From tomboy to cheerleader to math contests, my path to NASA has been built on a fascination with nature, early inspiration from the space shuttle program, and a love for Earth Science. A series of steps with key mileposts led me to GSFC. Along the way I learned a bit about geophysics, hydrology, soil moisture, high performance computing, and land-atmosphere interactions. Looking forward, Earth science in general, and hydrology specifically is in the midst of a revolution. I will discuss this 4th paradigm and how NASA/GSFC can lead the way.