Some people march to the beat of their own drum. I’ve always been one of those people. The one who saw things differently, but was independent, brave, and curious.

After over 10 years in graphic design, entrepreneurship, marketing and consulting, I went back to school and completed my M.B.A. with a concentration in Innovation, Change, Entrepreneurship. My mind was stretched, my heart was happy, and in the final weeks of my program I once again decided to take the road less traveled. Literally this time.

Over lunch with one of the most globally powerful women in our city, I shared my strengths and career dreams, hoping for quick tips and any networking connections. She listened intently as if it hadn’t taken three months to squeeze me into her schedule. Then, at the end of our meal she boldly said, “You need to be in Silicon Valley.”

No mushy advice to find a safe, stable or well paying job, to support my husband’s career, or even stay to enhance our emerging city.

It was a call to action. A challenge. An unhesitating opportunity, all rolled into 7 short words.

Life is about taking risks; often small and calculated, with minor consequences. However, we all face a few brief moments which hold the potential to change the trajectory of our lives. These glimmers of opportunity require bold, brave, instinctual decisions, in the face of fear and risk, often without the luxury of time or research.

The end of my MBA presented that moment, and a whisper of opportunity is all it took to spark my wholehearted pursuit. Just twelve weeks after that pivotal lunch, with the adventurous support of my husband, we sold our home, almost EVERYTHING we owned, and had traded our house keys for a truck and RV set.

And as far as our new home on wheels? Why not use all of my top 5 Strengths Finder attributes with this move?

Futuristic. Strategic. Adaptability. Restorative. Connectedness.

We bought a fixer-upper, covered in faded green carpet, bland linoleum, and purple floral everything. I looked past the problems saw the future of what could be. Motivated by the clear vision of potential, we labored for ten grueling weeks of literal blood, sweat and suppressed tears, but it was SO WORTH IT. We now own a beautiful cozy high-tech “tiny home”, equipped with an electric fireplace, and even shiny laundry unit that sings when it’s done washing AND drying our clothes.

I took the leap, drove across the country, searching for like minded futurists and an opportunity to pursue my passions for innovation, startups and marketing.

After a life-changing trip, I recently arrived in San Francisco and am eager to get to work!

“It’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want.

You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.

I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”

Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, screenplay