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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?

Dieniz Costa, Sacred Sexuality & Wellness Coach

Best advice I ever received was to listen to myself… little did I know how deep that would go. I have had to learn to connect to my intuition, to listen to the tightening of my body, the inklings of my gut. When I was first told to listen to myself, I though they meant, follow your heart. I now know that the “I” that I have been listening to goes beyond my flesh and bones, it is the I that is one with all. It whispers softly and I listen.

Jacqueline Vizcaíno aka Jax-Principal Creative

Personal…“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it. Not as a reflection of their character but as reflection of yours.” UNKNOWN
FB – three Thirty Design Studio

Upcoming Artist-Dontius – Singer, Songwriter and Dancer

The thing I love and learned from Rza is the three words he shared and I think they will work for everybody – beauty, wisdom, and strength. I live by those words day to day and in the studio I’d keep them in my head.


Katie Davison, Home Baker and Owner of Pine Cone Bakery

The best advice I have received is to always be true to yourself and do not let fear motivate you. You were born to do great things.


Olivia Grace Willson – Model & Actress

Photographer: @azustudios Photographer website:

The best advice I have been given would have to be from my parents whom both own their own businesses; that I have all of the power, wisdom and skill within me, given to be by God and it is up to me to push and challenge myself to get to where I want to be in life personally and professionally.


David Pemberton

Eat Healthy, Be Happy, Celebrate Life. 

Ca`Dien Christie, Entreprenuer & Content Creator

Worry not that you cannot find others like you or do what you do. If there were, you would not be unique or relevant (also you would have to split the market).

Atlanta Cheap AF – Budget Inspired Dining and Libations

The absolute best (professional) advice I’ve ever received is to “”check your problems at the door.”” Whatever you’ve got going on in your home life or outside of work should not visibly impact the job you were hired to do. Husband didn’t take out the trash? Dog tracked mud on the floor? Road rage on the way to work? Doesn’t matter. It’s not your employer’s problem. Check it at the door and enter the office with a good attitude. What you project outwardly you get back in tenfold. Plus, who wants to work with a grumpy co-worker?
Another piece of advice, that’s a bit more on-brand with Atlanta Cheap AF: Don’t break the bank just to hang out with friends. It’s ok to host a pot luck dinner. It’s ok to search out the best happy hours. It’s ok to BYOB (PSA: A large Yeti holds a full bottle of wine). It’s ok to book the hotel on vacation that serves the free breakfast. It’s ok to NOT eat the avocado toast. Financial freedom is what we’re all about, while still enjoying an active social life.


Carly Ng – Body Positive Wellness Blogger & Public Health Educator

To anyone facing a challenge that feels insurmountable, remember that you’ve already survived 100% of your worst days. It is okay to ask for help – there is strength in your community and supporters. Lean into the discomfort; if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Get curious about what you’re afraid of; is it that you might fail? Seriously ask yourself, what is the WORST thing that can happen if you try to tackle this challenge? What’s scarier, the fear of taking a chance or the fear of remaining the same? You’ve got to get comfortable with failure, and trust that everything you need to tackle this is already within you. As a recent public health graduate, I like to recommend creating a SMART goal plan for success:
Specific – What exactly will you do to overcome this challenge? Be specific!
Measurable – What metrics will help you understand if you’re actively tackling this challenge? Maybe it’s having an accountability buddy, having a journal to track your habits, having a coach, etc.
Achieveable – What attainable tasks can you tackle on a daily basis to overcome this challenge? It’s the small things you do daily towards your goal that matter most.
Relevant – Is what you’re doing realistic and reasonable in order to overcome this challenge? Make sure your goals and challenges are actually relevant for your growth.
Time-Bound – Set a date for when you will have overcome this challenge. This can change with time, but it’s good to have a date as something to aim towards.

Taking on a challenge in this way makes it feel less scary and more achievable. Plus, you have something to hold yourself accountable for doing the work it takes to get there. Over all, you must believe in your own potential to achieve anything you put your mind to! There’s a great quote from The Wizard of Oz that says, “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” You got this!

@adedesignstudio A Divine Event Design Studio – A creative floral and design studio

Do what makes you happy!

Adiyah Bell- Mother & Entrepreneur

The best personal advice I’ve ever received came from my Pastor Apostle Rhonda Travitt.
“”Qualify people by their fruit.””

Kipri Johnson, Owner

Baby steps. Break down your challenges into smaller obstacles or concepts. It’s easy to become paralyzed when we feel overwhelmed. It can be much easier to tackle smaller concepts that will eventually result in conquering what seemed to be insurmountable.

AZARI brand – a fashion company that strives to elevate the confidence of women through fashion

shot by @shotsbyPriiincesss and our model is @itscharli_t

The best advice we’ve received was to be consistent in our work. Persistence will get you what you want but if you are consistent you will keep it! We encourage all women to be themselves fearlessly! Take a look at our site to learn more about the brand. If you have any questions please let us know.


Astrid Martinez Emmy winning journalist with CBS Atlanta

Best personal advice I ever received was stay true to yourself. It might sound cliché but when you honor your essence it will lead you to your highest purpose. And the same goes for professional advice.


Millie – Recording Artist / Event Host | DJ

Best advice I receive was from one of my mentors- He said the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people said you couldn’t do. & I live by that quote everyday!


Jessica Jackson – serial entrepreneur

Best advice received : Be a giver and empower/ encourage others.

Kayla Osterhoff, MPH, PhDc Mind Body Medicine – health scientist, researcher, functional health and performance coach, and professional biohacker

“Work smart, not hard” for me, means optimize your time and performance so that you can live your best life, be successful and enjoy every moment! P.S. the key – SELF CARE!

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