We’ve spent the last month talking about being bold. We’ve spoken about everything from challenging yourself to not hiding one’s virginity to the bold decisions that can set you apart as the new hire at work. We even asked several women to tell us about the boldest things they’ve done for their love lives and careers. As we conclude our month on being bold, we wanted to hear from another group of women who embody the Flairist spirit. So we asked 14 ambitious women who live their lives with flair to tell us about the boldest thing they’ve ever done in their lives. These are their responses:
Take a Chance
“The boldest thing I’ve ever done in life is, as a young 20-something, walking right into Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, stepping into Studio A during a recording session. The result? I became a protégé of Grammy Winning Songwriter and Arranger, Eugene Record, who had international hits with Oh Girl, Have You Seen Her, Soulful Strut, and For God’s Sake We’ve Got to Get More Power to the People. The group released three songs that I co-wrote with him: You Take the Cake, Do What You Want, and Hard Act to Follow. ” – Linda F. Williams
Linda F. Williams, BAOL, MSW is the Chief Operating Officer and Founder of Whose Apple Empowerment Center.
“The boldest thing I have done in my life was donate one of my kidneys to a complete stranger in January, and that event inspired me to make my boldest career decision. While I was in the hospital, I decided that life was too short to waste, so I gave my three month notice when I returned from my medical leave, secured an SBA loan and moved back to my hometown to open my own business.” – Christina Shull
Christina Shull is the owner of Integrity Piercing.
Shave Hair Off
“I had a long, flowing mane of blonde hair that reached below my waist. Yet I had an obsessive compulsive disorder that slowly destroyed it. It’s called trichotillomania and it’s a hair pulling disorder. I ripped hair out of my scalp. Rather than keep pulling it out, I shaved it all off. My nickname was Rapunzel because of my long hair, but I shaved it off and proudly went bald for months. Now it’s growing back very dark, but being bald was totally liberating and I got so much support.” - Jennifer Purdie
Decide to Travel
“In July 2013, I left ‘normal’ life and took off with my partner on an indefinite journey around the world. We are on a journey to live our lives intentionally and connect with people around the world in order to find out what makes us all ‘human’. It feels a whole lot more “normal” to me than working a typical job and saving for a retirement that may or may not ever come.” - Jenni O’Connor
Jenni O’Connor is a nomad, travel writer, photographer, and youth travel guide.
“I quit a steady office job to move into a 22-foot Rialta RV and travel full-time. I walked away from a house and most of my possessions. I write and run (my two passions) and have traveled all over the country. I travel with my boyfriend, a dog, and a cat. We have driven 30,000 miles, visited more than 15 national parks, and run about 2,000 miles/year, mostly on trails. We spent last summer in Alaska and are currently driving across Canada. I published my first book, The Summit Seeker, while on the road and I’m working on a second one. We’ve never been happier.” – Vanessa Runs
Vanessa Runs is an author author and ultrarunner.
“The boldest thing I have ever done was allow myself to fail and try again and again if needed. I decided in order to fully be content and joyful I had to understand that I am not going to be an All Star at everything. So the bravest thing I have done was be honest with myself. Every strength, every weakness = without judging myself. It is a bold step to look in the mirror and focus on the journey and not flaws.” - Vannessa Wade
When Vannessa is not saving the world, you can find her Connecting The Dots for her PR Clients.
“Was quitting my full-time ad agency job to start my own business at 26. Many people told me I was too young and the economy was too bad. But I did it anyway and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. Not only did I create a sustainable business, but I also created a balanced, flexible life. After a year and a half in business, I decided that I could work from anywhere and, thus, became location independent, running my business from Belgium, France, Italy, Mexico, and more.” - Gigi Griffis
Gigi Griffis is a world-traveling entrepreneur and writer* with aspecial love for inspiring stories, new places, and living in the moment.In May 2012, she sold her stuff and took to the road with a growing business and a pint-sized pooch. You can follow her adventures at gigigriffis.com
“The boldest thing that I have ever done in my career, was basically telling my boss to “take this job and shove it.” I had a good paying, glamorous job in Beverly Hills with health insurance. In the middle of a heated meeting with my boss, after years of dealing with his unethical behavior, I stood up, head held high and walked out into the unknown. It was in the middle of the recession, I had very little money in the bank and a furious husband. ” - Marla Martenson
Marla Martenson is a Matchmaker, Author, and Speaker. Her latest memoir, Hearts on the Line, is now available.
Complete a Cross Country Bike Ride
“The boldest thing I’ve ever done has also been my most rewarding! In 2010 I completed a cross country bike ride called Ride The Arc. The ride was significant not only because I became the first woman to complete the route, not only because I had come from a place where I was morbidly obese, not only because that as a out lesbian doing a high profile project calling attention to discrimination as each mile it went through some of the highest hate crime areas in the country, but also because it launched my now successful business. Everything was out there and for someone with low self esteem being so open and with pressure to succeed, it was a turning point in my life. It was truly a life changing time in my life that had ripples to so many others that I could have never imagined. So many people and places transformed my life and because of it I’ve been able to transform so many others.” - Danielle Girdano
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“The boldest thing I ever did was go after my dreams. There were so many people my whole life telling me to do otherwise, but I never gave up! It’s not easy, and it’s a tough fight in a world that’s all about money. It’s not easy being an artist these days.” – Kelly Ann Barrett
Kelly Ann Barrett is a writer, actress, and founder of RAW (Real Actors Worldwide).
Start a Business
“I just did the boldest thing! I started a publishing company… call me crazy. I was a book designer for the past 25 years, and worked FOR publishers, but the market is changing, so now I decided to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire! It is amazing. My new company is taking off and I can hardly believe it.” - Dede Cummings
“In my case, the boldest thing I’ve ever done has been to move abroad for grad school. I studied abroad in college, and traveled a bit after, but it wasn’t until I came to Paris as a master’s student that I really became an expat. Now, as I’m finishing up my M.A. Global Communications, I feel as though my career opportunities truly know no boundaries.” - Danielle E. Alvarez
Danielle E. Alvarez is a twenty-something optimist living in Paris, France. Originally from New York, she’s pursuing a master’s degree abroad and is especially passionate about global communications, shared meals, creative expression, and frequent travel.
“I moved to Belize, Central America, by myself when I was 20 and started a cottage business. I lived there alone for 3 years in a small coastal village. This move changed the entire trajectory of my life and gave me the courage to start two successful business before the age of thirty.” – Lily Starling, CMT
Lily Starling, CMT is a massage therapist and marketing consultant for holistic professionals. You can follow her on Twitter @LilyStarlingCMT and read her blog at Fill Your Holistic Practice. She is a passionate advocate for young entrepreneurs and small business owners.
“Packed up my bags and moved to Boston from Michigan by myself ( at 17) with only 1 suitcase in hand.” - Tammy Appleton
Tammy Appleton is a busy mother and entrepreneur. Her core motivation is to Dream-Create-Share; all three are evident each day of her life. Co-owner of Reliable Electric and owner of Wicked Fitness, Wicked is Better, and AppleNobb Books, she constantly strives for perfection.
Feeling inspired? We are! What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done in your life? We want to know! Inspire us by leaving a comment below.
[Featured image credit: D Sharon Pruitt]