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Perspective & Advice for Those Facing Insurmountable Odds

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.

Shannon Lawlor – Hair Stylist at Shannon Marie Styling

I would say that nothing is insurmountable. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or at a stuck point. Stop, take a moment, breathe, take a break if you have to! Remember where you started and how far you’ve come. And have a mentor or close friend to help get you back motivated and to overcome your hurdle! You don’t have to face anything alone. And don’t ever stop believing in yourself!

Pam Rackey-Hairstylist, Color Specialist, Co-Owner R & G Salon Scottsdale

I believe in fight or flight. They say nothing worth having comes easy so be strong, follow your intuition and fight for what you want to happen.

Ashley McNaught – Influencer and Thrifty Influencer

Always focus on positivity and never forget the power of your mindset. Your mindset is something that is a daily choice. We all have tough times and personal challenges. But you alone can choose your attitude towards these things, and how you react to challenges that come your way. Stay strong, you can do anything you set you mind to.


Jessica Beall Owner/Operator of Hair Dreamz Studio, Blonde specialist and Brazilian Blowout specialist

Christopher Beall

In order to succeeded you must first fail; Failure prepares your for your next big success.  Think about it like this being successful would mean nothing if you do not struggle along the way. Growing as a person and a business takes failure; its learning from failures and knowing that it will all be worth it in the end.  I have owned my business for over a year and I am still learning from my failures every single day!  Do not be afraid to ask for help and admit that you are failing. Education and research are key.!

Riann Rushell  Single mother, Medical Assistant and Passionate Make up Artist

Approach it with a positive outlook and accept the challenge with success being your only option. My life has been a rollercoaster of obstacles that have felt insurmountable. From being a single mother and trying to pursue my passion with make up to going to school to be a medical assistant to provide for my family. There was a time I felt defeated but I never gave up hope and changed my outlook on everything in general because I knew who I was working for and what I wanted. I refused to give up and I have overcome so many obstacles that it amazes even myself. Always have faith and no matter how hard something may seem just stay focused and remind yourself of what you are fighting for.


Alexandra Garcia – Freelance Makeup Artist and Caregiver

To anybody who is feeling like they can not overcome a certain obstacle I would like to share one word that another makeup artist shared with me, her name is Huda Kattan and the word is ‘KAIZEN’ meaning, continuous improvement. So don’t be afraid to take on any obstacle, don’t be afraid to fail. No matter what happens there is always room for improvement and learning. That word keeps me going because I know no matter what challenge I am facing I can continue to improve even if it’s not perfect the first time. The makeup industry is growing, there is no “perfect” or “certain” way of doing makeup, it changes everyday and we can continue to improve and learn. So don’t give up, si se puede.


Adriana Carpio – Bookstagrammer

My advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is not to focus so much on the end goal. Sometimes when we have to climb a mountain and we keep looking up to see how far the top still is, it can be disheartening. Instead, focus on putting one foot in front of the other, make smaller goals that will still take you to the top. This could be applied to anything in life really. Whether it’s a school, work or personal life challenge, break it down to smaller more manageable tasks. Eventually, those smaller tasks and goals will amount to something bigger. This approach has made my life so much more manageable. I have applied it to logistical tasks like de-cluttering my library shelves, one genre at a time. To more intangible challenges like learning to love Arizona after two years of feeling homesick for Los Angeles. Smaller bites are always easier to digest!

Makayla Rehanek – Creative Braid Specialist

If you are facing a challenge that you think is insurmountable just keep pushing. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. It might not happen over night but if you do a little something everyday to improve it, One day it will pay off. I never thought in a million years my braiding business would take off the way it did! I didn’t think this type of stuff could happen to me, I didn’t think I was capable of creating my own business but look I did it! Again it took hard work and  dedication but I didn’t give up! It all will pay off one day.

Tina Feldmann and Kim Caruso-Kautz, cofounders of Lily Lantern Home Staging and Design

I think the first thing you really need to do is be honest with yourself. Are you approaching the challenge with the right attitude, and what outcome are you seeking?  You need to mentally embrace the challenge because once your heart and mind are behind it, the tactics are really the same.  Assess it and come up with a plan to tackle it…little by little, piece by piece…with deadlines that are realistic.  The key to anything big is to show progress with consistency.  I’ve found that this can be applied to anything in life really…whether it’s starting your own business, a project at work or home, raising your children or simply getting along with co-workers.

Crystal Thomas- Business Student & Wanderluster

When facing challenges that seem impossible, my advice is to be in the right mindset and acknowledge that whatever you put your mind to, is capable of achievement. It’s all about perspective and taking little steps to get to the bigger goal!!

Valerie Medina – Graphic Designer and Art Illustrator based in Tempe, Arizona

My advice is to focus on developing a more positive mindset. Instead of viewing the challenge as insurmountable, try viewing it as achievable. Think about what you can do, ethically, to succeed. Next, I suggest increasing your self-awareness. Figure out if there are aspects of your personality or specific characteristics that are preventing you from achieving your goals. Finally, I recommend reaching out to people for help and advice. People can be our best resources. It’s essential that we know when to ask for feedback and when to delegate tasks.


Emily Martin – licensed esthetician, lash stylist, & make up artist

Know what your end goal is and keep your eye on the prize. Keep moving forward – baby steps or big steps – as long as you’re moving forward 🙂

Samantha – Aerospace Project Manager and mom of 4

Moving forward with transition seemed like an impossible challenge. Breaking it down into smaller pieces, and working with others who have been through it, helped turn a brick wall into steps towards the future. Don’t try to solve the challenge in one motion –  break it down into what can be done today, tomorrow, next week, and so on. Before you know it, you’re well on your way to your goal.


Kaitelyn Maldonado Makeup Artist

My advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable would be to push through. Take things one step at a time. Be patient with yourself and the most important thing is to believe in yourself. If you don’t feel at peace with what you are doing readjust and continue to push through until you find that peace.


Ashley Quintero DIY enthusiast and stay at home mom

The best advice I could give for a challenge that seems insurmountable is to take the challenge and break it down into smaller goals. When the smaller goals are achieved and your mindset is focused on one thing at a time the Larger a challenge at hand will appear to be more obtainable in the long run.

Breanna Stone – Graphic Designer & Marketing Specialist

When you face a challenge that seems insurmountable, that is just a message telling you to change your perspective. The ONLY thing that will you hold you back from anything you are passionate about is yourself. You are only contained in the walls you built yourself. Remember that.


Tina Williams, Luxury Arizona Realtor and Novelist

You have to remember why you started the challenge in the first place and practice gratitude for how far you’ve come. Sometimes people focus too much on what’s left instead of what they’ve already done.

Denise Mobley–  Hairstylist,  Educator,  Curly hair specialist,  Color expert

My advice for when  things seem insurmountable  ..stop and take a breath.  Take a couple more….  I believe if you take a moment to be quiet, you will hear what the universe is trying to tell you.  Have faith even more during these times. God is with you!  Let him be your strength when u feel like quitting.  Take a moment to remember  a time that felt like this and look how you overcame before… your still standing! Your still here!  Borrow strength and courage from the people around you. People will actually help, if you ask for it. Dont let pride stop you from accepting help. Let God do his work thru other people. You will see, your better for it. And so are they.



  1. Melissa Epps/This Brunette Blogs

    January 16, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Thank you so much for including me.
    It’s great to see great advice from local ladies!

    • Breazy

      February 10, 2019 at 12:19 am

      Thanks so much! It is nice to read the other ladies sage advice.

  2. Samantha Murray

    February 9, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for inviting me to share with other Phoenix boss ladies!

  3. Crystal Alegria

    March 7, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    So glad and proud too be sharing the platform with such amazing ladies🙌🏻 Thank you @voyagephoenix for creating an awesome magazine and website and giving us some spotlight ✨ #Womenempowerment

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