This Weekend I’m Learning About White Space

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Alt For Everyone Notes

Oh, goodness. I’m on my last day of Alt for Everyone– an online blogging conference put on by Altitude Summit, and my brain is mush. I still have 2 classes left to go as I type this, and if I weren’t in the library, I would be in my cozy jammies in bed with soothing chocolate and maybe a do not disturb sign on my face.

As it is, I need to stay alert and cohesive so I can continue to be overwhelmed by so much great information. God, I love blogging conferences. I do miss the ‘in real life’ interaction, but the cost of going to a conference adds up like 1st grade math.

I’ve been to enough conferences now so I think there is a pretty standard range of emotions/thoughts to roller coaster through as you are interacting and learning. Here they are. Tell me if you’d add anything:

Jealousy
Unbridled excitement at this career
Blogging self-hatred
Overwhelm from information
Yawns
Insecurity
Impatience to get everything I learn done NOW
Goosebumps
Tears 
Comradery

desk

Without droning on about all the great tips I have learned, (and especially since I need to put this all aside for a few days and return when I am fresh), I will say that one of my big takeaways is the idea of white space.

Yep. You know when there is something in your life that you don’t realize you are yearning for, and then you keep getting reminders about it that nearly smack you in the head, and you’re like, “Oh yeah, that’s what I need.”?

The first mention of it was from Hilary Rushford and Whitney English in their “Overcoming Overwhelm” class. They talked about white space. They talked about getting really good at saying no to things that don’t bring you joy. (Like I’ve been trying to force myself to be really active on Google+, and it’s just not doing it for me right now.)

They spoke of focusing on a project and not stressing about doing everything else right then, too. This all gives you white space. White space=mental freedom.

The next mention of this was during Laurie Smithwick’s keynote speech. Dude. Laurie is a compelling and truly motivating speaker, and I found myself going through nearly every one of the above emotions during her talk. She dove into the idea of mental white space, and brought up an idea she heard in college from a professor: the 3 B’s– bed, bath, and bus, being the 3 best places for creative thinking. Your mind is wandering, you make connections, you come up with great ideas.

She showed a whole string of different slides that said this in different beautiful ways:

Step away from the screen and make something - Laurie Smithwick!

Life white space.

Isn’t it wonderful? Of course, I still want to spend the next 72 hours straight tweaking my blog and making plans and contacting people and rearranging my pin boards. But for now I’m going to go take a nap, annoy my kids and eat some snacks. Then I’ll come back and kick some ass on here. Then do it all over and over again.

6 Comments

  1. 09/27/2014 / 4:33 pm

    Awesome thoughts on the conference. And yes. Felt (and feel) all of those things! the only thing I’d add is a desire to really want to meet everyone in real life. Like tonight. For drinks. 😉 LOVE your writing style on here. I’ve just been poking around for a few minutes and I’ve already laughed out loud a couple of times!

    • 09/28/2014 / 3:36 pm

      Hi Sarah! I totally wanted to get together with everyone for drinks after these classes- how fun would it have been to be able to compare thoughts and takeaways? I guess you just can’t beat a real conference for that goodness. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 09/27/2014 / 9:50 pm

    When you mentioned white space I immediately thought about layouts, design and how not to saturate your blog with too much. Now, I LOVE the idea of mental breaks, peace and “white space” in our personal lives. Oh yes, breathe, enjoy life and take a nap once in while. All not very doable with 3 little kids but carving time to rest is imperative for me. I’ll come back for sure and read about your take aways and notes! Thanks for sharing 😉

    Ursula

    • 09/28/2014 / 3:34 pm

      Yay! That’s what I love about white space- it applies to (and is so important in) art, but it has everything to do with life as well. Thanks so much for your comment, and good luck carving that time out for yourself- be ruthless about it. 🙂

  3. 10/02/2014 / 11:36 am

    Yes!! The part about stepping away from the screen to create something — I literally picked up my knitting needles as soon as that talk was over (and my daughter was in bed) and honestly felt a thousand times rejuvenated. I haven’t crafted since she was born 13 months ago and it feels like THAT might be what’s missing. I felt a surge of energy on the blog after taking that “white space” time!

    • 10/04/2014 / 6:50 am

      Isn’t it weird how completely and majorly you can feel that sense of relief when you get off the screen for a bit to do something creative? Especially after being bombarded with all of that great information; it was so nice to put it completely aside for a bit and just make stuff. 🙂

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