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Ever wondered how many people make more money than you? Now you can know. Plug in your yearly salary into and you’ll find out where you rank.  Last year working as a designer, I was in the top 2.5% and considered the 155,652,174th richest person in the world.

So if you’re reading this post and you live in America, chances are you’re rich. Even if you’re unemployed right now, receiving only $12,000, you’re still among the richest in the world…


On Navigating

The past few years I’ve been questioning my role in the architecture world, struggling to see how my work had any impact on the world at large. Doubting my impact and trying to understand my purpose, I began investigating and studying to better grasp God’s will. The result of what I learned explains why I am in Transition #2.compass prespective

God’s will is less like a GPS—turn-by-turn directions each and every step of the way—and more like a compass, pointing due North. God’s Word spells out His general will for us. So long as we are living according to that, I believe our lives are like a  Choose Your Own Adventure novel where the reader is the protagonist, determining the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome.

In elementary school, we had regularly scheduled SSR (Silent Sustained Reading). Judy Blume, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew were among the usual selections for my classmates. However, this inquisitive and curious ADD child preferred such literary gems as The Guinness Book of World Records or Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Therefore, my next adventure will be in Africa, specifically, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In just over one month, I will leave the United States to spend a year working with the “Congo Initiative”, bringing physical and spiritual relief to the people of this devastated country.

So as I begin packing my bags, I’ve been pondering what types of books I shall bring with me to read.

Although The Guinness Book of World Records is always a fun time, I’m hoping for some other suggestions…any ideas?

Long Time Gone

So quickly was I employed again that the designer within me found no time to throw her thoughts in the dumpster…

My mind was fully functioning, certainly stuffed with wonderful ideas. Yet somehow I forgot to share (here in this place) that which amused, delighted, and frustrated me. If I were forthright in keeping up with this blog, you would already know that I have managed to find the familiar locale of unemployment once again. Ironically this time, by choice.

this chapter in my life

Perhaps we shall euphemistically refer to this chapter in my life as Transition #2. (Note: Transition #1 came between unemployment & new job at architecture firm where I’ve been enslaved working for the past 6 months.)

This chapter, Transition #2,  is overflowing with emotions. Part of me is curious…did someone decide to rewrite a chapter in the novel of my life? The sudden onset of drama, confusion, and elation that  I’ve been experiencing lately tells me that I’m reliving life in 7th grade.  Should this be the case, I’d like to nominate Judy Blume as a co-author. Thanks.

Although I’ve been a long time gone from the blogosphere, my next adventure has been a long time coming. Stay tuned for more details…

Until then, I’ll be hosting auditions for the female actress to star as moi in the made-for-television drama of my life.

The snowpocalypse

I don’t usually like to ask God “why?” because His ways are so much higher than mine and even if He did provide me an explanation, I’m quite certain I’d be too dense to understand.  The exception to this theory is weather.  I simply cannot fathom the snowpocalypse I’m living through.

New York Hit With Winter's First Snowstorm

Summer (60°F & sunny) came to Milwaukee for a brief visit last Thursday.  Perhaps the video was so inviting that she couldn’t wait any longer to see me.  I don’t really know what happened becuase before I knew it, Summer left, along with my hopes and dreams.

Winter took over when Summer abandoned me.  Today we were graced with freezing temperatures and snow.  Typically I like variety, but I would be just as happy happier to have the monotony of warmth and sunshine.

Please Summer, come back soon.  Or send Spring in your absence…anything but Winter.

The Upside of Down

Fortunately, being dumped by my employer has a few benefits.  In my opinion, the greatest of these benefits is time.

My summary of activity while employed:

  • Working 50-60hrs per week
  • Eating, sleeping, bathing, and attending church

A BRIEF summary of activity while unemployed:

    Girl on playground
  • Eating free pancakes at iHOP
  • Surfing the internet
  • Knitting
  • Pondering deep things: Whether or not fish drink water, Where all the lonely socks go that get lost in the dryer
  • Engaging in meaningful discussions with dear friends while enjoying leisurely meals at ethnic restaurants
  • Listening to some terrific new tunes
  • Discovering the wealth of information which is stored at the public library and then swiping my library card so that I can borrow 7x the amount of books that I’ll ever read
  • Running along the lakefront
  • Daydreaming
  • Basking in the sunshine / shoveling snow (Wisconsin prides itself on having the world’s most extreme climate conditions where weather vacillates between arctic-igloo-freezing and blazing-lava-hot)
  • Board-gaming in fierce competitions with my pals (blokus, speed scrabble, pit)
  • And I suppose I must include: working on my resume and portfolio, interviewing, and reflecting on what exactly it is that I want to do for the rest of my life

Due to time constraints (YOUR time constrains, not mine, silly!) I was forced to limit this list, providing just a brief overview of my life after being dumped.  And, WOW, my life is full.

i heart i hop

Mom always told me there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Turns out my mom was wrong…

Health Food Junk Food

Free Lunch #1:

Tuesday was “National Pancake Day” and the International House of Pancackes offered a free short stack of pancakes to everyone. Delicious.

The whole experience felt like a field trip to the zoo. The folks waiting for a table were packed like sardines in a tiny vestibule. They peered through the glass at massive amounts of people shoving hotcakes in their faces. Kind of like feeding time at the reptile house when the snakes devour mice in a single gulp. Fascinating yet disgusting.

Free Lunch #2:

A Quiznos sub for the first 1 million people to get on the email list.

Free Lunch #3:

Arby’s Roast Burger with this coupon.

Eat up, my friends, while you still can…

Hello world!

hello worldNobody wants to read your boring weblog.  I blog, you blog, we all blog a web log.  Nothing new or creative anymore. Just a group of self-centered millennials convinced that their lives are important enough to share a story or two or ten-thousand.  Most of these creations are little more than verbal diarrhea, and that’s just gross.  

So to emphasize my millennial defiance, planted by Mrs. Kozascki and watered by each subsequent elementary teacher, I’m setting out to prove the blogosphere wrong.  Anything you can do, I can do better.  I can do anything better than you.  


Until I find some Imodium to end the verbal diarrhea, I have a request:

Read about this dumped designer if you choose, but don’t be a hater.  I don’t mind if you’re a player, courting me alongside your 37 other RSS feeds.

However, until I’ve logged a few entries and given this thing a fair chance, please don’t rain on my parade, at least not yet.