January 9, 2011
Here we are at the end of the first week of 2011! Is everybody still here? Raise your hand if you’re not here! I’ll be caught up in a minute … I just have to recover from that INTENSE week I just had.
What made it so intense? Well, I spent the first week of the year living the 9-to-5er lifestyle in a marathon week at the offices of Focus Lighting.
All I can say is: it’s been one educational week! Many thanks to the staff at Focus for putting up with me all week long.
To be honest, I couldn’t really even begin to describe the specifics of what I did over the course of the week. My memory right now is a blur of AutoCAD draftings, lighting fixture schedules, lighting mockups, and a few other small side projects. It all happened so fast, but spending that amount time allowed me to learn valuable information that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to grasp had I continued in my once-a-week routine of visits to the office. I learned a great deal about how projects and information flow through a lighting design office, how the construction process works, and how different people can contribute different things to a project based on their skill set and expertise. The most important thing I learned, though, is this: they don’t call it a full-time job for no reason.
Working full-time hours for the first time in almost two years made me realize just how important it is to be able to find a balance between your passion and everything else, because it becomes incredibly easy for time to slip away during the week.
As much as I love to talk about, think about, and work with light, I know that I also need a balance of other things in my life to help me grow both as a person and as a professional. I need time with friends: to find out how they’re doing, to have them help me discuss ideas, decompress, and process information. I need time to read: to catch up on news, to maintain a connection to the outside world. I need time to write: to get my thoughts down on paper, to sort out the clutter in my brain. I need time to have new experiences: to see and try new things, to enjoy this city and the place that I live. Finally, I need personal time: to rest and refresh so that I can stay on top of my game.
This first week of 2011, while it was a ton of fun and a whirlwind of activity, completely jarred my sense of balance and threw me a bit off guard. Of course, it wasn’t anywhere near a normal week for me, so I’m not surprised that happened, but it taught me that I have to maintain a clear view of the big picture at all times to maintain a positive balance in my life that allows me to grow and mature as a person.
I hope your week was more level than mine was, but if it wasn’t I’m hoping this post will remind you to get back on track! It’s only the first week of the year! Let’s get back on it! We can’t let things start slipping out of control until at least April.