times, the attitude of someone who is always wanting to understand and learn more is priceless. Digging for people’s why, understanding the reason things are in place, and even challenging those beliefs will not only add new perspectives to your life, but also make you a more empathetic individual

Dolly Girma- Entrepreneur and Fitness Influencer

Your body is a reflection of the choices you make. Your current state of being is a choice!! Everything you ever wanted to feel when looking in the mirror is waiting for you…but it will not be handed to you. You have to choose it.


Celeste Herrera – Visual Artist

The best advice I’ve received is to stay focus and to do what you love. Hard work and dedication will always pay off in the end!

Leyla Hasbun- Women’s Weight loss Coach- Fitness Guru

One brick at a time leads to the creation of a happy foundation”. Seeing the overall project that needs to be completed will only make you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and frightened; all of which may lead you to stop chasing your dreams to begin with. So many people focus on what they want to achieve without caring for the process in which gets you there. Start zooming in on one brick instead of being so zoomed out with the end goal. Build a solid foundation and really invest in each step that gets you there.When you’re able to break it down to just one brick, you’re able to dedicate yourself with passion. You are no longer overwhelmed with the pressures of the whole wall. Repeat this everyday with a new brick and before you know it, you’ll look up and see a perfectly imperfect rooted foundation to your dreams, goals,and successes.


Spencer X – Beatboxer

“Just be yourself”. Those three words are so simple yet hold so much meaning. Authenticity wins. Truth wins. In a world where everything is exposed through media I think its of upmost importance to be as authentic and free as possible. I have found the most success in my life came with letting go. This advice has carried with me and I know will open many door for my future. You don’t have to try and be something you are not. You are the best you and nobody else has that.


Ace Deuce – Global Recording Artist, Public Figure, Motivational Speaker, Mogul

As far as the answer to your question, the best advice i’ve ever received personal or professional is, to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He Will direct your path.

Lacey Dunn, Registered Dietitian & Fitness Coach

The best piece of advice that I have ever received came from my grandmother, who told me to always follow my passions and to not let anyone stand in my way of making them happen. She said if God places a passion in your heart, it is there for a reason. Don’t let fear or worry be what holds you back from a plan that has a purpose.

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Vincent Powell – American Idol Finalist

SanJay Patel, Stylist- Ruben Flores of RF Lifestyles & Make up by Casey Champagne of Champagne Life Artistry @sanjaynpatel, @rflifestyles @champagnelifemua 

During your down time, continue to perfect your craft/gift and prepare yourself, so that when its time to go you are ready.

Kim Le- Student working on Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Full time accounting assistant and bartender

The best professional advice I can give is no matter what position/pay you are in right now it is only temporary. Learn every aspect of your company. Acquire different skills. Being able to work in multiple departments makes you very valuable to the company. The best personal advice I can give is to travel. Every opportunity that you are giving take it. Say yes to experience and learn about the world. It is absolutely amazing!

Nikki- Coach in natural healing

No matter how deep the issue is and no matter how long you have struggled with it, the possibility exists for you to become absolutely FREE, WHOLE, and HEALED.


LaVance Cunning – IFBB Pro

The only thing limiting you is your belief that there are limits.

Chad Lemons- owner of @TheDriveClothing

Nothing Worth Doing Is Ever Easy.


Tyler Johnson

Always Stay In Your Own Lane Don’t Worry About What the Next Person Got Going.

Cassius Graham- High Fashion Model, Actor, Personal Trainer, Fitness Athlete

The best advice I ever received was from my brother “West” and he told me “No matter how low you feel, never let them see you down. “Every time people ask how your doing no matter what tell em LIVING LAVISH. It changed my mind set and health forever”.


Brittney Marshall – Collegiate Dancer (UH Cougar Dolls Dance Team), Model, Student, Youth Educator

The best advice that I have received is to go for ALL of your dreams and do not limit yourself. Do what you love to do despite what others may think. We only have one life to live!


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