Happy New Year! I love yelling that at the top of my lungs at the stroke of midnight with my family, followed by husband kisses and children hugs. My family and I talk about what we want to personally do better in the new year. We talk about what we wished went differently in the past year and, most of all, we dream about how wonderful it can be; we are after all Americans.
I've mentioned before that each time I hear on the AM radio ". . .and now for the update on America's Financial Crisis. . ." I feel like saying, "Excuse me folks, it's the new reality; work with it." The hardest part of running my practice is not the tightened credit for my clients; it's not even the current regulations we accept that we have to work within. The hardest part is the uncertainty of what the federal government will do next, and how it will affect my ability to run my practice and serve my clients. Too many times I tell my clients they need to undertake some additional aspect of construction on a project just because the AHJ said so, especially when the codes clearly indicate not necessary.
Sustainable design and commonsense [re]development: those are two topics I want to spend more time on this year. I feel good that my clients are poised to do well in this area. Increased federal intervention into how my clients run their offices/businesses, however, that is troubling. I hope the goodness in people will prevail. (Yes, I still hate how the "HOPE" mantra has been hijacked by hot air rhetoric.) My greatest hope is that good people running businesses will take a few precious moments away from trying to run their businesses and weigh in on the increasing intervention we are feeling at federal, state, and local levels. I hope there will be more tea parties. I hope there will be more entrepreneurs with the gumption to get things going. I hope government doesn't tax us to death.
In short, I hope for America to be as great as she can be. God bless America. Best wishes for a great 2010.
- Lisa Stacholy, AIA