Looking Forward

Sonia Thompson

A serene Splinter Creek lake (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

Happy new year! A fresh start on the calendar always feels like a time ripe for change. As 2023 gets going, we take a look at what experts are predicting some of those changes will be. Spoiler alert: our favorites are the priorities that have been part of Splinter Creek since its inception.

Working from a Splinter Creek home office doesn't feel like work (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

1. Reordering
The pandemic gave way to a new kind of work life (aka "WFH"), hybrid work, the Great Resignation, and Quiet Quitting. No matter what you call it, it basically boils down to one word: balance. We are now better evaluating our priorities, dreams, and values that work best for the way more balanced lives we want to lead.

A starry night's sky above the Splinter Creek North Lake (photo by Stephen Kirkpatrick).

2. Exploration
Forbes says, "Whether it’s breaking the monotony of the last few years or an epic trip, we want to see, learn, and discover what’s out there." This trend might take the form of "bleisure" travel (mixing business and travel), or by becoming a digital working nomad, pairing a chosen experience with work obligations. Or it might even look like learning more about our cosmos. The New York Times says, “Anything having to do with space will be big as people look for the optimism and inspiration that seem in limited supply on Earth.” We never tire of opportunities to learn and explore, and we want experiences that surprise and delight as it reminds us of the possibilities of who we can be.

Did you know you can plant and grow your own vegetable garden at Splinter Creek? (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

3. Environmentally Food-Friendly
The New York Times says that “Calling yourself a climatarian is so 2022. The new term is regenivore. It’s no longer about eating sustainably, which implies a state of preserving what is. In 2023, we want food from companies that are actively healing the planet through carbon-reducing agriculture, more rigorous animal welfare policies, and equitable treatment of the people who grow and process food.”

Let the sun shine in (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).

4. Light
MindBodyGreen says, "As more research comes out on the role that light plays in our health, we'll design our homes with circadian-friendly retrofits like dimmable lighting, blackout shades, and sunrise clocks."

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