They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

Kellin Esquivel-Gunn | Entrepreneur & Pet Artist

The most difficult decision I had to make was to quit my job back in Peru, leave my family and move to the USA to start all over again. It wasn’t easy to leave everything behind but it helped me grow as a person. I learned that I can conquer anything that I want, that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to, and that a “NO” will never stop me. Read more>>

Venassa Sandoval | Licence Massage Therapist, FRC mobility Specialist.

One of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make was moving my business location and adapting my brand to accommodate the new image. Like many other business owners, I have been affected by the pandemic. I have been fortunate to be able to operate my business out of a gym for almost 10 years. During this time, the owners became like family to me. When the business shutdowns began, I was impacted early because my massage practice was operating out of the gym. Not knowing what to do, I was able to call on a wonderful friend and fellow massage therapist for guidance. She happened to have a vacant room with a massage table at her office. Read more>>

Molly Fish | Owner Urbane Collective ??

The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was to abandon the life I “thought” I always wanted and let my life create its own path. I thought I would be a homemaker and mother but after a 12-year marriage with no children ended in divorce, I made the hard decision to move back to my native state of Colorado where all my family is. I knew I didn’t want to go back to work as a Social Worker so I started thrift and estate sale shopping, painting, and fixing up furniture. Eventually, after many fails, a worldwide pandemic, and a lot of uncertainty I decided to open my store, Urbane Collective. I have always played it safe and was never a risk taker but when I decided to move back to Colorado something sparked inside me that life is too short to not be doing what you want to do and sometimes what we think we should be doing is life is the complete opposite. Read more>>

Andrew DeCuir | Hip-Hop Artist & Air Force Veteran

The second most difficult decision I’ve ever made was deciding to quit my real job to pursue music full time. After 11 years in the military, getting a paycheck every 1st and 15th, it was tough to let go of financial stability. The hardest decision I ever made was deciding to quit drinking. During my military career I ended up becoming an alcoholic. It was the best decision I ever made and gave me the courage to be able to take risks without the crippling financial burden that comes with alcoholism. Read more>>

Margaret James | Ayurvedic Wellness Coach and Restorative Yoga Teacher

Leaving my corporate job during a global pandemic. I worked in commercial real estate for 10 years. It was a comfy industry. My position had good benefits and great pay. However, it was soul sucking. I worked 50-60 hours a week, rarely took days off, and never finished the day feeling fulfilled or satisfied with the difference I was making in the world. It’s because of this job, though, that I was able to fund the trainings for what I really wanted to do: start my own business coaching Ayurveda and teaching restorative yoga. When my manager told me that in order to succeed in this industry I would have to have “crippling neuroses,” I knew it was time to leave. Read more>>