Sometimes in life, we just need to trust the path. It is unknown and full of adventure and discovery, especially when we let it unfold in front of us.
In 2009, the homebuilding industry especially in the Bay Area was facing many challenges. I was set to attend PCBC, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and did not know who I would see as many people had been laid off. Times were tight, but it turned into the opportunity of a lifetime that I wrote about here (please forgive the wacky formatting as I no longer work for the builder).
That one opportunity manifested into many more opportunities along the way and a few really great friendships. It was my first experience with the Vine – a dinner, an evening, a chance, a new community.
A year later when I was invited to speak at PCBC, the founder of the Vine invited me to attend the full Vine conference at IDEO. This was mind-blowing and probably part of the impetus to found my own business earlier this year. I met another life long friend there and uncovered my own creativity.
Last year I desperately wanted to attend the Vine at the Presidio alas God had other plans for me. This year, I was made an offer that I simply could not refuse. Greg Fuson felt so confident that this conference (the hero’s journey) would be spot on for me that he invited me to go as his guest. Now, I had my tonsils out on June 15th, so it was quite a fete for me to make it to San Diego exactly a week later, but boy am I glad that I did.
From the moment the conference opened, I just knew that I was mean to be there when Greg shared that:
Discovery isn’t always graceful.
V = Vine Virgin
E = Experienced – me apparently 😉
When Greg shared that “we have a catalyst moment change trajectory of our story,” I just knew that we were in for something big.
Then we got to the speakers….my, oh my….
Tiffany Paige of Artisan Mind, who facilitates museum tours for patients with Alzheimers to create meaningful lives for today.
Nirvan Mullick, who turned a meeting with a little boy named Caine into a movement, including a Cardboard Challenges. Five lessons from Caine: 1) Be nice to customers 2) Do a business that is fun 3) Do not give up 4) Start with what you have 5) Use recycled stuff
Claytie Mason, who discovered that you must make space for the time it takes to know another while completing her masters at NYU.
Suzanna Jones, who moved to a new country with her new husband and created a movement with Pracinha Oscar Friere.
Courteney Ferrell, who simply does not have an off button and will have you out of your chair laughing. She knows how to create change. If you get a chance, ask her about the gorilla suit.
Mark Tomazewicz, the Ambassador of Joy at PIRCH, who shared that
Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but decision that something else is more important.
Erwin McManus, who encouraged us to
Look for someone that needs a friend more than you.
And capped off with our fearless community leader, Greg Fuson, who encouraged us to say yes in the face of resistance.
Objectives of the Vine:
1) You feel something
2) You change something
3) You replicate the experience.