SDVoyager – San Diego http://sdvoyager.com The best of Miami, Everyday! Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:54:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.8 San Diego’s Most Inspiring Stories http://sdvoyager.com/san-diegos-inspiring-stories/ http://sdvoyager.com/san-diegos-inspiring-stories/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2020 04:00:23 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=3228 Every neighborhood in San Diego has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common. From Carlsbad to Point Loma (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call San […]

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Every neighborhood in San Diego has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common. From Carlsbad to Point Loma (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call San Diego home. Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Balboa Park-Hillcrest

Coronado

Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

Downtown & Little Italy

East San Diego

La Jolla & UTC

North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights

Old Town-Mission Valley

Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

Point Loma & Shelter Island

South Bay

South San Diego

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The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative http://sdvoyager.com/trailblazers-rewriting-narrative/ http://sdvoyager.com/trailblazers-rewriting-narrative/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:00:43 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=37929 The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope […]

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The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Balboa Park & Hillcrest

Coronado Island

Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

Downtown & Little Italy

East San Diego

La Jolla & UTC

North Park, South Park & Kensington

Old Town – Mission Valley

Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

Point Loma & Shelter Island

South San Diego

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SDVoyager Podcast Episode 3: Melissa Finestone http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-3-melissa-finestone/ http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-3-melissa-finestone/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 18:42:18 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=168040 We are honored and thrilled to introduce you to Melissa Finestone of The Mulk Co.  Mulk is a plant-based milk alternative company and they are fire.  If you haven’t tried them out yet, we strongly suggest you giving them a try – you’ll be helping the environment as well as making a cruelty free choice.  […]

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We are honored and thrilled to introduce you to Melissa Finestone of The Mulk Co.  Mulk is a plant-based milk alternative company and they are fire.  If you haven’t tried them out yet, we strongly suggest you giving them a try – you’ll be helping the environment as well as making a cruelty free choice.  We’re huge fans, learn why in today’s episode.

 

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SDVoyager Podcast Episode 2: David Oates http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-2-david-oates/ http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-2-david-oates/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 18:40:01 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=168037 We’re excited to introduce you to David Oates of Public Relations Security.  He is someone we think every small business owner should be familiar with – he’s a leader in the increasingly relevant field of PR & reputation management.  We learn a ton everytime we connect with David. Website: www.PublicRelationsSecurity.com Service Link: https://publicrelationssecurity.com/services/reputation-insurance/ Instagram: OateseyinSD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrisisPRServices Twitter: https://twitter.com/PRSecuritySvcs  

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We’re excited to introduce you to David Oates of Public Relations Security.  He is someone we think every small business owner should be familiar with – he’s a leader in the increasingly relevant field of PR & reputation management.  We learn a ton everytime we connect with David.

 

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SDVoyager Podcast Episode 1: Liz Murphy http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-1-liz-murphy/ http://sdvoyager.com/sdvoyager-podcast-episode-1-liz-murphy/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 18:35:31 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=168034 Check out our conversation with the talented and brilliant Liz Murphy.  She’s building a wonderful, plant-based brand with a wide variety of offerings.  If you’ve considered a plant based lifestyle you need to get to know Liz and Santosha. Website: www.santoshanutrition.com Instagram: instagram.com/santoshanutrition Facebook: facebook.com/santoshanutrition Twitter: twitter.com/santoshafood  

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Check out our conversation with the talented and brilliant Liz Murphy.  She’s building a wonderful, plant-based brand with a wide variety of offerings.  If you’ve considered a plant based lifestyle you need to get to know Liz and Santosha.

 

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Perspective & Advice for Those Facing Insurmountable Odds http://sdvoyager.com/perspective-advice-facing-insurmountable-odds-2/ http://sdvoyager.com/perspective-advice-facing-insurmountable-odds-2/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2020 01:00:10 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=98289 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 […]

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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 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 individuals in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Chloé Wong | makeup artist and exotic dancer

The best advice I could give to someone facing a roadblock is to stay focused and committed to their main goal they are trying to reach. Obstacles in perspective are an opportunity to learn and grow, it should not be seen as a barrier to success. If everything in life was easy to achieve there would be no satisfaction in victory.

Website:  Amazingbeautybar.com
Instagram: @bxadgyal
YouTube: youtube.com/chloewong

Matthew Palpal-Latoc | Photographer/School Teacher

Have the belief in yourself, faith, and trust in others. Too many times we back down from challenges because we are too afraid of failure and the feeling of inadequacy. We all have the ability to overcome and exceed expectations, the first step in doing so is have that self confidence and faith in what is next to come. Each and every moment in our life is an opportunity to learn and grow, so regardless of outcome, we must walk away from it having learned something new.

It’s okay to look for others for help. Look towards others for advice to gain another perspective on things. We tend to get very prideful in certain aspects, but sometimes the best solutions come from when we seek the aide of others.

Take things day by day, don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself or others, and whatever happens, happens. Make the most of everything and you will be able to overcome all odds.

Instagram:@m.palpallatoc

James Gielow | Senior Content Writer

The most important thing to realize when you’re feeling overwhelmed is that the feeling is simply one perspective and perspectives can change. Easier said then done? Perhaps. But if you try to narrow your focus on just one small step towards your goal, it’s much more manageable. Once you’ve completed that small step, your perspective begins to shift and what once seemed overwhelming will lessen and give you more drive and focus to tackle the next step. So don’t try to take on everything at once and if you find you can’t shake that feeling no matter what you do, then go take a walk in the garden or go grab a cup of coffee. Sometimes a change in your environment helps break persistent gnawing anxiety.

When Archimedes was completely dumbfounded after weeks and weeks of trying to determine a method for testing if gold was real or not, his wife was slowly going mad and had enough. She told him to go soak in a bath and get away from his work space. He begrudgingly did so and when he got into the bath the water overflowed and spilled out onto the floor. In that very moment, when he walked away from the problem, the solution appeared. Displacement was “”discovered”” and the problem was solved. He then ran down the street naked and covered in suds screaming ‘Eureka!!’. Keep this lessen to heart, but just make sure you’re dressed before celebrating your vistory!

Website:  mindyourdirt.com
Instagram: @mindyourdirt

Jaqueline Gonzalez | Full time mommy/momprenuer and Parent advocate/ DAC Vice chairperson at CVESD

I’m a survivor of a major and postpartum depression. I went through some dark times but through it all I knew there was a God watching over me. My relationship with God grew stronger and at some point after facing divorce I gave my life to Jesus. I have never experienced the peace I have within me. My days are full of joy and I get to spend them with my two beautiful daughters.  Be still and know that I’m God. Psalm 46:10

Instagram: @thefulltimemommydiaries

 

 

 

Tyler Adkins | Woodworker

Insurmountable odds: As a California based small furniture business, the odds are stacked against us every day as we compete with large scale box stores importing furniture at very low costs. My advice to readers facing insurmountable odds would be to first take a step back and evaluate what it is that must be accomplished. Once the objective is fully understood, break down the monstrous feat with achievable tasks and milestones. Momentum is critical and it often can be hard to see yourself making any real progress when only focusing on the end goal. It goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, never ever give up! The excitement our clients have when receiving their custom furniture is what drives us to battle against the odds every day to deliver the best possible product that big box stores cannot compete with. Truly visualizing and believing in yourself accomplishing the goal and beating the odds couldn’t be more important!

Website: www.adcowoodworks.com
Instagram: @adcowoodworks

Geovana Perez | Mom/party and balloon styler

I have always believed that things happen for a reason this has been proven true to me in many circumstances such as in personal pursuits, my career life, and my crazy life as a mom. One piece of advice I would like to give to anyone who is facing an obstacle that may seem too hard to overcome would be to believe in yourself, be brave, and take risks. Always remember to dream big.

Email: geovanaperez36@gmail.com
Instagram: @geos_decor
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Geosdecor/

 

 

Lillian Nguyen | Calligrapher

One of my favorite quotes is “don’t get bitter, get better”. During difficult times it is easy to let negativity take over and slowly drag you under. But get better and don’t give up, reflect on how far you have come, your ‘why’, and re-routing your way of thinking. The past year had been rough. I focused my energy on negative areas, compared myself to others, and all that did was stop me from moving forward. I was stagnant while time kept moving. Starting the new year, I realized how short life is. It’s too short to focus all of our time on the wrong things, to dwell on hardships, to be afraid. Learn, understand and grow. “Don’t get bitter, get better,” it’s all about switching the letters.

Instagram: @Letter.Lilly

Calli O’Brien | Co-Founder My Matcha Life Inc / Health & Fitness Advocate

Believe in yourself, find a purpose higher than you, then keep going – step by step.

Website: https://mymatchalife.com/about-us/

 

 

 

 

Dasha Vovk | Journalist

I think all of us are familiar with the feeling of helplessness and powerlessness when It seems that there’s no way out of our circumstances. I’ve had such feeling many times in my life. The most powerful thing I can do during those times is to keep believing in myself and remember that circumstances will eventually change, they always do. Don’t let those temporary hardships break your spirit. Remember that faith is the most powerful thing that can break through even the most insurmountable odds.

Instagram: @dasha_vovk

 

 

 

High Tide | Bem’s Artist with a cause

No matter how well you plan life we are bound to face disappointments and failures.
It may be overwhelming to face such issues in life. So instead of worrying about your failures and setbacks,
try to focus on what you still have. Focus on the blessings rather than the challenges.
” Even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.”
Luke 12:15
It is important to not become self-absorbed, instead, try to use your experience to comfort and help others.

Website: www.hightide2shop.com
Instagram: @hightide2018

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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 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 individuals in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Peter Wilson | Musician | Songwriter | Producer

Photo credits: Valente Martinez @lentvmartinez

The best thing to do when the you face insurmountable odds, Is to stay focused. It’s so easy to look at all the things keeping you from success, and just give up… Instead, focus really hard on what the next step in your journey is, even if it may seem insignificant at the time!

I try and think of life like a giant skyscraper. We all want to get to the top and enjoy the view. Some, were born at the top, others have an elevator, but the rest of us have to take the stairs. Normally, stairs in a skyscraper are dark, cold, and uninviting. It’s easy to lose sight of why you’re climbing the stairs in the first place! You’ll get tired, and not want to move on. Usually one of two things will happen here.
1. You’ll stop climbing because “you’ve put in a lot of work” and if the universe wants you at the top, the stairs will start moving on their own and get you there.
Or 2. You keep taking those steps one at a time. No matter how hard a climb it is. Because you know that you’ll eventually make it to the top.

Every successful person has tired and failed thousands of times. The only difference between them and everyone else is they don’t get discouraged and give up after getting turned down. Instead, they use that experience to learn from and grow! If we all took the time to learn from our past experiences, the world would be a much better place!

Website: PeterWilsonMusic.com
Instagram: @Peter.j.Wilson

Dainty Dessert | Cake & Sweets Designer & Camila Farrell | Founder & Head Chef in Charge

The key to this question is “feels.” We have all had specific feelings that eventually go away. No matter how impossible an obstacle may feel, theres a greater feeling of accomplishment when it’s conquered.

Website: DaintyDessert.com (created by SPFSocial)
Facebook: @Dessert.Dainty
Instagram: @DaintyDessert

Danielle Kortava | Owner | Free Spirit

The best thing helping me through life’s difficulties, is taking moments throughout the day to practice my yoga and meditation. I focus on the positives in my life and breathe. When self doubt or fear of failure arise, I recognize this as a moment and like all moments – this one will pass. I believe that times of victories and challenges are lessons. I ask myself, What is the universe showing me during this lesson? What am I to take away from it? Is there something I should be doing differently? Is there something I could be doing better? Am I reflecting with kindness? Yoga helps me recognize and release energy and tension I may be holding inside. Meditation helps me to relax and focus on what is real, who I really am and what my life purpose is. It returns my focus. My creativity flows when these two practices are in my life. They make me feel happier which brings positive energy all around me. I truly believe that when you are facing insurmountable odds, it is important to ride that wave with as much focus and intent as you can.

Website: zoeticdreamz.etsy.com

Monica Bussell | Happy Wife & Mama | Fit Lover and Home Design

Life is fragile and Beautiful we don’t know what the future holds for us , good or bad could be me or you, whatever the adversity is will shape us stronger and wiser than yesterday teaching us a lesson giving the opportunity for change and growth helping us to figure out who we really are and what makes you really happy!

My way I faced Insurmountable odds were being honest and true to myself, fallowing my heart, practicing optimism and making a change having faith that good thing are in the way! I try to live a balance life and do the best I can adding a little bit of fun each day taking care of my health, money and LOVE!

Instagram: @simplyathomedesign
Email: Simplyathomedesign@hotmail.com
Facebook: @simplyathomedesign

Kevin Powers | Professional UAS pilot & Freelance Cinematographer

I have been in this position many times, as a Marine in combat, starting my own company KAPtureDM, challenges in building drones that people have always told me was impossible, and building them as described despite the difficulty. My advice is to trust your gut, don’t allow the word impossible to enter your mind, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help from people that know more than you if required, and lastly you have to be willing to push yourself beyond the normal in both work ethic and physical/mental exertion. You will beat those odds, and you will be extremely proud and more confident in yourself every time you do this.

Instagram: @kapturedm, @dronegear 
Other: https://www.airvuz.com/user/kapturedm/videos

Sanja Stranjac | Real Estate Agent

One of the hardest lessons I’m still learning is to be vulnerable. I’ve worked really hard my whole life an being dependent and needing help makes me feel weak. Durning these two years of fighting cancer, I’ve had so many people in my life reach out and show support. My friends, family, clients, even people I just met, have all been so amazingly supportive. Being there for others has always come to me naturally, but being on the receiving end is a lot more challenging. Cancer has really made me stop and value life on a whole another level. I’m excited about this new treatment. I’m filled with love and life. I want to be there for others. I want to inspire people to stay positive and open their hearts. Staying humble and allowing others to contribute has kept me going. Having a strong community helps us get through anything.

Instagram: @Agent_Sanja
Website: Homeasap.com/Sanjastranjac

Bob, Katie & John | Griswold Group Real Estate powered by Compass

There is no wasted energy. Put in your best effort and stay with it. Success is the product of sustained energy. Keep it up and stay open. Results can come from unexpected places. There is no wasted energy!

Website: griswoldgroupproperties.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Whitt |Principal of DesignX Architecture + Interiors

When faced with particularly challenging circumstances, I am reminded of a quote by Desmond Tutu about how to eat an elephant, which is “one bite at a time,” meaning, everything that is overwhelming should be broken down into small, digestible pieces or tasks. Instead of feeling paralyzed by not knowing where to begin, start with the most manageable tasks and work your way forward from there, enlisting help along the way if and where necessary. Remind yourself of the end goal and visualize how you’ll feel once you get there. It also helps to actually write down all of the individual components or short term goals you need to reach in order to complete the larger task, and allow yourself a reasonable timeline to achieve them, checking them off and adjusting your timeline as you go. At the end of the day, if you aim for thoughtful planning and forward motion, you will eventually get where you need to go!

Website: www.designx-ai.com
Instagram: designx_ai
Facebook: @designxai

Tanya Malkon |Woof Out West Owner | Dog Mom

Image Credit: @wrigleyandtheo

Good things take time, so enjoy every minute of your life, good or bad, Just keep moving forward.

 

Instagram: @woofoutwest 
Website: www.woofoutwest.com

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Bean | Craft Enthusiast & Office Administrator

If you feel like you’re facing insurmountable odds, here is my advise. Breath, you’ve got this! Seems too simple right? But here’s the thing, life is full of unexpected change and this obstacle, won’t be the last one you face. Try to take the challenge head on, look at it from a different perspective, ask for advise from those around you. And when, not if, but when, you conquer this, you’ll come out stronger and better prepared for the next challenge life throws your way.

 

Instagram: @LittleGiftiesSD

 

Michelle Plastiras| Realtor

My father, Chris Plastiras is a huge mentor in my life. He has always told me to take a deep breathe and know that you can overcome anything in life. I realized (after many years) and working with a lot of different types of people from all walks of life, that no goal/dream is unachievable, and there is a solution to quit literally every problem, sometimes you just need to get a little creative.

I’m also a firm believer in positive self-talk. The only person telling you that the odds are against you is well, YOU.So slow down, and know that it’s just fear that is preventing you from moving forward, or finding that solution, or reaching that goal/dream. Most of our negative thoughts or maybe something we consider “odds against us” are just our fears that can be over come. So show up, work hard, and don’t give up. Plus the reward is so much better when it took some grit to get there.

Website: Sandiegoh.com and highrises.com
Instagram: @michelleplastirasrealtor

David L. Wales Jr. | graphic illustrator

The best advice I have for seemingly insurmountable odds is to put belief behind your skills. There’s almost always a way out, you just need to find it. If you truly want things to happen you need to give it your all, stay the course and be patient…it won’t happen overnight, but nothing great happens in a flash. Learn from your mistakes, failure can be the best teacher. Insurmountable odds: consider the billions of stars and planets that have been discovered, versus existence of life at all. Do whatever it is your life’s mission to do.

Website: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Fury+dune+design&i=fashion&ref=nb_sb_noss
Instagram: @FuryDuneDesign

Colin Shepherd | Cinematographer & Video Editor

Best advice when facing insurmountable odds? Sure sounds overwhelming, right? I currently work a full-time position as digital specialist in San Diego and in my spare time I love to keep myself busy doing freelance opportunities as a videographer, video editor, and even as an aerial cinematographer. With that being said, I have learned myself to stick with what I do best and enjoy. I go from there as I grow my experience in filmmaking. It takes one step at a time to become successful and to overcome your work goals. Most importantly, it takes patience. So to answer the question in my case, I always keep myself in mind to not put too much weight on my shoulders, otherwise, I’d be a wipeout.”

Website: www.cfsfilms.com
Instagram: @cfsfilms
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user4978560

Patrick Youhanna | San Diego Realtor

Always stay positive and try your best. Sounds simple and cliche but it goes a long way. In my field I can relate it to when a home that my buyers are interested in has a lot of Offers. I tell them to stay positive and we’ll put our best good forward and use my skills to gain advantage but in the end whatever is meant to be will be. I’m a firm believer in that.

Linktreehttps://linktr.ee/patrick_youhanna

 

Susy Thomas | Real estate Professional

Aim for small successes. They add up one day at a time.

Website: route56realty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Route56Realty
Instagram: @route56realty

 

Courtney Shortney & Jake Kuhler | Acrobatic and Movement Artists

Photographer: @joejohnson

Courtney: Just know that regardless of what situation you are currently in, that in time, it will change. If you’re unhappy with where you are RIGHT NOW, just keep going. It will change, it always does. Trust the process and your strength to continue will overpower your fear of the unknown.

Jake: I’ve learned a 3 step process.
1) don’t worry about what you can’t control.
2) use your support network(family, friends, coworkers) as a resource to ground yourself.
3) list the steps toward overcoming the adversity and take them one at a time.

Instagram@shortneyb @jzkuhler

 

The Jules | illustrator

Image Credit: @silkherhoney

I’d say, everything that is happening now, it is only temporary, every feeling/event is temporary. Treading through the hardship is the real win. Picture in the end, regardless of what happens you will triumph, you will succeed in ways you didn’t think would be possible. It’s all about waiting and sticking around. Evidently, sticking up for yourself.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jbabybabyj/
Instagram: @thejulesjules

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story. These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead. As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed. Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Mike Nguyen | World Champion Athlete | Fitness Expert | Entrepreneur & CEO of MikeFit.com

The most important lesson I learned is to always believe you are capable of amazing things. We all have different talents, skills and passions; do everything it takes to pursue them and be the best at it. For me, I started out wanting to become a world champion athlete because I loved seeing what my body was capable of. Shortly after, I realized I loved seeing other people do amazing things with their body as well which was why I became a personal training and nutrition coach. Eventually, I expanded into owning my own health supplement brand and fitness education company in order to share my passion and help more people around the world achieve their goals. When you love something enough, you have follow it through and believe you can achieve more than you expect from yourself.

mikefit.com
@mikepro_champion
mike@mikefit.com

Emma Dyre | Senior at USD

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is to do things that scare you. I made this my New Year’s resolution 3 years ago and it has changed the way I make decisions and live my life. I think fear holds people back from new experiences and exploring their true passions. This mentality has pushed me to travel the world, move to San Diego, experience bungee jumping, skydiving, and paragliding, and has inspired me to pursue a legal career. I promise if you adopt this mentality it will change your life in the best way possible.

@emmaldyre

Heather Heffernan | Private Plant Based Cook

The most important lesson I’ve learned in cooking and in life is that nothing is supposed to be a certain way. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can begin to have fun with your individual adaptation to it.

@resistkitchen
@resistkitchen
resistkitchen.com

Azantia Bernice Limón | Promotional Model & Dancer

Olivia Valdes – Pacific Evergreen Creative

This question had me tickled because my life in San Diego has been a grand journey. As I approach nine years living in this beautiful city, the most valuable lesson I have learned is that Faith and community are the catalyst of my accomplishments. My confidence comes from prayer. My ability to seek after my dreams and goals are through Faith. Faith is powerful and it drives me to keep moving forward.

Throughout the years I have been involved in many communities via church, dance, and work.

Sharing similar interests and lifestyles in a group setting has made this metropolitan city a true home for me.

Raised in a suburb small enough to be named a “”village”” with only 20,000 residents feeling secure in an overflowing city such as San Diego is vital. Over the years I have been encouraged, supported, and loved by many. For that I am truly grateful and tremendously blessed!

@azaberlimon
@azaberli

Steve Cummings & Gina Shiotani | Partner Acro Performers & Instructors

Photo credits: Bryan Anderson @bryanandersonphoto

Our path to become acro performers & instructors began through the gates of transformational practices such as yoga, acro yoga, dance, and other movement disciplines. We enjoy the physical components, the challenge, and the health consciousness it brought to our lives, but the forces that truly give us inspiration arrive through the human connections and community building integral to the world of acro. The people we learn from, the people we teach, the audiences for whom we’re honored to perform, and the friendships we’ve cultivated in this practice represent some of the richest memories, experiences, and life lessons that have shaped our vision for impactful living.

@acrothornado
@flyginapie
@airborne.acro
@Airborne.Acro

Dimana Zaharieva | art student

As a person in their early twenties, I have been learning many important lessons in the past few years. I feel like I have been overthinking this question a bit, trying to choose just one thing to talk about. A lot of what I have learned is already well known and can very well fit in a collection of cheesy proverbs. In my opinion, young people need to make certain mistakes for themselves before they can reach the “my parents were right all along” realization. Everyone goes through that cycle at some point in their lives and understands that there is a fine, yet important, line between knowing something and being able to fully comprehend it.

So, if I did have to choose one of these things (that everyone already knows are good for you), I would pick being physically active because its impact has been the most recent for me. People underestimate the importance of feeling good in your body, which has absolutely nothing to do with the way one looks, but rather knowing you can trust its strength and ability to propel you forward. Health benefits aside, physical activity can help you become better at whatever it is you do.

@neziad

Dj Zareen | Queer Open Format Music Curator | Gossip Grill Resident DJ

Stay curious, humble, and open to where your creative passions take you!

@djzareen
@zareen.anjum

 

Kitzya Ramirez | Content Creator, Blogger and Positive Parenting Advocate

The most important lesson that I have learned so far is learning how to overcome my fear and not allowing it to run my life.

I feel that fear is one of the biggest obstacles that can silence our voice and can keep us from taking that leap of faith to chase after our passions. Instead of internalizing that negativity we should use it to our advantage to measure how passionate we are about what we are working towards. Also, it’s okay to throw in the towel sometimes. Not everything that we’ve set up will work out, but there are still valuable lessons we can glean from these experiences that will move us closer towards our passion.

Being a part of a community is also key.  Surrounding yourself with like-minded people that are building you up and rooting for you will quickly erase any self doubt.

peacefullywild.com
@peacefully_wild

Bignastyye | Upcoming San Diego Rapper

Photo Credits: @d.j.reed

The most important lesson I’ve learned so far was to be patient and not rush things. Most things don’t ever come over night, it’s a process. Time and time again people don’t realize that your art or what you make can’t be rushed, the great wall of china wasn’t built in a day so take time with your art. With me being only 17 there’s a lot of more lessons I may come across down the road but till then that’s all I can really say.

song.link/kSMSRGWRdr06Q
@bignasty.e
soundcloud.com/brokeboyent
youtube.com/channel/UC1Bpn_WCrA-bsll_1zXQ_HQ
song.link/5hm5m7jxk8h6s
song.link/DMxGXsRGpCrsd
song.link/djhxfxz7gvntz

Lina Benitez | Stylist and Makeup Artist

I learned so much from my wonderful journey abroad. Being amongst people of an entirely different culture, I learned to understand new beliefs and customs. These experiences molded me into a more appreciative person who values what they have.

@fashioncodebylina
@linabenitezmua

Kevin Rehberg | Abundance Coach & Breathwork Facilitator

The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey so far is: To go slow, be patient, and trust myself. Scattered energy will get you nowhere, while focused, intentional energy will take you everywhere.

highlymeditated.co
@highlymeditated.co

Adam Rosati | Digital Illustrator & Graphic Designer

The biggest thing I’ve learned so far is to just keep your creativity personal. I have spent years developing my own style and honing the skills around that style so I am now at a place where I can convey my ideas in my own unique way.  Stick to your own creative process and the rest will follow.

Rosatidesigns.com
@justanotheriphone

Ken James

I learned not to compare my work to others. There’s so many talented photographers especially in San Diego that it’s easy to get discouraged when “sizing up the competition”. Instead I’m at my best when i show my uniqueness and focus on my path. It’s funny because when i meet the people I used to compare myself to, some of them will divulge that I inspire them,  so I guess it works both ways.

@openshutter21_photography

Tiffa Minsal | Illustrator | Designer & Adventurer

Learning how important time is, and where it is most needed. Preparing a healthy meal takes time; mastering your craft takes time; and emotional healing takes a tremendous amount of time. Don’t rush on the most important aspects of your life that need a little more time than you would like to give.

“”You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind.””
– Jeong Kwan

tiffanyminsal.weebly.com
@tiffa_cakes
@tiffacakes

Kim Wellen | Founder of Mantra Mask

1.You can NOT do this alone, it truly takes a village.

2.Be clear on finances-stick to your budget. If you cant afford it, don’t do it. If a product isn’t selling find out why and switch gears- be nimble.

3.Leave your ego at the door. If you made a mistake just admit it. Customers want to know the truth.

4.DO NOT say yes to everyone, even if its hard!

5.Very important. Work/life balance!!! If you aren’t balanced your work and family will both suffer.

@mantramask
mantramask.com

Jaina Christian | Aspiring Teacher | Amateur Photographer & Professional Wanderer

In all of the ups and downs life has presented me the most important lesson I have learned on this journey is to stay true to yourself and your intentions. Don’t focus any energy on comparing your journey to those around you because no matter the plan you had set out for yourself everything the universe has laid out for you is for a reason. The further I got from my darker thoughts on what I wasn’t, I found they no longer felt like home and I dreamt of who I could be and have been fighting for her ever since.

@jainachistian
@jcbrezzzy

Qasim Anwar | Entrepreneur | Adventurer and Artist

The most important message I have learned from my journey so far is that to be open to possibilities and believe in the power of community. It’s how we relate with people and our connections that can help move a whole tribe forward. In the process of creation, whether it’s a business, a music video, or visual art, it always pivotal to have a community that supports you in your processes. Also, everyone should go adventure! Traveling opens your horizons and helps you look at new perspectives in a clearer fashion, this growth than comes out in the way you live your life.

@voloapparel
@qasimofearth
voloapparel.com

John m Carter | C.E.O | Entrepreneur

I’ve learned that everyday is a blessing waiting to happen u just gotta keep the faith.

@jonmcarter7
@lifeizgood14gmail
soundcloud.com/john-carter-372916735/dee-my-voice
@westrockent

Lilly Gonzalez | Hair Stylist | Freelance Makeup Artist Owner of Glam on the run

The most important lesson I have learned in my journey is patience.  We all want to succeed and sometimes we don’t know where to start or how to start. All you need to do is just start!! Start one day at a time, start with something small related to your goals and trust the process. Be patient with yourself because as long as you are moving forward its a step closer towards your goals.

@Lillyg7
lillygonzalez.com

Sandra Gonzalez | Motivational Speaker | Warrior Coach | Retired Marine Officer

The most important lesson I’ve learned thus far is that you have to listen to what CALLS at you not what CLAWS at you. There are superpowers lying dormant within every person and it’s our responsibility to seek clarity so we can fulfill our purpose. This personal empowerment can be achieved through the development of confidence, courage, and clarity because it helps you lead with conviction.

After dealing with depression, and being able to lose 25 lbs. after the birth of my second child, I learned that I have control of my life circumstances and challenging situations.

Moreover, serving 20 years of honorable service as a US Marine, I learned that it wasn’t a warrior’s ability to be physically fit or intelligent that made them successful. It was their ability to develop mental toughness. The resiliency to NEVER give up even though the challenges were tough or scary.

The ability to trust and BELIEVE in myself coupled with mental toughness is what made all the difference.
Strengthening my character and bouncing back from difficulties helped me to evolve and establish more confidence and grit. These character skills were crucial as they enabled me to grow my business and overcome a challenging divorce that almost crushed me. I was married 15 years to my soul mate. A best friend who would one day betray me and leave unexpectedly.

The ability to trust my intuition and develop a warrior’s mindset helped me develop SOLUTIONS not STRESSORS to my problems. This is what I help ambitious women and men achieve who want more out of life. The ability to trust their gut intuition and develop a warrior’s mindset so they can stay committed. The ability to become a VICTOR not a victim of life’s circumstances.

There are only two types of people in this world. Worriers generate self doubt, procrastinate and produce more stressors. Warriors generate confidence, courage, and have clarity because they produce more solutions to their problems. Are you a WORRIER or a WARRIOR? The choice is yours, my recommendation is that you choose the latter.

sandragonzalez.com
eventbrite.com/e/unlock-unshakeable-confidence-take-command-of-your-life-business-tickets

Erik Herrera | Artist & Photographer

The most important lesson I’ve learned during my journey is simplicity. In 2014, I began utilizing 35mm film with a small automatic Nikon point & shoot camera to streamline my creative process. During this time, I had also started visiting Barrio Logan on my own to photograph everyday life found within the historic Chicano(Mexican-American) neighborhood. After becoming accustomed to not viewing my pictures immediately, I had become more present and deepened my appreciation for simpler moments. At times, this meant being content with not taking pictures.

Almost as soon as I began documenting Barrio Logan, I was also noticing unsettling events take place such as the gentrification process that unfortunately continues to price people out of the neighborhood. Being a first-generation Chicano, I took it upon myself to photograph these drastic changes still unfolding in my hometown of San Diego.

erikherreraphoto.com
minds.com/sadtographer
society6.com/elmundopormisojos
@Duvalinpapi

Eric Rias | Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Coach

My experience in human. Through life, the more people I meet and connect with, I realized that we’re mostly alike. We want similar things. We’re all trying to be “ok”. Even in my worst times, I was simply doing what I thought I needed to be ok. When I view people through that lens, in that light, it becomes easier to find compassion and strive to simply understand. We all want to be understood.

Bigmoodcoach.com
@Eric_Bigmoodcoach

Melissa Babaei | Creative Personality & Artist

The most important lesson I’ve learned in life would be overcoming my fear of taking risks. I use to be the type of person that loved a comfortable life that had routine and stability.  Due to this, whenever it would come time to take risks, I would get very anxious and uncomfortable as a result.  But I’ve been working on this issue for the last few years and I’m happy to say that I’ve improved my outlook on this personal concern.  By doing so, I’ve grown, matured and essentially learned a lot about myself.  One of the biggest life changing decisions I’ve made in the past year was moving to Los Angeles on my own.  This was a goal of mine for many years, but I truthfully never thought I would be brave enough to commit to it.  However, once I came to the realization that I didn’t have any “big” responsibilities holding me back such as a career that I loved, being married or being a parent; I finally made my decision to move.  I’m glad to say that this journey allowed me to understand that in order to grow and learn life lessons, you have to be willing to put yourself in uncomfortable situations, accept change and take risks.  If you don’t do so, you won’t flourish and succeed.

@melissa_babaei

Mario Velasco | Actor & Videos Creator

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my journey, is to always fight harder and harder for my goals and to never give up, regardless of the circumstances. There of course has been many days where I feel like I should just throw in the towel and call it quits, but there is always something inside of me that tells me that giving up is not the right choice. Another thing I have learned, is to always remain focused on myself as a person and as a professional, regardless of what others may think. Believing in myself is crucial.

@yosoymariovelasco
@yosoymariovelasco

Jin Yung Kim | Artist and Designer

One of the many important things I’ve learned, art wise, is to create art that makes me happy. Sometimes as artists, we get caught up in making art for other people that we forget to have fun with our own ideas and projects. I now do my best to squeeze in art projects that bring me the most joy and satisfaction. And in turn, bring joy and happiness to the people who view my work.

jykallday.com
@jyk_allday
@jyk_allday

Jose Mejia | veteran and small business owner

My #1 life lesson so far is this: you can alter the trajectory of your entire life by just choosing to have one good day at a time. Don’t hide from stress, face it head on and empower yourself to overcome it. You’re building your legacy every day; so how do you want to be remembered?

@tab_jose
thisamericanblood.com

Alyssa Welch | Momlife CEO  and Health and Lifestyle Influencer

The most important lesson I have learned in my journey so far is that it really is a never ending process of becoming. It’s a compilation of everything…the good and the hard; the beautiful and the devastating; the highest of highs and the very lowest of lows. It’s all of it. And it’s mine. It all encompasses the person I was, who I am now, and who I am going to be . Sometimes the biggest and the best plans you have are just that…plans! Life has a funny way of changing your “”plans””!

But guess what? It doesn’t really matter! Embrace it all! The biggest part is remembering to be intentional along the way. To laugh A LOT and learn to laugh at yourself! Give more! Live in gratitude. Take people along on the journey with you because your tribe is life, and life is about WHO you can help and not what you can get from them. Build them UP….watch them soar and help them live their best life! There is no better feeling than building the belief of others in themselves. Lastly, appreciate all the stops and pauses along the way because the twists and turns and even the crazy surprises…NONE of it is by accident. It’s all for you….take none of it for granted.

@mygorgeousmessylife
facebook.com/alyssa.long.welch
mysite.plexusworldwide.com/alyssawelch

Sneaks – a home-grown brand bringing you original San Diego streetwear since 2018

The Script Embroidered Crewneck Sweater, modeled by Jon Schroeder, photographed by Sawsun Khodapanah

I would say it is to stay inspired, don’t be afraid to try something new, take the time to study and learn from people you admire, and never stop moving your feet in the race that you’re running, whatever it may be. There have been so many times in the young lifespan of my brand that I felt down, unsure, or stagnant. But every time I stick through, there is some reward on the back-end, whether it’s sales, recognition, connections, opportunities, or something else. If you stay at it and bring your authentic self to the table, I believe that sooner or later there will be a breakthrough.

sandiegosneaks.com
@sandiegosneaks (all of our social media accounts)

Kaitlin Zuloaga | Certified  Personal Trainer

Most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey is that being REAL, being YOURSELF, is more admirable than being some watered down version of what you think everyone wants you to be.

@trainerkaitlin

 

Diamond Daughters custom & fine jewelry specialists

Starting your own business takes time. It is a journey of learning. There will be bumps on the road but you have to learn to overcome them. Anything is possible, you just have to believe in yourself & surround yourself with supporting friends and family.

thediamonddaughters.com
@thediamonddaughters
pinterest.com/diamonddaughters
yelp.com/biz/diamond-daughters-san-diego-2

 

Rachel Bolka | Website Developer | USMC Veteran

Photo credit: Rachel Bolka

The first thought, better yet lyric that comes to mind is Michael Franti’s song ‘Say Hey’, “”The more I see, the less I know…””

The journey is the lesson. It’s the experiences and exposures, the confusion and understanding, the challenges and struggles, it’s the setbacks and successes. The journey is exposing yourself to the unknown and the awareness gained. The lesson is understanding the higher the mountain, the more appreciated the views. There’s no set path to our destination, yet it’s the journey that gets us there.

@sunset_coastal_love
linkedin.com/in/rachel-bolka
rachelbolka@gmail.com

Melinda Hudlin | Private Sports Coach (Track & Field) | Fitness Trainer, and Navy’s Public-Private Ventures Program Manager

Knowing my why, compete with myself, and consistency. These keep me focused on taking my passion and being able to share it with others.

@d3elite.sd

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Partner Spotlight: David Oates of Public Relations Security http://sdvoyager.com/partner-spotlight-david-oates-public-relations-security/ http://sdvoyager.com/partner-spotlight-david-oates-public-relations-security/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 01:59:32 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=157084 We’re excited to introduce you to David Oates of Public Relations Security, one of our Content Partners.  Partners support Voyage by collaborating on content, sponsoring our mission, spreading the word about our publication and more. We caught up with David about the online reputation karma and other insights related to protecting your brand’s reputation online. Hi […]

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We’re excited to introduce you to David Oates of Public Relations Security, one of our Content Partners.  Partners support Voyage by collaborating on content, sponsoring our mission, spreading the word about our publication and more. We caught up with David about the online reputation karma and other insights related to protecting your brand’s reputation online.

Hi David, before we get into some of the really interesting insights you have around online reputation karma, can you start by giving our readers a bit of introduction to yourself, your story and your firm.
I’m a Crisis PR specialist, which means I help companies, business executives, and high-profile individuals preserve or repair their brand reputation after being besieged in online reviews like Yelp!, blog postings, social media posts, and press coverage. Ideally, I want owners to call me BEFORE things get into the public domain so we can get ahead of the problem. Even better is when organizations help me devised Crisis PR plans a part of their overall disaster recovery strategies. It’s far cheaper and more effective when you’re not building the response initiatives after the fact.

I started in PR 25 years ago as a Navy officer. About halfway through a nine-year, active-duty career, I got the unique opportunity to transition from a Surface Warfare Officer to a Public Affairs Officer. In that capacity, I served in multiple roles, but the most notable was leading a staff of eight in all employee, external, international, and community relations initiatives for the aircraft carrier, USS JOHN C. STENNIS, and the eight other ships that formed the battlegroup deployed to the Persian Gulf. That environment came with a litany crisis PR events of all kinds, and I spearheaded those efforts. I couldn’t have received better training for my current role.

Alright, so let’s jump right in.  We’ve long been impressed by the thought-leadership you’ve shown around how small and medium businesses can manage their reputations.  One of the concepts we’d love to have you discuss is online reputation karma.  Can you explain this concept and how it’s relevant to our readers who own or manage brands and businesses?
I think most organizations don’t fully appreciate the damage a Google or Yelp! Review, let alone an old blog post, can do if Google ranks this content high on searches for the company’s name or that of its owners and executives. The long-term, negative impact on a business’ revenue and profitability can, in best cases, hinder growth goals and, worst case, can force a company to close its doors forever. That’s because most customers will go online to search out information about a business before buying. A negative post from the past can act as a permanent stain on the organization and is nearly impossible to remove from the Internet.

Worse yet, most companies don’t manage their online presence adequately enough to know when these postings appear and, if they know, often decide to ignore the content. Affordable options that empower business owners and executives to know when these postings come online and solutions to mitigate their damage to an organization’s brand. If employed proactively, they can also ensure that any future postings will be overshadowed by positive content.

Can you tell us a bit about how your firm works with clients to build up their online reputation karma.  Any examples or case studies you can share with us?
We have a tiered offering that can be purchased a la carte or in a bundled setting:

Brand Reputation Monitoring: Keeping an eye on your social media accounts isn’t enough. Even the most remote blog post or review comment can trigger a catastrophic Crisis PR event. For about $500 a month, we can set up comprehensive monitoring systems that alert organizations and executives whenever a negative review, news article, or rogue adverse post ion the Internet. Our monitoring service will alert organizations to any potentially adverse comments as they occur as well as provide you with a detailed monthly report on all new mentions of your organization, both good and bad.

We also have a special add-on service that seeks out sites publishing a person’s personal information, such as home addresses, phone number, bank accounts and such to remove to mitigate identity theft risks.

Online Review Management: For about $500 a month, we’ll integrate with your customer appointment calendar to get feedback on their latest experience with you, and, if positive, give them a quick and easy way to write a positive review on a wide array of targeted and general review sites. If the feedback is less than stellar, we’ll be able to alert you to rectify the matter before the issue becomes public. Monthly reports will detail all reviews posted and we can also set up systems to tackle negative comments right away.

Reputation Insurance Content: The trick to getting negative postings pushed down to the second page of Google Searches is to create content that people love to read about. We’ll do so in a regimented, templatized fashion while utilizing PR news posting sites, SEO strategies,  pay-per-click campaigns, and social media channels to get that positive content out to as many folks as possible and up in the Google rankings. Prices generally range from $1,000 to $2,000 a month depending on the amount of content generated.

Are there any other insights you can share with us that small and medium sized owners and operators could benefit from?
The cold, hard reality is that any organization of any size can go from HERO to ZERO in an Instagram post. Worse yet, waiting to fix the program until after the review, blog, social media post, or news article gets indexed on Google can take two years and $200,000 to fix. The best defense to this world of “Mean Tweets” is to take a proactive approach to monitoring channels, generating positive reviews, and executing cost-effective content strategies. It will be pennies on the dollar to repairing damages already done.

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#LadyBoss: redefining what a boss looks like http://sdvoyager.com/girlboss-redefining-boss-looks-like/ http://sdvoyager.com/girlboss-redefining-boss-looks-like/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2019 01:00:31 +0000 http://sdvoyager.com/?p=90868 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 […]

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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 are 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.

Tania Martinez | Makeup Artist

I  have learned that every situation in life is temporary. So when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully and when life is not good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.

@_tania_mtz
@makeup.by.tania
@Makeupbytania

Allison Caffrey | Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger

My advice to anyone out there who is facing an insurmountable challenge is to reevaluate the way you are approaching it. It often helps to take a step back and get a different perspective. In life, we should not be afraid to ask for help. I often used to tell myself I could do everything on my own, but the truth is, I couldn’t. It’s okay to ask for help, and it often can lead you to new ways of thinking or getting something done. Once you gain that new perspective, make a plan on how you are going to achieve the goal that is posing a challenge. Once your map is laid out, carry out your plan and achieve your goals. You never know what exciting opportunity lies ahead once you climb the mountain.

@allisoncaffrey 
allisoncaffrey.com

Salomé Palomino | Owner and Photographer at Photos by Salomé

When faced with an insurmountable challenge, I find that stepping back from the challenge to gain perspective is helpful. I can start to get a grip on a challenge when I have a clear head and can see the bigger picture because it is easy for me to feel overwhelmed and defeated in the midst of it. This can manifest in talking it out with someone I’m close to, going on a long drive or walk, or writing everything I’m considering doing and feeling.

photosbysalome.com
@salome_palomino

Caryn Nicole Paolini | International Health & Fitness Coach, IFBB Pro

Remember that it is not the lack of hardships we face that make us strong, but our true strength is found in our ability to keep moving forward and overcome them. Whenever I’m faced with a challenge, the first thing I do is take my focus on large, overwhelming, or far away the end goal seems, and instead shift my focus to small actionable steps I can take in the present. I, quite literally, set 3-5 small daily commitments to myself that #1 will move me closer to the end goal of overcoming the challenge and #2 that I know for sure I can and will follow through with. Nothing builds confidence in oneself like following through with your word to yourself. In taking this approach to challenging situations, I find that it takes the anxiety and pressure off of how insurmountable the challenge itself seems and actually puts you back in the position of power! It’s okay to start small with those daily commitments because they will create a snowball effect, and each day those small wins will add up to the big success of overcoming!

carynnicole.com
@carynnicole 
youtube.com/CarynPaolini

Guen Garrido | Data Analyst and Debt Buttkicking Coach

Research, plan, and take baby steps to reach your goals! Especially today with so many tips, tricks, and advice you can instantly get online you can find a way that works for you to achieve whatever you want!  Be intentional with every action you take, celebrate milestones to keep you motivated, and lastly always be grateful because gratitude brings you peace in your heart, especially during the most challenging times of the journey.

@money.and.gratitude
@gueng28

Judith Viola | Hairdresser and Friend

Look for the intersection where beauty and thought congregate, and act from that place. Choose joy over fear, even though they often feel the same; if you pay close attention you will know the difference. Release all other responsibility in the outcome and allow yourself to be wholly  supported by a power greater than yourself, because ultimately you are not the first or the last person to be going through what you are going through

@judeviola
@headparty

Michelle Bucud | Instagram Minimalist

Throughout my life, I have faced many challenges that seemed impossible to overcome. I have survived cancer and divorce, and most recently have faced bone necrosis. When you are addressed with these situations, your brain automatically thinks and imagines the worst case scenario, or even the worst imaginable outcome. Being told I had cancer the day before I turned 21 wasn’t the most ideal way to spend a birthday. I cried for a few hours, then I said ‘enough’. I couldn’t control that situation, nor could I have controlled the others. What I could control was how I dealt with each new day that came my way.
Your brain and body will automatically go into survival mode. At least mine did. I mentally shut off all the “what-if” scenarios and just faced cancer head on. I could only bring my positivity and commitment towards the goal – remission. I get it. The word cancer instills fear into everyone. You hear cancer and automatically think death. But I knew that my doctors and that medical team were going to do everything possible that they could. For me. And I made it a top priority to do the same.
So my advice to to someone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable? Take it one day at a time, and make sure to put more than 100% into changing your preconceived outcome.

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Olivia Hermosillo | Nutritional Therapy Practitioner | Holistic Health Blogger | Ancestral Foods Advocate

It’s important to remind yourself that nothing is given to you in life that you can’t handle. There may be moments where you feel like you’re drowning in life’s challenges but realizing that you are, indeed, capable of working through it can be just what you need to keep on going. I also like to dig deeper and try to figure out what I can learn from the challenge or situation, to use it as an opportunity for growth. This isn’t to say it’s not comfortable, but there’s power in being able to sit in the mess and notice it for what it is, and then working through it in a way that’s in line with your values and goals.

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Kelly Agrey | owner and creator of Habitation Box

The best advice for someone who is facing some challenges and is feeling insurmountable is to forget about your stress because more than likely you can not do anything about the things that stresses you out. I face this feeling the most when I am thinking about sales. The truth is, no one can force someone to buy something, I just have to keep doing what I do best and customers will continue to be attracted to my brand. With this said, my advice is to take life day by day, continue doing what you do best and always do everything with passion.

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Adetutu | Lifestyle and Mommy blogger

Last week I found myself re-watching the help, Viola Davis character who lost her son spoke on how just ONE friend saved her life just by being there. I say that to say, it’s okay to lean on others when life seems unbearable. Please reach out to someone. It is perfectly okay to ask for help. And remember tough times never last, when there is life there is hope.

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Misty Kearl | Model with San Diego Model Management

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When it comes to facing life challenges I’ve noticed that everything comes to pass & not to stay. After experiencing physical & emotional pain starting at a young age from a near fatal car accident, growing up on welfare, divorced parents, bullying & abuse I’ve noticed that it’s temporary even though it may feel like a lifetime. I recognize that the purpose of life is to have joy but to also experience it’s opposite in order to know the difference & to gain knowledge. To never give up no matter what challenges life may bring. I’ve been married for 16 years & am a mom of 4 which has it’s blessings and it’s challenges but is so worth it in the end.

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Angelea Iafornaro | Esthetician & Creator of ‘Suga Skincare

I would have to say that having been in this position many times myself, somehow I always pulled through and they absolutely will too. I didn’t overcome my challenges by them becoming easier, but by growing and becoming stronger myself. We are much stronger than we give ourselves credit for, and it is those difficult hurdles that actually help us the most to get better at what we do. You will laugh at the mistakes you made and the challenges you faced one day, I promise. Without struggle, success wouldn’t have its value. Keep going and never be afraid to fail—it brings you one step closer to succeeding!

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Kamila Gornia | Business Coach, Heart Behind Hustle®

Think about the past times you’ve faced big challenges… you’ve always been able to figure it out, haven’t you? You were always able to land on your feet, and each and every time – you survived. What you’re experiencing right now may feel insurmountable, but this is just what happens when you step outside your comfort zone. Feeling uncomfortable is a GOOD thing! This is where growth happens. Just think about how much stronger you’ll be once you’ve done it. Because you can! Find evidence around you to prove to yourself that you CAN do this.

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Danielle Perkins | San Diego Interior Designer

Lean on others (and give them credit for it). Bringing minds together to tackle something bigger and better than one can do alone.

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Cara Sipan | Owner and founder of Next Native

Owning a business, bettering your life or sticking your neck out in any way will be scary and bring uncomfortable situations as you come out of your comfort zone. I think the best way you can overcome a challenge that seems insurmountable is to find a way to change your lens on the situation. Most of the time, the only thing standing in your way is you and how you are choosing to perceive your issues. Go out in nature, be alone, imagine yourself as a tiny speck on this giant rock and understand how small your problems really are when looking at the big picture.

Make a list of every major challenge you have already faced and come out of safely. Keep it , re-read it and add to it over time and you will gain respect for yourself and your resilience knowing you’re stronger than you’re giving yourself credit for in this moment.  You have overcome and will overcome more. So I guess my advice is to embrace it, let go of the resistance, own it and face it head on. Sometimes the only way out is through and you’ll be so much wiser and ready to take on the next challenge when it’s over.

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Karely H Robledo | General Manager

Life is full of Challenges, the more we grow the challenges become harder for our life, but it is part of our life cycle. Personally I have gone through very hard challenges and at the time I thought they would be insurmountable, but I am wrong! Feeling safe and believing in me was what made me change my mentality, how poor I was! Now all I do every time you present me with a challenge is to believe and trust me to move forward and reach the goal. Nobody said it would be easy, but that makes it more interesting! Success in your life and that this challenge that is presented to you today is not an impediment to continue with your life.

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Rita Olds | Copywriter & Speaker

Kyle Camerer

If you’re facing something that feels insurmountable, remember: you’ve done challenging things before and you can do it again. Everything was once hard before you master it. So acknowledge your feelings (whether it’s fear, frustration, or insecurity) but don’t beat yourself up. Tell yourself 1,000 times if you have to that you can do it and you can do it scared, afraid or unsure. Being hesitant in the face of a challenge is normal: pause don’t stop. Go slow if you have to, but go and face the challenge. It’s the only way you grow.

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Stefany Chen | Artist & Cosplayer

It’s okay to ask for help. From gaining new perspectives to offloading some burdens, help can come in many forms. Even taking a step back and having a cup of tea at a cafe can be considered helping yourself. It’s about distancing yourself from the challenge, and acknowledging that every challenge is an opportunity to benchmark where you are and grow.

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Kelly Shaughnessy and Tammy Harper | Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and creators of the Lettuce Explain podcast

(Tammy) When I’m faced with a challenge that feels insurmountable, I try to take a step back and think, “This too will pass, you just need to get through it.” In hindsight, a lot of the challenges I’ve faced, have been blessings in disguise because they’ve changed my course in a positive way.
(Kelly) I always remember that I am stronger than I think I am, and I know this because of all the hurdles and obstacles that I have made it through thus far. I think, “If I made it through this or that life event, I can accomplish anything.”

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Karen Leigh | Macramé Artist

My advice would be to take a step back & try to look at the bigger picture. Give yourself some time for exploration of options & to consult your friends and family!

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Dominique Scott | Personal Trainer and Indoor Cycling Instructor

I would advise someone that everything in life is temporary. Pain and suffering is temporary. In life we are constantly forced to overcome obstacles, and although it can be difficult at times, in the end we become stronger from facing these challenges. Sometimes it’s very hard to 8 imagine yourself actually moving on, or getting through whatever obstacle is thrown at you, instead of thinking about the future, look at the past. Think back to other things you thought you’d never get through, yet here you are. Think about the progress you’ve made over the years. Remind yourself to be patient, and that this too, shall pass.

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Olivia Sosa-Haley | Owner of Online Boutique & New Mommy

The first step to facing a challenge is to take care of yourself. Do something that is good for your mind and body then take it step by step. Time takes care of making what’s suppose to happen, happen. As long as you never give up, no challenge is insurmountable, but a learning experience. Keep your head high and be proud of your progress.

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 Jordan Taylor Younis | cook | baker | writer | corporate moonlighter

Find purpose in it. It’s daily work. It’s not easy to find purpose in challenges, or in seasons fraught with pain, discomfort, lossless, fear and unknowns. But purpose exists in everything, not just in the good things that we plan or orchestrate for ourselves. To believe that requires more than just positive thinking. It requires some faith.

I keep this verse tucked away in my mind: Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that your testing produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you will be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

That doesn’t mean we have to walk around gleefully joyful when things are hard, or that there won’t be days where the challenges don’t eat us alive. But maybe we can conjure up the faith to believe that perseverance will pay off, that there’s a refining aspect to all the challenges that come for us and that we’ll eventually see the benefit. Maybe we can find it in ourselves to believe that we might come out on the other side of challenges having grown in character, grit, attitude, grace, perspective and completeness. Look for the purpose. It can always be found if you look with faith-filled eyes.

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Aurora Bacon | Aspiring Fashion Stylist & Influencer

I remember I would have really bad anxiety attack’s when challenges would come my way. When I finally realized that this was just a moment, that’s when I started to believe that I could overcome any challenge. I would advise not overreacting because it causes you to make the wrong decisions. Try to remain calm and gather your thoughts so you can make smarter decisions. The change in your attitude increases your chance of overcoming the challenge. Learning how to accept success and failure as a life lesson keeps you moving and never quitting.

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Gloria Diaz | Photographer & Lifegroup Leader

When it comes to realizing that you’re facing a challenge, there are two things you can do:
1. Run away
2. Face it
Describing a circumstance as Insurmountable means that the situation you are in, is too big for you to conquer. When people believe that a situation is “insurmountable” they already give the situation power to overcome them before even trying to believe in themselves first. There is a story in the Bible about a young Shepard named David. He was the smallest and least qualified to fight anyone. All he did was cater to a herd of sheep. Yet, one day a giant named Goliath came around and not a single (qualified) soldier was courageous enough to face him in battle. Although David knew he was not a soldier, he took the challenge and volunteered to face the giant himself. Nobody believed in him; not even his own brother. But he believed in himself and RAN towards Goliath. Many are familiar with this story and know that David ends up killing Goliath with a single stone that he slingshot straight at his forehead.

David could have walked away from the situation knowing that this giant was way too big to fight and he could’ve went back to his sheep where he belonged. However, what people didn’t know about David’s experience, is that he would kill bears and lions that would come to prey on his sheep. You see, the situation looked different and felt different, however; the courage & endurance was always there. Sometimes, we go through things that at some point in our lives we overcame or “got over” and when something similar to it happens again down the road, we say “Oh, I’ve seen this before. I know how this ends. I can’t handle that again.” and we run away instead of saying “Hey, I’ve seen this before. I let it overcome me once, and I won’t let that happen again. I know what to do now”. We don’t go through things like this because “that’s just life”, we go through things like this to grow and mold into the person we were meant to become. My advice to someone that feels like they are facing something insurmountable, would be; Don’t be discouraged by your surroundings. The culture on the inside of you, will dictate the culture around you. Fight the good fight and conquer your challenges because I promise you, you will always win. You may not get the job you wanted or feel like that pain will never go away, but when you make the first step to change, you’ve already won the war. You’re biggest fight will always be against yourself. Believe that you are stronger, better, and smarter because you are. You’ve made it this far. Your future is ahead of you; not behind you.

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Alanah Purtell | Director of Idiello

Everything feels like failure when you’re in the middle of it. If it isn’t scaring you, challenging you, then you’re not really growing from it. That moment when you’re staring down the barrel of what might just be an insurmountable challenge will definitely feel overwhelming, but it should also excite you; you’re on a frontier.

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María Gómez | Women Empowerment | Girl Boss

There is absolutely nothing that a human being can’t overcome and you are given challenges in life that put it to test. Even when it’s overwhelming  you should never ever stop trying because it’s your last line of defense. When you are faced with challenges than can either make or break you , in the end it depends not on how hard you fought but on how many times you got up after life knocked you down.

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Soph Kessner | Spiritual Business & Intuitive Marketing Mentor

The best advice I can give someone who is feeling like they are facing something insurmountable is to first, breathe. Slow down, and ground back into their body and to feel their heart beat. To know that no matter how challenging, impossible, scary, and unfamiliar this moment may feel– it’s only temporary.

You are alive. and even if it makes absolutely no sense at all in this moment, there is a gift in all of this if you trust and believe that life, source, universe, is unfolding perfectly for you.

How can you choose to fall more in love with this moment and tune into what existence is wanting to teach and show you?

Lean into the uncomfortable space and know that this is where the real growth is. Have patience and be kind with yourself, you’re human– you’re allowed to have a messy, emotional, human experience.

Know that you are held, you are loved, and no matter how tough moments may be, that there is something far greater for you to do on this planet if you just stick around a little longer and continue to breathe.

Create space to fall back in love with yourself, make time to do things that light you up and bring even the smallest glimpse of light and joy back into your life– you’re so much more magnetic when you’re actually happy.

Give yourself permission to let go of the things that no longer serve you and choose to put yourself first, choose YOU.

Choose to honor your heart, your soul, your own body first.

This is where all the magic happens.

Breathe deeply, trust, slow down, tune in.

And know, you’ve got this.

I love you.

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@iamsophiekessner 

Prince Caroline | hiphop dancer and sporty girl

If that someone really wants to overcome that challenge, all he has to do is keep fighting, because if you really believe in it, nothing is impossible.

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Raina Mae | Entrepreneur & YouTuber

My best advice to anyone who feels like they’ve reached a point where there’s no direction and they’re feeling lost is to put down the “road map” and start navigating your own path. The “map” may have the roads taken in the past but it doesn’t have the roads created by you. Navigate your own destiny, enjoy your journey, and conquer your destination.

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