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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

All of us are where we are today partly because of our own efforts and partly because of the advice, guidance, influence and inspiration provided by others.  At Voyage we have the good fortune of connecting with so many of the city’s hidden gems – from entrepreneurs and creatives to athletes, researchers and more.  We asked them a simple, but important question: what is the best advice, personal or professional, that you’ve ever received?

Joya Smith- Owner, Joya Hair Design

The best advice someone ever gave me was something my dad told me as a little kid, which applies personally and professionally. He told me, “All you have is your reputation, so make sure that you protect it and always put your best foot forward in whatever you do and give people the same respect you would want.”


Stephanie Mackris – US Naval Officer, Health and Wellness Entrepreneur, and Fitness Influencer

My dream is to break out in the fitness community and help others achieve a healthy and happy  lifestyle through fitness and overall wellness. It’s busy juggling it all, but I’ve got goals and dreams!


Lorena Huerta Senior Stylist at Belle Sirene

Nothing great ever comes from our comfort zone.  So embrace the unknown and the ride.


Ky Smith Certified Trichologist and Educator

America’s Beauty Show Chicago

You’ll know when you’re ready for your next level when your next level begins to seek you, Until then continue to grind in the dark to be prepared for your moment. 
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Jenna Machingo – hair colorist

“Stop to admire the little things in life no matter how busy you are. Always live to work, not work to live.”

Katie Gonzalez- Entrepreneur

The Best Advice I have on my mind right now is: “Never let a good crisis go to waste. It’s the universe challenging you to learn something new and rise to the next level of your potential.” -Kristen Ulmer in Tribe of Mentors, by Tim Ferris


Angelica Carbajal- Account Manager & Business consultant

Best advice I’ve ever received- Being persistent and accountable is key to your success, never lose focus! 

Sarah Kurliand, Homeschooling Mama, Nature Enthusiast, Entrepreneur

The best advice I have ever received was simple…”Stay Curious” because if you do this, you will always be learning new things and meeting new people and going on adventures and that is the nectar of life right there.

Kelsey Kratzer – Encintias Hairstylist

The best advice I’ve ever received is “ Don’t ever stop learning and growing as a person.”


Sierra Adam balayage specialist at the Hotseat salon

The best advice I have received is to not be afraid to fail because you will constantly but to learn from each failure and grow. My favorite quotes is “ Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you are doing what you love, you will be successful.


Salia Phan – Eco-Conscious Interior Designer + Sustainable Influencer

If you’re scared, do it anyways. The worst thing you can do is to not even try.

Farah and Matt Hurdle – Maida Salon in Little Italy

Picture by Aysha Lauren, Hairstylist at MAIDA salon

The best advice I have ever received is, “Be comfortable being uncomfortable” an educator from beauty school told me that and it’s always made me embrace new struggles and opportunities.  -Aysha Lauren, Maida Salon


Nahomi – lifestyle blogger

The best advice I’ve received was “love yourself” for the past 2 1/2 yrs I’ve struggled with my health and my mental state but after hearing those words even though it’s a simple phrase, it made me want to fight to get healthier and not to give up even though it was hard. Because I knew that in the end I would get to a point when everything will be okay. Regardless of the help I was getting nothing would change until I wanted to change for myself.


Briar Madelyn – Hair Stylist and Colorist

Best advice: “Know what your finished product will look like before you even begin.”

Giulietta “Gia” D’Amore, Sassoon Educator & Master Hairstylist

The very best advice I have ever been given; is to stay true to myself. To listen to my gut because my first instinct is normally the right one, and not to second guess myself. This is something that I truly live by.

Thuan Ton – Portrait Photographer

It’s so easy for many of us to try something new but soon realize it is much harder to be successful with it and we tend to quit much sooner than we anticipate.  I think perseverance is the key to success…keep trying…keep plugging away.  It’s ok to run into a wall, just take a step back, evaluate, turn a different direction and run into a different wall!  It’s the only way we can learn how to overcome our obstacles and grow as a business as well as individuals.

Narvie Madison- Adventurer and Insurance Professional/MBA Student

The best advice I have received which is both personal and professional, is that it is better to live a life of 30 years of adventure rather than a 100 years of safety  hiding in a corner.  American Entrepreneur Jim Rohn said these very words and I firmly believe these are instructions to adhere to in life.


frillist, LLC is co-owned by two friends, Alexa Kopf – a military transplant to San Diego from Virginia, and Rachael Thorley –  a California native originally from Sacramento

Best advice received:  When I was starting out my career and was looking for a job after the military, I asked my dad about how much money I should be making and told him I wanted to take the job the paid the most even though I would have to travel extensively and be away from my young family most of the year.  My dad is a successful business executive, so his response surprised me.  He said, “at the end of life, no one looks back and says ‘I wish I had worked more,’ your energy needs to be spent on figuring out your life purpose, because as long as you chase things that are not your purpose (like money or status), you will never be content”. 

SweetLittleNook – SoCal Coffee Guide by Miriam Castaneda

Talent can only take you so far, hard work and dedication can take you even further. I apply this to everything I do. Whenever I have doubts in my mind or I begin to compare myself with others, I think of this and it helps me center myself and motivates me to continue my work. 

Athena Alcazar- Hair Artist

Best personal or business advice- the best life advice that also plays into my business industry is to always give 100% in whatever you do and to never stop learning, because if you don’t keep learning and giving 100% in life and business then you don’t grow as a person and never become fulfilled.


Erica Friend- Artist inspired by Pulp Riot vivid colors, desert vibes and wild flowers. Mama to a warrior princess

“Find what sets your soul on fire and do that with passion. Don’t give up on your dream, trust the process”.


Katie Alyse – Intuitive Astrologer

Best advice I have ever received is to be patient and be kind to yourself. Working from home and on your own is a total blessing and has given me the opportunity to do so much wonderful things but it can also be a lonely place! Building and creating content on top of connecting with clients one on one is a lot of energy and hard work, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.. but I have found that I have to be my own cheerleader as well. You can only hope for the best when putting out new content and that’s where the patience plus trust comes in. Believing in your work and your gifts is how you can be kind to yourself. I try to live this motto every single waking day.


Tricia Madriz – nutrition student and navy wife

The best professional advice was to follow my passion and help as much people as I can live out Theres. This piece advise was given to me by my father who is an honorable man, and always encouraged me to be a kind and honorable woman.

Diondre James- Artist/Inspirer of Legends

Why would you quit on a dream you’ve gone broke for and sacrificed relationships you’ve spent years building not too fulfill the accomplishment of turning your dream into a reality worth losing everything, You’ve sacrificed this much. Don’t let your dream die with your happiness. 

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