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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?

Marlen Esparza  2012 Olympic Boxing  Bronze Medalist & Professional Boxer

I’m a believer that in any time of your life you must be open to advice in order to truly be receptive to anything anyone has to tell you. There was a time in my life were I felt that nothing was going my way and my goals seemed further from me than ever before, although I had been working very hard for multiple years. In conversation a very close friend told me “becoming a success is a marathon not a sprint, you have to run the race, the entire race.” It doesn’t seem like much, but it really did resonate with me. I realized then that everything I wanted and everything I have been working for takes time, a lot of time, and that ALL (not just some) of the work must be put in before I feel any type of reward. Now when I feel like I’m not where I’m supposed to be I remind myself that I’m still running my marathon and I keep working. It’s helped me tremendously in the day to day process.

King Borris – Instagram expert / influencer / motivator / mentor / father / husband

You must come to the realization that your limitations are self imposed. “Earl nightingale”

Lian Bailey – Fashion Model and Artist

The best advice I have ever been given is to live my life on my own timeframe and to not compare myself to others in the same field. We all have separate journeys  in this life and my experience as a human, as an entrepreneur, as a model and even as a woman will be completely different than another’s. I take everyday- day by day, with my goals in mind and I work hard in my own lane. It allows me to give myself praise and accolades and focus on my accomplishments and what’s next in store for me.


Rashana Mahamane – BSN Nursing Student & Youtuber/Influencer

Best advice I’ve ever received- Worrying about tomorrow ruins today. So instead of continually worrying about what could go wrong, practice focusing on what you can do to increase the probability of it going right. Take a deep breath and have faith.

Harrison Do – Fashion Blogger

Treat people with kindness. No matter what happens in life, be kind to people. Being kind to one another is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. That has always been something that I try to live by, because you never know what someone is truly going through.


Jenna Rae frank , Actress

The best advice I have ever got in my life was to, stay true to myself no matter what anybody said . Also that I needed to stay on my grind no matter what had happened!

Mary Taylor- Lifestyle & Beauty Influencer

Stay true to who you are. You are anointed in lane. What is for you will not pass you.

Michelle Crago – Personal Trainer & Fitness Enthusiast

The best personal advice I have ever received would be to believe in myself and know that I am worth it! Without this… I will never accomplish my dreams.


Ashley Cockrell- “Blogger & Creative”

Photographer: @jp.hanney_visuals Stylist: @thefashionchase

Always do more than asked of you and you will have more than you ever asked for.

Sabrina Soto – Makeup artist and Microblading specialist

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”


Kelly Hovan- Nursing student and a model

“The only time to set the bar low is for limbo.”


Daniel Harder|Fitness Professional|Personal trainer & Nutrition

Every day is a new opportunity. Don’t wait for new year resolution or another month/ day. It is on you to end the day in a better place then you stated it!

Rebecca Saunders, the cinnamon bun lady, creator of the Homebunz

The best advice I’ve ever been given is to love on others as God loves us.

Chris Amezcua/Come visit @shelbss281 at @raisingthesteaks Wednesdays at @bellestationhtx, Houston’s #1 Steak Night & Week Party for 7 years and counting

Happiness is more important than money. Thrive to what makes you whole.

Spice catering by Nife and Nebo | Catering and meal plan delivery service

Be good to everyone and always show gratitude, you never where and when you’d need someone or when someone you’ve been good to will be good to your kids or family. Humility is the mother of giants.

Dev’ Desean Rapper & Song writer

The best personal advice I’ve ever been given is to never quit and always finish what I start.

Chudi aka Chef Chu Owner of Too Stuffed Kitchen Catering

Pan seared Spicy Salmon topped with a 3 cheese blend crawfish, sautéed spinach and loaded mashed potatoes

The best advice I ever received is to display my personality through my food.


New Spot Eatery

Too many good ones to note—- here is one thats on my mind most times
– “single most important word in mankind – Perseverance”

Funky Mello/Gluten-free dessert shop

Be patient with your decisions. If you act too fast, you may miss good opportunities or have second thoughts. Take time to get a well-rounded view of things so you can make the most of the decision made.

Spiked Soil – Organic Growing, Simplified!

If you do something you’re truly passionate about, success is inevitable.

SMOOSH Cookies| Specializes in ice cream sandwiches

Keep being unique because that will just make you better!

Nicholas Arcos – Photographer & Social Media Manager

The best advice I’ve ever been given came from a family member when I was going through the struggle of coming out, and they told me to just be me. Simple advice I know, but they didn’t see anything wrong with me and as long as I continue to live authentically true to myself, then I feel peace. Even when everything around me is going to hell, as long as I’m comfortable with myself I can make it through. I think this also speaks to the photography I do, in that there are so many wonderfully creative people out there and it can be really easy to imitate their work, but when you do that you’re not giving your clients what they wanted, which should be YOUR vision. Take inspiration sure, but make sure that whatever you do, you do in your own unique style.


Daniel Ajtai

Lauren Hudgens

Don’t force things. Things turn out bad when you force things.


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