Inspired by a picture I took from the recent San Diego County Fair, I was reminded to do what I love to do. With a recent visit to a Coffee in the Garden affair sponsored by the San Diego Horticultural Society, and hosted by Carol Costarakis and Rolf Haas, I was also reminded that if we follow our passion, we will be rewarded by the results. Carol and Rolf gutted and remodeled a home in the Clairemont-Mesa area, inspiring a lush, tropical haven perfect for even the most weary traveler and jaded citizen. Complete with koi pond, they inspired the visitor to take off their shoes and rest a bit. For Carol and Rolf, going for lush and tropical was the way to embrace a new phase in their life. For me, it was more than that — the garden inspired me to be bold and not give up on my own dream of heaven.