People often ask about the best decision, but we think it’s also very enlightening to learn about people’s most difficult decisions and the frameworks they used to think through those decisions.

Beth Mangat | Floral Designer

Deciding to take a break from running my own business and moving. There was a year where things were going great for my little business. I had a consistent amount gigs coming in each month and I was creating almost everyday. But it felt like something was missing, as if I wasn’t ready to make it my everyday life. I didn’t feel fulfilled with how my personal life and business life were going. Everything almost felt, repetitive. That’s what it was, the word that gives me the heebie-jeebies, “repetitive”. I felt like I was losing touch with my creativity, to where it was intangible and a thing of the past. And so, I decided to move. Within 2 weeks I wrapped up my last wedding, moved out of my place, gave almost everything away, packed my car, and headed North to another state. I knew no one, had no job lined up, no clients in the books, not even a place to live, but I knew I had to do it. I knew I had to put a hold on my business in order for it to be my own again. I wanted challenge myself, I wanted learn, I wanted to really miss what I once loved doing. Read more>>

Alix Sloan | Author & Arts Professional

I think any business owner is faced with tough decisions regularly. But if I had to choose one that really stands out, it would be the decision to close my brick-and-mortar gallery space in New York. From establishing myself in a new city, to raising the money, to finding the space and doing extensive renovations with the help of many wonderful friends, so much hard work and love went into getting the doors open. And for the four years we were there, it was a truly amazing place with fantastic shows and great energy. Then I was hit with a huge rent hike and no clue what to do. I really had to look at my options. I knew in my heart I wasn’t going to be able to swing the increase. My overhead was already tough to manage, and I didn’t want to sacrifice the integrity of the program just to make the rent. But I felt like if I closed, I would be failing the artists, and the community that had supported me. I worried what people would think. Also, my identity was so closely tied to Sloan Fine Art, I didn’t know who I would be without it and that terrified me. Read more>>

Hugo D. Villa | Painting | Art

I could not talk about a difficult decision, when you do what you are passionate about and listen to your emotions, you don’t have to make difficult decisions, because everything flows towards your objectives and goals. I think the difficult aspect is to stop acting according to the expectations of other people, there lies the importance of believe in yourself. Read more>>

Vitali Rodriguez | Photographer

I think the most difficult decision I had to make in 2020 was to allow my photography business, MyLove4Pictures, to survive despite the challenges this global pandemic presented with COVID-19. In all honesty, I was terrified when I first heard about COVID-19-19. I completely stopped all efforts to grow my photography business and focus on making homemade masks and donating them to our first responders as there was a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Thankfully, more people stepped up to the challenge to make and donate masks. At which time, I decided to attempt to continue growing my photography business despite all the challenges. This was a very difficult decision because I was worried about the safety of my family, myself, and my clients. Thankfully most of the photography I do is outdoors, which made it easy to follow social distance guidelines. In addition, I always wore a mask and washed or sanitized my hands. Read more>>