Breaking Rules

I began writing this post in August, and it’s now September (sigh).  It’s been exactly 9 months since I checked in last with all you good people.  Nine months!!  And no, I was not having a baby.  I did, however, birth a few figurative babies.  More on that in a minute.

As I reflect on the long absence from my lovely website, I am sheepish and also a bit indignant about breaking this cardinal rule of modern marketing and business: that you must blog! Often! On a schedule! It’s got to be funny/serious/informative/fresh/not too talky or sales-y… blah blah blah…  Lest your potential clients think you are some kind of non-human autobot whose existence cannot be verified.

Remember the “work/ life balance?” (a great piece of BS, if you ask me).  I think it’s morphed into the “website/ work balance.”  In other words, if you’re blogging, you’re not working, and vice versa.

Instead of blogging, here are some of the babies I’ve been birthing this year….

Personally, I cut off my hair, started juicing, got a dog, painted the house, painted the back patio, started landscaping the yard (with the help of my good friend, Mike Flaugh, landscape architect), and took a trip to the Northeast, where I took an inordinate amount of photos of bridges from within our moving car, and only some of the 38 family members we visited.

my new do veggie juice My blue house Buddha Belly Bamboo Berrylicious

Community-wise, I’ve been serving as the Communications Chair for the Treasure Coast branch of the USGBC South Florida chapter, I decorated another Cattle Baron’s Ball, guest lectured about indoor environmental quality at the local college, and spent my summer at protest rallies to end the freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary.

Cattle Baron's Ball 2013 Save our River!!!

On the work front, things have gotten really exciting.  I’ve staged some models at an assisted living facility, transformed breakfast rooms, designed South Beach apartments, kids’ bedrooms and playrooms, and there’s more on the boards, getting ready to fly.

lavender bedroom modern breakfast room turquoise bedroom

One of the things I have been most proud of during this last year is my involvement with projects becoming LEED certified. In conjunction with my friend and mentor, Kyle Abney of Abney + Abney Green Solutions, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in LEED projects ranging from high schools to car dealerships, affordable housing high-rises to local fire stations, public administration buildings to assisted living facilities.  What do they all have in common?  A desire to actively change the way we approach building design and performance to conserve natural resources, be energy efficient, and environmentally sensitive.  The LEED green building rating system can be used for buildings of all varieties, including homes (hint hint).

LEED Green Associate

My LEED Credential

If you would like more information about the LEED green building rating system, and what you can do to sustain-ify your surroundings, get in touch with me!  If this Fall proves to be anything like the last nine months, it may be a while before I tickle your inbox again.  But don’t worry, I won’t be far.  You can always see what I’m up to on Facebook.

Peace, green juice and green buildings!

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