Accompanying my recent site overhaul, has been lot of positive feedback about how ‘clean’ and ‘spacious’ it feels as a place to visit.
Which – as a lover of white space, is exactly what I intended!
But, in daily life – even with the best intentions, I can find myself slipping back into the attitude of needing to do more and effectively, needing to be more.
Brene Brown depicts the clamour of busy-ness as a garden of weedsthat we wade through all day long – squeezing productivity out of every second, catching ourselves on thorns of shame and guilt if we pause to stop for too long.
It feels good – whizzing through our to-do lists by lunchtime and getting her done.
But it’s not sustainable.
We need downtime. We need to release ourselves from the pressure of doing and carve out a little time for being.
Letting thoughts flow.
Taking a moment to just breathe and quietly take it all in.
In the past year, I have been mindful of the need to create more white space in my life.
What white space looks like for me:
– A tidy workspace and office.
– Daily meditation and gratitude practice.
– Daydreaming with the sun on my face and the cicadas tunefully singing in the background.
– Making an agreement with myself to focus on a few things well rather than a whole lot of projects that only get a slither of my attention.
– Cutting back on scheduled activities for the kids and having them choose their one passion area for the year.
– Pausing between tasks to Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
What white space feels like for me:
-Luxury. Ease. Openess.
– Honouring the introvert
– Peace and a gentle flow of creativity.
The perfect reminder that I don’t have to prove myself all the time.
Showing up is enough.
Are you a fan of creating small pockets of white space in your life?
What have you been celebrating this week?
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