All of you devotees had an exciting year of opportunities to inspire you to be your best creative selves. Please join in the litany of inspiration by sharing a quick story with all of us in the comments section. As I learned last year, our greatest triumphs come from challenging ourselves. When we know what we want and ask for it, it is surprising how easily we can get it. For example, I never dreamed that author Robin Stern would agree to an interview about gaslighting, just because I looked her up and sent her an email, or well-known executive coach Lisa Petrilli would talk to me about leadership or Therapeutic Landscape expert Naomi Sachs would share her insights into biophilic design. They all were so generous with their time and knowledge, and those interviews were some of the top posts of the past year - all it took was me truly pushing my introverted self to approach them.
Look for this year's novena, Change the World (An Experiment), an upcoming series that interviews changemakers in nine different cities about the role they played in turning their community around. I hope that their inspirational stories will show you all the ways that you too can make a difference as an architect.
So, if you are sitting at your remarkably uninspiring desk feeling like all you do is churn out work to meet demands and deadlines, don't forget that inspiration is what you make of it- put on your party hat, grab a balloon and some cake and celebrate your creativity! As a prize for all of you, please download the feast day icon - you didn't even have to play a festival game to win it!