Thoughts for Students of Architecture…

Promo Poster for Launch of The Erenwine Agenda

…after having written a novel about an intern architectural designer.

I put a free-form talk together this morning for you guys. It is 7.5 minutes long – have a listen and do comment and share!

Here is the talk – click to listen.

 

Have a great design-day all,

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

p.s. I will see about transcribing or refining this talk for those who are interested. Message me for more info.

p.p.s. The book will be out soon. Best way to keep abreast of updates is to follow me on one of my social media channels or here on Goodreads. Thanks!

Hike for Roger: ALS Research Funding

My friend Steve has a friend called Roger. And Steve is hiking the Appalachian Trail right now, to fund raise for ALS research, in support of Roger. This is a story worth following. If you are moved to share, please do; if you are moved to donate, please do. And as Steve says, “Amplify Your Life!”

Website here: Hike For Roger

Stay tuned for updates!

-Maia

 

Women of the World

I thought the idea of a women’s strike today – International Women’s Day – was silly. Then I got the flu, and had to take the day off. Not participating in the larger economy or in the running of my household. Taking a rest day for myself. Nurturing me. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than that.

I leave you (as I go back to my sofa and tea) with this snippet of a song by CeeLo Green, “Women of the World (Go on Strike!).” Click play on the link below to listen. And watch the movie it’s from, Begin Again – it’s excellent.

May we all – women, men, and those in between – take the time to nurture our own selves.

Be well!

-Maia

Crazy Meta Tag Mania!

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I’ve written a crazy long list of possible meta tags for my soon-to-be-released novel, The Erenwine Agenda. Feels like building the base of a good stew, creating a yummy dessert. Rich chocolate. You get the idea. Makes me happy to see it so I thought I’d share. It’s like a reflection back on the past five years of research-writing-editing. 🙂

AMC, animism, Appalachian Mountain Club, AT, ATC, Appalachian Trail, appreciation, architect, architecture, architectural design, architectural intern, Architectural Registration Exam, ARE, asbestos, Avalonian Arc, Binghamton, Boerum Hill, Brecon, Brooklyn, cli-fi, climate change fiction, contemporary fiction, Democratic politics, design, drawing, dreams, East Stroudsberg, Easter Island, eco-fiction, election, energy, environment, environmentalism, environmental love story, EPA, flooding, flood maps, Flower District, fossil fuel, fracking, geodesign, geothermal energy, Glamorgan, global warming, Gowanus Canal, Green politics, Hamilton Heights, heart math, heroine, Highline, hiking, Hudson, Hungarian Pastry Shop, Hurricane Sandy, hydraulic fracturing, historic restoration, hunting, IDP, Intern Development Program, internship, land, leases, Libertarian politics, LNG, love, Manhattan, Marcellus, Marcellus Formation, Marcellus Shale, Meadowlands, meditation, mesothelioma, methylene chloride, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mount Willard, Moultonborough, natural gas, natural resources, Nezuntoz, New York City, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York State, NJ Transit, non-renewable energy, Occupy, Occupy Sandy, OSHA, Papua New Guinea, Pennsylvania, petroleum geologist, Philadelphia, Pussy Riot, Quakertown, quilts, Rapa Nui, Reiki, religion, renewable energy, Republican politics, prayer, Rockaway, romantic elements, roses, Scranton, Secretary of the Interior Standards, SEPTA, shale, shale gas, silk, slate, storm surge modeling, storytelling, straphangers, Superstorm Sandy, sustainable design, sustainability, tea, terrain modeling, tetrachloroethylene, Upper West Side, urban fiction, Usk, visionary fiction, voting, Wales, water, water levels, water line, whales, WIA, women in architecture

Stay tuned for more!

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

 

What’s Working Well?

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What’s working well?
This has been coming up a lot lately.
I just answered a similar question on the Facebook page of the lovely Kate Northrup and found it helpful to think about, so I am sharing my answer here, too. Partly to shine a light on her good work and also to hold myself accountable. Here is my answer:
“I came up with 4 things for 4 areas of my life, where 20% (or less, really) result in 80% of results:
1. Work: give clients 3 graphic options to choose from (I’m an architect by profession);
2. Creative (I’m a writer too): lay out my morning writing project material the night before;
3. Household/Kids: plan the night before…!;
4. Personal: stick with my sacred 15 min meditation + 30 min sun salutations every morning before anyone else in the household is awake.
Super payoffs!”
What’s working well in your world?
Maia
p.s. The image above is from organizational work on my about-to-be published novel, with thanks to Stuart Horwitz and his amazing book-plotting method called Book Architecture.
p.p.s. Posting this from sheer appreciation and nothing else.

What healing is…

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I heard this today on an Abraham-Hicks audio on YouTube – I’m transcribing for you here because I think it’s well worth sharing.

“A healer is someone who sees the expanded version of someone, focuses on it completely, and therefore dominates the vibration to influence the other toward it…

…whether you are a counselor who encourages people or someone who learns massage and soothes them into relaxation, or whether you are someone who decides that you will be a physician, or whether you decide that you will be someone who simply looks for the best in others and reflects that back to them, all of that is healing.

Remember, the cure that medicine is looking for, is relief. That’s all. Just relief. Relief from the negative emotion that binds and holds apart from the wellness that is desired.

You get to pick. We rarely tell people that they are healers. What we tell people is that they are teachers. And by that, we mean, you are one who came forth intending to find out some way, the vibrational alignment that came within you, so that you could reflect that knowing to those who are asking. And that can play out in whatever way pleases you.

Some of the most powerful healers on the planet are musicians who hold people in a spell of alignment…you can pick anything that is pleasing to you, and please do pick something that is pleasing to you, because if you sacrifice your joy, for the service of helping others, you don’t align with Source and you’ve got nothing to give them.

Where if you pick the thing that pleases you most, and give it your undivided attention, and use it as your excuse to line up with who you are, and then in that state of alignment you hold someone else as your object of attention, they will benefit by your alignment, and that’s what healing is.”

-Abraham, translated by Esther Hicks 01/21/2017

http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php