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.
Natalie Schulte – Professional Photographer/ Photographer Support for @flytographer
Every challenge is a growth opportunity. Even in times of hardship, I look back and realize those challenges helped grow me into the woman I am today, and I’m incredibly proud of the resilience and wisdom I’ve gained. And I didn’t overcome them alone; thank goodness for family, friends and therapy (a resource that is always available for those who want/need it).
Ashley Mielke, Psychologist, Entrepreneur, and Organizational Health and Culture Strategist
Keep going! We cannot be courageous without embracing and leaning into our fear. The familiarity of our comfort zone wants us to play safe and small. It doesn’t want us to experience the pain, uncertainty, and discomfort of growth, change, and expansion. The path of MOST resistance IS the path! Even when your challenge feels insurmountable, quiet the critical voice in your mind that is telling you to give up, ground yourself in your ‘why’, and keep going! Trust the process! Trust the timing!
Faith Haller – Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger
There is this saying that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll, so the best advice that I can give is to change your perspective on the challenges that you are facing in your life. Challenges are there to elevate us to the next level and make us stronger. We can’t control the challenges that we will face in life. But we can control how we react to it. Yea it may buffer us at the moment but if we focus on our goals and take each challenge step by step, focus on each of our wins even the smaller ones we will look at these challenges differently. Making a step towards your goals no matter how big of a step it is, is a win in my eyes. Focus on the things that you can control in your life be consistent and intentional and I guarantee you that, those challenges that you are facing at this moment will one day soon become victories. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Remember to APPRECIATE, CONGRATULATE & CELEBRATE at all times.
Cara Lovan | Social Media Manager
Remember you’re in control of how you approach each day of your life and how you choose to react to what’s thrown your way. Start with small steps to overcome what feels like an enormous challenge. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Celebrate the small victories. And don’t feel ashamed to ask for help from friends and family when you need it.
Jennifer Beavers – Realtor – Real Estate Blogger
“””Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of Joy…….”” Psalm 126 5-6
As long as you sow a good seed (And by good I mean you are doing it out of love and goodness that is within you.) You will reap the rewards. You just have to keep planting, in the storms, in the sh*t, when your exhausted and ready to give up. Keep planting those good seeds. ”
Lauren Newman – Registered Dietitian
Ask for help when you need it! You don’t have to do it alone and you are so worthy of help and support. There’s no way for others to know what’s going on until you tell them and I’m sure there are people in your life who are ready to help you!
Eleanor Prado, Doula
I think when faced with something that feels insurmountable the best thing to do is allow yourself to feel whatever emotions that come up inside you. Emotions are healthy and shouldn’t be bottled up. I usually set a timer and allow myself a 10-minute “pity party” where I complain or cry. Once I’ve had my 10 minutes, I splash some cold water on my face, take some deep breaths and start with one thing that feels doable and can be completed in a couple of minutes. The release of emotions helps me move forward and approach challenges with a level head. I also lean into my friends or family for help. Knowing that they are there to support me and that I am not alone can be enough to give me the strength I need to begin.
Laura Lim Network Marketing Entrepreneur/Mentor/Mom and Travel/Lifestyle Influencer
The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to have faith in yourself and develop a strong and confident mindset. Your belief in yourself is the key to all the success in your life. Would you ever talk negatively to someone if they came to you for advice? No, so don’t do it to yourself. Treat yourself as the most important person in your life. Trust in your gut. If you feel that something is not right for you. It most surely isn’t. If you feel it is, then it definitely is. We are allowed to make mistakes. Those mistakes can either ruin us or make us stronger. Choose to have those mistakes make you stronger.
Mili Fernando – Events Coordinator
My advice would be to never give up. I know it sounds cliche but it always works out in the end and everything does happen for a reason, so just keep pushing through!!
Denisse Mone – Faith and Lifestyle Blogger soon to be Vlogger
The biggest thing I have learned while going through tough seasons of life is not make permanent decisions based on temporary circumstances. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us, and our Faith gets shaky while we wait for things to turn around. Although I’d love to give you a quick 1-2-3 guide to conquer the challenges we face, I have found that as we go through life and continue to grow the challenges will also change. Once you feel like you got something figured out, life throws you a curve ball. The main thing to remember is to give yourself some grace, allow yourself to be human knowing you don’t need to have it all together or figured out to continue to pursue your dreams. Don’t try to rush the process, there’s always important lessons in the setbacks and challenges. Never lose faith, continue to work on your dreams one baby step at the time. And as you continue to push, things WILL come together.
Megan DeGeorge- Aesthetician, Mom of 3 boys, Lover of Coffee and Jesus
The best advice I could give to someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to push through and persevere. We have to put our trust in our Faith in God because it’s what we learn and how we grow through our trials that makes us stronger and the person we will become on the other side of that challenge. (James 1:2-4 book of the Bible)
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.