This post originally appeared on the Laura Kathryn Creative blog.

Laura Kathryn Creative

“Hi, I’m Laura. And I’m saying yes to more white space.”

Two weeks ago, I attended the Making Things Happen Conference. What a life-changing, soul-searching, rock-your-world event. I plan to blog on the entire thing soon because it deserves it’s own post.

At one point during the conference, Lara Casey asked us to stand up and confidently say what we were going to say “YES” to. We went around the room and I listened to 84 people declare what life changes they were dedicated to make happen. Then it was my turn. I stood up (heart racing) and said:

“Hi, I’m Laura. And I’m saying yes to more white space.”

White space.

As a designer, this is something I crave. The white space in a composition gives elements – text and images – room to exist. White space is not random, it’s extremely intentional and it serves a purpose. White space makes the important elements of the design clearer. White space is a breath of fresh air. White space is freeing.

You see, before Making Things Happen, life was the opposite of white space. It was not purposeful. It was not intentional. I was living on accident. I was behind on every client project. Our house was always a mess. Laundry and dishes both piled high. Screens were in front of us all day. I woke up when my two year old woke up and felt rushed every morning getting us out the door. I was constantly scrolling through my Instagram feed. Constant comparing. Constant noise. Constant clutter.

Fast forward to one week ago. I joined in with the sweet Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events ( you can read her post here) and some other amazing MTH alums for a social media vacation. No social media for one week. No mindless scrolling through clutter on my phone. No comparing myself to others. No more seeking approval from “friends”. We touched base every day and kept each other accountable.

It. was. incredible.

Did I miss the community and seeing my friend’s photos? A little. Did I miss any life-altering events? Definitely not. I gained so much more that what I missed.

I gained more intentional conversations. I gained hours back into my day. I gained gratitude for what I can see right in front of me, not what’s on my phone. I gained peace from not constantly being in state of comparison. I sent a gift to a friend. I loved on my clients. I loved on my family even more. I painted. I played the piano that’s been collecting dust for weeks. I felt full for the first time in……forever.

I gained white space. Beautiful, purposeful, freeing white space.

And it sure rocked.

Download this phone lock screen here. I encourage you to take the leap and give a social media break a try! You’ll be so glad you did.