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.

Maria Shepas | Coach, Creative, That Lady

My friends often joke that I live in two universes. The first is what people see me doing every day—developing my craft, training, and working. The second is fanciful and wild, filled with adventure, experience, and celebrating people. BALANCE is something that gives me the freedom to do both. The older I get, the more I make decisions to ensure it is always maintained. Read more>>

Jennie, Dillon & Alicia | of JeMaé – Nature’s way of finding time to find yourself.

What does it mean to put “work” “life” and “balance” together in the same sentence? How do we maintain balance when the world itself is on a tilt, unpredictable and wild? For me and most individuals I know, work, life and the balance between them seems almost unobtainable – like something from a fairytale. We are constantly over-compensating for one with the other and there is hardly any balance at all. The challenges that life puts in front of us ultimately test our inner balance system, and at JeMaé, we strive to face those challenges head on and to create products that help people find inner balance naturally. Read more>>

Evie Ladin | Neo-Trad Musician & Percussive Dancer

Working freelance I both love the ways in which one has more leeway to create balance on an every day basis, and struggle with the fact that it’s very hard to “leave work” at any given time. I consider the things I need to do for my physical and mental health to be an active part of the work, and the work to be an active part of my life. Touring and performing takes a real physical toll, and I need to be in good shape to do it. I had two near death experiences early on, and I think that gave me the sense that this one life we get should be appreciated and lived in balance, while not shying away from the hard work. Read more>>

Amber Rice-Horvath | Clinical Nutritionist, Small Business Owner & Group Fitness Instructor

As my life has progressed, achieving balance has become more and more difficult. It feels as though the older you get, the more responsibilities you have. I don’t think I have mastered the skill yet. I feel it will always be a work in progress for me. Currently, being 9 months pregnant with my second child, finding balance has been pivotal. Sometimes work is at the forefront. Sometimes it needs to take a backseat. I think the important thing to remember is that both are ok! Being able to navigate through it and the ability to adjust your priorities to suit your current needs is what’s most important and what has worked for me. I also think it’s important to show yourself patience, grace and love. Read more>>

Danielle Yu Perez | Artist, Filmmaker & Editor

As an artist, I find work and life balance to be difficult at times because I do what I love for a living. My husband is also a creative and we started a company together, so we tend to bring a lot of work home. Luckily we both are pretty aware of the importance of balancing quality time with ourselves, each other, and how much to dedicate to our work. It’s a practice that we’ve gotten better in with time. I feel my best creatively when I make time to relax and recharge, it keeps me sharp and tackle ideas with a fresh perspective. Finding the right balance and keeping the mind & body healthy is a top priority of mine these days. Read more>>