I opened the doors to all moxie inc. 14 years ago, which, if I’m being honest, involved me padding to the front door of my then tiny 4th floor walk up in Chicago and placing a handwritten “all moxie” sticker under my name on the buzzer. Despite that humble start, from day one I found myself doing some pretty, not-so-humble, brag-worthy projects including planning and pulling off fashion shows in Milan and media junkets in LA and NY.  The fact that my office was a slice of countertop in my galley kitchen made those BIG time, out-in-the-real-world successes all the more sweet.  I was 26. I laugh now when I think of it, not because it was comical but because it’s so surreal.  Who did I think I was to just up and leave my job at a top PR firm to go out on my own? I guess that’s the blessing, right? I wasn’t thinking, I was doing.  I was working and focused and driven and fearless.  And, even though a lot has changed in 14 years, including my zip code since I now call LA and NY home, I’m still all those things and more.  And, I don’t think it was naïvety that had me ignoring all the ways that businesses can crash and burn as I set out on my own in the first place. Fact of the matter is, I’ve always focused on the solution, not the situation. That right there marks the 2 sides to the glass half full or empty coin we all carry in our pockets.  I was focused on how I could craft a company that rises up to my biggest creative goals.  I was fixated on building a business that would provide creative services including production, development, talent management, public relations and campaign ideation.  I was ignited by the thought that I could write my own ticket and then use that ticket to travel further, farther, faster than even I thought possible.   Here’s the secret as I see it.  Things will fail.  The sky will fall. The world will turn upside down. But you get to decide how you want to respond to all of that.  You are your own boss…regardless if you have one sitting right down the hall from you as you read this or not.  You, quite simply, are in charge of you and that makes you Executive Vice President in Charge of Reactions, and as such you get to choose, and so do I.  So, I did.  I chose to carve out my own corner of the world with all moxie.  And, while that corner has certainly changed from a countertop to a corner office, the girl sitting at that desk hasn’t.  I still have just as much moxie as I did then…if not more…and the best news is that I’m just getting started…