With the start of a new year, I took some time to set my 30x30 project goals and started brainstorming ideas for my architecture projects in 2017. While brainstorming, I chose an overall concept for all of this year’s projects which will be net zero and net plus energy residential and commercial buildings. Learn more about my plans for 2017 in this post.
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – Find your purpose in life
For some reason, I spend so much time at the office, on my computer at home, or going through simple chores in my life and I don’t spend enough time with my family and friends. This seems to be a common conclusion in the American workforce where we put our values aside for our careers. So for this past week, I put away my electronics and relaxed with some of the people that are dear to me. We had dinners, played board games, and counted down to the new year together. We were able to connect on a meaningful level, share stories, and talk about our lives.
Needless to say, this experience led to some critical thinking about my life and career as an architect. Why am I working so hard in my career? This is a question that many people struggle to answer and as we continue to evolve, our answers change with us. I’ve found that the core of my answer focuses on relationships with family, friends, and everyone else that I meet in my life. I want to spend as much time as I can helping others.
Why are you working so hard?
2. Best moment of the week – Sharing a client with a friend
This week, an acquaintance of mine asked me if I could work on a small project that requires re-leveling of a foundation for a house. After some thinking, I decided that it would be best to refer the project to my friend who started a firm a few years ago. This decision was based on two factors. First, I’m employed at a local architecture firm that doesn’t allow moonlighting and second, my friend does fantastic work for all of his clients.
Once I referred the project to my friend, I felt a sense of happiness because I was able to share a contact with someone whom I trust to do a great job. Although it’s a small project, I would’ve loved to build a relationship with the owner of the property. However, with so much going on in the office and my life right now, the best decision I could’ve made was to refer the project to my good friend.
3. What I’m currently reading – #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
After hearing a few podcast episodes where Sophia Amoruso, author of #Girlboss, was interviewed about her entrepreneurial journey, I decided to purchase her book and learn from her experiences. When I read through the first few chapters of the book, I thought it was going to be a self-help book for women. However, when Amoruso starts explaining her life and how she found her passion for buying and selling vintage clothing, I just couldn’t stop reading. In fact, I learned so much from her story and I finished the book in a day. If you’re thinking about going on an entrepreneurial journey, I highly recommend reading #Girlboss!
4. 30x30 Project Update – Brainstorming projects to refine from architecture school
With this new year underway, I’ve decided to go through all of my projects from architecture school and competitions that I’ve pursued and refine/complete them to be a part of my 30x30 projects. This will be my focus for January and perhaps a little of February as well. I’ve also redefined 2x30 to be a net positive energy multifamily housing project instead of the architect’s home and studio. More to come in the following week!