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You’ve Got To Find What You Love

It’s no secret that Apple founder, Steve Jobs, passed away. It’s a trending topic on Twitter, bloggers are busily tapping on keys to express their condolences and newspapers have plastered the sad news all over websites and on their printed pages. I wondered before writing this post what the point would be for me to chime in, just another voice, why would it matter?

Have a nice weekend!

Sure, I use Apple products daily but have always been equally loyal to the PC and never understood the need to pick one over the other because both have their place. That’s why this post isn’t about Apple (the product) or how much I love and rely on my iPhone, rather it’s about how important I think it is to find what you love, have courage, possess talent and then act on it just like the brilliant man the world just lost to cancer.

Have you ever read the text of Steve Jobs’ commencement address to Stanford University? I watched the video years ago and was so touched and inspired by his words and thought that if you’ve not watched it already that now is a good time to do so. Here is the link, it’s a really good way to spend just over 14 minutes of your life. Some points from it that I’d like to share and discuss are below. Perhaps you feel the same or would like to chime in…

* “None of this (taking a random calligraphy class in school) had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.” – Steve Jobs.

My takeaway from his words above is that you have to experiment, get out there, and try new things. Take classes that often feel very unrelated to what you do and that seem to have no practical application, but that simply sound like fun or interest you in some way. An artist may try an astronomy course for kicks and several years later, translate some of that into a body of work that receives an incredible response. You just never know, do you? When I took a random writing workshop one snowy night in January 2006 (in Boston), my teacher said, “If you are not on the internet these days, you don’t exist”.  I immediately went home and started writing my first post on decor8 and I’ve been writing ever since. All because of something I heard from a class that I nearly missed due to heavy snow. Again, you never know where certain “moments” in time can lead.

Another thought from Mr. Jobs that stuck with me is,

* “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs.

I believe in this wholeheartedly. I’ve often tried to figure out the intentions of others, my own goals, put together a five year business plan (to the advice of friends in the business world)… but in the end I had and still have to ultimately trust my gut. I’d rather experience fear than regret. I may be scared to take a risk but I’ll do it because I’m more concerned to miss out or regret not taking the risk. None of this is based on what looks good on paper or even what is always the best action to take. If it feels like the right thing to do, if my gut drives me in that direction, I often leap trusting that my instincts will not let me down. I also trust in the circle of life and how, “What comes around goes around”, always applies to everything we do whether we want it to or not! It’s something my mother and grandmother always told me and it stuck, and so I tell the same thing to others – if you dish it out expect to receive it back in return! When it comes to connecting the dots by looking backwards — yes, always. That’s why you have to create the dots in the first place and that takes courage.

I really see the wisdom in these words also spoken by Jobs at the same address,

*”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. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose… There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

How beautifully said is that?! Having lost my talented and lovely aunt to cancer when she was only 40-years-old, I know how it feels to lose someone who was aware of how temporary life really is. In her final days, she was brave and told me to be happy and follow my heart – all this from her death bed weighing only 85 pounds. As a fine artist, art teacher and world traveler (she spoke several languages and taught at prestigious schools), her love for me and for others was proof that she valued life. I remember her making me bears, smocks for painting, dollhouses from wood and other beautiful things when I was a child. Her love of handmade craft and art influenced my life, look at what I do for a living! My mother’s love of making also had a strong influence on me. My aunt never feared death or anything – she was a fighter, a creator of joy, she followed her heart while also embracing others around her helping them to follow their hearts… I think it’s true, we have to step back and think that if we had only a few months left to live would we do anything differently today.  Most of us would answer YES. Now the question is, why aren’t we doing it then?

And finally, these words touched me as I’m sure they’ll touch you,

*”Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I can’t add anything to this – it’s so perfectly stated. When I first heard this I wanted to high five everyone around me.

In the end, we have to find what we love, who we love, what works for us because life is so precious, realized even more the moment someone disappears from this planet. Live for yourself, then others – this is not at all selfish. If you try living for others first denying your own happiness, you are ultimately denying others of happiness too because no one is inspired by a person who is trying to fix everyone else but hasn’t bothered to first be an example and fix their own life.

I hope this post has inspired you today, provided some encouragement, and helped you in even a small way. I know this is a design blog but I have to veer off at times and talk about things that matter most to me because it refuels my creativity and helps me to think outside of design for a moment, which in return inspires my work – being deep at times feeds me and allows me to enjoy my job even more.

To wrap up, I have to share the words from a greeting card I once gave someone when they lost their parent. It stuck with me for years and I refer to it whenever someone dies because it reminds me that the only way to look at death, since there is nothing positive about it in all honesty, is to remember what the person gave us while they were alive to breath some sense into it all and then to think of what they left behind — to take away something beautiful from their passing that will never die – what they taught us.

“The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, yet echoes on in sweet, soulful refrains. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” – unknown.

Your thoughts?

(image: holly becker)

Posted by decor8 in real talk on October 06, 2011

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  1. Stratos commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:06pm

    Best post I read today about how inspiring Jobs is. And will be! Thank you!
    Stratos´s last blog post ..Thessaloniki Metro stand at 76th International Fair, by Tetragon Ltd.

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  2. Maria Kallin commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:07pm

    I feel sad that he is gone, even though I did not know him or didn’t meet him.

    It is great words to remember and to think of everyday. Live your life to the fullest, the way you want to live it.

    R.I.P. Steve Jobs.
    Maria Kallin´s last blog post ..Roses from the garden

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  3. Gabrielle commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:11pm

    Beautiful post, thank you, Holly. When I discovered his speech I felt exactly the same way and in fact have included a small quote from the speech and a link to the video of it, on a blog post today. Strangely I feel sad, emotional, hopeful and inspired all at the same time today. I think it’s because he had such a vision, made such a difference and was so inspirational that I want to strive to make the most of my life too. Sounds corny but Steve Jobs and apple make me want to try harder and live better.
    Thank you, Gabrielle

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  4. Charlotte O'Shea commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:24pm

    I just wanted to say thanks, I really needed these words of wisdom today – “why aren’t we doing it then” – why indeed, live every moment as if it’s your last. And the tide recedes quote? Possibly one of the most beautiful I have ever read.

    Charlotte xxx

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  5. Mikkili.com commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:26pm

    Thanks you Holly for those beautiful words. I couldn’t agree more…………..

    life is really precious.

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  6. leigh hannan commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:36pm

    this helped me put some things in perspective. thanks!

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  7. Scott commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:38pm

    wow! that was tremendous! thanks for sharing that Holly!

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  8. MelanieO commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:44pm

    Very inspiring, Holly. Thank you for taking the time to write about your impressions and thoughts.
    MelanieO´s last blog post ..Inspiration: Lark by Amy Butler

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  9. Helen Ablewhite commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 1:45pm

    What an inspirational man – thank you for sharing these words, I found them very moving.
    Helen Ablewhite´s last blog post ..Sewing & Glastonbury

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  10. Jane commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:05pm

    Oh Holly. This is such a touching post. Given my own father only died 7 weeks ago, it resonates with me on so many levels. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Some Sunday soul food

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  11. Mariella commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:05pm

    It’s a wonderful post Holly and it perfectly summarize what the loss of Mr Jobs has meant to me today. I came back to those words he pronounced in the Stanford address and although this is a sad moment the power of those words uplifted my day. I guess that’s what it means to leave something beautiful behind.
    Mariella´s last blog post ..Rooms that speak volume: a guest post

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  12. pat sloan commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:08pm

    I remember hearing that speech and reading it. I believe as you believe. It’s great to find like minded souls and to be inspired by them. I also saved the condolence message … it’s a good one.. thank you!
    pat sloan´s last blog post ..Pat Sloan – What I do when I’m not here

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  13. jane dagmi commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:08pm

    teary-eyed so early in the a.m.! glad i read your post early in the day, gives me a little more oomph as I attempt to live a beautiful, inspired, and gracious life doing what i love and feel is right for me to do one day at a time.
    (and the words on that greeting card are beautiful — no wonder there are so many seascapes and sunsets on sympathy cards.)
    thanks.

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  14. nichole commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:19pm

    Thanks for pulling these all together, Holly. I think Jobs’ passing and his words being top of mind, will inspire many to consider not just their own path, but think about the larger impact they’re making both due to action and inaction.
    nichole´s last blog post ..Oh, Helo

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  15. Louise commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:45pm

    Thank you Holly, what a beautiful post, so touching a great reminder of just how precious every moment in life really is and how we must make the most of it doing what we truely love and enjoy! xx

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  16. Jillian commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:48pm

    I love reading your interpretations of what Steve’s words meant to you. I don’t often find myself tearing up at the death of someone I didn’t even know, let alone a billionaire CEO, but I do have a heavy heart this morning thinking that we’ll no longer be blessed with this man’s wisdom and genius. I have a vivid memory of being 10 years old and fighting for the chance to use the one Mac in our grade school computer room. I loved how it was so clean and smooth and white with pretty colors and fonts, and I can honestly say my computer makes me happy every time I use it, something I’ve never felt about a PC. I sit here in a house with two iPhones, two iPads, three MacBooks, and four iPods and marvel at how different my life would be without Steve.
    Jillian´s last blog post ..Thank You, Steve Jobs

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  17. ilona commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:48pm

    That was a lovely piece of heart! Thank you for sharing…

    Your words are comforting and inspirational. Something we all need to feed our souls in order to paint our canvas in happy colours.

    Thank you
    xxx

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  18. bonitarose commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:49pm

    such an amazing post…. thank you for writing it.
    I feel the same way.. we must live first for ourselves, discovering what it is that makes us happy and unique and authentic. Why follow others when we can be who we were created to be? Well said… Beautiful post Holly.. I adore you. xo
    bonitarose´s last blog post ..Today, I Am Inspired By -

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  19. Ricarda commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:50pm

    Thank you for your words. A beautiful text, nothing more to add.

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  20. Lori commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 3:02pm

    Thank You, Holly, your words echo not only about Steve Jobs, but also an amazing lady we laid to rest just yesterday who fought courageously against the cancer that robbed us of a very talented lady. We are given gifts that we are meant to use, for ourselves and for others and I believe, to the glory of God. To not put those gifts to use is selling ourselves short of who we are meant to become. Thank you for sharing and using your talents, you inpsire me daily, whether it is related to design or life.

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  21. Mary commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 3:11pm

    so true…everything you say is so true.

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  22. Anna commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 3:19pm

    Beautiful post, Holly. Thanks so much for the inspiring words this morning.

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  23. Patty commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 3:48pm

    Jobs was a visionary and a true inspiration and he pretty much changed our world. Thanks for this post.

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  24. Clara commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:06pm

    Thank you for writing this post Holly, I loved it. I’m so excited to start your course tomorrow, I foresee it as being one of my dots!
    Clara´s last blog post ..10 Must Have Kitchen Staples

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  25. Kris commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:07pm

    This was such a beautiful post. Truly touching and heartfelt. I felt like words –
    “Live for yourself, then others – this is not at all selfish.” and also what you said about happiness – were meant for me. I needed that as that is an area of my life where I struggle. I actually signed up for your class as a way of doing something for me as I have finally found out what it is that I love to do. Thank you so much for this.

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  26. Juliette commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:19pm

    Lovely post. I especially loved his illustration of how the random calligraphy course effected the design of his ground-breaking product. You’re so right to encourage others to take those random classes, read those books, take those leaps, etc. 10yrs ago I never would have guessed I’d be filling my time and earning my money they way I am now. Life was good 10yrs ago, it’s good now, and I anticipate more adventures in the future!

    Our personal lives and professional careers could be such a beautiful patchwork quilt if we’d only let ourselves.
    Juliette´s last blog post ..Jam of the Year Award

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  27. Shalini commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:33pm

    Beautifully expressed thoughts Holly, cannot agree with you more… :-)
    Thanks for chiming in, despite as you said the entire media is plastered with his news, his words and his life stories… this was reflective, it is a special post

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  28. Rosalynn commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:37pm

    Thank you for posting this, Holly! Typing away on my Mac, I couldn’t quite help feeling something heavy, something sad about the news, strange as I find it.
    But just on a totally different point, THIS post is precisely why I love your blog. It’s NOT JUST a design blog, but it also filled with your own personal insights. I can still remember some of your other personal posts (being thankful for your husband, the thanksgiving post from last year). They are my favorites. and now this one.
    Not too good with words, but I just wanna let you know how much I enjoy those ‘personal’ posts, even as I continue to be inspired by the ‘regular design posts’. Thank you.
    Rosalynn´s last blog post ..Thank you

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  29. Helen commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:44pm

    Great post to start my day, feeling inspired!

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  30. Shari commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:48pm

    Thank you, Holly. Really. I think that your post today gets to the heart of Steve Jobs and what he was about, as well as reminding us all what is truly important.

    I totally and completely agree with your statement that we must live for ourselves, be the people we want to be, and only then can we fully be there for others. It’s often scary to veer off of the path that others think should be yours, even as you know you must… to be true to yourself is a great gift, and an inspiration to others once they recognize it.

    And you know what? I think that death can also be a blessing, even though it makes us sad at first… it’s not the end, in my opinion. It’s just a transformation from the physical to the spiritual. I don’t believe that people disappear, and so I believe they continue in another form. One that remains around those they loved and cared for, and so enriches our lives with their presence.
    Shari´s last blog post ..Santa Cruz, CA – Day 2

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  31. Erin commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:57pm

    Thank You Holly for this really inspiring post!
    It really touched my heart.

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  32. patricia commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:06pm

    You’ve put this together so well Holly. Thank you! – While the impact of his life directly affects those of us that use his inventions, his real legacy are the lessons of perseverance and excellence. I hope today’s motivation to do our best stays around for a long, long time.
    patricia´s last blog post ..a little something for you

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  33. Lisa Graham Art commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:08pm

    Thank you for sharing Steve Jobs video. It’s so sad he died so young.
    Lisa Graham Art´s last blog post ..Oil Pastel Faces and Art Subconsciousness

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  34. Marianne commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:13pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring post. I only saw Jobs’ Stanford address a few months ago. Like you I was touched by it. I have to find the transcript to read and re-read it.
    Marianne´s last blog post ..{one more thing}

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  35. Kinga commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:18pm

    This is beautifully written! Thank you…and I agree, chiming in somehow seems strange or unnecessary but here goes…
    I knew I had found what I love to do when I started wondering often ” How long will I have to do this ?” or “Will I have enough time to make it happen?”…Steve Jobs lived a full life and accomplished so much with such passion and his passing, much like his speech, hammers home the point that at any unforseen moment time could run out…while sad, very sad…it is an insanely inspiring reminder to not be wasteful of time…

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  36. Winter commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:27pm

    Hi Holly,

    Nice words- I was compelled to post this on my facebook. Maybe today millions of people are looking at themselves and saying”yeah I want to do what I love” and that unbeknowst to all of us, that is the real SJ legacy.

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  37. Jenny commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:34pm

    Holly,
    I’ve just recently discovered your blog. You are an inspiration. Thank you for reminding me (and others) how important it is to listen to one’s instinct and embrace the day you are living within.
    Jenny
    Jenny´s last blog post ..Green Harvest

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  38. GB commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:48pm

    Holly, you said it:

    “I’d rather experience fear than regret”.
    GB´s last blog post ..Where I’ve been these past few days….

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  39. Martine@martinelouisedesign commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 5:50pm

    ooooofh. That post hit home! I liked your line – you’d rather to feel fear than failure. It’s so easy to fall into the ‘not doing something’ mode, but the feeling of doing it is so good I’m not sure why it’s human nature not to!? I can believe Steve launched the first Mac at 29 years old. Such an inspiration.
    Looking forward to starting your course tomorrow!! xx
    Martine@martinelouisedesign´s last blog post ..America’s Web Radio – Paris on Ponce, Antiques

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  40. Andrea commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 6:05pm

    Agreeing with everyone else….very beautiful post. I love the approach you took with Steve Jobs’ passing, focusing on his inspiration and using it to apply to our own lives….right here, right now. :)
    Andrea´s last blog post ..Nutty about Acorns!

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  41. christelle is flabbergasting commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 6:20pm

    The video was truly inspiring and your words are too! Thanks a lot Holly for sharing your thoughts. I am a big fan of what you’re doing with Decor8… I can be more agree with you!

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  42. erin commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 6:32pm

    thank you so much! I needed to read this today.

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  43. Bobbi commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 6:57pm

    Beautifully articulated:) Your words today are so much more than just another voice chiming in.
    Bobbi´s last blog post ..Summer’s End To-Do List

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  44. Shauna commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 7:03pm

    Holly,
    Your post today was lovely and really heartfelt. Indeed Mr. Jobs was a visionary and really loved what he did. We should all be so fortunate and somehow too connect the dots and try new things, because who knows where that will lead along the way. Really enjoyed your post today!

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  45. Katerina commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 7:31pm

    I am barely half way through your post, and I’m crying like a baby. Thank you so much for sharing this from your heart. I needed this today. I really needed it. It hits home with me especially with what I’m going through today. God bless you.

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  46. Carrie commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 7:31pm

    Courage, wisdom, moving forward instead of backward, inspiration…all these words and more really touched me today. You have said it beautifully in you post. Thank you!
    Carrie´s last blog post ..Comment on CHERBEL ZOMBIE/APOCALYPTIC Blog by Carrie

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  47. Louisa Blackmore commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 8:05pm

    What a lovely post Holly.

    I’ve printed his speech and stuck it on the wall in my little home office. I had a life-changing moment last year and switched my life around to focus on things I LOVE doing, people I LOVE and experiences I want to have and LOVE. What is the point of life if you don’t spend it being yourself so come on people BE BRAVE!!

    I also like the idea of doing unrelated courses because they can help in the future. I did business accounts at law school – that knowledge is now pretty useful doing my balance sheet for West Egg!

    You can trust things will work out. Because they will.

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  48. Stéphanie commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 8:51pm

    Thank u so much for this post, it is really beautiful.
    I will print it, and read it often (and work my english to be sure I really understand each word).

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  49. vicki commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 9:17pm

    Wow, thankyou, Holly. This was really touching. I’m going to type a few of those quotes down as reminders.

    You are a beautiful person inside and out. xo
    vicki´s last blog post ..I Have a Confession to Make …..

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  50. jeni commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 9:21pm

    such a blessing to read this post. 25 years ago I lost my Mom and I was just a child. she swims in the ocean eternally now and your quote along with the whole post was comforting to my heart. thank you Holly! xo

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  51. Kristina Gulino commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 9:22pm

    Definitely agree with Steve on adding variety into your life’s routine. It really helps your brain keep learning new things, and who knows – you may even find something you really enjoy doing that can become your passion and potentially lead into a fabulous career.

    Kristina
    Something 2 Write About
    Kristina Gulino´s last blog post ..if money didn’t matter, you ask?

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  52. melinda commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 9:30pm

    Very beautiful post, Holly!

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  53. frauheuberg commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 9:41pm

    …I have goosebumps, Holly …and some tears in my eyes…and think to someone special in my life who manage his daily life at the moment with this big devil “cancer”…but he lives, and follow his bliss…also in this so difficult time…admirable … maybe because he has really nothing to lose…there is still time…nobody knows how long, but its not important…important is that he fills this time with his personality…with memories for all of us…uh,…it is so touching to read your lines, to feel the words…and to think about our life…you inspire me today in a way…i couldn´t put in words…thanks so much my dear…for your wonderful honesty…always…and i´m looking forward to our meeting in two weeks in Munich…take care…a big hug…i…

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  54. Andy Brown commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:27pm

    Thanks holly . Ive too have never been able to find the positive side to death. However, you are right to focus on the positives of our loved ones lives and the impact they made on us. I simply love your quote that sums up my current gut and emotions. My mother passed away 3 years ago and I still feel sick daily worrying about her pain, our pain and the pain of my son when he too will inevitably lose his mum …. Oh the cycle of life …

    “The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, yet echoes on in sweet, soulful refrains. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” – unknown.

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  55. Tracy @ LaunchHER commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:35pm

    I have to say, after seeing your speak at TCCE, I hear your voice when I read your blog now…it’s kind of weird, but nice. :) You have a unique voice – or maybe you just really “stuck with me” like that same quote that stuck with you from your writing class.

    Back to the topic…I am sad about Steve Jobs’ passing, but inspired by the legacy left behind. I want to leave a legacy too, someday. That is what drives me.

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  56. Jannette commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:39pm

    Wonderful post. Losing Steve Jobs was like losing Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, and other visionaries before us. They all inspire us to be more, want more and do more. Steve’s quotes are all very touching. Find your passion, and go for it. You won’t be sorry. I left my corporate job to pursue my own graphic design business and haven’t had any regrets. I love doing what I do every day, and I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. In turn, those around me benefit from it an many ways. Thanks again for sharing your personal take on a loss of an amazing man. Best wishes!

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  57. Katie I KCandCoBlog commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:50pm

    Inventor, Business Man, American Icon. He will be missed.
    Katie I KCandCoBlog´s last blog post ..Cheated Hearts by Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s

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  58. Jules commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:58pm

    I feel like you wrote this for me. Thank you so much, Holly. Your post today really moved me.
    Jules´s last blog post ..Day 6: 31 Days of William Morris

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  59. Victoria commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 11:15pm

    Thank you! This has inspired me again to keep going!
    A post at the right time. But what an untimely death for a man, filled with creative genius, innovative thinking and humanity!
    I am saddened by his passing! May he rest in peace!
    Victoria´s last blog post ..A family visit

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  60. Pat Maddox commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 11:53pm

    “I’d rather experience fear than regret.” Wow Holly! Your words are as moving as Steve Jobs’. Thank you for providing the printed version of his Stanford address. May it inspire us all to change our corners of the world, and to have no regrets!

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  61. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 12:30am

    So much of this resonates with me….so much wisdom and inspiration. Especially the connecting of the dots part…cause sometimes I feel like I don’t know WHAT the heck I am doing and I have to just trust it will all come together….Thanks for this darling. Oh, and your voice is never just “another voice” It is always unique, heartfelt and inspiring.
    xoxo
    Melis
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Little things & little moments

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  62. Trish Blair commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 12:40am

    thanks Holly, this was very inspiring

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  63. Miriam commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 1:22am

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Thanks Holly

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  64. Priscilla commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 1:25am

    Very beautiful post! Love it!!!
    Priscilla´s last blog post ..Dia 17: Thank you, Steve!

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  65. Yari commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 1:27am

    I just had to let you know how inspiring I find your writing, I think you are one of the best writers among the decor bloggers. I was too inspired by Jobs speech and seriously got me thinking about how his life is an example for us to follow. Great article!!!

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  66. kristin johnsen commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 1:52am

    Holly – thanks so much for your thoughtful post! As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Cleveland, OH, after taking on a new job with my federal agency. I didn’t need to for power or money – but it intrigued me and I wanted to see whether I could do it. I’d not taken a big risk in a while – but my gut told me to go with it. I’m not doing as much art OR keeping up with my blogging, but I will – and this job could just be cool! Wouldn’t it be nice if some of our legislators could take some of Steve Jobs words to heart and really be intentional and thoughtful with how they do THEIR jobs to do their best for the country? Thanks for sharing all this! Kristin

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  67. Beth commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 2:06am

    I had watched Steve Jobs’ commencement speech earlier, but somehow reading your post helped make the message “stick.” Thank you for processing his words along with the rest of us — and for putting them out there so beautifully for all to see!

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  68. Lella commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 2:35am

    Holly, This post was lovely and so thoughtful. I am sure that I will read it many more times: each time I read it I find something else to make me really think!
    Thank you for taking the time to share your personal thoughts.
    Lella xx

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  69. Joelle Rebmann commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 2:51am

    Fabulous post! He was quite the inspirational man and he will be missed by many. What a guy!! Too bad there aren’t more like him that want to make the world a better place.

    Rest in Peace Steve Jobs.

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  70. Shanon commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 3:20am

    I haven’t been an Apple person, but I’m learning something as I read this…. What a genius, what a beautiful soul. What a talent and what a thinker to be missed. I didn’t know any of this about him… I totally get it now. What an inspiration.
    Shanon´s last blog post ..Still here…

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  71. prima commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 4:12am

    beautifully written Holly…exactly my thoughts…but I didn’t have the ability to put it in words yet..thank you

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  72. deneise bucko commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 4:38am

    Holli-wow! You continue to inspire and drive me. I think by finding your blog two years ago, taking your e-course and reading your wisdom with words, I will forever be greatful, it has all changed my life. I would still be thinking about my dreams instead of making them come true! Thank you!

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  73. carol commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 4:44am

    beautiful post, Holly.

    thank you….

    carol c.

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  74. Vivechana commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 8:51am

    Hi Holly … you post exactly reflects what i am feeling at this moment … as to how one voice will make any more a difference to the millions of tributes outpouring over the loss of Steve Jobs … his commencement speech at Stanford has been such an inspiration for all of us who follow our hearts and not just our heads to do what we believe in and love … as a graphic artist, the mac has been my friend, companion and teacher reminding me always to push my limits, to value quality over quantity and pay attention to detailing which separates the excellent from the mediocre … though am across the globe and never knew him personally … he touched mine and so many lives with his vision, drive and excellence … am already missing him …

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  75. KAAM commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 11:00am

    Yesterday was for me one of those days when I was asking myself what am I going to do with my life, then I heard the news and in the evening Ive watched the Stanford video and so I remembered “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”.
    KAAM´s last blog post ..this feeling

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  76. Heather Davulcu commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 2:06pm

    I really enjoyed this post–I especially loved the part about living for yourself, because particularly as women we can so easily focus on trying to make everyone else happy. We should “tend our garden first” so we can feed others from the bounty which overflows.
    Well done~
    Heather Davulcu´s last blog post ..Good Ol Yardley

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  77. Jill commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 5:17pm

    Thank you for your thoughtful post on Steve Jobs. I grew up in the bay area, and apple has made a huge impact on my life. I think the whole bay area is going to have a hard time getting over his death. I just want him back. I am so sad.

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  78. Shay commented
    October 7th, 2011 at 10:23pm

    Holly,
    Your words mean so much to me, especially today the one year anniversary of my Mother’s passing. Thank You.
    Shay
    Shay´s last blog post ..House Stuff by Elizabeth Maxson

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  79. Lynne commented
    October 8th, 2011 at 1:43am

    Thank you Holly for this beautiful post.

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  80. Jennifer commented
    October 8th, 2011 at 2:14am

    Truly inspiring and beautifully written. Wonderful post!

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  81. Laura Trevey commented
    October 8th, 2011 at 3:49am

    He was truly an inspiration to us all ~ to live our lives to the fullest ~ and spend each and every day doing what we love :)
    Laura Trevey´s last blog post ..smART business

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  82. Jocelyne commented
    October 8th, 2011 at 5:27am

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Very inspiring. Intuition is important, it is our guide in life. If we open ourselves to our intuition it will grow stronger.
    I just discovered your blog and I really like it !
    Jocelyne
    Jocelyne´s last blog post ..Autumn wreath and backyard beauties

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  83. Wahkuna commented
    October 8th, 2011 at 8:40pm

    This is such a lovely and inspiring post Holly! It really makes you think of how precious life really is and how we should be doing what we love and doing it our best every day, because after all, we never know when the end will come.

    I often think of how I want to be able to look back on my life and be proud of all that I’ve done and accomplished. I want to have lived, traveled, inspired and celebrated life to the fullest. Steve Jobs is definitely an inspiration to us all, and will be remembered for many, many years to come. He has left behind a great legacy that will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of us all.

    Thank you for sharing this post and helping me to realize yet again, what is truly important in this life. :-)

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  84. petra commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 1:42pm

    great post. I watched the video a couple of days ago, and his words (much like yours) were honest and inspiring!
    petra´s last blog post ..defy or embrace?

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  85. Susan commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 2:06pm

    Beautiful post. I had not heard that speech, but so glad you remembered it. Thanks.

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  86. maureen villmer commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 2:51pm

    Here I am at 6am looking for inspiration to write an article on interior design and fall in this blog.Great way to start my day. Thank you Holly. I’ve been doing what I love for 40 years …..interior design. I do what Ilove and share it with others. Thanks for the lift.

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  87. Anna Bee commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 3:34pm

    So well written! I cannot express how much I agree…and how much it applies to me right now. I am hoping to create my dost at the moment and wish they will connect in the years to come. Your blog is an inspiration as well as Steve Jobs was a magnificent mind. Thank you for sharing!

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  88. Camille Pietralunga commented
    October 10th, 2011 at 1:16am

    Wow! What a wonderful post. I’m ALWAYS trying to find my core passion – the “thing” I’m supposed to be doing in this life. I love your advice and really appreciate your taking the time to write it. Thank you!

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  89. Miichelle from MD Interior Design commented
    October 10th, 2011 at 6:29am

    Wow! Thankyou Holly for the link to Steve’s Commencement Address…
    it was incredibly inspiring. I shall play it for my children to listen to.
    xMichelle
    Miichelle from MD Interior Design´s last blog post ..Spring Shopping

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  90. Sara commented
    October 11th, 2011 at 5:18am

    What a wonderful and perfect tribute to Steve Jobs. I have always read these passionate beliefs in your blog, and even as just a random reader of thousands, your words always strike a personal chord. I think you sharing so opening and honestly and giving so much is why you have such a huge loyal and devoted following. You absolutely helped inspire me, and now I am starting to live my dream and passion by starting my own interior decorating business and reading your blog helped fuel my belief that I can do it and that I should do it. Thank you so much, Holly, as always.

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  91. Trina : la la Lovely commented
    October 12th, 2011 at 5:35am

    Great post, Holly. These are words to definitely think on and keep coming back to. I remember in the BYW course you said, “I’d rather experience fear than regret.” Those words have really stuck with me and help me to accomplish a few of my goals this past year that I otherwise would have just let pass me by out of fear … and I know those same words of wisdom will help with other future choices and opportunities that come my way!
    xo Trina
    Trina : la la Lovely´s last blog post ..Candy Cake 3.0

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  92. bhatia commented
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:03pm

    Wow! Thank you Holly for the link to Steve’s Commencement Address…
    it was incredibly inspiring. I shall play it for my children to listen to.
    xMichelle

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  93. Sandra commented
    October 18th, 2011 at 2:11am

    Beautiful and inspiring interpretation – thank you

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  94. Eliza commented
    October 23rd, 2011 at 1:02pm

    I completely agree with Steve Jobs and when I saw the video of him giving his speech at Stanford, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride that I am living the kind of life this great man is talking about. All his points about having to live one life and living it authentically and living out our passions ring so true to me.

    I personally experienced my uniqueness and talents being suppressed and thanks greatly to my stubbornness and strong sense of self I persevered in the face of tremendous opposition.

    It really is hard to contain a free spirit but because of people like Steve Jobs, we know it is all worth it.

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  95. Jan commented
    November 5th, 2011 at 1:12am

    Thank you Holly. It is refreshing to read both Steve’s and your sharing about the importance of reflecting on the bigger issues of life. I believe that being in touch with the things that enhance our quality of life are the elements that make our work filled with integrity and compassion.

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  96. Mary commented
    January 10th, 2012 at 2:40am

    Well I do think you made a difference with this post, and I specially loved the ending quote :)
    Mary´s last blog post ..Best Do What You Love Journey Blog Posts

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