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.

Jolanda “Jaewrites” Bostick | Author J.Jae

The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was leaving my marriage after fifteen years, there was no growth. And because there was no growth, I lost myself in the process. Read more>>

Calvin Brown | Dancer & Choreographer

For most people their difficult decision have probably been about a job change or relationship or something bigger then them, but for me the most difficult decision I had to make in my life ever is my sexuality. See for most people in this day of age it is still hard to come out and be your true self, and for me it was hard because I wasn’t ready to be out and be my true self. Every person has a different way of approaching and dealing with things and for me it was bottling it up and burying it deep down to where I tried to forget about it. See I always knew that I was attracted to the same sex growing up but I tried forcing myself to date and like a women because that’s what we are taught to love and think at a young age. I tried everything to not think or fantasized about a men but nothing worked for. I even went years of not dating anyone to try to work on myself and to get myself right to like the opposite sex. Read more>>

Stephanie Dominguez | Multimedia Artist & Writer

Getting sober, and getting treatment. It’s been nearly 2 years since the last time I used oxycodone. I hardly take the time to really sit and think about just how bad things had gone for me at that time. I lost so much that year. This all just fueled my addiction even more, and the art I was creating showed how much pain I was in. All of this cost me 2 hospitalizations one of them being in a rehab center. Through these two years I can say with a clear mind now that rehab saved my life and forced me to become vulnerable while being sober not just while creating my art but also in my day to day life, which has been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to teach myself to do. Read more>>

Ben Cole | Owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

I would say the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was the decision to start a whole new career at the age of 44. I have been in the private yacht industry for the past 20 years. It took me to wonderful places around the world but as my family grew, it became harder to say goodbye for those long periods of time. After much research I finally found something that I knew I could be passionate about, grow without limits and that would keep me close to my wife and two daughters. It took courage and something I’ve always followed…those gut feelings that this was the right thing to do. Read more>>