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By lthomas

The Big Three-Oh

On 21, Dec 2016 | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

Last year I wrote about the Winter Solstice and approaching the new year. And again it is time for that period of reflection about 2016 and looking into 2017.

On one hand I cannot be DONE with 2016 soon enough. The ugliness and hate of the political season has worn me out. When I began my social media presence on Twitter I vowed to myself that there would be NO political rants. For the most part I have kept my word, but God knows that has been hard. Stay positive, I say. Now I just smile as my dear colleague and mentor in Boston sends me emails with the subject line “From the Resistance.” My uncle was in the French resistance and I still have all his medals. I just may secretly add them to my wardrobe. Shhhhhhhhh…..


The AIA kerfuffle added to my dismay. Shortly after the presidential election, the national AIA made comments many members found inappropriate. In the midst of the furor, I took some time to think about this professional organization and whether it was really serving me. A little reflection allowed me to see with clarity that AIA is not for me and, perhaps, never was. I communicated my issues professionally with AIA National and felt good about that closure.

The office, client and work challenges have been the same: both good and bad, it is always challenging. Life is like that. We soldier on and focus on the good.


The good?  We have many wonderful new clients and projects. Our work is all about building relationships and we’re fortunate that an existing client asked us to design a very special new vacation home for their extended family in the mountains. I have continued to mentor the young intern architects in my firm and share a special joy as each becomes a Registered Architect.

Outside of work I’m grateful for the continued good health and happiness of one son who has now finished the first semester of his Global MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. Karma is certainly at work there as we spent a good bit of his childhood at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children’s Center. Another son and my daughter-in-law are now in London, which is a darn sight closer than their previous home in Hong Kong. Almost a reasonable distance. Almost. And I’m always grateful for my spouse who has worked with me as my business partner for 20 years and my life partner for 35.


This new year, 2017, will mark the 30th anniversary of my firm. Wow. The ‘Big Three-Oh’. Now that is amazing. I remain ever grateful for my career and talented colleagues and employees, and a profession that allows me to draw for a living. With colored pencils, markers and paint. How cool is that? And that both my sons and my daughter-in-law speak passionately about their own careers and their interests and world events. They work, cook, swim and run and make me smile. I guess all that effort and education paid off. They are wonderful, happy, balanced people that I am lucky to have in my life.

There are many things I’ll be happy to leave behind in 2016, but I know I am blessed. Celebrating 30 years in the new year is a great way to start fresh.  Begin!!


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