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 …
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!
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!