Journey of an Architect is a blog started by Tim Ung to document his journey to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). His posts focus on his design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout his journey.

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Newsletter 055

Last week, I focused on creating and gathering all of the graphics for project 12x30 Micro Housing China, which was one of my longest theoretical projects to date. When I started the project back in the middle of March, I thought I’d have enough time in my evening schedule to complete it within a month. However, as unexpected as life generally is, my travel schedule filled up and two other projects came up. Here are two important lessons I’ve learned from working on project 12x30, Micro Housing China.

Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!

1. Lesson of the week – It’s okay to sit back and let your brain chill out

This year, I’ve been simultaneously working on multiple projects and traveling whenever I had some time. Now that the summer is reaching its final months, my brain feels exhausted and there are days when I find it difficult to concentrate. However, whenever I tell myself that I need to sit back and relax, the feeling of guilt is overwhelming.

You see, I’ve been a workaholic since I was a child. I would always find something productive to do that would keep me occupied for a long time. Once I completed a task, I’d go look for the next one, then the next one, and so on. Now that I’m older and all I do is work, I’m starting to understand the importance of taking a rain check for my brain.

Recently, I saw a shared post on Facebook about a woman who emailed her coworkers that she was going to take a day off for her mental health. Essentially, she needed a day off to relax and unwind so that she could get back to the office and focus on her work.

Although I can’t bring myself to take a mental health day off, I’m slowly adjusting to taking some evenings off working on projects. Instead, I spend my time surfing the internet, reading other blogs, cooking, watching a movie, and simply shutting off my brain. My favorite way to relax is to sit in my backyard and stare into the sky and trees in the distance.

So, if you’re feeling like your brain is clouded and quickly liquefying, take some time off and do something that takes your attention away from projects. Go for a walk, sit in a park, read a book, or watch a movie. Spend time with the people you care about. Your work will always be there. You owe it to yourself to relax and recharge!

2. Best moment of the week – Going to food truck Tuesday in Larkin Square, Buffalo, NY

Every week in the summer, there’s an event in Buffalo, NY called Food Truck Tuesday where dozens of food trucks park around an open square. Along with the food trucks, there’s also a live band or DJ playing music at the center stage. This week, I tried food from a food truck called Street Eats, which was delicious. Their burger and sandwich were full of flavor and they were fast at finalizing the order!

3. What I’m currently listening to – Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

This week, I discovered a new podcast called Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau where he shared stories of people who started a successful business while working full time. In these stories, Guillebeau shares a short summary of how each person started their business and earned additional income. He also points out the fact that any money you make on the side is additional to the paycheck that you earn at your full-time job. If you’re interested in starting a business on the side, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Developing a page for project 11x30 

I’ve decided that one of my 30x30 projects will be my personal home renovation projects. Although it’s not as glamorous as the theoretical projects that I’m working on, I’ve learned so much about the relationship between design and construction through these renovation projects. So, I’ll be dedicating the next week to making a page and summarizing all of the work done so far!

Newsletter 054

Newsletter 054