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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 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.

R’Minda Russell | Social Media Specialist

Recognize what sacrifices you have to make and break down bigger goals into sub-tasks and execute them daily. By breaking up these tasks your odds tend to seem less insurmountable and more doable. It is important to recognize the sacrifices you have to make to get to the results you desire. Sacrifice an hour of sleep to get up before work and go to the gym. Sacrifice 10 minutes to make a social media account for your new business. Sacrifice two happy hours or date nights a month to save up for your dream vacation. The secret to achieving our goals is all about realizing the sacrifices we are willing to make in order to achieve them. It is also important to break down each goal into daily tasks. Workout for a minimum of 20 minutes daily. Dedicate 20 minutes to online marketing. Create travel alerts for your dream vacations so you know when you can afford to buy the plane tickets or hotel. These are all things that can take anywhere from five to 20 minutes to complete daily. Look at completing these daily steps or tasks as keeping a promise with yourself. You will find that keeping yourself accountable will feel good and will get your flame started. We must condition ourselves daily for success. Everyone has their dream version of themselves. Many times we find ourselves dreaming while not executing, and we all know dreams only work if we do.


Chrissy Horton | Wife, Mom, and Expert Amazon Shopper

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” When it comes to facing insurmountable odds, you have to ask yourself, will overcoming these odds be beneficial to your future? Time is a limited resource, so choose your mountains wisely. If there is one you think about everyday then go after it and climb it, no matter the odds! While reading an article in Elite Daily, this particular statement made by Paul Hudson (@MrPaulHudson) resonated with me, “We give comfort and relaxing more importance than our dreams, our well-being, our happiness. It’s borderline insanity. How can you hope to do anything worthwhile in your life if you decide to give up when things get difficult?


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Suzette Cunningham | Elephant Trunk Up Crystal Jewelry Owner/Designer

Adversity is a good thing. It is an opportunity to learn and grow, finding your inner courage. We all go through life where everyday is not promised. We will have setbacks, failures and disappointments along the way. Talk to people who maybe have gone through something similar. Take a deep breath and be grateful and find a reason to celebrate the small things.


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Jennifer Chinn | Optometric Physician

 When you feel you are facing insurmountable odds, take a step back and come up with a game plan. Make a list of small steps you can take towards the larger goal and try to tackle them one by one. Don’t forget to celebrate every small win as it helps to continue to motivate you.

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Lindsey Rummings | SDSU Student Physical Therapist and Model

My best advice for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds would be: Take a step back, a deep breathe, and remind yourself that you can do this. You are a unique strong individual who is ready to accept this challenge. After a pep talk, close your eyes and mentally prepare yourself. Go through the scenario mentally with the outcome of you overcoming the odds. Mental imagery is a helpful tool that has helped prepare me to face challenges. In 2012, Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy gave a famous TED Talk on the benefits of “power-posing,” or changing your body language in ways that can make you feel more confident. I suggest choosing a power pose (my go to is Wonder Woman pose) and holding it for two minutes before facing your challenge. All these little tips and tricks can help you boost your confidence before faced with a challenging situation.

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Jennifer Cordova – Health & Wellness Expert, Co-founder of Primal Engine

Image Credit: Carol Merriman of Carol Jean Photography @carolmerriman on instagram

This may sound to easy or clique but the best piece of advice I can give is to take apart the reasons, the WHY you feel its impossible. Literally take a pen & paper and jot down what it is that’s stopping you from moving forward. You’ll find a theme in the words and phrases you write; first categorize them and secondly look at each category and write down a potential solution. Another big piece of advice I like to give is to trust the process, you won’t have all the answers but you eventually will gain more clarity on how you will achieve your goals. Taking apart the reasons your having the feeling is also really helpful for you to clearly figure out the first step towards your goal.

This time of year is hard, everyone dreaming of big aspirations for the upcoming year, some reflecting on failures of the past. My advice here is to take the positive from the experiences and that alone should turn what you first may have thought a failure into success.
I can definitely say that I have felt insurmountable odds, and its ok to have that feeling! I’ve overcome these feelings multiple times by just identifying what I needed to do in small bite sized pieces.

Being a mom of three, working fulltime as a manager at a busy wellness center hasn’t stopped by husband and I from starting a new business Primal Engine. Having a partner in the process is also really helpful, and everyone has one, they’re usually your biggest supporter (mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend, or spouse!). In the very beginning of developing Primal Engine, an educational resource and safe community for health & wellness topics, I definitely felt like odds were against us, we had to go through a number of names before landing on Primal Engine, we tried branding immediately into food bar development and realized we may not have the right product just yet and we started focusing on giving value to our community and developing our brand so when we DO launch with our wellness food products they will be what our community needs.

Start somewhere, but make sure you map our your goal with small achievable pieces that you hold yourself accountable to making progress on.

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Leeonti Moulinet | Lash Artist | Fueled by Faith, Founder & CEO of LEEONTI ENTERPRISE

My best advice to anyone who is facing insurmountable odds is to grow
through what you go through!! Believe in yourself and learn the lesson (good or bad) and grow through it, so you wont have to ‘go through it’ again.


Progress over perfection.
You are worthy,
you are loved,
you are capable.

Cheers to a blossoming woman with more faith than fear!


Katy Sears – Interior Designer & female entrepreneur

When I am feeling unsure of myself or fearful of the unknown this quote from Marianne Williamson brings me solace;

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


EagleLens Photography | an aerial service company

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Here at EagleLens Photography, we firmly believe that insurmountable odds, difficulties, and setbacks, are all part of the natural process of growing both personally, and as a business unit. We choose to embrace these challenges whenever they present themselves. Our advise to anyone is to see those odds as learning curves, and use that learning curve to reaffirm your purpose and goals that you have set for yourselves or business.


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Stine Marie or Miss dalehaug | Fighter, Model, Mom and Dreamer

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My best advice is what works for me , Never give up , never talk yourself down, everything on your way, ups and downs are still a journey. A journey to grow on . Sometimes goals or the directions we are taking may feel undefeatable, then it is time to stop up for a moment take a deep breath and focus on one step at the time towards that goal. If you can dream it, you can do it. Don question yourself.


Erik Cody Stone | Photographer, Artist and Musician

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We may be our own worst enemy. The problem may NOT be insurmountable. Difficult perhaps. But often, if we think outside the box, as the old cliche goes, there is a way to achieve our desired goal. What have others done in my situation? Do your research. Enlist the help of friends and get their ideas. Make contacts far and wide including social media and network your plan. Perhaps a collaboration would help. But don’t give up too quickly. Remember Edison made hundreds of prototype of his light bulbs before finding one that worked well.



Haley O’Neal | San Diego Design Collective-Interior Decorator and Home Stager

This is a great question and I can truly answer this from the heart because I have been there. The best advice I can give to someone that is facing insurmountable odds is to surround yourself with people who have your best interest in their mind and heart. Hang around like-minded people because they are your biggest cheerleader and educate yourself however you can. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and working for the man, I knew, just wasn’t for me. Although, the restaurant industry is a stepping stone and great for multi-tasking, I was lost, defeated and scared when looking at the possibilities of success in other ways. 6 years ago, having zero idea of who I wanted to become, but I knew it was something. Without a ton of schooling, an interest in home design was instilled in me that I didn’t even know existed. I pursued this career in different ways to gain more knowledge. I enrolled in a few design classes, read books, listened to design podcasts while working for and seeking advise from people who were and still are successful. Although, i’m still at the very beginning of my long squiggly journey, I have put myself in a position and mind set to succeed. With that said, “this entrepreneur stuff is a squiggly line, but it is much more interesting than a straight line!!” Love what you do and most importantly enjoy the ride. Never give up and always pay it forward!


Sit down and think about all the good things, relativize, worst things could be happening, take one step at a time, fix problem one by one and keep your head straight☺️








San Diego Custom Cabinets | Full service custom cabinet design, build and installation

First thing that comes to mind is to just take one thing at a time. Anything is attainable if you break it down into smaller parts. Whether you are trying to overcome a personal matter or taking on a large scale project, if you set small scale goals, prioritize, and tackle one thing at a time you will get there.

On that note, we understand that taking on a home renovation project can be very overwhelming. We have designed and fine tuned our process with that in mind. We suggest setting a budget and collecting some inspiration photos for your space. Our in house designers work alongside to help you make the best choices for your taste and budget. Since we are a full service custom cabinetry business we are with you from start to finish. Many people are pleasantly surprised at how easy it actually is and that we can, in-fact, fit their budget. No need to feel overwhelmed, we have your back!

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1 Comment

  1. Barbara

    April 5, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I can especially relate to Allison Lindblom’s home organizer. I moved from New Jersey to Florida. New home/new job with a lot of “baggage” I took with me. Thank you for your insight and positive feedback.

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