The team at Studio E Architects began working from home in mid-March. During the weeks since, facing both social and global-health challenges, we have found a number of things to keep us grateful and grounded. We share with you here some practices and passions that are helping us cope and reminding us that life is precious and deserves affirmation.
I take my son on long walks each Friday morning since I started working remotely. The City is making street repairs throughout our neighborhood and we make a point to find the characters from his favorite book, "Mighty, Mighty Construction Site." His excitement is infectious and I'm now obsessed with big trucks too.
I can't say I've mastered it or even really understand the depths of it, but walking slowly outside, focusing your attention on the soles of your feet touching the ground, and being mindful of the mechanics of your body - it's really nice to help calm your anxious or wandering mind and bring you right into the moment.
Dogs & Gardening
I am enjoying my dogs and the many belly rubs and walks I get to take with them. I've also been getting into gardening for the first time and have an abundance of tomato plants. I'm thankful for the rain barrels we installed last winter, and the abundant sunshine that makes growing things fairly easy here!
My garden has been my little slice of heaven. I find comfort and relaxation in planting vegetables and other plants and seeing them bloom. Can't wait to harvest my squashes, cucumbers, and lemons! I've also watched the show Dexter from start to finish.
Birds & Fresh Air
I've realized now more than ever that fresh air and the sound of birds are an essential part of home to me. I'm eager to get away from my computer, my phone, and all gadgets that act as a distraction and simply get outside or open my windows. Even that simple pleasure isn't accessible to everyone and I appreciate it now more than ever. It will forever change the way I think of windows and open spaces on our projects.