“Again, 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.”

                                                      –Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

This quote has been an eye-opening and inspiring set of words for me.  It has helped me realize how everything is a “connect the dots” type of process – with each moment, emotion or action being a dot in the process of life leading up to the present. Interior design is a connect the dots process.  You begin with a blank floor plan, place in the furniture, choose colors and materials and once all of the dots are connected you have a beautifully finished home.  I also saw the reality of connecting the dots in my recent visit to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, where I underwent shoulder surgery by shoulder specialist Dr. Peter Millett.

Room with a View

Room with a View

The Steadman Clinic is known for working with the most elite athletes in the world.  The team of doctors and physical therapists at the Howard Head Sports Medicine Center work hand in hand to connect the dots between surgery and therapy.  Planning every detail ahead of time, they have a way of making one feel well and healthy rather than sick or wounded.

hall of fame

My cousin Molly, up from Denver with a newly minted nursing degree, was a huge support in my recovery.  Here we are in the Hall of Fame at the Steadman Clinic.


These are a few of the athletes’ jerseys in the Hall of Fame.  These elite athletes give the clinic signed jerseys as their appreciation for helping them to get back up and running – the clinic is a vital dot in their lives.

Not only did the team at the clinic work to connect the dots to my recovery, but the beauty that was all around me helped in my healing.  Vail is such a gorgeous and invigorating town set within a mountainous backdrop just dripping in inspirational fall splendor.

Vail Trees

Some Colorful Inspiration for your Next Project

Moosey Goosey!

Staying at the Sonnenalp Resort, just a short shuttle ride away from the clinic, I was the beneficiary of its renowned service which continued in connecting the dots to my recovery.  Just like the Steadman Clinic, the resort thought about every little detail – helping before even asked!

The Sonnenalp Resort

The Sonnenalp Resort

My Son, Chris, and I Soaking up the Vail Sun

It’s always uplifting to see the beauty that surrounds us.  Remember to connect the dots to appreciate where you are today.  If you look for the positive in all situations, you will seldom be disappointed!