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.
Lauren Golden, Founder of The Free Mama Movement
My favorite quote, and one I turn to whenever I’m struggling, is Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” It shows the power of positive thinking and our ability to directly impact our own lives with the right mindset.
Caitlin Rance – Fitness Instructor & Project Manager
I always look back at the challenges I have faced in the past and realize that life goes on and all I need to focus on is putting up my best fight.
Alicia Elatassi- Power Wardrobe Stylist
When a task feel insurmountable, begin the challenge by breaking it into small parts and research ways to accomplish it, take your time and see if there is a book or youtube video that can motivate you to push ahead.
Dania – Social Influenster from Houston Texas – mMember of the HLSR CSS Committee & Houston Latina bloggers | Freelance Marketing
Don’t give up on your dreams, you might hit a couple of bumps on the road but that doesn’t mean you should stop chasing your dreams. It’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it!
Pharryn Bambico | Motherhood and Lifestyle Blogger
Write down what aspects about the challenge are intimidating and start brainstorming ideas on how to tackle those aspects. Also, I like to write down affirmations for myself when I’m feeling defeated as a reminder of what I have accomplished to help motivate me in pursuing challenges. Remember, that change doesn’t happen if you don’t challenge yourself!
Casey Lynn Hennerichs- Makeup Artist
As cliche as it sounds, I would say you just have to believe in yourself. Believe in yourself, believe in your goals, and believe that the challenges you face are pushing you to reach those goals. Nothing in this world is insurmountable. You may not succeed on the first or second or even third try, but that doesn’t mean you stop trying. A lot of faith and a little courage can go a long way!
Lindsay Martin Women’s Lifestyle Coach, Owner of a Women’s Health + Empowerment Co.
Learn to give yourself grace during challenging times. Too often we feel the need to chase perfection, or what someone else’s idea of perfection is. When we are continuously running ourselves in circles chasing something that doesn’t exist we tend to beat ourselves up for not being good enough; we weren’t created to be perfect. When you’re in the valley moments of life it’s for a place of learning, it’s a time to help you reach your mountain top so when you get to the top, you’re ready.
Olivia Chan – Fashion/Beauty/Lifestyle Blogger of The Livstyle
Take a deep breath and remind yourself that everything is going to be okay – you got this! Give yourself some time to think or lean on loved ones for advice.
Stephanie Nweke – Co-Founder of Blademy
1) Tell someone you trust.
It’s difficult to overcome something no one knows about. Sharing your struggles with someone whose opinion and advice you value is a step in the right direction. You don’t have to fight battles on your own. Let someone in so you can have a shoulder to stand on.
2) Make a plan.
Whether it’s the pain of grief, discipline, or confusion, there’s usually not an easy way out. Making a plan helps you to take one day at a time. You should decide how you want to respond when certain feelings or situations trigger you. Create an outlet to help you deal with those triggers. Also, make a list of what not to do when you are triggered (so you don’t regret anything later).
3) Stop worrying.
We spend most of our mental energy worrying about the future or things we have no control over. You must be selfish with your brain power. Learn how to label certain thoughts. Ask yourself whether you are solving for something in the future. Focus on what is directly in front of you at that moment in time, and take small bites of the apple. You’ve got this!
Sheridan Labbè – Digital Marketing Specialist, Event Hostess & Lingerie Boutique Owner
We must first think “what’s the worst that can happen?” Once you answer that, ask yourself “and so what?” until you get to the root of why this particular challenge feels insurmountable. Many times if we break a part a challenge into pieces, we will be able to face the challenge head on.
Angela Lahay- CEO, Angela Lahay Designs, LLC (Interior Designer/ Decorator)
When facing a challenge remember to take it one step at a time. Don’t look at the entire situation if it overwhelms you. Instead, ask yourself what is the first action step I can take towards a solution.