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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.

Arika Kane – Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Visionary

Nothing is too great to overcome in matters of mind & spirit. We weren’t born with limitations, they were taught to us. I believe the greatest healing is releasing the beliefs of bondage we have been taught to embrace and unlearning all that has kept us from living our truest joy. If we can heal within, our outer world can then adjust. This is what is called our spiritual awakening. 🙂

Kim Darpoh BSN, ER RN. – Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur, and Social Media Influencer

My best advice for anyone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to keep going and NEVER give up. The challenges we go through is what shapes up to be the people we are today. Challenges teach us lessons and when your able to overcome them it shows us just how resilient we are. So, I encourage you to keep going and I’m sure that whatever challenge you are going through will be conquered.


Rhea Whitney – Portrait & Wedding Photographer for the chic & modern creative and couple

Keep doing the RIGHT thing, no matter what. Don’t let fear or the “eye of the storm” overwhelm you. This too shall pass! Keep going, taking one step in front of the other, in the direction that you know is right. 

Dania Cortez

My best advice would have to be to take a deep breath and look at the positive things going on in life. Easier said than done, I know.. but hard times don’t always last. Remember, no rain, no flowers. Your time is coming. Speak it into existence.


Stacey Stephens – Wedding Stationer

Faith is a huge part of my life, so when I’m facing something that feels insurmountable, it’s always a reminder for me to turn to God. Control is something we’re grasping for all the time, but when I remember that God is good and that He knows what is best for me, it’s easy to give my burdens to him. When facing a challenge my advice would be to pray for help and wisdom, talk with a friend, and go get a margarita to give yourself some good old perspective 😉


Angie Ohanu – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), beauty enthusiast, and the co-founder of the Ohanu and Allen Foundation, Inc a non-profit organization

I was once asked by someone I admired “how does a mouse eat an elephant”? I remember looking dumbfounded, and thinking it doesn’t, lol. The answer is “one bite at a time”. Figure out the steps necessary to complete the overall challenge. Successful completion of each hurdle is a small win towards your overall victory. Plus any challenge you overcome gives you a badass testimony to share and inspire others along their own journey.


Precious Steeples BSN, RN- ICU registered nurse and nurse practitioner student

Just because your story appears to be ugly, does not mean that your outcome can not be beautiful. God takes our scars and makes them flawless, takes our pain and makes a purpose. there is no reason you cannot defy all odds and obtain what is already promised to you. Everything we go through is a recipe for the final meal God has already prepared for us. Trust your Journey, the battle is already won.

Proverbs 3:5-6 trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him & he will make thy path straight


Nicole Thomas – Registered Nurse & Nurse Community Curator

Its necessary! Grow through it.


Sandra Mbanefo, Atlanta based Wardrobe Stylist & Model

Allow yourself to feel those honest emotions whether it’s fear, anger, or despair go through it. But don’t dwell on it. Get to that moment of clarity and identity the things you can change within your situation. Use your God given power of free will and choose the path to get yourself out or through a tough situation. Sometimes the real challenge is you holding your own self back from reaching your breakthrough. So what are you waiting for?

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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