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.

Jazzmine Rivera | Luxury Balloon Stylist & Mentor

The most difficult decision Ive ever had to make was resigning from my full time career to pursue The Balloon River full-time. Being an overly calculated and over prepared kind of person, it was always so hard to be ready & to trust myself. Its easy to work hard towards a promotion but harder to bet on yourself everyday. I also worked incredibly hard to get where I was in my career, so it almost felt like I was giving up on another part of me. The me I worked so hard to be at the time. I loved my job and everything I did on a day to day from my team to my clients. It was not easy to look at my team whom I’ve groomed to “leave the nest”, and tell them that Im leaving. Read more>>

Natalia Maldonado | Wellness Warrior and Empowerment Coach

Getting diagnosed with breast cancer and choosing alternative treatments. The decision was difficult because while it made sense in my heart, it didn’t make sense to some of my family and doctors. Read more>>

Lisa Zhen | Jewelry Creator

I managed and then purchased an ran an independent record store (Uncle Sam’s Music Miami Beach & Lauderhill) for over 28 years. In 2014 I made the difficult decision to walk away due to the changes in the music business. It was my joy and pleasure to unlock the doors to my own store every day, but financially I knew I had to make this decision. Read more>>