Never give up. It’s advice that is thrown around daily – but is it always right? We asked some folks we admire about their thoughts around how to know when to give up and when to keep trying

Kimberly Price | Jewelry Designer and Market Organizer

I never came to a point where I asked myself if I should stop; I don’t think I could stop. Instead, I always asked myself what should I change. When ever my sales were slowing down I would look at the competition and ask myself what are they doing better? Through all these years I had learned how to keep going by evolving, and taught myself not give up. Read more>>

Maureen Maycheco (She/Her) | Strategist & Storyteller

In October 2020, I lost my dad, Oscar (he/him/his), to pancreatic cancer. The year ending felt bittersweet as I set off into the unknown of 2021, the first year of my life without my dad’s physical presence. There have been many moments since my dad died that I imagined giving up, especially against the backdrop of a pandemic and being separated from my family (they live in California). I want to extend my deepest condolences to all who suffered a loss during Covid-19 times (and ever). I am sorry. Loss in a pandemic sucks and is incredibly unfair. I am carrying my grief like an anchor of aloneness. In an act to keep moving and breathing, I built Colorado Nonprofit Association’s digital community memory altar to hold space and memories because, in my experience, obituaries are wildly expensive and inaccessible to many. Read more>>

Cristin Spielman | Wedding Photographer

The past calendar year has been excruciating for most individuals who are employed in the wedding or event business. It has forced most of us to take a step back and evaluate our perspective and how we define success. There were several moments during this past year that I have asked myself if continuing in this industry and business is worth my effort and time. The answer that continues to come to me time after time is how much I love what I do. It’s more than the time and money that I’ve invested in my business, but it is the passion that drives me and leaves me breathless and excited after a beautiful session. I love making connections and valuing people while illuminating the beauty in their lives. I love the feeling of being able to communicate the value behind my work to clients and to be able to create heirlooms for my clients that they can treasure. This has been a year that will make history for hundreds of years. Read more>>