Expression and Anger

I was so mad. Ive been mad before but this time I was explosive. Just like a champagne bottle that had been shaken up one too many times. I couldn’t hold back. I stared at him, asked him what the hell he was doing flirting and connecting with that girl behind me while we were…

Deep pain

To me this is an example of me being misunderstood, but I will eventually appreciate this reality. I know as much as I can feel the lows, (and in time of if you ever become educated on grief and trauma fully, you will see the correlation); I am also very aware of the highs in…

Grief and what is has shown me

I vividly remember looking out my kitchen window from the second level of our family’s townhouse when I was around 4 or 5 years old and feeling deep deep sadness. I remember really missing my father and not understanding why he left me and our family. For so many years I closed my heart and…

Processes

Processes exist in almost everything. We use them to stay on track and to keep organized. We need them to help us learn. In the planning profession planners use them to follow a sequence of factors or events that help move an idea to a reality. Such as the onset of a social housing concept…

Connection and Socially Sustainable Planning

Decades of work done in the field of social sciences has shown that the need for connection in our lives, whether that be vis-à-vis personal relationships, work or school colleagues, or community engagement projects is imperative. Today, the role planners play in communities is to act as the agent for change in this realm of…

Why Plan?

To move things and people through a process? To get things done? I once was a very free-spirited “go with the flow” type of person. This proved me success in only so many ways. Or perhaps at a point in my life it worked. Eventually I got to a point where I needed to change…

Resolve to Evolve

Every January many of us either create new goals for the year or feel obligated to do just that. I know I do. Even though January 1 is simply the day that comes after December 31, it has a way of really resetting things for people. This year I felt a bit of a shift and was reinvigorated…