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Steve Jobs - Limited TimeLife an unconventional life.  Follow your instinct and know it won’t make sense as you go through it, but filling your days with little things that bring you joy and fulfillment will eventually lead to a gorgeous story of your life when all is said and done.  Failure can be freeing.

You have to find what you love- do what you believe is great, no matter what that is.  You will know when you find it- don’t settle.


This is one of the most famous commencement speeches ever given- it has over 3 million Youtube hits and for good reason.  Steve Jobs is an American Icon, but he isn’t simply gloating about his success- he details his meanderings, his failings, his admonitions to love and follow that love.

15 minutes is all you need!

Suze Orman is known for her financial advice- especially her emphasis on living within your means and saving for the future.

I chose her commencement address at University of Illinois because she speaks about her life journey.  The fact that she had no idea what she wanted to do, and ended up dropping out of U of I resonates with a lot of us who are trying to figure out our life’s path.  She was a major in Social Work and ended up being one of our generation’s major financial gurus, and it happened through her mistakes, miscalculations and of course- tenacity.

“Your degree does not make you- you make your life.” Her story will leave us with plenty of useful lessons learned.

“You are to go for anything and everything you want.  You are to give 100% to everything you do…the hardest thing in life is to jump a chasm…it doesn’t matter what you jump into.  All I ask of you is to jump into it with 100%, with every single thing you have.”

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I got totally teary eyed when I saw that that as a group, we were able to reach a huge goal of $13,000 to help a family purchase an assistance dog for their children with autism.  Every month is a new family, a new chance to do small things collectively for big impacts.  Signing up is easy- and for a $1 a month (or more if you’re so inclined) you can know that you are part of some of the most heartwarming, tear jerking YouTube videos on the net is totally worth $1.

Here’s a message from JMoney and Nate at LoveDrop:

Last month the Love Drop Team raised over $13,000 (and 3 iPads!) to help two little boys with autism receive a service dog. They were beyond touched, and we did this in only 1 month – that’s it. Everyone came together and gave a few bucks each to impact one family’s life. If you were a part of it, THANK YOU! You can check out the final video of us showing up to their house here – it’s pretty cool.

This month we start all over again and rally behind Katie, a single mom out in Dallas battling not only two brain tumors so far (she’s knocked out one, and currently working on the other), but who’s also dealing with hydrocephalus. We’re teaming up with folks at Blissdom this month to not only bring the community her way, but to make a huge dent in her medical bills.

Wanna help? Here are 3 ways we could use you:
Give $1.00 – This is the best way to help out and join our team at the same time.
Join our blogger network – Blog about our Love Drops each month like I am 🙂 It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps our families). Love Drop will give you all the content you need.
Give a gift or provide a service – Gift cards are always helpful. Places like Target, Safeway, gas stations, etc would definitely help them out.
Thanks for reading! Here’s to love, baby.

Military members perform "Gitmo jump-off."

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

— Nelson Mandela


I heard this quote several years ago and remember thinking “What the h*ll does that even mean? I’m not afraid of myself and my potential, my fear is that I’m not good enough!”  I sit here, blogging, nearly 5 years later and I think I’ve come to understand this famous quote-  we may fear that we are inadequate, but what scares us most is realizing that we can dream and live however we want, but the we are the only ones responsible to make it happen.

Whoa, isn’t that scary?  We hide our dreams and goals behind the fear of inadequacy, but truly, we are hiding behind the knowledge that nobody is holding us back but ourselves and in order to realize our own potential, we must look within ourselves.  There’s no book, pill or bullet list that can figure it out for us- we have to have confidence in what we are now, and faith in what we are to become.

Lack of Vision: If you have heard yourself sarcastically utter, “Sure it’d be nice to….(lose weight, sign up for flight school, increase your income)”  the key to what’s holding you back is not so much your lack of time, energy or resources- but really, the fear of what it would require to achieve those goals.  “It’d be nice,” to have your retirement years paid for, but can you really see yourself doing it? Why not?  If “it’d be nice,” then it might be a goal- but what’s keeping you from making it a goal?  Why can’t you envision yourself doing it?

Ignorance: When I started blogging, it opened up my vision to all of the stuff I had no clue about:  wordpress, graphic design, basics of HTML/CSS, social networking.  I had read blogs for years and loved it- but never got how it really “worked.”  I started realizing there was so much I didn’t understand and nearly shut down.  I didn’t even know where to start-  but take it day by day and enlist people to help you that have the knowledge- whether through friends or by reading up on it.  You will not know everything when you begin a journey towards your goal- but start anyway. You will gain more from the process than from the finished product.

Alienation: Happy, fulfilled people aren’t obnoxious aren’t they?  They’re always smiling and talking about whatever they’re working on with such zeal and enthusiasm- gross.  But yet, don’t we long to be those people?   It’s true, sometimes we fear that living a dream-oriented life and working towards it will change how people perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves- but trust me, it will change you and it will be worth it. You will love the person you are, and anyone else that doesn’t? Well, they can get out of your way- but it needs to be said that the transformation can be scary before you start it.  After you start it, you won’t want to go back.

Intimidation: Off the top of your head, you can identify the people you admire and want to emulate.  They have the life or the career you want.  It’s like, they know something we don’t- but truly they’re just doing something we all know:  find your goal and work on it a little bit every day. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the goal, or put off by the fact that it takes daily effort-  if you’re doing what you love, small efforts make daily happiness.

It’s okay to be afraid, but do it anyway!  I leave you with a quote:

“(S)he who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

So go get ’em Tiger!  Ruby says “Rawr!”

It can be so easy to be discouraged when life throws us some obstacles- it’s easy to react with anger, to shut down, to completely let emotion take hold of us. We can’t control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it. Innovation can sometimes come with trying to work through frustration and happiness can come from taking the reigns of a disheartening situation.

John Bramblitt is a man who went blind in his late 20’s due to Epilepsy. Of course, at first he was angry and shut down- not wanting to leave the house- a normal reaction. But after a time, he started to discover that there were things he loved, which he could still do as a person with blindness, but it would take some adaption and some time to learn new ways to read and “see.” Truly, it’s inspiring to see his innovation through difficult circumstances and his persistence to adapt to a new way of doing things.

While it could be argued that he’s just “painting by the lines,” the patience, training and persistence it would take to even accomplish something like this, in a medium not truly adapted for the blind is extraordinary.  People who downplay his ability to paint seem to overlook the core of why this is inspiring- he was able to innovate and create despite a condition that would normally completely discourage the average person. Without sight, I couldn’t even pick a design to paint, much less find the supplies I needed or mix colors for a canvas!

He must think and approach every activity completely differently in order to accomplish what he wants.  It’s difficult and new, but he is able to make his desires happen and do what he loves by using a different approach.

I think the videos speak for themselves:


Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” is a hugely popular video on YouTube.

If you haven’t seen it, watch it.

If you have seen it, watch it again.

At the Time Randy gave his lecture at Carnegie Mellon, he had been diagnosed with cancer with only a few months left to live.  The humor and wit he uses when talking about his childhood dreams, and his attempts to fulfill them will give you a much needed boost to start your week.

My favorite quotes from Randy:

“Look, I’m going to find a way to be happy, and I’d really love to be happy with you, but if I can’t be happy with you, then I’ll find a way to be happy without you.”

“When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a bad place to be. You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better,”

“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the enrgy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.”

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”

“When it comes to men that are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do. It’s that simple. It’s that easy.”

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”


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