In the summer of 2014, I was living the dream in San Francisco. I was a product manager at a tech company, I lived in the heart of the Mission, and I had a great group of friends. However, deep down inside, I felt like something was missing.
I still liked my job, but I had lost the passion for the work. I came to San Francisco with the dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Everyday that went by felt like another step away from that dream. I knew I needed a change, but I was afraid to take the leap.
That summer I was offered the chance to go to Brazil for the World Cup. Initially I hesitated because of the cost. But I knew if I didn't go I would regret it for the rest of my life. So I took the ticket and booked my flights.
That trip was a turning point in my life. I learned the lesson that I needed to listen to my gut more than my brain. My brain would have found reasons to not go on that trip, but my gut knew that the trip was exactly what I needed.
Everything changed after that trip. Two weeks later I left my job with no clear plans. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do, but I knew I would find the answer.
For the next four months I practiced listening to my gut and doing things that made me happy. I went on road trips that I had postponed for years, I saw friends I hadn't seen since college, and I went home to spend time with my family. All of those experiences taught me something I needed to learn.
At the end of those four months I reflected on my experiences and I saw a pattern. All the things I did and the choices I made were driven by my core values. I identified those values as, connecting with people, exploration & learning, and having fun. Whatever I would do next had to align with those values.
One problem that had always bothered me was how difficult it was to make friends as an adult. It was hard to find the time to meet people outside of work. Also online dating and networking events were a waste of time. I had moved cities several times in my life, and each time I experienced the same problem. There has to be a better way.
I believe the solution to that was community. I wanted to build a community that made you feel welcome, connected you with other great people, and helped you explore and have fun in this amazing city. I wanted to build the community I wish I had when I first moved to San Francisco. That's how I came up with the idea for San Francisco Urban Adventure Club.