Overcoming Jealousy

We were talking about jealousy in Studio the other day, and it really made me think about jealousy and how easily it can creep into my thoughts. Especially when I first started in architecture and studio, I would always be comparing my project to other people’s and I would get very jealous when I thought someone else’s project was better, cooler, more fun or more whatever than mine. Because everyone’s project seemed cooler than mine. As I spent more time, I realized that my project was just as cool as the ones I was jealous of, but I was too close to it to see that.
So I began to be aware of being jealous of other projects and looked for a way to turn my jealousy in to something positive and productive. So I began to see other projects as inspiration to push mine to be even better. And to encourage the projects that I really liked to help encourage others to be their best. Because when you turn jealousy into motivation, instead of having two people being petty, you have two people each making something amazing. Turns out, that’s way easier said than done.  But it’s something I have become really aware of lately and I’m consciously working to fight jealousy, because it’s so unnecessary.  A lot of times it helps me to realize I’m not competing with anyone, and to instead be happy that my friend has created something great.
Studio is not the only place where I experience jealousy.  I see friends posting about all the fun things they’re doing on Facebook and it can make my own life feel lame and boring.  But I realized that it does me no good to wish for a life like a Facebook “highlight reel” and instead to be genuinely happy for my friend’s achievements, because then I can be more positive about my own. And because the time and energy spent envying others, whether in studio or any other time, can be so much better spent encouraging others. Because I really think that if we stopped being jealous all the time, we would learn so much from each other and then the possibilities to create/make/write/do something amazing would be endless.

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Welcome To My Blog!

My name is Cozy, I’m a junior at the University of Minnesota studying architecture and I decided to start my own blog because I love blogs for their ability to share ideas and invite discussion about them.  I think I have some interesting things to say, and I hope you enjoy hearing what I think about various topics.  My blog is going to focus on architecture and scrapbooking, two things I really like, but I will also post other miscellaneous ideas.

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Here is a picture of me at St John’s Abbey Church

I truly think architecture is just about the best major on the planet: it’s challenging and rewarding and allows a lot of my homework to be done by making things.  I have recently started thinking a lot about meaning in architecture, how non-architects see architecture, what I think about architectural practice and education, and many other topics.  In fact that’s one of the main reason I wanted to start this blog, I think architecture is ever exploring its place in culture and I hope this blog will be a platform for discussion of many different ideas.  I also hope to share some wisdom with younger architecture students, not that I know much so far, but I am learning.

I’m just starting to get into scrapbooking and I am always learning and exploring new tips, tricks and techniques I’d like to share with others.  I’ll post about searching for my personal style of scrapbooking, and ways to scrapbook on a college student’s budget.