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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?

Christian Nicole, San Diego model

The best advice I’ve received thus far, is to never compare your life, your journey or your struggle to those around you, we’re all walking different paths.


Cassie B: Certified Fitness Professional

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my (comedic) driver’s ed instructor: “Always remember the 5 P’s: prior planning prevents piss poor performance!” Yes, that’s 6 P’s, which makes it hilarious, and I’ve never forgotten it.


Rachel Edwards Makeup Artist and Esthetician

Growing up I wasn’t sure if the traditional college route was the right path for me. I became discouraged when it seemed that was my only choice when I knew from a young age I was passionate about skin care and the makeup industry. I remember talking with my mother about how she wished she had pursued a different career, and told me that if I am passionate enough about something that I should go for it, and always strive to be the best version of myself along the way.

Matilde Hull – Portrait & Fashion Photographer

Oscar De La Peña

The best advice I have received that could be applied personally and professionally would be “live life at your own pace”. I have always had trouble comparing myself, my lifestyle, my success, etc. to everyone else’s situation and it is the most destructive thing you can do to yourself. Living life at your own pace takes away the pressure of needing to keep up with everyone else and allows you to truly grow as an individual, creative, and professional.

PJ Chermak – Personal Fitness Trainer

Don’t ever give up.

Maris Holland – Model & Mental Health Nurse

photographer is Andrew Brodsky and the wardrobe stylist was Amanda Kristine

I would have to say that the best advice I’ve ever been given was received only a few weeks ago. Someone I’ve always looked up to said, “Who needs to be the top priority in your life, Maris? You do.” Now, saying it out loud might seem indulgent, but this isn’t a new or startling idea–It’s the simple fact that when a plane malfunctions, we fix our own oxygen mask before reaching out to assist others. The same holds true for my modeling work. I can only be truly invested in others, be emotionally available, and be deeply and creatively engaged when I’m doing things that enrich my inner self and make me feel whole. Sometimes that means I have to say no to certain projects or even take breaks from modeling. But that keeps me balanced and I’ve come to learn that about myself. I would deeply encourage others to prioritize themselves more and put in the time to find activities that make them truly joyful and grounded. We all could use more self-advocating, and by extension, more self-love.

Cynthia Jones  – Lifestyle Blogger

The best advice I have received, “Do what you love and success will follow”  “You Are The CEO Of Your Life!  Success doesn’t happen overnight. You are the only one that truly sees your vision, make a plan and be patient don’t be so hard on yourself. Push for improvement, not perfection!”

Asia Lalas & Fred Lalas – Owners, Baker and Assistant

The best piece of advice that we’ve received is to continue what we’re doing with full force, but to be patient. Building our business is one of the best things we can do in this life, and building it is an experience that not everyone gets to have!

Lea Iafornaro aka The Suga Mama – Cake artist, Mother, Social Media Consultant, and Esthetician in training

The best advice I have received professionally is to only compete with myself. The moment I realized I am my own worst critic, and that I do in fact have the qualities, such as passion and determination, to grow and succeed, I no longer felt the need to compare myself to others. I work hard every day to be better than I was yesterday, and If I make a mistake I analyze it only for a moment so that I can improve. Since we are all on different paths and timelines, it’s imperative to be happy for others while remaining on your own path.


Aubree Nichols, Self Love Advocate and Writer

The best advice I’ve ever received is “well behaved women rarely make history”. This inspires me to speak my truth and dance with the edges. As women, we must be bold.

Jake McElroy – Fashion Model

The best advice I’ve ever received came from my Grandmother, she told me that happiness is a choice. You can either look at the negative’s in a situation and let it bring you down, or you can look at the positive’s and make the choice to be happy. Even if the only positive is just learning from the situation to prevent it in the future, that’s a reason to be happy because you’re growing as an individual!


Joy Bender & Robert Aumann – San Diego Real Estate Agents

The best professional advice I’ve implemented in my business was from the book The ONE Thing @the1thingbook by Gary Keller and @jaypapasan  As entrepreneurs we can easily be distracted by numerous marketing angles spinning us in multiple directions.  By going big on ONE Thing -you put all your resources and energy in one direction and dominate.

Lindsey Wagner- Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

The best advice I’ve ever received was from an old man I quite literally ran into. I was driving down a neighborhood street, and this old man came out of nowhere and was standing in the street. He was far enough away to where I wouldn’t hit him, but I was forced to slow down until he moved out of the way. He came up to my side window, so I reluctantly rolled down my window because it was evident he wanted to speak to me. He told me a joke and then said to me, “always do your best not to stress about the little things, because life is too short and we all need to laugh a bit more.” This really resonated with me because I was having a particularly stressful day, and I really needed to hear that. Sometimes the power of a stranger’s words hit home in ways we can’t ever predict. I will never forget this old man and his ever-so-needed advice to just take a deep breathe and laugh!

Jenny Cabradilla – Artisan Baker, Work-From-Home Mom, LegalShield Associate & DJ/Photo Booth Business Owner

Success in anything takes Faith, Commitment & Consistency over an extended period of time. I continue to be a student of our craft, learning as I go and learning from an incredible community around me. I’ve learned to support and encourage others in our industry, working together to bring joy & happiness to our clients and families. “A candle loses nothing, by lighting another candle!” We are so blessed to be work-from-home parents, so we do our best to not take it for granted.

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