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Snowfall. White Space.


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Earlier this winter we had the biggest snowfall in years. White, fluffy, thick drifts of snow that looked so enticing as I sat drinking coffee in a warm nook while looking out the window. No dirt yet because it was still so early in the day that snowplows were just beginning to clear the street.

I love how snow envelops, protects, and changes the landscape before my eyes. The kids see it as “Snow Day” with varying reactions, from glee to disappointment depending on which of our children is speaking. Snow is calming. It provides the opportunity for white space.

White Space

We intuitively know what white space is, that blank whiteboard on which we draw, write, or doodle anything we want. Or the spacious light-filled room with nothing in it. It’s just white. Empty. Fresh. Clear. Like newly fallen snow, of course.

What emotions does white space conjure up in you when you think of it?

Value of White Space

White space feels cleansing. It’s expansive.

For me, white space is the light-filled room, empty of any baggage, of Harry Potter’s train station setting when he met with Dumbledore (spoiler alert!) after he passed away. A transition area that also serves as a respite from daily life. When I sit in white space, I have room to breathe without external distractions. I can enter this room when I need time alone, time to process a feeling or event, and emerge renewed having given myself the time to turn inward.

How to get more of it

We lead busy lives. Checklists of tasks need completion. We prioritize others’ needs over our own. I get it. I also know from my HR and coaching background that we are wearing ourselves out. The pandemic seems never-ending. We are at our wits end managing the blurred lines between work and family life.

Here’s what I’ve learned: no one will give you permission to enter your white space except you. That’s the short and long of it. You can either give yourself the gift of white space which will lead to feelings of openness and wellbeing, or you can make excuses about why you don’t deserve it. At the (hor)crux of the matter, many of us don’t feel we deserve white space until “x” happens. Even worse – we move “x” farther away the closer we get to it.

So, getting white space is easy. We just need to choose it. Whether it’s carving it out in your calendar or simply enjoying a moment without the need to fill it, white space is a wonderful gift you can give yourself. White space grants us clarity, serenity, and the belief that we can face life with more equanimity.

Impact on Others

White space impacts those around us too. First, our immediate family members witness it. Our actions teach them it’s okay to retreat for periods of time. Secondly, we influence our dear friends as we project those feelings of serenity. Finally, we impact our community when we share our insights gleaned from those moments of peace. Full circle: today’s blog came out of the white space that happened with the beautiful snowfall I described in my opening.

Snow blanket photo by wisconsinpictures on Unsplash, Sunlit snow by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

Take some time this week for white space and see what happens. What gifts did you gain from the experience? How can you share them with others?

You have to be open minded in order to grow. The coaching that Laura gave me opened my eyes to what and how I was doing things and allowed me to see the bigger picture. I am not done yet but I already see the changes in my everyday life.


I think coaching is a great way to help you clear your mind when you get stuck with overwhelming situations or when stepping into changes in your life.


Coaching is life changing. It pushes you outside your comfort zone and challenges your perspectives.  It is highly motivating and the exercises and techniques used are both fun and informative.  I think the main benefits of coaching are to see yourself, others and the world more clearly.  I think coaching is valuable to anyone regardless of where you are in your life or career.


I honestly never thought I’d need a coach. I thought coaching was for CEOs and industry VIPs. I didn’t think it was for the “little guys” (i.e. me). Now, I’m of the belief that everyone – yes, EVERYONE – needs a coach. Coaching has really benefitted me and I’m so grateful to have had that time with Laura. It’s changed my life!


Laura is very patient. She took the time to understand what was causing me to be stuck where I am today and help me build a better vision so I can continue to grow.


I think Laura’s coaching was what I had been waiting for. Laura was so approachable, kind, and open. Her willingness to help and support made a difference for me. I found in her coaching new strategies, ideas, and perspectives that I could incorporate into my goals and objectives that I didn’t see before.


Laura is an incredibly intuitive, positive and caring coach. Her techniques helped me recognize both my strengths and areas I might want to explore as I embark on the next chapter of my career. The exercises she employed were instrumental in providing self perspective and challenging my frames of reference.


Laura is a natural coach. Her probing and compassionate questions helped me learn about myself: my value system, interests, goals and strengths.


Coaching sessions with Laura gave me new perspectives on how to process specific feelings and situations in life.  She showed me how to sit with my emotions, acknowledge them, and then use visualization strategies to move through them.  I now feel more confident and in control of how I choose to walk through life.


From the beginning, Laura put me at ease, creating a safe, open space for me to talk and share freely without fear of judgement. I loved the variety of approaches she used depending on the topic we were working on and it was fun being able to try out things I wouldn’t have considered before! With Laura’s coaching, I substantially grew my confidence in the workplace, overcame fears, dealt with issues I’d been carrying around for many years and, most importantly, learned to value myself and define a path forward into the future.


Laura’s coaching was a breath of fresh air and EXACTLY what I needed at that point of my life. I didn’t realize how impactful coaching was going to be, but by the end of the sessions together, I left feeling refreshed, inspired and genuinely curious about what my future held for me. Because of Laura and her coaching, I believe I became a better person – someone who is more open-minded, someone with a clearer focus, and someone who is willing to explore opportunities and possibilities far more than I ever did before.


I engaged Laura for coaching as I took on an expanded role leading an asset management company in Canada. As a female, I knew I would be a role model and had high expectations of myself. I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious.

In our first few coaching sessions we worked through exercises that allowed me to reflect on my purpose, leadership style and what mattered most to me. I continue to be grounded by the clarity I achieve in my coaching sessions – allowing me to be resilient and confident when challenges came my way.