Have Dinner With Us!

Seriously, where did October go?

That may have been the fastest month in the fastest year of my life, so far. I thought time moved quickly when we planned the wedding last year, but this summer/fall has gone into warp speed. Now I’m left spending a Friday night cradling a glass of pinot and trying to recharge for the onslaught that is next week.

But enough about me…how are you??

I made it home to Oregon earlier this month (by home, I usually mean Oregon, sometimes mean Jacksonville and now always mean wherever Garrett is) . It was a bonus weekend trip that I tacked onto a totally unexpected travel week to the Frys.com Open in San Jose, California. It’s wonderful to go home again, even for ~48 hours at a time and I squeezed a lot of hugs and quality time in those two days.

While sitting around the dinner table with my Ferrarin family (in that comatose time between a delicious dinner and breaking out the dessert) , we grabbed the laptop and Skype-d my husband back in Jax so he could “join us” at the table. It took one spin of the laptop around the table to prompt a search for the lazy susan, which made Garrett dizzy and my Grandpa to ask “Is this video live?” (G’s response: “No, I pre-recorded this earlier.”)  The next night, I taught a friend about Facetime with the iPhone 4 (and 4s!) and though we have yet to set a facetime girls night, because the opportunity exists I’m increasingly thankful for how small the world has become.

Moral of the story: Though we live long distances from our families and lots of friends, there is always room at the dinner table for one more (and we won’t cut into the leftovers!).

So here’s how to get us on video, next time you’re curling up with a glass of pinot, sitting down to dinner or just missing either one of us:

SKYPE: @ltbeyer and @g.teague84  (download from Skype.com or a Skype app on your smart phone)
FACETIME: Place a video Facetime call to my cell (iPhone 4 users only) from a wifi connection

Give it a try this weekend — we’d love to hear from you!

Have Dinner With Us!

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