Today I was forwarded this fantastic blog by Umair Haque that discusses creating a meaningful life through meaningful work. Having attended two funerals this week, I thought I was all tapped out on gaining perspective, but Umair took it one step further. It really got me thinking about the meaning in what I do.
I am fortunate to love, REALLY love, what I do and where I work. I am a 100% true believer in the importance of cities and placemaking. Sometimes as a lobbyist I get bogged down in the details of specific legislation. This can be as tedious as changing a "may" to a "shall" or arguing with another organization over some minute detail that later no one will even remember. At times I have to take a step back and remember that at the end of the day, even the tiniest detail may ensure a community can invest in what matters -creating a place where people want to live, work and play.
|At a bill signing with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder|
I love running. I'm never going to win a marathon, and some runs are better than others. Even on those days when I struggle to put one foot in front of the other, I always feel better after a bad run then if I'd decided to not go. There is something so fulfilling about traveling and exploring an entirely new city in my running shoes.
|Running in Boston - one of my favorite cities|
|Chicago - the pinnacle of placemaking|
|In downtown Detroit after a race|