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7. Making good use of Data Voids

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

May 28, 2019

"Moments you don't notice are as telling as those you do" ~Lupi & Posavec

I'm feeling really grateful for this Spillings section during my process. It's nice to have a place for what feels like random thoughts. On Sunday I was supposed to start counting and recording my thoughts and feelings. However, I was completely distracted with family events, etc. and a lingering headache. (I think I need to make a count for "complaining" in this moment...hah!)

Even though I had a data void, I did recognize how I was feeling which was due to a lot of laughing. My process was still on my mind and I found myself tuning in to the moments that made up my day. Still though, I was feeling a little critical that I didn't stick to my plan of recording. It wasn't until later as I was thinking on those feelings of failure that I was creatively thinking and working through those feelings. I created a symbol for the data void on an index card to resolve the negative thinking. I didn't have post it notes like I had planned earlier, but using what I had on hand led to new ideas.

I thought about the thickness of the index card and how it was as if I made myself a "free pass". That thinking reminded me of monopoly and the "get out of jail free" card. So, I made myself a similar card to use in the future if needed.

My data void brought on feelings of failure which we all experience at times in areas of our life. I took those feelings and mixed them with creative thinking to push through. I feel confident this week and most of it is due to my acceptance to welcome failures. Without working through failures we cannot learn from them. Failing is an opportunity for creative thinking.

"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine" ~John C. Maxwell

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