“Good design is an investment in your best self, giving you the space to be the best person you can be. The return on investment is priceless and the impact is life long. Good design can impact everyone who uses the space regularly and an inspiration to those passing through. The important elements are not just the layout but the materials chosen, the colour, and the quality of the installation.”
This is something that I had written in the top right hand corner of my website, and I do believe in it. But as you have noticed I haven’t been around for a while, I have been busy. Moved, taking care of my young family and working on identifying my source of happiness has distracted me from my work. I almost lost faith in the “design” side of my life but as with most things, it is only when you are presented with the real opportunity to get rid of something can you truly determine whether or not you want to live without it. Through a verity of events, like a great talk with my husband, a few interviews on the radio http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/episode/2014/03/07/bummed-out-blame-it-on-your-city/ , wanting to teach my children how to find and create happiness in their life and a chance to leave my business all together, i have discovered that part of my best self is present when I am using my design skills to help people create space that allows then to be happy and their best selves. So I am changing my mission to make my work more in line with my best self and my happiness.
“Good design is an investment in our happiness, creating space in which to create happiness for our self. The return on investment is priceless and the impact is life long. Good design can impact everyone who uses the space regularly and an inspiration to those passing through. It is not just the layout, materials, colour and installation but also how it supports the activities in our life that makes us happy.”
So your homework: Work on your happiness.
- Determine an element in your life that is impacting your level of happiness.
Mine: Long cold winters. I love to garden, connect to nature and provide food for my family.
- Determine how to enhance this experience by modifying your physical environment.
Mine: Ideally build an attached permanent green house to the house. Or at a minimum install a window greenhouse to one of the south facing window.