Happy New Year!

My New Year’s Resolution is to be better about blogging, specifically doing more collaboration with colleagues with the intent of introducing new ideas and opinions for us all to grow. Yes, the primary purpose of the What if … Workbook is to help people get organized … to initiate conversations about finances, securing important documents, final wishes, etc, and to COMMUNICATE all of this to your loved ones. But probably the most important message I want to ‘put out there’, is to live your life fully! I love finding articles that help me on this quest. Today I would like to share with you an excerpt from Steve Job’s June 12, 2005, Stanford Commencement Address, entitled ‘Follow Your Heart’. I hope that it resonates with you as much as it did with me. I found it quite powerful.

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ Since then … I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Your time is limited … 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 … Everything else is secondary.”

Best wishes for a healthy, safe and wonderful 2013!

- Gwen