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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 female 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 women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

Ronnise Clark- Atlanta & New Orleans REALTOR

My best advice is to just keep going. No matter how much it hurts just keep going. When your back is on the ropes and it’s round 10, you have to fight your way out of it or you will lose. I want us all to win.


The Saucy Boss Lularoe Michella McCoy- Fashion Retailer

When faced with a challenge that seems insurmountable I always tell myself and my team to “Let go and Let God.” I even have this tattooed on my wrist! We all face challenges that seem impossible but we have to know that God had our back and if we seek him we will find relief from whatever obstacles that may be in our way. 

Victoria Strange – MBA & Real Estate Broker

For myself, when faced with challenges; is to focus on what the future state or desired outcome looks like. I paste it on a vision and goal board. I ask myself what activities do I need to do or people do I need to get there. What skills am I missing, what aspects of myself need to change or improve? Who do I need to become in the process? After all, success is mastery over processes. I find that focusing on the small activities and wins will help ensure I get there. I affirm Philippians 4:13 daily, ” I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. I correlate activities and task to gardening. I tell myself I’m planting seeds. Seeds don’t harvest overnight. Most importantly, Expect to “WIN”!

Dr. Kathi Middleton – Information Technology Leader & Educator

Life challenges are inevitable; at some point in life, we will all face problems of external circumstance or internal struggle.  Life will present some of these problems, and we will create some for ourselves.   The challenges will come in all sorts and conditions including death, betrayal, illness, adversity, and devastation. When insurmountable challenges present themselves, don’t oppose them.  Welcome the problem, center yourself and ask, “What can I learn and give to this circumstance to move my life forward powerfully?”  When we show gratitude for challenges despite the size or impact, we create space and garner strength to face the challenge powerfully.  Know that each challenge we face is not intended to make us weak, but to reveal a new place of power.


Remington Semple- model with Click Models Atlanta

Photographer: Neil Bainton

My advice would be to look to Jesus because He has an answer for everything, you just have to ask for it to be revealed to you and trust in His process. Also to believe in yourself and never stop chasing your dreams because anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Ari Irving- Painter & Illustrator

Photograph by Gillian McMullen 

My advice would be; When faced with a situation that seems insurmountable, it is important to keep an open mind. New paths will present themselves as long as you remain receptive and try to be positive. Remember that not everything is permanent and it is okay to change your mind, your career, and your life. 

1 Comment

  1. Melissa Latimer

    February 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Amazing + Inspirational. Love this and love the features of
    All these lovely Ladies! Life at times will let us down – My way is Never give up! After being in business for 6 years w two businesses and working to open a Day Spa … set backs can be frustrating and make you want to pull your hair out plus many other things… Your DREAMS have to be bigger than us to keep driving towards your success!

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