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.

Jeanne Schultz | Recovery Coach

One of the most difficult decisions my husband and I ever had to make was to decide that our son needed treatment for substance use disorder. We had to acknowledge that what we were doing or not doing was not helping him and that we were out of ideas. Read more>>

Jared Rodriguez | Artist & Clothing designer

The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was choosing myself. Realizing that no matter what any outsider had to say about me I had to always put myself first. Sometimes we get so caught up trying to please the people around us, wether it be our parents/friends/colleagues/etc that we end up steering away from the things we want to do ourselves. Creating is my passion, it makes me happy, it makes me feel fulfilled. Read more>>

Aaron Hunter | Business owner & Manager of Skillsoverpolitics

One of the toughest decisions I had to make was the right time to stop working my 9-5 job. I wanted the stability of knowing I had a paycheck coming every two weeks with benefits. I knew what my pay would be. When having your own business, you know the pay can change. It can go up and the next thing you know you didn’t do as well as the week before. Stepping out and taking a leap of faith was by far the the hardest thing I had to do. Believing in yourself and keeping your faith in God, anything is possible. Read more>>

Nelson Richardson | Fine Art and Commercial Portrait Photographer

The most difficult decision I have had to make is proclaiming a project complete. There is a brilliant internal war between creating a work and excepting the mistakes then naming it “Art”. Many times, I begin a project and struggle to say I have finished it because I am always striving for perfection. I must be careful of moving in a circle without an exit. Read more>>

Samira Dean | Entrepreneur/Evangelist & Prison Ministry Leader

I’m originally from San Diego, CA. Unfortunately my life wasn’t sunny while living there. I was homeless with a child. Having to sing in the park for tips as a way to provide. After years of struggling and sleeping from couch to couch , living in a shelter and sleeping in my car with my daughter. I made the choice to leave my family and friends to move to Atlanta, GA. I needed a fresh start for my daughter and I. I didn’t know anyone in Atlanta. I had never been to Atlanta, but my thought process was – if I survived while being homeless in San Diego. I could survive in Atlanta. It was a hard decision to make but it shifted the trajectory of my life. Read more>>