End of 2017 Recap and Update

Since I started blogging four years ago, I’ve grown so much as a writer, designer, and professional. I took a break from the blog-o-sphere for a while but for some reason, it feels right to come back. I have an ambitions mission, a revolutionary vision, and so much passion that is itching to spill out and find a place in the world. Thanks for joining me here.

The year is ending with a bang:

  • One month ago I moved to Costa Rica.
  • Five days after moving to Costa Rica I met an integral designer on a bus who needed an architect for a climate park at the University of Peace and in less than a week I had the job.
  • A week ago, Saturn moved into Capricorn, initiating me into my first Saturn return (and finally ending a contentious three-year stay in Sagittarius).
  • Last Friday we put a deposit down on a building to make a hostel in San José.

Before that, it was the most challenging year of my life, without a doubt. Although the end of 2016 was a low point in many ways, taking a three year perspective on success reveals a few things to be proud of and shows how challenge can be a blessing.

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In the last three years…

  • I gave a talk at Greenbuild in Mumbai (pictured above), spoke twice at the ESRI User Conference, and once at the United Nations in New York City
  • I worked and volunteered on many incredible teams making Philadelphia and the entire world more sustainable, including BioPhilly
  • I was the first in the world to receive my Masters in Geodesign
  • At the 2016 Geodesign Summit in Redlands, California I presented a lightning talk which received an award
  • At Blue Cliff Monastery I received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings from my teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and I started a meditation group for young people in Philly
  • After ten years of chronic pain and an intensive physical therapy program that lasted more than a year I finally took back the reins to my body
  • I learned to play the upright bass
  • I discovered a talent for growing plants
  • In the face of a changing climate I am many steps closer to the dream I’ve been building since 2012 when I visited the slums of Lima, Peru and saw that architecture was the solution the earth and her children needed.
  • I started building a global team of innovators and problem-solvers looking to build capacity for sustainable change in community organizations and local governments.

Those last two are the reason why I’m back on the internet, writing about architecture, urbanism, geodesign, the United Nations 2030 Agenda, sustainable development, biophilia (the love of life), and yoga. I’m not sure the market is ready for the new paradigm design I can see on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing and sharing about it.

Thank you for being a part of this journey, I feel very blessed to belong to a community of intelligent, thoughtful, passionate, and committed people that stretches across the globe. Together we can do great things.

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