Christmas (Card) Time is Here Again

Enter December, and enter time to craft the annual Christmas card to our family and friends. Back in 2006, I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December, so I sent my graduation announcement photo as a holiday card, which started a tradition of cards reaching far and wide this time each year. Maybe its because I’ve been far away from those I consider dear friends, whether living in Arizona, Oregon or Florida, but I absolutely love sending out a Christmas card. Who doesn’t love getting mail? To that note, being on the receiving end of holiday cards has let me track my cousins as they grow up and provided a number of family photos I keep to display throughout the year.

As I wait for the 2012 version of the Teague (FC) card to arrive, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at how our cards have evolved since Garrett and I started sending them together. (Hint: click on one photo to see them all in a slideshow gallery.)

Expect the 2012 version to hit mailboxes in about a week (and I’ll share a version of it here too). It’s not too late to get on our list, so please send me an email or leave a comment if you want to be added! We moved earlier this year, so if our entry in your address book still has an apartment number in it, contact me to get the new one. We don’t want to miss your notes and photos as the year comes to a close.

Christmas (Card) Time is Here Again

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