Creative Diaries | Alyssa Yuhas | from Breanna Rose

I had the pleasure of meeting the ( very ) sweet Alyssa Yuhas at a creative retreat she co-founded in Palm Springs awhile back. And beyond being an incredible talent and dipping her toes in various projects ( graphic designer, magazine editor, retreat founder ), she is also a very dedicated momma to Sasha Hope, her little one. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : Jumped out of bed to the sound of my 11 month old son, Sasha, calling for me from his bedroom. I changed & fed him, made my morning caffeine fix and then we went to his room to play & read. By the time he was ready for his morning nap, I was ready to jump on my computer and start my work day by first tackling my inbox.

DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Major creative block on two projects. When the deadline is fast approaching, my stress level slowly starts rising …

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DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : I made my son laugh. Seriously, it’s the best accomplishment ever.

DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : Its something that I keep learning, over and over again. This afternoon, a friend came by to look after Sasha so I got to leave the house for my local coffee shop ( the Sovereign ) down the street. Today, I was having a creative block on two design projects and I wasn’t sure stepping away from my computer was the best use of my time. Juggling my design business and being Sasha’s mom has really made me try to become a super hero of time management: if I have a spare moment I NEED to be very efficient with how I use it. I don’t want to waste any time. However, today I had the opportunity to work remotely, so I took it. Within the first hour I had completely solved the problem ( or at least had 3+ solid ideas per project ), and sketched out my plan of attack. Just having the space, change of scenery and forcing myself to step away from the computer gave me a flood of new ideas. I know I couldn’t have gotten to this place today at home or in front of my computer. And after I completed what I had to accomplish on my “to-do” list, then I was able to dream and plan for future projects. Amazing! So what did I learn today? Well, it was completely reinforced that stepping away from your computer is the BEST use of time and the BEST way to get out of a creative block. I need to be making that type of space on a weekly basis!

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WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I’m working on a few really fun projects: branding, a social media strategy and website design. Oh, and I’m in the process of a complete re-design of my portfolio site and business. It’s hard being your own client, but I’m really excited to re-launch in the next few months! Stay tuned :)

AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I made a delicious meal of salmon and rice for dinner. I have been experimenting & playing in the kitchen a lot more lately, I’ll even be so honest and say that I often pretend I’m on MasterChef and try to serve the meal with good presentation and ask myself “what would Gordon Ramsey do?”. Now that’s embarrassing, but it makes it a lot more fun! The results may vary, however Sasha and my husband are very appreciative and good taste testers!

Creative Diaries | Alyssa Yuhas | from Breanna Rose

  1. Ashlee says:

    I always love reading these creative diary posts! It’s such a nice reminder to step away from the computer. Being a graphic design student, I often feel a lot of pressure during class time in the computer lab to PRODUCE instantly when handed a new assignment, but I’m someone who needs time to process a project before I just dive right in. Luckily, my studio classes are really flexible and respectful of each student’s “process” while still giving us those faithful nudges to get it done.

    Sometimes quiet time with my blank notebook to dream, sketch, and list-make is the perfect thing to get my creative juices flowing again. Alyssa sounds amazing and truly like she’s living the best kind of busy life!

    xoxo

    • breanna says:

      Agreed! In being a creative, it’s important to find a balance between freedom + deadlines. We can’t always come up with an idea on command, so allowing ourselves a little bit of flexibility is GREAT. :)

  2. Zoe Rooney says:

    Fun seeing Alyssa pop up here! Love the advice about stepping away and totally agree on children being the ultimate motivator to get time management under control.

    • breanna says:

      Thanks, Zoe!! Glad to have her on board here, too. Definitely interesting to read about working w/ children as that it’s definitely a game changer.

  3. Maggie says:

    Along with the be free, lance column this is my favourite series on your blog Breanna. It’s so good to pick other people’s brains regarding what could be improved in my own routine.

  4. Ok. I’m going to confess something now. How do they all do, taking care of their kids and leading a successful career in freelancing design + being pro-active with tons of new projects always in mind? How is that possible ? I mean, I am not in the situation but I’m just wondering … It impresses me so much and scares me a little bit too because I have no idea how I, my body, and my creative flow would react to that.

    • breanna says:

      Oh man, totally agree with you. I have NO idea how moms do it. I know that will be a part of my future, so it’s very interesting / inspiring to read about stories like this! Who knows how it happens, but they do it. And that’s awesome. :)

  5. Vicky says:

    I love these diary posts ! I´m a textil designer in Argentina and Breanna, your blog is one of my favourites!!

  6. Soraia M. says:

    These are just wonderful. It is always fun to see what these creative folks are up to and what they can accomplish on their day-to-day life. Also, it is really important for us readers to understand that people as creative & accomplished as Alyssa struggle like everyone does, especially with a little one craving some attention :)

    Loved it.

    • breanna says:

      Right!? I can’t even manage the kind of balance it would take when a little one wants attention, too. :)

  7. Snappystreet says:

    Such a timely reminder that not everything can be done in front of the computer!
    Her little son is adorable, and I love that making him laugh is a big daily achievement!

    Thank you for sharing :) x

    • breanna says:

      I loved that, too. :) It really is the simple things. Makes me remember to think of accomplishments in that light.

  8. Alyssa is seriously the best!! Loved this article!

  9. Melanie says:

    I really love these diary entries. As an aspiring graphic designer and creative who works a 9-5, it’s fun to daydream and live vicariously through other creatives living the dream and making it happen. They say if you visualize yourself doing something you love, then you’re that much closer to it. Thanks for helping in that respect!

    • breanna says:

      YES, if you have your eye on the prize and work hard to get there – – I don’t see why you can’t make it happen. xx.

  10. Kia Perry says:

    I absolutely love your Creative Diaries, Alyssa is one of my fav designers so this was very interesting! Stepping away from my computer is the BEST use of my time….got it!

    • breanna says:

      SAME. Whenever I’m feeling frustrated / uninspired I just go do something else and then come back. It always helps, even if only a little. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  11. Angel Y. says:

    This is fantastic! I’m a huge fan of Alyssa’s work and I’m glad to see her on this feature. I love what she said about stepping away from the computer. Sometimes that’s all I need is to get away and formulate ideas away from the screen.

    • breanna says:

      Exactly – – I’m glad she brought that up too! Reminded me that it may be fun to work in coffee shops every once in awhile to just have a change of scenery. Will have to try it out. :) Thank you for stopping by!

  12. Amanda I says:

    It’s always wonderful to read how others work through their day. I wish so bad that my day could resemble hers. Maybe, if it’s right, one day it will. Thanks for sharing this. I now have another design blog to add to my feedly!

  13. Amy Walters says:

    Hi Breanna,
    I’m fairly new to your blog, and I just wanted to say how lovely it is. I’m a big fan of Alyssa’s work…so happy to see her featured here. Cheers! – A.

  14. I’m loving this episode of Creative Diaries; it is so relieving to read that other creatives get blocks as well and stepping away is such a great idea. I’m always too scared but I really need to do it more often! xx

    • breanna says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! I feel like us creatives have more blocks than most may lead on to admit. But it’s nice to hear that we aren’t alone. :)

  15. I love the photographs! Fantastic article (:

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