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.

King | Ethical Visionary Artist & Illustrator

Honestly, the most difficult decision I have even had to make was taking the leap to follow my dreams. I had a pretty decent job before I decided I wanted to follow my dreams of being an artist. One day, I’d just had enough of playing it safe. I quite my job without a plan, and I immediately thought it was the dumbest thing I could have possibly done. I went from making a decent paycheck, to nothing at all, and I was terrified. There was no going back after that, so I knew that I had to make it work. Read more>>

Lauren Arkin-Malacsina | Owner & Designer

The most difficult decision was when I had to decide to either continue my business online or stop and give up my dream and passion when I was faced with closing the brick and mortar side of my business. Although it was very difficult (emotionally ) of letting go of a place I put so much time and effort in, it was the best decision. Having a online shop has given great flexibility I didn’t have before especially now that I have a baby. Read more>>


The most difficult decision I have ever made is to undergo several Brain Surgeries to remove water from my brain which caused me to go temporarily blind, have a shunt placed inside my body, then have a 12 hour Brain and Ear Surgery. Knowing I would be completely deaf in my right ear after the surgery and unable to work for 6 months. Read more>>

Dalton Hesley | Sr. Research Associate & Coral Ecologist

Deciding to make the move from my hometown in Minnesota to Miami, FL. I had recently graduated with a B.S. in Biology but still didn’t know where I wanted to go in life. After exploring graduate schools, I was accepted and committed to the University of Miami to pursue a career in marine biology- it was the most difficult and rewarding decision of my life! Read more>>