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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?

Jennifer Estefanos: Blogger and Fashion Enthusiast

Photographer Celina Kenyon

If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you will never experience change or growth. Change begins the moment you get the courage and step outside your comfort zone.

Cassandra Jahn – Movement Integration Specialist (M.I.S.)

The photo was taken at a Thundering Thistles practice for the highland games.

Some of the best professional advice I’ve received came from Dr. Eric Cobb. He spoke about how it is imperative to stay up to date on the latest information, especially in the health and fitness field. The knowledge an excellent health and wellness professional has, can greatly improve a client’s well being or even save a life. 

Mother & Daughter Dalylah and Paloma – tween fashion influencer

The best advice someone has gave me is always be yourself! I think a lot of time people get lost in trying to do what others are doing on Social Media and in life but if you continue to be genuine you will find your calling!



The answer to your question the best advice I received  from a personal perspective is never give up on your dreams stay pushing for what you want because at the end of the day your hard work will pay off and be recognized. 

Natasha Hastings: Physical Therapist, fitness & health enthusiast

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows from there.” -unknown

Lauren Howe – adventurer, fitness enthusiast, creative and wandering soul

Photographer: @anjanettearnold 

I’ve travelled a ton the last few years and took on many new adventures. I have spent time creating new memories and friendships, understanding new places and cultures, and searching for that right path to lead me into a bright future. I may still be searching for that direction and trying to reach my goals but, I am grateful for the experiences I’ve created. The best advice I’ve received that powerfully resonates with me is that we all live life at our own pace and to be present to enjoy each moment. If you live life more slowly you’ll absorb your surroundings and experience more happiness!


Fairlane Collar – Fitness Coach and Graphic Designer

Makeup / Hair: @makeupbyirmav

This advice came from multiple different people that I have worked with in the fitness industry and it’s “Never stop learning”.

Ava Kahn – specialized in natural looking permanent makeup

“Be good to yourself because nobody else has the power to make you happy”



Failure is opportunity disguised as a disappointment.  

Celyne Moh- Model, Athlete & Woman of Science

Photographer: @expressionunlimited

The best advice that I live by is to keep looking forward. I find myself much more productive when I can focus on future goals instead of dwelling in the past. I’m currently in my twenties and I am trying my best to live life to the fullest. Between trying new things and improving my current skills, I simply don’t have room for anything other than positivity my life!

Stephanie Love – singer, songwriter, model, & actress

The best advice I’ve ever received is, “what you put out in the world is what you’ll receive.” (Love attraction) & one of my favorite quotes I live by is, “say it as if you have it and it shall be yours.” ~ The Secret


Chelia McIntosh – Personal Shopper/Stylist

The best professional advice so far I have received as far as the fashion industry goes is “That this is a cover your ass business.” Those words alone make me work more thoroughly and more than just adequately; Most times you get one shot to prove yourself and every time I’m working with either a client of mine or assisting another stylist on a job I make sure I more than just deliver in my execution. I want people’s experience with me to always be rememberable. Naturally things can go wrong, but I make sure I have a Plan B,C, and D to “cover my ass”….besides it’s always best to have options especially in fashion 😉


Johnny Guzman actor

The best personal advice I received is to keep doing what you love and instead of trying to find success in the process success will find you.

Sydney Palmer – Labor & delivery nurse

Elon Musk said, “I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.” It’s a reminder to stay open-minded, curious, humble. Not to let ego get in the way of learning. So far I’m really good at the being wrong part, so it’s a work in progress.


Mary Sia – Blogger and Photographer

The best advice I’d ever received was to always find an opportunity to read. Whether you’re waiting in line at the store or have a small break in between meetings, you can take up a few minutes of your day to read something, anything.

Daniela Kent, E-RYT 500 + Lead Teacher, @spirityogastudios

The best advice I’ve ever received has come from many teachers and the ethos of the Yoga tradition, “trust the process.” Life is bigger than we can see, and there is always so much at work. All you can is do the best you can and then trust that it’s enough. And in my experience, it almost always is.


Adrian Jimenez – singer & model

Personally my the best advice I have received was from myself and I always tell myself to not care what others have to say and do what makes you happy! Professionally, I once had a teacher her name was Ms.Drew and she told our class to “fake it till you make it” and it has stuck with me ever since and I’ll work hard till I make it.

Barbara Medina – Public Relations/Media Professional and Traveler

What is the best advice I have received? Don’t be afraid to ask, because if you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. Always be willing to learn and continue to educate yourself on topics related to your profession to stay up-to-date with the industry and technology innovations. 

Sunshine Samson & Fernando Torres

Some of the best advice we’ve received personally is to; – Learn something from everyone you talk to. – Play devils advocate with your opinion, to better understand both   – Travel to gain perspective.sides. – Stay grateful, gratefulness is an underused term. Some of the best advice we’ve received professionally is to: – Always leave room for improvement. – It is not all about your career, have a personal life too. – Don’t get comfortable.

Amariz Leary – Wellness Coach

The best advice which has impacted my life tremendously is the following quote: “Work harder on yourself, than you do on your job.”


Madelynne Thomas

The best advice I’ve ever received was to always follow my heart and put my happiness first because no matter what you have to be in your own body and mind each and every day and if you aren’t happy with yourself, you aren’t gonna be happy with anything else.


Eva Mae Garnet- Burlesque Performer and Producer

The best advice I have heard came in passing from another performer. She was told in her performance to be “Present, not perfect.” That resonated so much with me and hits various points in life, and as a perfectionist, this is a constant goal of mine.

Amber Lippert – Profession Makeup Artist and Microblade Specialist

The best advice I’ve ever received is:  “A bird sitting on a branch is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings”  This advice was given to me after I became a single mom. I applied this to my personal and business life. I was afraid of making makeup and Microblading my career and  potentially failing …or if I should settle and go back to a 9-5 job I wasn’t passionate about. That was 3 years ago and I’m still my own boss making it happen for my son and I who will be 4 in May!


Steve Triolo: personal trainer/strength coach & owner of Steve Triolo Fitness

The best advice I ever received was: You are better off sticking to your guns and going for something you want, than not doing so and wasting time worrying about other people’s perceptions. The moment you find yourself overly concerned with someone else’s opinion, you start to miss out on things you could be gaining or rewarding yourself with. Go with your instinct and what matters most is what you feel or think about any given thing, not what other people think about you. When you trust yourself and focus on how you feel, the outlook and result of situations and circumstances will begin to change for the better.  There is the stuff you asked for in your email. If there’s anything else you need from me, please don’t hesitate. Otherwise, I look forward to hearing back from you and seeing the article!

Alexis Mathews- Wedding & Elopement Photographer

Best advice I’ve received: Don’t compare yourself to someone else’s journey, everyone’s business grows on their own and success comes at your own rate.

Paloma Nuñez – Esthetician & Makeup Artist

My answer to best advice I’ve received would always be in open to asking for help. Everyone has the ability to aid your journey and communicating your needs clearly to those around you gives you a greater chance for success.


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