Thanks, take two

Day two of the Give Thanks project almost didn’t happen, but thanks to some encouragement from my husband (and confusion between thankfulness and sarcasm on his end) we’re back for two days straight!

(Clarifier: 30 days of thanks are in no particular order of importance to us, but all are worthy to make the list!)

Today I’m thankful for my iPhone. Before my mom rolls her eyes, let me share a few examples of why. The ability to have so many ways to connect at my fingertips (phone, text, email, tweets, social media, games, photo sharing to name a few), enough knowledge apps to fill my info junkie cravings, and several applications that have become indispensable in my daily life (Google maps, weather, web browser, recipes, camera, music, books etc). Today I even watched All Saints Day mass through iMissal (by CatholicTV) while getting ready for work! Plus, the blogging apps are great for end-of-the-day blogging from bed before I go to sleep.

I’m spoiled with technology, since my job keeps me plugged in more than I even want to be, but the gadgets I use, like my IPhone, have become integral parts of connecting and sharing wherever I am. And for that, I’m thankful!

Thanks, take two

Thank You, Steve Jobs

We lost one of the best today.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid falling in the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

Steve Jobs’ legacy will live on in our world, far beyond every iPhone sold and iTunes music track downloaded. The typefaces on your computer. Pixar movies. The old Macs sitting in the back of my middle school classrooms with the old floppy disc games. Every magazine, flier and book created with InDesign and the photos edited with Photo Shop. Hell, Steve Jobs was even responsible for making the computer mouse an essential part of the personal computing setup AND his NeXT technology was the starting ground for the WORLD WIDE WEB.

Do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.

I stripped my iPhone out of its case tonight and touched the clean lines of glass and metal, traced the “designed by Apple” insignia on the back, gripped it the way Steve told us not to and let myself be sad. In my entire lifetime, Steve Jobs has been innovating technology. Tomorrow, he won’t be. But along with our iStuff, we can keep with us with some really great lessons.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it by living someone else’s life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking forward. So you have to trust that somehow the dots will connect in your future. Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference. 

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

Thank You, Steve Jobs

Grove Love

Congrats to my friend Joe and his business partner Ken at Grove, for the write up in the Sunday Oregonian this week. These guys have been getting a lot of love in the interwebs for their products and business, but I’m guessing the ink in the hometown paper was extra special for them.

[Ken] and [Joe] have tried to keep a few things central to their business, which employs 10 people, including their friends and relatives. Five are full-time. Making things in the United States is one. Making the product themselves is another. Selling directly to customers and reducing waste are important, too.  Full Article: http://t.co/Q0zidxn

Grove is a Portland company that makes bamboo iPhone (and now iPad!) cases, with custom laser engraving that adds personality and individuality to each case. Joe & Ken are models of young entrepreneurs who start with their passion, find a way to serve consumers, and do it all in a responsible, sustainable way.

iPhone4 version of my case

I was lucky enough to get one of the now-obsolete iPhone 3Gs cases when Grove was just getting started. My design is “Birdland” out of the Artist Series and I can’t remember all of compliments I’ve received from other who have seen my case. Even my opthamologist purchased a Grove case after seeing mine! Check out Grove’s online gallery and Facebook page for great examples of the amazing designs they’ve created for customers.

The Grove product lineup now includes cases for iPhone 4 and the new iPad 2, as well as bamboo wall art. I’ve been in Joe’s studio and can attest to the workmanship of the product and flat out way-cool things he can do with his laser engraver, which acts like a giant printer. One word of warning: I have dropped my phone a handful of times on concrete (cringe!) and have since invested in a bottle of Elmer’s wood glue to keep my bamboo case intact (but the phone has never been damaged!). The Grove teams says to think of a bamboo case like a helmet or artwork, not as something that will survive all falls & drops.

That said, I’m already thinking about what I’m going to want engraved on my iPad2 case…as soon as I convince my husband to let me get the iPad2! (Anyone have a cool design of turtles that I can use?)

Grove Love