A (Year) Examined

I’m more than thirty days late on this. Regardless, it’s important to look back and take stock of what you’ve accomplished in a year. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

We were lucky and blessed enough to be able to travel a bit this year: a long drive from Kansas City to Houston, a trip out to Scottsdale and Sedona, and back ‘home’ to Dallas and Malakoff. This year the lady and I also celebrated five years together by returning to Paris and visiting Copenhagen for the first time. Highlights of that trip were a private tour of Maison de Verre, croissants, croissants, croissants, and given my Danish heritage, Channing felt like she was a bystander at my family reunion.

A lot of trips involved visiting family, but we also were able to see more of our friends…mainly they were coming in from Atlanta, Baltimore, or Norman to visit us. These are friends we’ve known for the better part of our lives, and despite the distance and time that has separated our drinks and dinners, the bonds are still as strong as that first all-nighter in studio.

It was a big year professionally for the both of us. Channing started a new job and it is amazing seeing her be challenged, grow and thrive in her new role. For me, I finished my last few ARE exams and gained my architecture license. It was also my first full year operating in a new capacity/position at work. The role has been challenging and it has helped me grow out of the comfortable shell I was forming – for that reason alone it has benefitted me and I hope benefitting others. This year also marked the completion of 130 West 12th, and the completion and awards for One Dekalb. The license and the two projects where big ToDo items for ’12, so now I need to fill in a few lines for the ’13 list.

This year also marked a full year in our new apartment . We’ve lived in two places as a married couple. The first place was a blessing for us, but this is the first apartment that has felt like ‘home’. At least our first adult home. Of course, the main contributing factor is our small bit of potted dirt and sky that we have out back, but it has also grown to become a combination of our neighbors in the building, the immediate surrounding blocks, and the overall apartment itself. It’s amazing what a few well placed skylights can do.

Of course there is a long list of ‘resolutions’ and ToDo’s I had for ’12. Last year, I looked towards C.S. Lewis for inspiration and divided a few items into ought to’s, got to’s, and like to’s. I spent most of the year focused on the ought to’s, and I have to say that the overall approach worked – Channing and I are in a better place than we were a year ago. So, again, I’m sticking with what works – if it doesn’t easily fall into one of those categories, I shouldn’t be wasting my time on it.