Where Our Trek Began

At Thanksgiving a few years ago, I found myself in a mad rush to chill some wine. (Ever been in that boat?) Rachael Ray came to the rescue (through my computer screen) with a helpful tip that got the job done in just seven minutes flat. It worked so well that I couldn’t wait to share my discovery. I thought, “Everyone needs to know this! It’s so handy!” So, I posted a quick video (the first of many to come) on social media. That was the start of a channel I created to share “lifehacks.”

At the same time, I had been doing a lot of soul-searching about what brings me JOY. As I explored that question, I wrote my personal Life Mission Statement: To Discover and Share Life’s Treasures.

I phrased it like that because I realized a few things about myself:

1. I believe life is full of treasures. I LOVE exploring and want to see and experience every awesome thing I can during my time on this planet – from the beautifully-simple “everyday” moments to the magnificent wonders of nature.

2. I’m massively energized by learning and discovering new insights. I want to keep growing until I become every single bit of my full potential.

3. Sharing the journey of doing those two things is what makes my life rich. The magic is when I get to enjoy special moments with others. Being able to experience a new place or an old tradition with people I love, learning from someone else’s story, or getting to pass-on a piece of inspiration I hear…that is what delights me at my core!

So, with the mission to experience life to the fullest while learning and growing to become my best, AND sharing that journey with others, my team and I launched Happiness Adventure®.

We decided to move beyond just lifehacks to sharing the joy of learning, of striving for our full potential, and of celebrating life’s beautiful moments.

Just some of the topics we explore are: how to have healthier, deeper relationships, the science of happiness, and the components of mental and physical wellness. Along the way, we take time for some fun and play!

Hi Fellow Adventurer!

If we are just meeting, YAY! I’m excited to get to know you as we set out on this journey.

I’m Lisa, and by day I run a venture capital firm. But even in the office, I prefer jeans and flipflops over suits and heels.

In my spare time I love watching personal development videos, trying new plant-based recipes, and getting together with friends to gab over chamomile tea.

I geek out on greeting cards, scrapbooking, and the smell of Gardenias. I only watch movies with happy endings, and love learning about personality types and communication tips.

I struggle with emotional eating, and my guilty pleasures include munching down Rice Krispy Treats, binge-watching Fresh Off the Boat, and perpetually re-organizing my (still perpetually messy) house.

I dream of one day participating in a flash mob dance. (Call me if you are organizing one, please!)

Some of my most unique experiences have been swimming with tiger sharks in Fiji, photographing giraffes in South Africa, and piloting a small plane with my husband, David.

Though I’ve traveled all over the world, San Diego is my happy place because it’s where I can be close to family and never miss a Sunday dinner.

As you and I take this journey together, you’ll get to know my hunky husband too! He is an Occupational Therapist, likes to rock climb and surf, loves naps, and is the most positive person I’ve ever met.

I’m excited to share Happiness Adventure with you. I hope this will be a place for you to get nurtured and energized to increase and spread your happiness in the world.

Please tell me about YOU! I can’t wait to hear.

With glee,


The Happiness Adventure Team

  • Chris Francis
    Chris Francis Cinematographer

    Chris is happiest when he’s figuring things out and then teaching what he learned, which he does in two places: with his team at Rosedale, his video production company, and through his online video teaching platform, Church Film School. He’s cultivating more joy by simplifying his life and taking back the free moments throughout his day that multi tasking and social media have tricked him out of. He wants to be more present in life and create more opportunities for boredom and play, where most of his creative ideas originate. Winnie the Pooh said it best: “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”

  • Cori Dunton
    Cori Dunton Social Media Coordinator

    On the weekend you’ll find Cori at her favorite coffee shop with a good book or rollerblading on Coronado Island in San Diego. She’s committed to carving out time for joy in her everyday life; so much in fact that she has the word “play” tattooed on her arm. She’s a classic Enneagram 1 and loves utilizing the Enneagram to increase her happiness and better understand her friends and family.

  • Jesse Esslinger
    Jesse Esslinger Editor

    Jesse’s happy place is Baja, Mexico: surfing, camping, and eating tacos! If he’s having a good time, chances are he’s in the water – he literally daydreams about going down water slides! His wonderful wife Sarah, daughter Verity and two sons, Caleb and Ezra, are the most important people in his life. Though they are San Diegans at heart, they are currently land-locked in Fort Worth, Texas, far from surfing, but with waterslides aplenty.

  • Rachel Cross
    Rachel Cross Producer / Creative Director

    Rachel’s happy place is in snow capped mountains with a piece of fiberglass strapped to her boots. She feels most alive anywhere where there is a sense of adventure – snowboarding, scuba diving, traveling around the world, or eating a great meal. To increase her joy, she has a daily meditation and gratitude practice and is doing her best to stretch into a yogi. She is an Enneagram 7w8 and loves spending time with her friends in America’s Finest City.

  • Rico Molden
    Rico Molden Videographer

    Rico’s happy place is looking through the lens of a camera. His favorite subjects are his family, friends, and lately garages! The first episode of his new series he’s producing about garages is now in the editing stage 🙂 Rico formally studied the design process at Cal Poly Pomona while getting his BA in Landscape Architecture; he worked video into every project possible. Fun fact, he loves reading user manuals for everything.

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