To persevere or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time. It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway. How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

Bianca Gunderson | Furniture Artist & Influencer

In the past when I have found myself pondering this very question I have tried to remove emotion from the equation and think objectively. In most cases, the thought of giving up is a direct reaction to something that has happened; it’s circumstantial. These days I have less of those thoughts, as I am finally seeing the fruits of my efforts and rewards for my perseverance. It has taken long conversations with myself to get here. Ultimately I have chosen to stay the course because I found happiness in what I am doing. The alternative to keeping on would be to regress into the very lifestyle I worked hard to free myself from; working my way up the corporate ladder and spending my time making the dreams of others materialize. In short, so long my craft brings me joy and fulfillment, the option to give up is nonexistent. Read more>>

Andrea Consalvi | Filmmaker, Makeup Artist & Educator

Knowing whether or not to keep going all comes down to your passion – your “why”. A lot of times, especially in the film and makeup industries, you can have moments where that “why” gets lost in the shuffle. You may hit a wall creatively or get bogged down in projects that you took on without really feeling connected to them. This has happened to me countless times as an artist and a filmmaker. There are moments you have to keep going because you made a commitment, but other times, your creativity is challenged and you have to dig a deeper to find motivation. These are the moments where I’ve wanted to give up, but with a big enough “why”, I found the strength to keep going. Sometimes you find it in other collaborators who believe in you and other times, you have to just remember why you’re doing it in the first place. It’s never easy, but in the end, it’s always worth the effort. Read more>>

Kelly Watson | Executive Director

The last few months have made a lot of people, especially leaders of smaller nonprofits, wonder if they should throw in the towel. Donations are down, offices are closed, clients are not being served. Everyone is having to change direction to find ways to move forward while keeping everyone safe. Whenever I think about how easy it would be to step aside and let someone else figure it, I also think of our clients, and the fact that walking away would let them down. How could I just give up when hundreds of older adults are living in homes that are unsafe for them? How would I feel if the one organization that offered free services to help me age safely in place said no, we are closing shop and heading to the beach? Read more>>