What do you really want to do with your life?
Photo: Rob Howard
That's the question the women here asked themselves at a point when their days were filled with the same old, same old. And then they jumped—sometimes without a clue as to where they were heading. The upshot was that each found herself one step closer to connecting wholeheartedly with the person she was meant to be.

From publishing executive to sailor and author

From marketing executive to stationery store owner

From corporate fashion executive to clothing company founder

From nonprofit staffer to nonprofit founder

Attorney and bakery co-owner

From executive recruiter to renovation and design manager

From stay-at-home mom to adventure-travel company owner

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