Two years ago I made a goal to get my architecture license by the end of 2014 and finish what I started when I went to Cal Poly Pomona to begin my degree in 1992. The nagging in the back of my head had to stop, so I decided to do something about it (finally). It took an immeasurable amount of internal motivation and discipline to get me to where I am today. A tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can say that I truly feel lighter.
Saturday, December 20, 2014 was the day I became a "real" architect; number C-34892 according to the California Architects Board. Or as my friend Drew says, "That's CEE-THREE-FOUR-EIGHT-NINE-TWO. BITCHEZZ." It's true; I am just a number (to the state) who now has much more potential to be on the wrong end of a liability claim because it can be proven that I know the difference between right and wrong according to a rigorous exam process. But I digress. No matter what the future has in store for me, I can't help but be excited and proud. The first thing I did was create my stamp.
One thing I know for sure is that I could not have achieved this monumental task alone. It has been the most difficult thing I have ever attempted and completed. More on that another time. Thank you to all that have supported me along the way. A very special thanks go out to my wife Jessie and my friends Mark, Brett, Drew, Neal, Cormac, Jacob, Robert, and Doug.