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
Awakenmint Yoga: Anna Adele Hinze | Yoga Instructor, Aromatherapist, Hypnotherapist and Solar Energy Consultant
You can overcome anything, you are supported by the universe and everything ends up working out the best for you. 🙂
Kathryn Cloward — Award-Winning Author, Performing Songwriter & Heart-Centered Entrepreneur
I know what it feels like to be faced with huge challenges that seem bigger than we feel we can overcome. Yet, there is always a solution. Always. One way I am able to overcome challenges and be more open to potential solutions is by taking a long walk by myself. Walking outside always reduces my stress and releases worry, allowing me feel more open and clear with making a wise choice to solve any issue I am faced with.
Alysha Nett – model & photographer
Always look for your silver lining. Everything (good & bad) eventually comes to an end so if things are feeling overwhelming or negative, take comfort in the fact that it won’t always be that way. Keep pushing, keep going.
Jamie Lynn Marvin-Soul Bright Speaker and Photographer
First, acknowledge that everything you are feeling is okay. There are no right or wrong feelings. Second, begin to seek out tiny moments in the day that bring you joy. Perhaps it is one smile from a stranger or a beautiful cloud in the sky. As you seek more of these moments, they will show up more frequently in your life. While it is painful to be in the challenge, please know there is a better life waiting for you on the other side of it. You do not have to know how you are going to get there. You can simply follow the small hints of life and eventually a life full of deeper joy and meaning will appear.
Alicia Coral – Jewelry Designer & Mama
My advice would be to try breaking down the obstacle or challenge into smaller achievable goals. If you can’t break it down, then reach out to your friends and family to get the moral support you need to overcome it.
Whitney De Maria Health Coach
When we are in the throws of darkness, feeling that heavy weight upon us and no where to go, or no where to run… When it’s at the point of feeling insurmountable and even hopeless. There is a powerful tool to get us through. It’s knowing that all storms pass, everything changes, nothing ever stays the same. It’s law.
What this means is the sun will rise again, because there will inevitably come a change in your life that is positive. What I recommend is thinking about some of the positive aspects of your life that occurred years before. This will showcase that they can come again. Storms which are hardships and struggles shape us. Teach us. Make us into our greatest self. There is always hope, and the reason for this is because the tide does change and there is always an opportunity given to us at some point – no matter how hard things are and seem to be. That opportunity can help us rise out of the ashes of darkness and into the light. So we can finally become free of the hardship, the storm of suffering, and what seems to be the insurmountable pressure. Don’t lose hope. Have compassion for yourself. Always remember you are a good person. You haven’t done anything wrong, no matter how difficult things are. Always remember that you are a good soul and deserve everything good in life.
Amy Pamensky- Eating Psychology Coach and Holistic Nutritionist
Surround yourself with people who believe in you!
Brianna Moss – Photographer & Early Morning Enthusiast
Focus on one step at a time while keeping your eyes fixed on the vision. Allow the burden to be lifted by sharing with someone you trust and process practical ways you can climb up the mountain that feels insurmountable. We need each other!
Carolyn Pascual – Food and Beverage Stylist and Content Creator
Keep your eye on the big goal but be flexible on the path that gets you there. This allows you to be open to each opportunity that pushes you in the right direction. And don’t forget to celebrate every little small win as you are on your journey!
Isabella Spadone – animation student and artist
When I face challenges that feel impossible to take on I tend to get pretty scared and worked up about it. My advice that I remind myself of is to take a breath, calm down, and look at the situation in terms of small realistic steps I can take to approach it.
Alana Lucas – Artist and Nursing Student
We face obstacles in our everyday lives that we think we will never overcome, but somehow we always do. We have to take baby steps to overcome a challenge and it doesn’t hurt to seek help from those around us.
Sarah Branison – Owner and Instructor at Naturally Yours LLC, a yoga and wellness coaching company
Break it down into tiny achievable pieces. Don’t look at the item as a whole, look at the pieces; then find the piece you can do now and just start. If starting on that piece even seems like a big challenge, can you break it down even more? Then give yourself 10 minutes to work on that small piece – no goal on how much of it you will get done, just get going and don’t stop for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you can stop OR you may feel like you’re finally on a roll (if you’re on a roll keep going!) If you decide to stop, do another 10 minutes tomorrow and the next day until it is done. Either way you are making progress and take time to be proud of that progress, “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” You’ve got this!
Mallory Lindsay aka “The Curious Conservationist”- Science Communicator, Wildlife Educator & Adventurer
Even the smallest step forward will get you closer to your goals than standing still. When I am in deep ruts, I envision my end goal as a finished house with all the fixings. Just as building a house has phases, so should our goals. When the steps are broken down to the bare bones, they become accomplishable tasks. However, the most important factor for me is truly understanding the reason WHY I am wanting to accomplish something. Money, fame, and other materialistic rewards will not carry you through the times that are the hardest and loneliest. It will be your unyielding passion for something that will pull you through the muck.
Cassandra Scerbo, actress and philanthropist
Mindset. Mindset is truly everything. Nothing is insurmountable if you tell yourself it’s not. Overcoming challenges builds character and this makes life more vibrant in the long run. You’ve got this!
Whitney Peyser, Real Estate agent + Home Designer + flipper
The best advice you have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable? -Take a deep breath, say a prayer and take the challenge in stages. Sometimes a challenge seems too great as a whole, but if you break it down to smaller issues and start tackling those, the challenge can be overcome more easily!
Brenda Coronado – Brand & Marketing Consultant
When it comes to life challenges, stoic philosophers knew best. Marcus Aurelius said, “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” So while the problem at hand may appear daunting, rather than focusing on the issue itself, take a deep breath and begin with little small steps towards a resolution. Over time these small movements will pick up the momentum necessary to overcome the original problem.
Cara Sutherland, Marketing Specialist & Dancer
Dig deep; we’re always capable of more than we believe. Sometimes the hardest part of a big challenge is taking the first step, so I like to break big goals down into more manageable pieces. Once I’ve completed the first steps, I use that momentum and confidence to keep going.
Courtney Kaparos: Public Relations Student and Upcoming PR Intern for Victoria’s Secret Summer of 2020
Your mindset is the largest factor in response to challenges faced. Being overwhelmed is normal, however, approaching difficult tasks with optimism, determination, and confidence leads to success. Search for the positive in every situation!
Kimberly Ashford-Makeup Artist
You have to go with the flow. Don’t be afraid to change your path, even if it means starting from the beginning.
Anna Lane – Elopement + Wedding Photographer
You shouldn’t have to do anything alone. Life isn’t mean to be lived alone. If you’re facing something difficult, reach out to those that love you. They love YOU and want to be there for you. You never have to do anything alone.