24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Elizabeth Alan | Actress & Graphic Designer

As an actor and a freelance graphic designer, the lines between “work” and “life” are easily blurred – and the relationship between the two are incredibly cyclical in nature. If I’m taking time to eat healthily and move my body during the day, my access to my emotions is greater while I’m performing. If I give my brain time to defragment through meditation and to play by embracing boredom (boredom is ESSENTIAL) or non-work activities, I am often rewarded with renewed creativity and focus. The way my brain functions has changed as I’ve grown older. I now subscribe to the Pomodoro school of thought: sit down for 25 minutes of uninterrupted work, get up and wander around for 5 minutes, repeat. Then, after a few reps, I’ll take a longer break to really stretch my legs. I’ve recognized that I need more sleep than I previously thought (averaging between 9-10 hours a night) and unless I am working with a tight deadline, I now try to listen to my brain and my body. Read more>>

Dallas Malloy | Professional Solo Act – Art / Wellness / Animals

I used to think of balance as an abstract concept but didn’t actively practice it. I have learned although balance is a fluid ever evolving idea, it is necessary and I can ultimately be even more productive if I stay in tune with the natural rhythm of nature. There has to be a balance of work, play and rest; and that will be different at different times. Read more>>

Nyla Wissa | Social Content Manager, Digital at Shondaland

With the pandemic, I’ve had to adjust and introduce a new way of approaching my work-life balance. Pre-pandemic, I had a routine. Yoga, work (in an office), and enjoy my night at home. Now, all of that happens within the comfort of my small apartment. When the pandemic first started, I didn’t realize the toll of working through my lunch break and working after work hours was taking on my mental health. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that majority of my work can wait. I’m not an essential worker. My coworkers know they can rely on me to get my work done and answer questions, but if my mental health is off, the work won’t get done, or it will but not to the best of my ability. Read more>>

Eben Oroz | Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Balance is the golden rule. I do my best, but I love my work so much that I, very often, find myself far out of balance. It’s easy to devote everything to something you really believe in. But, still, balance matters, and I’ve felt the consequence of imbalance in many ways. Still, I rationalize it by changing how I think of time. Instead of thinking in hours, days, or weeks, I’ll think in terms of months, years, and decades. I’ve got a couple of decades left in me to really push this strangely powerful dream forward, before I slow down and heed life’s other rhythms. Read more>>

Mouse Rawk | Muralist and Painter

My work and life balance has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Since becoming a father of two my life and priorities have shifted quite a bit. I prioritize my schedule much differently and use my time more wisely since starting a family. For me, it is all about balancing all aspects of my life appropriately. Painting keeps me levelheaded, but family comes first, no matter what. Read more>>

Brynn Metheney | Concept Artist & Illustrator

When I started out as a young illustrator, I worked constantly. I had it in my mind that in order to get work I needed to be working every hour of every day. As time went one, I became more and more burnt out and would have trouble with making work at all. I noticed that my mood was terrible and I wasn’t getting rest that I needed to recharge. Little by little I started to integrate other things into my life besides work like hobbies and interests. There’s this thing that happens when you make your hobby your career, you begin to treat your free time as work time and you forget to do things purely for joy and not for profit. I found other hobbies like cooking, camping, hiking and sculpting. I found that the moments in all of these hobbies fueled my ideas and inspiration to make new work. It’s really important to set up boundaries so you get that balance. To anyone who’s struggling, I recommend starting with eating your meals away from your workspace. Read more>>

Ren Fuller | Food + Lifestyle Photographer

When I started pursuing photography, first as a hobby and then as a career, all I wanted to do was shoot. I was living in New York at the time and everything was inspiring – every moment was a still I wanted to capture. It was like my eyes couldn’t stop seeing in frames. I’m glad that I took every opportunity to shoot when I was first starting out, because I think that is the only way to develop your eye and your craft, as well as build up your portfolio. I strongly believe in Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule. That being said, I’m no longer in a place where all I do and all I want to do is shoot. I first began balancing shooting time and personal time merely because I wanted to be more present with the people I was spending time with. Whenever I traveled with my husband for example, I could tell that I wasn’t giving our experiences together my entire attention. I started by being intentional with when I would bring my camera along and when I would leave it behind. Read more>>

Deb Victa | Singer/Songwriter

I heard someone once say that you can’t call yourself a true artist if you don’t always have something on your plate. Artists have to always be on the grind, always working on a project – and I was like this for a time. I was constantly pushing myself to fill my calendar with gigs, recordings, writing sessions that I barely had any time to rest and spend time with family or friends. Back then I had a day job too, so I was constantly on the go. This resulted in insomnia and frequent anxiety attacks for me. Late 2019, I was forced to slow down because my health really suffered toward the close of the year. I lost a lot of potential income because I refused to listen to my body and the advice of my loved ones to take it easy. On top of that, I got engaged and had to plan a wedding so I really needed rearrange my priorities. This allowed me to slow down and value times of rest and recreation – even mindfully adding it into my schedule if I need to. Read more>>

Chaili Trentham | Leadership Strategist & Integrator

There was a point in my career where I thought ranking my priorities and then standing firm in those decisions was the answer to finding balance – and then I became a mom. If I would have stayed on that original path, I might have been chasing the myth of balance for the rest of my life. Thankfully, a professor in my graduate program had introduced me to the idea of “integration” and that forever changed the way I defined my process of pursuing wholeness as a leader, a mom, partner, friend, mentor, and the list goes on. Integration is fluid and requires an alignment between the complimentary, and oftentimes competing, aspects of work and life. I think of this like a teeter-totter on the playground. While balance is an important component of the physics behind teeter-tottering, the moment of perfect balance is fleeting because the goal of teeter-tottering is not remaining weightless and suspended in the air forever. Read more>>

Christa Lipinski | Floral Designer & Event Stylist

When I first started out, I was a young and eager 18 year old – willing to take on just about any opportunity thrown my way. As I have grown over the past 17 years, I value my time above all else and I am much more selective about accepting work. I have a process to make sure the clients I work with or vendors I collaborate with are in keeping with my design aesthetic and brand. I’ve learned so much about making sure the work I do is profitable. It’s so easy when you’re just starting out to justify not getting paid enough or working extremely long hours but there comes a point in your business where you need to check in with yourself and make sure you’re not underselling and overworking yourself. I think for creatives, this is especially challenging because we tend to get wrapped up in the creative possibilities that come with taking on certain projects. It’s also so important to set up clear boundaries in the beginning of each job so that your clients know exactly what they can expect from you. Read more>>

Amanda Adomaitis | Ceramic Artist & Textile Designer

I spent almost 20 years working in the fashion industry full time, helping other creative people fulfill their visions and I loved it so much that I let it become my whole life. It felt like the only path and the only option but I looked back and all of a sudden it was all a blur for six years where pretty much all I had time for was work.  All my memories were of work and it was almost impossible for me to enjoy the rest of my life.  I couldn’t turn it off and it was all I thought about. I don’t think I gave myself another option and I completely did it to myself – I’m such a perfectionist and an overachiever that once I start working on something I can’t see anything else. It’s just all drive and push and I will literally make myself sick doing it.  Which I did…so many times!  I’m really focusing on that now and trying to learn how to use my nature to my advantage. The upside is I’m capable of being very productive but I am still working on not judging my entire identity based on my productivity. Read more>>

Emilee Dziuk-Barnett | Cofounder of GARA Skincare

Work/life balance, that’s always a tricky one when you run your own business! Both Paul and I have been in some sort of entrepreneurial role for the last 15 years so when we started GARA, we both understood what it would take to get the company up and running. We tend to have more flexible work hours because our duties in the company are changing daily. During distillation season in the spring/early summer, we often work weekends as the flowers begin to blossom. This hardly feels like work when you’re on a beautiful property in Ojai working outdoors with plants. We live very close to our studio so we end up being there more often than not. I love the fluidity that we have found. Paul and I are immeshed in life, work and business. And it works for us. I think of this balance as a gift to be honest. Being able to work and live with my life partner has its challenges, but it is far more rewarding that the occasional woe. Read more>>

Anna Jane Jackson | Artist

I am naturally a sort of workaholic. Over the years I have learned how to take time for myself and my health, both spiritually and physically, because I think that is very important. Health takes number one priority and balance is key. Although finding balance is always a work in progress, this past year has forced me to slow down and focus on what matters. Read more>>

Naomi Uchida-Boas | Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, Vedic Astrologer, Bio-Energetic Healer

Work Life Balance: Finding the Sacred Geometry in my Daily Routine Work-Life Balance. The phrase sounds like a dream. It seems we’re always chasing this elusive goal of work-life balance but never seem to achieve it, with ever increasing demands on life. Covid has added another layer to this challenge, as we were forced overnight to convert our homes to work spaces and schools. This has come with the need to make major lifestyle adjustments- from constantly being on zoom calls, to managing our kids’ online school, to cooking at home, and seeing our partner day in and day out – the way we approach work and life, and how we find balance, has drastically changed. Many of us yearn to return to pre-covid life, but for better or worse, we’re not going back. We are in the midst of a great transformation, and this is merely the beginning. Being adaptable while maintaining balance is critical to navigating this new terrain. Read more>>

Jazley Faith | Photographer & Video Producer

Work life balance has been one of the most challenging aspects of my adult life – and in some ways, my photography business has often taken the brunt of ‘practical compromises.’ Photography is a side hustle that I do mostly for fun and when called upon. It is so refreshing to have a shoot booked on the weekend, after a week of more ‘grown up’ obligations. It may not be the wisest to admit that photography isn’t my main focus in this shout out opportunity, but people in my life will tell you that I’m honest to a fault. Honestly, having photography as my fun activity of the week makes the shoots way more enjoyable and has yielded more beautiful results. Especially with the pandemic, not only are people seemingly more grateful and enthusiastic to have a reason to dress up and be out, I have also been humbled that people will compensate me for doing something I truly enjoy. In these times of political turmoil and distance, I find that having meaningful photos has more value than pre-pandemic. Read more>>

Lorena Salter | School Counselor & Business Entrepreneur

My view on a balanced lifestyle has changed drastically over the last few years. If I am being honest, I think that has come with age and experience. I think when we are young we feel invisible and can continue to push our bodies and everything else around us beyond its limits without any consequences. We can do it all and want fast and quick rewards if we work “really hard” then it’ll happen. However, as I’ve gotten older and really reflected on what it is I want and need to sustain a healthy mind and body as that dictated how well I am capable of doing anything else. It is unfortunate that we live in a society that makes us believe that we must work hard every day and if one day is not utilized to working hard then we are lazy. Balance is important in going the distance in whatever you set your heart out to do. Working full time and taking on a new business adventure is going to be fun, exhausting, and a huge time commitment. Read more>>

Will Johnston | Choreographer / Dancer

I look at the balance between work and life by the ability of each side to support the other. What I mean by that is the elements of my work life call for a need of the elements in my, lets say, non-work life and at the same time the elements in my non-work life call for a need of the elements in my work life. One is dependent on the other and since there exists only two sides, the interdependency creates balance. So I really try to honor the elements in each side when I feel they are calling. Some examples of elements in my work life are, of course, dance, creativity, activity, drive, schedules, peers, analyzation, development, editing, progress, goal setting, achieving (and it goes on). Some examples of elements in my non-work life are family, nature, travel, language, food, my dog, more dogs, animals, music, fitness, alone time, community time (and this also goes on). Of course there are elements that exists on both sides but in general I do feel and see a distinction between the two. Read more>>

Julie Karatzis | Owner and Designer at Cartoules Press

When you work for yourself and love what you do, it’s very easy to let work and life blend together. I used to work, answer emails, and design at all hours of the day, every day. I work from my home studio, so it’s easy to pop in whenever I need to get to something. With two small kids at home (now doing school from home these last 10 months) it’s become increasingly more difficult to keep the two separate and manageable. But it is also more important than ever to keep work hours and the two separate. I no longer work evenings or weekends, and yet it’s still a balance I need to work on. Read more>>

Dean Passarella | Musician & Songwriter

I used to prioritize work, my career, over everything in my life. I thought that was dedication and motivation. The honest result was burn-out and a lack of enjoyment in what I knew I loved to do. I questioned what was truly important to me, my values not just my aspirations, and that led me to realizing how much I was actually craving balance in my life. Balance to me has become simple. I prioritize my basic human needs above everything else. Food, water, movement, quality sleep, etc. If I’m tending to those needs on a consistent, daily basis I’ve found that most other things in my life fall into place. I have the energy to juggle multiple projects, ideas, and goals at once because I am freeing up my mind and body to live life as a human first and foremost. Learning to listen to the needs of my body has been one of the most bold acts of self-love that I have experienced, especially in a world that only places value on us if we accomplish something great. Read more>>

Shanelle Sherlin | Digital Marketing Expert & Travel Blogger

Learning to have a work-life balance can be one of the biggest challenges for anyone with a job. As is the case in several industries, especially entertainment, it’s all about connection, connections, connections! This leads to a “FOMO” mentality of feeling like you have to show up at every networking event, panel, and screening so that you don’t miss an opportunity to meet someone whom you can build a mutually beneficial relationship with. And on days you have free time, you’ve got to meet up for drinks or coffee with an industry colleague to continue nurturing those relationships. For those extremely career-driven individuals, it’s easy for this type of lifestyle to quickly become overwhelming, almost an obsession. For several years, this was my life – I had industry events 5 days a week, and was meeting up with industry professionals 4 times a week on top of that. When I started dating my boyfriend, who’s not in the industry, he didn’t understand why I rarely had time to hang out with him. Read more>>

Ashley Uzer | Lifestyle Blogger + Social Media Strategist

So I’ve actually gone through a bit of a transformation quite recently. I’ve always been a bit of a work-a-holic. Either I was juggling multiple freelance projects/clients/side-hustles at once, or I was working a 9-5 job with additional freelance gigs on the side. This past summer was one of the busiest (and most lucrative) summers of my life. While I’m extremely grateful to have been in a good place financially during a tough economic time for many, I also realized I was super burnt out. I got fired for the first time in the fall from one of my jobs, and it made me realize that I was really just doing too much and wasn’t able to give anything (my clients, my personal projects, my friendships/relationships, the time they deserved). So, I decided to take the rest of the year off. Of course, I’m a work-a-holic, so by “off” I don’t mean that I went on vacay or watched Netflix the rest of the year, but I didn’t really seek ou any new jobs or big clients. Read more>>

Jessica Rookeward | Actor/Writer

How I view my work ethic has changed massively in the last 5 years and even more since the pandemic. After college I had many learning curves due to finding my own path in America, a bi-coastal career, wrong mentors and learning where I am going to fit in this industry. I used to have the mentality of ‘go for everything I can and for every 100 jobs I audition for i’ll get 1’. This has changed as now I am more cautious and precise in my choosing of roles/jobs. Narrowing down my search and skills to perfectly fit and shape where I’m needed. I had a very unhealthy view and balance on auditioning that got me no where and even made me want to give up. This was due to listening to the wrong people and not trusting my gut. Learning my own rights and wrongs has only empowered me now to grow and be successful. It wasn’t until the pandemic hit that I had to shift everything. After taking months off due to depression, lack of motivation and unsure of when I would work again. Read more>>

Nicholas Adams | Publicist & Strategist

Work-life balance became this idea for companies to publicize as they received recognition as a best or top place to work. The idea being, of course, if a brand or business leader claims to support staff with balance in all they do, top talent will be attracted to that company. This strategy – if you can call it that – falls short of real balance. The most effective way I have found to create some level of professional balance is by developing and nurturing a dynamic culture. New York Times bestseller Matthew Kelly writes about fundamental principles which are universal and unchanging. So rather than trying to sell the idea of flexible work hours or free lunches, companies should really focus on fostering ideals like communication, discipline and mission. A dynamic culture gives way to balance. That said, I do bring my dog to the office everyday and he certainly reminds me not to take life too seriously. Read more>>

Pilar Alessandra | Screenwriting and TV Writing Instructor For On The Page

I’ve learned that it’s helpful to stop thinking of “work” and “life” as being in opposition to each other. It’s OK to love your work and involve your family. My husband helps me with podcasts and promotion. My kids help me stay current with shows and pop culture. In this way my kids have a better understanding of what I do and stop seeing my work as the enemy. Of course, if you asked them, they’d probably say I’m a workaholic … and they wouldn’t be wrong. But, I think they’ve also seen a parent who has a passion for what she does and understands that they should have that same passion for their work as they move forward with figuring out what they want to do in life. Read more>>

Mike Schmid | Professional Musician

As I’ve gotten older and taken on more more commitments (marriage, raising a kid), I’ve had less time and energy to just write and record into the wee hours of the morning like I used to. So I’ve had to become much more intentional about carving out time to be creative. Almost like office hours. At first it felt too workmanlike and hard to just get the ideas to come when I was at my desk. But over time I’ve sort of trained my right brain to be on my schedule. Balancing work and family life is still hard but for me it’s all about structure. And I really have to think about creating not only as work, but as play that is crucial for my mental health. Read more>>

Paige Elson | Actor, Writer, and Comedian

As an artist pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, you are often met with the pressure that you are “not doing enough” to be successful. After all, they say working in entertainment is a “hustle” and there is an expectation that any free time you have should be spent working on a creative endeavor. I have lived this way for many years, feeling stressed that I needed to constantly be productive and I should never have a moment of rest. The industry changed in March of 2020 when the country shut down due to Covid-19, but one idea that remained was that everyone in entertainment should continue to be productive at home because we had “more time” now. The global pandemic drastically shifted my mindset and had the reverse effect on me. I was reminded that our life on Earth is temporary and we should value the time we spend. After the initial anxiety of trying to remain “productive” at home, I started to be more forgiving towards myself. Read more>>

Ivanna Casado | Executive/Corporate Coach and Mindfulness Facilitator

During 2020, many of us were forced to accept, adjust and evolve to find balance. When we are no longer in control of our external circumstances, we have no other choice than to search within and activate our inner powers. We tend to think about balance as something that we must add to or take from to find that peaceful, happy center. But I think that 2020 taught us to look inward and create space within to find the balance and inner peace that we originally sought. To me, balance means exercising daily practices that allow us to minimize stress, regulate our emotions, honor and validate our values needs and reinforce our judgement. Balance means to mindfully monitor your attention, thoughts, emotions, behaviors and actions in a way that allows you to stay consistent with your professional / personal goals and boundaries. To find that work-life balance, you have no choice other than to get to know yourself. Read more>>

Debra Oh | Entertainment Journalist & Digital Curator

Work life balance is definitely something I struggle with since my schedule can get very demanding but it’s something I’ve prioritized more now as well. I used to go days without eating or sleeping locked away in my room just trying to make sure I could be the first when it comes to work. But I will never forget September 2019 when I literally fainted at a friends birthday activity because I hadn’t eaten or slept the night before …barely that week in general. I remember I woke up on the ground and I had badly injured my mouth and chipped a tooth. I knew from that day forward that I would prioritize my work life balance more intentionally. At the end, you can’t work at your best if you aren’t at your best and I had to learn that the hard way. Now I make sure that every Friday I do something for myself in the self care department. Whether it be going to get my nails done, get a massage, exercise/hike. Read more>>

Peggy Sivert | Artist / Director

My balance is a weaving – all perspectives and always moving. My balance has not really changed over my lifetime but has had interchangeable parts. Balance changes as it moves through stages of existence – balance of being. There are some main components of weights in my life operation. I consider the light and the heavy. Light – relaxing / meditative – reading, resting, screen time, talking, craft, home, cleaning, exercise Heavy / physical, and mental stress – Studio time making art, record keeping, organization, work, traveling, cooking I try and do blocks of different parts of my live but allow the other things to interrupt – that’s how it gets interwoven… My life balance is in constant motion and regularly interchanges its objects of emphasis and focus. Read more>>

Emily McMahon Wattez | Event Producer / Designer

In the beginning, my work was able to take priority over most everything else. I’d been in the event industry for a while so working hard and dedicating long hours wasn’t a new thing, but running my own business was a lot bigger – and very exciting. I worked around the clock. There was no such thing as business hours, my clients could (and did) reach me at any time, and working from a home-office meant I never really “left”. In those days my home life consisted of a boyfriend and a dog… Ten years later that boyfriend is my husband, we have two dogs… and three small children. Certainly my work/life balance was very different than it is today, but I also believe there’s a season for everything. Those early years were all about growing and learning in my career. The scale was so tipped so far towards work that I let a long-time client talk me into managing an event that took place over the same weekend as my own wedding (I sent my assistant to work it, at least!). Read more>>

Pilar Holland | Act0r/Producer/Voiceover Artist

Everything in life is a fine balance. I realized that when I was pursuing my career with so much conviction and it was blossoming, there was still an emptiness inside. I’ve learned over the past few years that I needed to invest the same amount of energy into nurturing my mind, body and spirit in order to find my true source of happiness. We hear and see many stories of successful people, whom we call successful due to monetary wealth and fame, that are still very unhappy and unfulfilled individuals. I’ve learned that balance is the key to happiness, abundance and success. So, now I mediate and journal every morning. Along with acting and voiceover classes, I take self development courses. I spend time in nature and I spend time researching character development for an audition. I spend time connecting with my friends and family and I spend time in work meetings developing a new show. I’ve learned to in order to live a full life, there must always be balance. Read more>>

Rachel-Jean Firchau | Travel Marketer & Blogger

It’s definitely changed in the sense that I am working so much more than I ever have before. I have a full-time job and I am the co-owner of a boutique creative agency, and in addition to this I run a blog called Rachel Off Duty which (true to my life!) is aimed at inspiring fellow women to get out and travel more, without feeling like they need to put their careers on hold in order to do it. It’s frankly, a lot. And I am doing so much more than I did even just a couple years ago. But in the world of side hustlers and multi-hyphenates, I personally believe work-life balance is a bit of a myth. But much like people who work 9-to-5 and go home to decompress, watch TV, read a book, and sleep, I think people like me who are trying to juggle it all need to understand that life is an ebb and flow. Long days or weeks of work are all too common in the world of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and those who are just driven and extremely passionate about what they do. If the work makes you happy. Read more>>

Brian Luong | Artist/Illustrator

My work life balance changed from working around the clock constantly to taking frequent breaks and/or days off. After experiencing frequent cycles of burn out, I’ve learned to set time aside “away from work” and ask myself how I’m feeling. Do I feel exhausted? Do I need a break? I’m learning to look after myself so I can in turn have the ability to work harder. Read more>>

Nicholas Popkey | Fiction and Screenplay Writer

I came to LA to become a cinematographer, but about two years ago, I got into writing. At first it was an experiment, as I’d written papers and a couple film scripts in the past, but as I began to write fiction, it didn’t seem like I had much of a choice. Creating characters and being inside stories; it was simply the flow of where my life was headed. Since the pandemic, I’m so happy I pivoted, because writing is done from anywhere, and I alone hold myself accountable. Now I write for at least an hour every single weekday, giving myself a break on the weekends, although sometimes (such as this Saturday as I’m typing this) I end up writing anyway. Whereas working on film sets is so dependent on factors I cannot control, and with COVID, a lot of set work has dried up anyway, my writing practice (fiction, screenplay, and poetry) is something I can always control. As with anything involving self-discipline, a balance is vital. Read more>>

Naheemah McMicheaux-McCallop | Self-Love Mentor & Life-Harmony Strategist

Over time I have learned not to “ find balance” but to seek harmony. I was the poster girl for strong black women; overcommitted, overwhelmed, constantly leaving my needs last on the list. After a full day at work, I found myself stuck to the seat of my car, not wanting to go inside, fearing the “ Mommy I need” pleas. Often I had to retreat to the bathroom just to have a moment to breathe. Being the CEO of my business, a leader in my family, and a pillar of my community meant that someone or something was urgently vying for my attention. My biggest take away from that time is this, that my biggest, most urgent priorities are mine. If my intention is to give abundantly from a place of overflow to my family, my clients, and my peers, I have to have a full cup to pour into them from. I fill my cup by nourishing my mind, body and spirit on a daily basis, listening to the queue that lets me know I’m full. As I say to my coaching clients, “self-care is a lifestyle that feeds your soul”. Read more>>

Amelia Rose | Tattooer

I kind of fight myself over the desire to be productive and the desire to learn how to just CHILL. I always joke that I’m the most lazy productive person I know… or the most productive lazy person, haha. I have a thousand ideas that I want to bring into the world, so I end up ‘working’ during most of my free time, but it’s for passion projects, so that feels fun. I actually love working, but only on things that inspire me. There’s a lot of pressure in the tattoo world to work as hard as you possibly can, I think it’s a holdover from the days when clients were scarce, so you really couldn’t turn anything away. There is a pressure that if you’re not living and breathing tattoos every minute of every day, you don’t deserve to be tattooing. I’ve done guest spots at places where you’re expected to take walk-ins until 2am… honestly more power to the folks who can handle that… but it’s just not for me!. Read more>>

Amy Huson | Hair Colorist

Work life balance is something I think I’ve struggled with from the beginning. I started my career in New York City, where someone is always on your heels waiting for you to fail and take your spot. It’s a pretty tough place to climb to the top, but once the hustle and bustle of that city is in your blood, there’s no turning back. In my 20’s it was easy for me to work 10+ hours a day and pack in a dozen clients. I would even go as far as to say I loved it! It was what everyone else in New York was doing. Life inside and outside of the salon started to blend. My co workers became my best friends and who I would spend all my free time with. This didn’t seem to change until I met my husband. All of a sudden I didn’t want to be at work until 9pm. Then came my first daughter and, as you can imagine, my work life balance completely shifted. After daughter number two, salon life took on a whole new look to me. My family relies on my income so I have to work hard, but my priorities have completely shifted. Read more>>

Dr. Jessica Louie | Burnout Coach, Speaker, Pharmacist, Professor

I believe work-life balance is a LIE. The BIG mistake we make when focusing on achieving work life balance = thinking of balance in terms of evenly distributed hours. Why is this a mistake to focus on work life balance? It creates a Tug of War if looking at work life balance. Mindset Shift: aligning our work into our lives means gaining clarity of your purpose, values and goals. This creates a meaningful life. Focusing on what matters most to you. This is work life alignment and part of my 3-step Burnout Doctor Method to let go of people pleasing, perfectionism and live life on your terms. Read more>>