breanna rose / a day in the life

I have read a few “day in the life” type stories from other bloggers I admire and thought it would be a fun exercise to do myself. More often than not, blogs can become a curated space that may seem fancier than real life actually is. For example, sometimes I post nicer things on my wantlist series – but do I own all of these things? No way. I have purchased maybe 2% of said items. The real life behind a creative fascinates me, so here we go!! Yesterday, I jotted down what I did throughout the day, which resulted in a no frills account of a typical week day. As you’ll see, it can be pretty mundane … but just as a heads up, I probably talk about food way more than I should. I would encourage you all to record your own days sometime and share it with others. It gives a lot of insight into the REAL person behind the computer screen. To see my own details, please click the read more button below.

6:45 AM I woke up early in the morning to get an insanity work out in. I don’t normally rise before 7, but there was an eerie calm I experienced during breakfast ( I’m really lame and ate a pop tart ) that was actually really nice. I may have to do that again.

7:15 AM Insanity kicked my butt. I had worked out the prior evening around 9:45pm, so I only really had 9 hours of rest in between which probably wasn’t a good idea. As I sit here writing this my legs and back are killing me as my head slowly rolls towards my desk. But I do love insanity + the results, I really really do.

8:00 AM Insanity ( I sound like a broken record ) literally makes me sweat more than I think I ever have ( TMI?? ), so a quick shower was essential. I then got ready for the day and put on my typical uniform of black skinny jeans + a loose t-shirt.

8:38 AM Finally sat down at my desk and powered through all unanswered and important emails. Halfway through, my stomach was growling hardcore. I don’t think my breakfast was nutritional or big enough, which is something I need to work on!

9:22 AM A few of my important client emails required quick design mock ups and branding overviews, so I put those together in prep to send off. At this point, my stomach was still annoying me big time. Michael came into my office and gave me a few candy corn pieces, which will definitely be the death of me this fall.

10:00 AM Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for a few “go to” printers, so I took to twitter and got some great feedback! I’ve sent out a handfull of inquiries to local printers and really hope to find the perfect fit for myself and clients.

10:53 AM I seriously considered eating lunch early, but grabbed some more candy corn instead. Dangit!

10:55 AM I like to tackle one BIG item from my to do list before lunch, so I worked on a fun + unique website design for a current client. It’s very much outside of my comfort zone box, so I’m excited about this one.

11:59 AM After crossing off my big ticket item for the day, I literally ran to the kitchen for some lunch. I decided on having some leftover noodles ( I know, nothing interested ) and took some photographs before eating, just because I figured why not feature a photo of food on this particular post since I talk + think about it so much.

12:23 PM Instead of diving right back into work, I chatted with my friend Jen via Skype for a little bit. We dished about clients, food, and a little bit on a collaboration together. It’s always fun to get some human interaction, even if only online, throughout the work day!

1:00 PM I hunkered down again to get some work done for clients. I usually spend 2-3 larger periods of time per day knee deep in Adobe Illustrator designing away … any more than that and I tend to lose my creative juice.

2:12 PM I edited photos for this particular post and really enjoyed playing around in Lightroom. Photography is something I really enjoy and hope to do more of soon! I plan on taking out my Canon AE-1 to shoot film in the next few weeks. My favorite toy.

3:00PM Had a quick phone call with my aunt who is also my insurance provider. Since we bought a new house, she’s got our back and talked me through everything, insurance wise! Like what happens if our dishwasher leaks and ruins our wood floor. Yikes! Plus, we got to catch up too, which is always nice.

3:45 PM With most of my to do list completed, I just had to tie up a few loose ends. I finished up emails, sent out a branding comp, and responded to some exciting client inquiries. The end of the day tends to be a lot of busy work, but it’s my favorite time to cool down and ease into the evening.

5:00 PM Over the past couple of days, we’ve been painting our bedroom white with one focal wall in a charcoal. My job today was to get the focal wall done, which was a nice break after a seemingly never ending white on white on white.

6:58 PM Michael and I usually eat dinner together unless one of us is out. Tonight, I had the house to myself – and when that happens, I have a weird kind of tradition. I make myself mac n cheese shapes. Yup. Like a five year old. And I enjoyed every single bite while catching up on Buzzfeed. Sorry I’m not sorry about that one.

7:18 PM Put on the final coat of Benjamin Moore Stonecutter Grey to our bedroom wall.

9:00 PM Realized we’re out of milk and thought I’d be a good girlfriend and run to the grocery store to pick some up so Michael can eat his breakfast. Luckily, our grocery store is right around the corner – I love that!!

9:40 PM I plopped myself down on the couch, finally, and watched some tv while eating an apple + peanut butter. It’s my favorite nightly ritual that I usually share with Michael, but since he was out with a few friends … I had some much needed me time to relax and zone out for a bit.

11:00 PM Once Michael got home, he joined me downstairs and we watched Jimmy Fallon’s parody of Breaking Bad ( hilarious ) before getting some much needed z’s. Day done.

  1. Danielle says:

    There’s beauty in the ordinary :) thanks for sharing a day in your life with us!

    • breanna says:

      Aww, yes. Simple is good. I think at the end of the day, it’s the simple things and simple routines that help me relax after a day @ work!

  2. Sophie says:

    Oh my word this is lovely. I think I might steal the idea myself (if that’s ok). It’s such an interesting post.

  3. Rashi says:

    What a fun, accomplished day! Looking forward to seeing the collaboration between you and Jen—I’m sure it something super exciting!

  4. Allison says:

    Oh wow, this sounds great. I clicked Jen’s name hoping it would be that Jen… Once again the internet makes the (design) world that much smaller – can’t wait to see the collab.

    The biggest shocker to me is that you only spend a few hours in Illustrator!? I am a month in to my first big girl job at an agency and most days are spent diving headfirst + swimming in AI files… knee-deep sounds like a nice break!

    love your idea of one big to-do done by lunch. Trying that as we speak!

    • breanna says:

      I meant I spend 2-3 larger periods of time in Illustrator, probably a good 1.5-2 hours each. So more like 4 hours a day in AI. ;)

      But yes, I love accomplishing one huge thing before lunch, you should definitely give it a try! I always feel so much better in the afternoons then. I’m naturally slower at work then, so it’s probbbbably for the best. ;)

  5. Nesha says:

    I LOVE the idea of these posts! I’ve seen a few around the blog world and might do one myself. On more pressing matters- you’re doing the insanity workout?! I’m well impressed. Hope it goes well for you!

  6. Hello Breanna, you might find a good printer here -> : http://www.inkerlinker.com/ . I haven’t tried it but i’ve heard people were totally satisfied with who they found !
    Loved reading about your day , try to do the same with one picture an hour, could be fun !

  7. Quyen says:

    Breanna, how do you cope with working alone? I am starting that and sometimes it is very lonely. Great post! It is always interesting to get a glimpse into a day in the life of a creative.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

    • breanna says:

      It can for SURE get lonely, but what’s really helped me is connecting with other creatives in the same boat. I typically have my Skype chat window up all day and talk to a few people here and there. So although it’s not in person, it’s always a nice break of interaction.

      I also like to set up dinner dates as much as possible with friends ( creative or not ). Plus, just getting out to run errands or going out for dinner with Michael helps as well. Working by yourself isn’t for everyone – that’s for sure – but it’s something you have to feel out if you’re really interested.

  8. alicia says:

    I am the most productive in the mornings and besides quickly going through my e-mails I try to get all my “big stuff” done then too. I have a really hard time being productive in the afternoon so mornings are crucial.

    I love that you have skype dates with other creatives. You mentioned it in a post a few weeks ago too. None of my designer friends are freelancers, it’s just me…I’ve “met” so many of you awesome girls online tho and am really looking forward to further connect in Palm Springs.

  9. Ffion says:

    Nice to see a blogger with an “ordinary” day. You’re right, online life often does look extremely curated. Thank you for being so honest with us :)

  10. Kendra says:

    I love this! Not only do I always enjoy getting a glimpse into people’s day-to-day, yours is especially interesting to me as I begin trying to better organize my freelance days! Do you try and keep to a similar schedule each day? IE, do you always start/take breaks/stop at the same time each day? It can be tricky to find a schedule that works best :)

    • breanna says:

      My days tend to be set up in a similar fashion, but vary from day to day. So each morning, I wake up and answer emails and try to accomplish one big task before lunch. But sometimes I’ll workout or go for a run, which pushes things back depending on when I woke up. Sometimes I work until 6 or 7 depending on my schedule. That’s the great thing though, it’s all very flexible for the most part. :)

  11. Rebecca says:

    I know it may seem ordinary but this was actually really interesting. I’d love to write down but I’m kinda frightened to. I need to work on getting more done in a day before I start writing that out ;)

  12. JACLYN says:

    So nice to see that “real people” exist. I find this post extremely comforting, and not at all boring!

  13. Shayla says:

    This was fun to read thanks for sharing!

    ps: you need to eat more often (5 to 6 small meals a day) and maybe some healthier ones here and there; trust me you’ll be grateful you did when you hit your 30’s and your metabolism begins to move at the pace of a Turtle (maybe slower). ;)

    • breanna says:

      No worries, I actually DO eat more often and healthier. This particular day just wasn’t at all, ha. Those sneak in every once in awhile. :)

  14. Ann-Marie says:

    Dang girl! Insanity is HARD! I love getting a peek into your day in the life. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Kathy says:

    Oh, I love this! The concept between getting one big thing done before lunch is BRILLIANT! I am at my most productive before lunch anyways so this is a something I need to implement for sure.

    Thank you!

  16. Mailinh says:

    Breanna — Don’t worry! I eat lunch at 10:30 a.m. since I wake up at 5:15 M-F. I just ended eating all my meals earlier. Haha!

  17. Sara says:

    Hi Breanna :) I love your thought process behind tackling one big item on your to do list before lunch. I always find that I sometimes avoid those types of things (many times it’s tasks that I don’t particularly enjoy) and it ends up leading me to just have a backlog of tasks that are just not my favorite. And then at some point I have to do a bunch of those tasks all in a row to get them done, which is not really any fun. Tackling one a day seems reasonable, and I’ve been trying to do that, so this post inspires me to keep going with that method.

    Also, you mentioned taking out your Canon AE-1, and I just got an AE-1, myself! It’s my actually my Dad’s old camera but is in perfect working condition – All the photos from my childhood were shot on this camera so I am very grateful that it has been passed on to me. He gave it to me as I am taking a photography course and we are going to be shooting film in a couple months (and even developing in a dark room!) so I’m super excited to start shooting with it. Can’t wait to see your Canon AE-1 photos after you take it out. :)

  18. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    I love this recap of your day! I find it really interesting as a 9-5er to see how freelance people organise their days! This has inspired me to do a recap of a typical blogging weekend at some point soon!

  19. Emma says:

    That’s funny what you said about eating Mac & Cheese Shapes – every time I find myself flying solo for the dinner hour, I end up ordering the same takeout order from Noodles & Company.

    Maybe there’s something comforting about a carby pasta dinner when you’re significant other is out having fun without you?!?

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. maddie says:

    Isn’t it interesting how our perception of what a typical day is like changes once we write it down? I have found the same thing to be true with finances. You think you know what you’re like or what you’re spending and then all of a sudden, you evaluate it on paper and everything looks different.

    Thanks for sharing your day.

  21. I am always curious about how others in the creative fields (especially freelancers) manage their days and mostly their life vs. work hours. Its fascinating to read such details, sometimes inspiring and mostly motivating for myself to finally reverse my schedule and free my evenings (and nights) from work that should be done in the mornings (sadly I’m a night’s owl with capital O).
    Thanks for sharing Breanna! Would love to read more of this in the future :)

  22. Haha, I really enjoyed this. Your work day (especially the eating and craving candy part) reminds me so much of my own work day!

    Too cute.

    I have always enjoyed the “A day in the life of…” sort of posts. I think I may have to do one myself! Thanks for sharing!

    Also — oh man. Candy corn! One of my favorite things about Autumn. :)

  23. Ha, glad I’m not the only one who thinks about food *all* day :)

    Thanks for letting us peek into your day, it’s nice to connect with people by seeing what they do behind the scenes.

  24. Jeanetta says:

    Loved this so much. Now I know I am not the only one who eats candy before noon. haha. I especially relate to this being a fellow solopreneur myself. It is nice to see how others spend their day and how they find ways to interact with others. I also love that you get dressed and not work in your pjs (I do sometimes). Great post!

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