Design Perspective
12/22/2021

An Ode to 2021

By: Anna Popov

Design Perspective
12/22/2021

An Ode to 2021

By: Anna Popov

Cover image Credit @anton_benedict_photo

An ode to 2021

Hello there 2021, it seems you are coming to an end?

What an extraordinary year you have been but I think it’s time we had a little talk. A talk about gratitude, tenacity and forward progress. A talk about pushing limits and finding strength you didn’t know you had. A talk about growth and flexibility and empathy. A talk about how far you pushed me and my ability to manage and lead this company to a whole new level.

Now before we go any further 2021, I want you to know that I thank you. During your time, you have brought my company to a very important, establishing, turning point for which, I am filled with gratitude. You have been extraordinary, stressful, unique, weird and wonderful. You brought out the best in us and you unlocked skill sets I didn’t know existed before.

But 2021, you also brought problems.

This has been a crazy year to remodel, renovate or build. Price fluctuations, supply-chain interruptions, product shortages, shipping delays, material shortages, skilled labor shortages, high-pressure decision making, budget constraints and more have made this year one for the books. There is no point denying it – you kicked our BEHINDS!

In times of uncertainty, I am a firm believer that one must work twice as hard to find the solutions and opportunities. I also believe that forward is always better than back in most things. My team and I were able to collaborate, adjust and always find ways forward. 2021, you taught us that and I am extremely proud of the growth we have achieved because of it.

So, 2021, thanks for the chat and thanks for the memories. I appreciate you; I really do but you can go now, knowing I will remember you forever. Onwards we go!

– Anna

Cover image Credit @anton_benedict_photo

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