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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.

Jordan Weeks – Aspiring Model

Nothing is insurmountable, you just have to work harder than you ever envisioned.

Danielle Gaytan -Photographer

When I go through a challenge and I feel like I am stuck, I lean on my family. I explain to them my situation and my worries, then I listen to their advice. I may not always follow their advice, but it always helps me to see things in a different perspective. I also take things one day at a time so I don’t get too overwhelmed. Lastly, I give it to the Lord and find peace through him because I know he would never give me a trial that I cannot overcome.


Rachel Miller Elite Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutrition Coach & Founder of Elegant Edge Refinery

When faced with a challenge or circumstance that feels insurmountable, by best advice, & one I live by, is simply be still. Be Still. REST. Pray. Difficulties will come in life, & when they do, being still in the silence is where restoration & peace come. I have a blog on my website written all about this.

Yocelyne S – Nail artist

I would say to just keep going… sometimes circumstances can feel soo overwhelming but you don’t know how close you could be to your finish line, your breakthrough, your big hit. If you need to take a break, take it. Then continue to working towards your goal.


Amandalyn Wulfert- Social Media Influencer

Anytime I face an issue that I believe to be insurmountable I think back to what my Grandma always taught me, and that is to do what you love. If you are facing hard times, think deep about what you want to come of the situation and follow your heart…it’ll all fall into place afterwards.

Trish Gillam – REALTOR & Community Builder

I often find myself reflecting on the quote “A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but its persistence.” I love rivers so this quote may be particularly relatable for me. I was fortunate to work as a white water rafting guide on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon in my early twenties and I know intimately what a river is capable of. I have seen this method work for me over and over in life. With fitness, I often find myself in classes surrounded by individuals far stronger than I am, but they are’t my competition. I am not worried about being stronger than them. I just try to keep showing up and working on my own progress. Some days that feels really slow, but when I look back at my progress the persistence makes all the difference. This is a large part of my success in business too. I play the long game. I know that it takes time to grow a business and I am it for the long run.


Hailey Jung- Yoga Instructor and Anthropologist

Never underestimate the power of having and sticking to a plan. Dividing up goals into daily manageable tasks will make even the most daunting challenges achievable!


Madison Bustamante – Realtor

If you ever feel that you are faced with a challenge that is insurmountable, here is my advice for you. First, take a deep breath. You can do this. Tell yourself that you are strong and capable of anything. Choose to view this challenge as an opportunity for growth, focusing on the positives it could bring. Know that everything in life happens for a reason, so right now in this moment, you were made for this challenge. Trust in yourself and always remember it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Just keep your focus on the outcome that you want and make baby steps toward that goal. You got this!

Kelsey Brown Crump-Sales Manager, Restaurant Owner, & Fitness Enthusiast

When a problem seems insurmountable,  I always hear my mom asking me “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” I just keep my head down and move forward! One way or another, the problem always gets resolved.


Teri Crenshaw Chief StoryTeller & Strategist at Brainy Click Digital

Shannon Gilpin

I always ask the question, “Is anyone taking your birthday away?” If not, you’re good. As long as you are here and know your purpose and goal, any challenge is only an obstacle. Challenges are part of the process. *Side note: As a cancer survivor, I know that some challenges feel truly insurmountable. However, often those are catalysts for accelerating and amplifying purpose and movement toward your goal.

Samantha Murray – Jabz Boxing Fitness for Women Corporate Studio Manager

Always be ready for the unexpected! Put in work towards what you want to conquer, even when you feel you are stuck. Persistence will break through that wall! 

Jennifer Hoffman- Freelance Makeup Artist & Medical Esthetician

I have faced a lot of challenges that I felt I would never overcome. I have battled chronic illness since I was a child and the biggest lesson I have learned is to take life one moment at a time (not even a day at a time- sometimes it’s literally second by second!) And you will get through it! Your breakthrough could be just a moment away.

Racquel Mckenzie- Performance and Teaching Artist, Fashion Model

Photo by Carlos Velarde

My answer to anyone who’s facing an insurmountable challenge is to push through even if you end up bloody and bruised at the end. I tell my students, you can do more than you ever imagined. You have no clue what you can do until you’re there at the precipice. Our body has this innate ability to keep us alive and it won’t fail us. Sometimes our brains will trick us into thinking something is hopeless. We have to talk right back to those thoughts and tell them “no, today you do not get to win”. We have to speak that into ourselves until we believe it and achieve it. Personally, I went through one of the worst things a young girl could go through. I lost my mom in a blink of an eye while in college. I stopped dancing, writing; all the things that mattered. I went back to school a month after, a surprise to everyone, and finished with honors. I was taught, by my parents, to always do my best so quitting was not an option. And even though I felt like there was no way for me to live outside of my mothers love, I had to make my her and family proud. There is always someone rooting for you. I am rooting for you. You. Can. Do It.

Miranda Tanquary -Cosmetologist -Dreadlock Technician

The best advice I have for somebody who is facing challenges they feel are insurmountable would be, even when you are stuck deep down to where it seems there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, NEVER GIVE UP!  What they say is true. Sometimes we gotta fall to the deepest of the deep to realize what we have, or have to do to pull through.  There is always a way to make it work. Sometimes we just got to forget what’s holding us back to move forward and start again. 

Phoebe Davis – Fitness Influencer & Digital Marketing Specialist

The best advice I have for someone facing a challenge that seems almost impossible to overcome is to break down the bigger picture into smaller digestible bites. For example, right now I am in prep for my very first fitness bikini competition and I am 20 weeks away from stepping on stage. This journey is both long and terrifying! When I look at the whole picture, it feels like there’s no way I’ll be able to accomplish everything necessary in order for me to step on stage. But, when I break things down into a bunch of small tasks to complete, all of a sudden I’m accomplishing so much more than I thought possible. In the end, take things one step at a time, one day at a time, one workout at a time, one meal at a time, etc. It might seem impossible at first, but focusing on what’s right in front of you will get you to that next step. And by the end, you’ll be looking back at all you’ve accomplished that you never thought you could! And lastly, don’t forget to reach out to your family and friends. Support is EVERYTHING when you’re facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask your circle to support you in what you’re going through, because it’s way harder to face a challenge when you’re doing it alone!

Kareena Dranttel: Parenting Blogger

When facing a challenge that seems unsurmountable, it’s important to believe in yourself. Make the choice to be positive, doors open for you just by being in a positive state of mind. Always be open to accepting help from others, the more support you have the more likely you will be successful.


Wendy Knipp/Ontheroadwithwendy – lifestyle and community

We all have setbacks; some occur every day. It’s the process of growth which makes us feel we are the only one going through it. I assure you, everyone has challenges.  The number of banks that turned down Walt Disney was 302 and Colonel Sanders was rejected 1009 times over 2.5 years. Anyone trying to improve will struggle to overcome a challenge. You will have moments of wanting to quit. Know your why, the reason you started to begin with, and attach an emotion to it   For example, I wanted to finish college, not because it would help advance my career because I wanted to be the first generation in my family to earn a degree.  I started in my 30’s finished at age 50. Self-esteem doesn’t automatically happen: we gain it one achievement at a time. The trick is to understand little steps give us the courage to take larger leaps. Over time you have accomplished what you set out.  Don’t give up, it will be hard and you will have more failures that originally planed, remember it only takes one success.  It’s never too late to go after a dream and there is no time limit on achievement.  Enjoy the process, adjust with the changing path and it may lead you somewhere you never thought it could. Find a mentor to help you through the hard times, if not one in person then read books by an author you value their opinion.  Some of my favorites right now are Tony Robbins, Rachael Hollis, and John C. Maxwell. These are my virtual mentors. 

Kelsey Kosenkranius Yoga Enthusiast & Math Teacher

My advice to anyone facing a daunting challenge is to first take a breath. Before thinking about how you are going to handle the challenge, first start with a fresh slate whether it means taking a few deep breaths to clear your head or taking a day to decompress. Then come back and address the steps you need to take to overcome the challenge at hand. When you clear your mind and look at the challenge again, you will be surprised by the new perspective you will see. Just like giving your car an oil change.


Sarah Marie Milani Salon owner, stylist and mama

Nothing is impossible or unobtainable NOTHING!!! The best thing is to just be positive and keep pushing to hit goals or achieve dreams. Take things step by step and when you fall or fail get back up and learn from the mistakes that were made! Above all keep faith that you are on the right path and this is what you are meant to do!

@ zarahmarie85

Andrea Villa full-time retail supervisor, part- time makeup artist & enthusiast

Never give up on yourself! Nothing is impossible. Take a step back and look at your challenge from different angles, and try again. The only true failure is giving up.


Linda – Makeup Artist & Full Time Bio Student at ASU

Have faith, know that there is a solution for everything and everything happens for a GOOD reason. It is easier said than done.. Trust me, I know.. But once you have trained your mind to be more optimistic your challenges will become easier to overcome.

Joni Lawless, Chef, Cooking Instructor

Tatum Williams

Lean into the emotion or situation that is temporarily paralyzing you.  Tough times do not last forever, courageous people do and you are so much stronger than you know. Trust yourself and embrace the unknown.  I saw a quote the other day….”Falling down is how we grow.  Staying down is how we die.”  Stay strong and believe in yourself!


Breanna Rose Skoon a.k.a. “Breazy”, CEO & Designer of LOUSY RICH

Take a deep breath, believe in yourself & don’t be afraid to ask for help. We forget that others have been where we are, before us, and we can do anything we set our mind to. I follow my dreams by making plans so, if a challenge seems insurmountable, than take it one step at a time and never quit!



  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!

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