Time out, do it now!

January 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm / by

First of all, if you are reading this, thank you for taking an interest in my page.

I am architecture-trained, and worked in an architecture office for 3 years, before deciding to step up and change my game in the industry. “How?” you say. I’m not sure. But, during those 3 years I can see how negatively this industry is growing. So, as my domain says “archipreneurial”, I hope in this blog to open our minds, to discuss trends and issues faced by our industry and society, and hope we can change how architecture businesses are being run.

As this is my first entry, I decided that it shall not be about any of the topics I am about to discuss from here on, but on about how this blog started.

After graduating, like everyone else, we are fresh and enthusiastic about our new career, our next stage in life. It was not until during the third year of my career that doubts being engulfing me. Doubts about my work, my profession, my beliefs, my passion and my life. These doubts channelled into little thoughts or big ideas in my mind, but they were never acted upon and soon forgotten. Reasons or excuses, I was just too busy with my work to have time for myself.

After another tedious competition draining me of all my enthusiasm about my job, I decided to drop it all and to go on a trip with my friends. “Finally,” I thought to myself, “I’m having time to myself“. And, for once, after 3 long years of dedication to my passion, I was really looking hard at that dream I was chasing. That dream that I thought was there was all but a mirage. It was then I realize I need a time-out, now.

With two weeks left before the end of the year, I decided that this break came just in time for me to prepare myself for “what’s next?” in 2018. But, the question was how. Perhaps, I should start by saying “Yes” to anyone that invited me out, to have new conversations and new interactions. It might sound insipid, but trust me, when you keep working 10-12 hours a day, every day, even the most extroverted person will turn into an introvert.

So, I begin asking my friends what they think of about their work and their life. If they are happy, what make them happy? If they aren’t, why? And, are they willingly to take the steps into finding their purpose in their lives. You will be surprised by the variety of answers you can receive by people from different backgrounds and industry. However, they all had one thing in common. To have time to yourself each day. Time to do the things you love, to have alone time, to always keep yourself in check.

And it is also with that time I had for myself that I think over what I have been working so hard for the past 3 years. Indeed, it was no time wasted, but the experience made my eyes open up to the reality and many of the challenges architects faced. It was also a reflection of how our profession is slowly eating itself away.

I am no game changer alone, but I feel with the help of the great internet and starting this blog, we can make a change.

So goodbye, 2017. I’m moving forward this year, bravely.


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