Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Sami Yuhas

Tell us your bold boss story!

At seventeen, I was diagnosed with not one, but two, progressive, but non-life-threatening autoimmune disorders that seriously threw off my life plan. It's really hard to be a war reporter when you intermittently can't walk, after all. I spent most of college adrift, exploring different career avenues, but always finding dead ends. Finally, after my graphic design work landed me my first full time job, I discovered instructional design (aka course design) and fell in love. So, I decided to get my M.Ed in Learning, Design, and Technology while continuing work. Something funny happened, though: I realized the 9-5 life was definitely not for me. I was stressed, I was selling out on my principles, and my health was suffering *big time* for it. Last July, I left to start freelancing, and this April, I formally launched Orange Juice Diaries, with the goal of making awesome, low-stress course design available to lady bosses all over!

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

The boldest moment I've had, hands down, was when I could finally, confidently say I was leaving my job. It was a struggle that took months, and involved a lot of worry and tears. I had no plan, no business experience, and no idea what I was going to do. Being able to *finally* step confidently towards what I really wanted was nothing short of amazing.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Sami Yuhas

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?

You know that old adage about do things before you're ready? It's such a cliche, but it's so true. Worst case scenario: you'll crash and burn --- but man, will you learn a lot from that. Best case scenario: you'll catch the wind under your wings and soar.

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