As designer I always strive to be honest. Through the vibrant use of colour and stark contrasts, I navigate my way through the world and any obstacles that I may come across. My designs are often a result of chance and instinct, forming a contradiction with my nature to always overthink things. One can thus say that the process of designing is my escape – it provides me with a way to communicate in ways that would be unimaginable if I think about it too much. The brand PAUSE, seeking the in-between, started with my own personal struggle to stay mindful and present. Being a designer that is emerged in the fast-paced 21st century, I believe that by using slowness as basis for my practical work, it is possible to design single moments where the students of Stellenbosch University are present, grounded and slow. PAUSE aimed to answer the following research question: What are the effects of engaging in participatory drawing on Stellenbosch University students’ well-being in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic? By linking sensory stimulation to mindful drawing, the events created by PAUSE encouraged students to practise more perceptiveness and awareness in everyday life and to create moments where they could seek their own in-between – becoming slow within the fast-paced technological era. By exploring new ways to create slowness, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic, I was not only designing for the well-being of my fellow students, but also for myself.