Quite literally following a vivid dream she had one night, Kristina Rhoades and her husband quit their jobs, sold their Georgia home and moved to a little canyon about 20 miles from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. After a career as a seasoned sales professional, she turned her focus to creating desert retreat experiences for people with disabilities and other groups.

“In this very vivid dream I could see the people there, the landscape, and I knew it was in the Southwest. It felt like I dreamed for a week,” says Rhoades, a T5 para. “So I woke up and wrote down four pages of notes of what I dreamed about and started looking at properties on Zillow.”