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Summer Break; that’s this month’s #ArchiTalks discussion topic.

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I was all prepared to talk about little league and dance recitals for this month’s #ArchiTalks article. But something happened this week that changed my mind.

Have you been following along with #ArchiTalks?

Here’s the format: every month, someone (usually Bob Borson of Life of an Architect) throws out a topic and a growing number of us in the architectural profession wax poetic (more or less) on the subject.

You can find a complete list of everyone participating in this month’s #ArchiTalks challenge at the end of this article.

Like I said, I was all set to talk about coaching Little League and losing in the last out of the last inning of our Championship Game; about going to Dance Recitals and all the other things that go on in our lives over the summer. That all changed earlier this week when I found out I needed to make a pilgrimage back to Atlanta for my Aunt Loretta’s funeral.

I don’t look at funerals the way many people do. To me, this trip to Atlanta was about celebrating and honoring the life of my Aunt; not sadness and mourning.

 

My Aunt Loretta epitomized lifelong learning and grace.

She was graceful, loving, kind and even though she was long-retired from the CDC, she continued to learn and expand her mind. She even decided once to take a college course on Bass Fishing.

 

I’m not really good at ‘breaks.’ I need to do better.

I don’t like to sit still. I don’t like to stop, but I need to.

 

Architecture is a tough profession. It asks a lot of us. Take a break. Look for a diversion. Learn something completely unrelated to what you need to do next Monday when you go back to work. That’s what I’m committing myself to do.

 

What’s are you going to do for a break this summer? Are you going to read a book? Will you take a trip? What will you do to unwind; to decompress? Let me know in the comment section below. I’d like to hear from you.

In the meantime, here’s a list of the other professionals that are stepping up and pushing us forward. Let’s see what’s exciting them:

If you’re interested in joining in the #ArchiTalks fun for future posts leave a comment in the Speak Your Mind area below and I’ll make sure you’re including on the email chain going forward.

My goal is to start an open dialogue and let Architect of the Internet be a forum where we can all learn to have success in the business of architecture through Social Media.

 

About Jeff Echols

Jeff Echols is the creative Storyteller for Award-Winning architecture firms and the Social Media Campaign Manager for industry professionals. He is a graduate of Ball State University with over 20 years’ experience in the marketing departments of firms ranging from three to three thousand employees.

Jeff spends countless hours studying, developing and implementing strategies for insuring marketing success for Architects and other business owners in the online arena. He documents the good, the bad and the ugly in Social Media at Architect of the Internet and speaks about Conquering Social Media in venues ranging from the Board Room to the Convention Stage.

Comments

  1. She sounds like an awesome lady! Hope the trip was at least a little relaxing.

  2. michele grace hottel says:

    great post jeff!

  3. Lovely words Jeff. Thank you so much for sharing a little of your Aunt Loretta’s spirit and personality!

  4. Celebrate their life.. don’t mourn their death. I like your philosophy. Aunt Loretta sounds awesome!

  5. My Grandma was known as Aunt Loretta… I miss her.

  6. That was a personal and heartfelt post, a great tribute to your Aunt Loretta. Nice message, Jeff.

    Also, MAYBE you would be more inclined to “break” a bit if you cut back on the coffee 😉

  7. Great post Jeff. Aunt Loretta sounds like a truly inspiring person.

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