By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Shelby Drabman | Designer & Artist

Before I started this business I was constantly making work and experimenting. I could never stop thinking about materials and would experience major anxiety if I couldn’t immediately make what was in my head. I would get up early and hit the studio before and after work. I made it part of my daily routine, even if I just went to my studio to straighten up or stare at something I was in the process of finishing. I could be in the studio all day everyday and since it has become my main source of income i’ve gotten worse at taking breaks. I feel like I have so much energy in the studio that is hard to stop, but i’ve certainly had meltdowns from working too many hours or days in a row. It’s difficult to have a work life balance when you start a business during a pandemic. I think everyone impacted by Covid-19 has had trouble remembering the day of the week, the month, everything. I hope in the next few months I’ll give myself weekends or vacation time, but I truly enjoy the process of making my work and can never wait to get back in the studio. Read more>>

Eric L. Goodman | Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

This is a very good question for new executives and entrepreneurs starting out. When I was younger and first starting out I worked multiple jobs and worked many hours. I thought the harder I worked, the more successful I would be. I was building a business and was hungry for success. I worked seven days a week and traveled for weeks at a time. I would check my voice mails 50 times a day and stop everything I was doing to take care of business. As I got older, I learned if I managed my time better and my employees/customer knew I was going to follow up, I could do it a few times a day and not all day. It also was taking a toll on my marriage and family. In addition to work, I was on many boards and not home much. After I realized work was important for an income and to provide but not the most important thing in my life, I had less stress and was happier. I think age had a lot to do with it, With time and experience comes wisdom and a greater appreciation for what success means. Success to me is be happy. Read more>>

Angie Wisdom | Professional Certified Coach

Before my coaching career, there wasn’t much balance. I am a challenger by nature, very competitive, so I was more concerned with winning and conquering goals at all costs. I learned over time that lack of balance was actually holding me back from my full potential. Now I know that the work-life balance allows me to bring more to the table for my clients, family, and myself. I am far more capable of accomplishment when I’m in a balanced state than I ever was with a head-down grind-away mentality. Read more>>