We asked some of the city’s most brilliant and creative minds to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve had to make.

Alyssa Richard | Mom & Entrepreneur

The most difficult and most contemplated decision I ever made was starting my own business. I’ve always been a “Daddy’s girl” and before I made the decision to go off on my own business venture I worked at my father’s company for 13 years assisting adults with developmental disabilities. I was passionate about it. I always felt it was my calling and that I would do it forever until I started to get that feeling in the pit of my stomach that it was time for something new. Read more>>

Vinny Thomas | Content Creator

I would say the most difficult decision that I’ve ever had to make was making the transition away from teaching into making content full time. I started creating content whilst working as a High School English teacher and juggled the two for around two years. I then got to a point where I knew I was becoming overwhelmed doing both, as teaching and content creating are very full on jobs and knew that I had to choose which one to pursue. I chose content creation, and whilst it was a difficult decision, I am so glad that I took the risk and made the jump. Read more>>

Stephanie Light | Owner, Just For Baby With Love

The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was to leave the corporate world to start my business 10.5 years ago. I was pregnant at the time and knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, however I knew that decision would result in the loss of a stable income. I struggled with the decision to want to be my child’s primary caregiver but also wanted to continue to financially contribute to my household. After months of debating, the answer came to me while I was crocheting a blanket – I could utilize my passion for crocheting and turn it into a business endeavor to be able to achieve both of my wants. Read more>>

Abby Gustaitis | Olympian & Pilates Instructor

In 2015, I was in the middle of my journey to medical school. I was already halfway through the application phase when I was offered the opportunity to uproot my life in Maryland and play rugby for the National Team in San Diego, CA making $300 a month. I had been planning to be a doctor for as long as I could remember, yet this opportunity seemed like once in a lifetime. Read more>>