HOW MANY OF US would be ready and willing to give up a steady job to connect more deeply with our passions? It’s a tough decision that perhaps many of us contemplate on a daily basis, but few find the courage to make.

Meet Elisabeth Brentano, a visual storyteller, who left her city job to pursue a freelance career doing something she loves. It wasn’t an easy choice, as she admits — she was “terrified.” But her creative self thrives with the freedom to experience new things every day, like a recent exploration of the northern Baja Peninsula, Mexico.

Her takeaway message? “Embrace the adventure.”