From Burned-Out Architect to Balanced Architect
Sometimes one’s career is not the problem; balance is the problem. Anne was exhausted and disheartened when we first met. She had been an architect and owner of her own firm for ten years. She was ready to throw in the towel but what else could she do? Where would she go?
Our conversations eventually revealed that Anne was not in the wrong career but was not managing it or her personal life effectively. Over the past few years we have met regularly to redesign and better manage her firm, as well as the personal and spiritual dimensions of her life. She has quit drinking the wine she was drinking too much of in order to cope, joined the choir at her church, taken control of her own work schedule to include more time with her husband and daughter, developed a daily spiritual practice of meditation and prayer, started taking walks during her lunch hour, moved her office from San Francisco to Oakland where she is much closer to home and in a more beautiful environment. She is putting much more thought into who she hires — clients and employees — and how she manages them. She is actually enjoying her career and getting the kind of clients she always wanted.