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#GirlBoss: redefining what a boss looks like

Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?

Women and other under-represented groups tare already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.

We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city 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.

We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.

Erica Hayes – Brand Photographer

The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable, is a piece of advice that Jon and I were given in 2017 when we went in to full time business for ourselves. We seemed to be on a roller coaster, and even at times still do, but there just seemed to be challenge after challenge for us that year and we reached out to a leading photographer in our industry who we really look up to and he told us that the only people who get hurt on a roller coaster are the ones who get off too early. If you are facing a big or a scary or a difficult challenge, just keep on keeping on. Persevere and don’t give up because you will get through it and come out stronger and wiser on the other end.

Macey Gabbert – Hairstylist & Owner of Virtue Salon

If you’re facing a challenge that seems insurmountable, start by breaking down the challenge and chip away at it in pieces. Down overwhelm yourself, keeping your stress level down is so important in so many ways, so take it in smaller doses. Also, don’t forget about the people around you, I’m willing to bet you have a wonderful support system that would love to help you as well.


Sierra Turner- Realtor, Selling Southern Arizona

Break it down into smaller easy problems and deal with it one at a time.

Moxie PRN

The best advice I could give to someone who feels they are facing an insurmountable challenge is that there is no such thing. Every challenge and obstacle is able to be overcome. One small step at a time is the key. If you believe you can do it, then you can.

Tish Roe Yoga Instructor and Social Media Manager


The advise I would give someone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable would be to start from where they are, and make small, realistic, and achievable goals for themselves. Things won’t change unless we start to make changes in our lives, and that everything they need to begin is found within themselves. The qualities they need to face their challenge reside within; bravery, courage, love, kindness, hope, and determination are all things they have and can pull from to take those small steps. The path of their life isn’t set in stone and it is predetermined. We forge our own paths with every decision we make and in each and every moment of every day. The beauty of being human is that we can never be overgrown. We just keep growing and growing.


Jessica Gonzalez   beauty blogger /makeup artist/fashion and motivation speaker

There is nothing to insurmountable. It’s all in the state of mind. if you believe you can achieve something then you will. There is nothing to big or small. If you want something badly enough it will be achieved.  Consistency Is key to achieve any goal in life. Never give up on yourself and if no one believes in you it’s ok because what really matters is believing in yourself. You are what you believe.

Rachel Barth Esthetician and Daymaker

As cheesy as it sounds take a deep breath and then force yourself to go do one thing that brings you happiness for an hour – yoga, shopping, taking to your best friend or eating chocolate lol. Then go back to the task that seems too great to overcome and let that happy hour help you through the task at hand.

Nicole Rolland blonding and balayage specialist

I would give the advice that when facing great challenges it is important to not give in to negative and defeating thoughts… some things in life we don’t have control over …but our thoughts .. we do! I personally believe our thoughts have a strong impact on our lives.

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Gia khochen – Skin Care Professional & Beauty Influencer

Everyone has challenges, whether in their job or personal life. Although challenges are inevitable, we have the choice to accept and face them or reject them and give up. It is unquestionably up to us. An important thing to know is that one of the main keys to success is accepting challenges. Once we accept them, we get closer from the solution. Love yourself, have faith and the will to succeed, in order to grow to be the best that you can possibly be. Stay patient and positive, and never give up, give in or stop persevering. And as “Moliere” said: The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

Leah Dryer – Fashion & Lifestyle Influencer

If facing a challenge, I would say first off- stay POSITIVE! Don’t let yourself or anyone else get in your head that you can’t do something. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is important. Starting with small goals that lead to your main goal is helpful. Lastly, never give up!


Lara Rosenberg – Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Trauma Yoga Specialist, Accessible Yoga Ambassador

Keep breathing, have faith, trust and patience with the process.  And know that no matter what, it will work out the way it is suppose to or something better will be presented to you.

Hanna McDougall – Interior Designer/Stylist

First, Pray! The God who created you and who loves you deeply is able to help you through any challenge there is!  Second, Hustle! Take it one day at at time and do the very best you can. If you let your determination lead you, you can meet any challenge!

Tiffany Mickolio – Realtor

My advice to someone facing a challenge they feel they can’t over come is to not let the fear of failing stop you from achieving your goal.  Stay committed to your core values and keep going. 

Glenda Evers, Elite Interiors AZ – Interior Design and Home Staging

A positive attitude is everything! Count your blessings and focus on the fact that every day you wake up is a gift given to you, and it is not given to everyone. Take things one step at a time and believe in yourself. Be the change…you can do it!


Holly Luyah – Model, Influencer & Content Creator

Courtney Lukan

It’s OKAY to have bad days!  You aren’t expected to be positive all the time or have everything figured out. Life can get really hard, but never give up trying to get through it because you will get there eventually. Take each moment as it comes and figure out what helps you overcome negativity that is holding you back! You got this!”


Kassi Ferguson – Owner of and instructor at Desert Air Yoga

I love the question of the month! A lot of our more advanced aerial poses and tricks seem totally impossible! When students look at the demonstrator their eyes widen and they ALWAYS think, “Yeah right!” But then we break it down. There are always several different components to the trick, and we can train for each one individually. By the end of class, your body is ready for the new trick in its entirety and you are left feeling really proud of yourself. So, that’s my advice. Take a step back and try find the smaller pieces of the challenge. Give yourself the breathing room to accomplish those smaller pieces. Before you know it, you’ll have conquered your goal.

Allie Clark- Badass Realtor @ AZ & Associates Real Estate Group

I’d say but start small and chip away at it piece by piece. Nothing great happens overnight, but if you are consistent with your efforts no matter how big or small and stay focused on the end goal, you’ll succeed. I’ve never met a challenge that didn’t create growth in business, health, and life in general. I say even if you’re scared, GO FOR IT!

Amanda Billings – Interior Designer, Allied ASID

Jen Lossing of Artistic Abode Designs as the Photographer

My answer is simple… No challenge is insurmountable, it just takes the right mindset to overcome it. I know that “If you believe you can achieve” is a bit overdone, but really I think that if you want something bad enough you can find a way to make it happen. I personally find the best way to accomplish any major project is to break it down into sections and lists… take it piece by piece so that it becomes less overwhelming. As an interior designer I put this philosophy in to practice frequently… building a house or doing a remodel can seem very overwhelming to my clients, so I do my best to keep them on track and organized. 

Teresa Young – Founder-CEO of TrueKonnect

Ashley Benavides Freelance Photographer

Even the most-difficult challenges in life and business can be overcome if you take the time to plan out your strategy and then execute relentlessly.


Kara | mother, public speaker, inspirational speaker

The best advice I can give to someone facing a challenge that seems insurmountable is to never give up understand early in that this to shall pass never stop encouraging yourself know that with every trial is an opportunity to grow and learn stay true to yourself seek positivity and knowledge through it all we put ourself in situations so it means we can have the strength to remove ourselves  from the hardship be blessed.

Christina Goldsmith – Interior Designer and Maskcara Beauty Artist

Your mindset is your most powerful tool, and sometimes we need to focus on the lesson rather than the outcome to conquer our greatest challenges.That is when we learn. That is when we grow. That is when we become one step closer to being the best version of ourselves.

Linde Perelli, Designer and Artist

I follow some valuable advice from my husband and break down the tasks into compartments that are more manageable. I’ve always been someone who can’t rest until a project or problem is buttoned, bowed, and completely wrapped up. I’ve had to learn with increased workload lay out a plan  and work that plan one piece at a time.


Baillie Phillips – Licensed Esthetician, Lash Artist & Microblade Artist

Honestly, there’s something beautiful about taking risks and over coming challenges. There is a certain confidence it gives you in life. The biggest thing standing in the way of you and your obstacles is YOU. It’s the mindset you choose to have. Once you learn how to control your mindset, the sky is the limit.


Hayley Borges-REALTOR®-Hello Neighbor Team at Revelation Real Estate

Challenges are given to us to strengthen and build us. Although something may seem insurmountable at the time, we must remind ourselves to have patience and to trust the process. Continue to have the courage to keep pushing through and realize that nothing is impossible.

Sabrina Campa- Entrepreneurr | Founder of The Lady Boss Beauty | Lash Artist

Always start with a positive outlook and with confidence in yourself.  Understand that all things are possible if you have the right mindset.  Don’t be afraid to seek advice or input from other successful friends, family or colleagues whom have themselves overcome tough challenges.  Keep working towards your goal and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way…remember to enjoy the journey!

Simona Ruth – Yoga Instructor & Marketing Manager

Let yourself feel your emotions and properly process through them with people you trust, because much of our emotions and perceptions surrounding insurmountable challenges are rooted in parts of us that require uprooting in order to champion them. I really believe this is the way foundations are laid, and foundations allow for the freedom that is necessary to grow into even higher spaces. How you handle the challenges before you today determine whether or not you’re equipped and ready for new heights. I do much of my processing with a carefully-selected council of mentors, as I am a strong advocate of mentorship and the value it brings to any person’s journey; being a strong mentee means being open to loving correction and trial-by-fire challenges.


Bettie von Sweetz ~ Apron Designer

No obstacle is insurmountable. Instead look at the obstacle from a different angle. For example, if you’re facing a big project or challenge than break it down into mini tasks. Then address one at a time and before you know it …you will have accomplished your end goal. I believe if you have determination, faith, and focus you can accomplish and overcome anything 

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