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.

Heidi Vass, Emma Grace Roche, Melissa Birch and Dana Rouse Seraphour” | Classical vocal quartet “

(ER) I’ve always been a “go go go” person, working and constantly keeping busy. It is only recently, since becoming a mother, that I have discovered the benefits and necessity of slowing down and creating a work/life balance. I’d love to say that it was a conscious decision to create balance, but I had a meltdown moment after my first child was born when I was doing too much professionally and needed to slow down. I was definitely a victim of burnout for quite awhile before that turning point. Read more>>

Emily Huynh | Brand Photographer, Videographer, & Studio Owner

When I was working my corporate job, I thought that balance meant working from 9am-5pm every single day, and living for the weekend. Now that I run my own business, I give myself a lot more flexibility and grace. Sometimes, I find myself living in the “hustle,” especially if I’m working on a new idea or project. However, instead of working several evenings in a row, I’ll make sure to start later the next few mornings or take a weekday off. Read more>>

Nicole Fiore | Roller Skating Coach & Choreographer

Work/Life Balance is something I work on every day! This balance is especially difficult when YOU are essentially your brand, and it’s definitely been a struggle. I am used to working for myself and being available to customers pretty much any hour of the day. I have realized this is not the healthiest way to live and have healthy relationships. We all need time to just be…to relax, read a book, watch television, and just shut our brain off from work for a while. For some of us this is a weekend away on vacation and for some of us this is simply spending 20 away from our phone. It’s all okay. You just have to find what works for you. Read more>>

Susan Mensink | Influencer Coordinator & Content Creator

My work-life balance has changed drastically over the years. I’m a first-generation, Mexican – American and my father came into the states from Mexico when he was a child. He worked non-stop and I never really saw him growing up and when I did he was just worn out all the time. (He’s a workaholic haha) but I thought that’s what life’s all about, working to make a living. So, I worked multiple jobs, taking each new opportunity that came up. I was exhausted, but didn’t really notice it until 2020 came along and I lost my job. Read more>>

Ulies Alvarado Llamas | Artist working in Animation

I think it’s really interesting to reflect on how I view my work life balance over the years. I graduated college in 2020, so I’m still kinda fresh in the animation industry, but being on the other side I feel my priorities have shifted. When I first started art school, one of my biggest concerns was getting good grades, and trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible. While also trying to better myself as an artist. Towards the end of school, my priority was to get a job in the animation industry. During those years of school, it seemed like most of my time was dedicated to my art or anything that involved my potential career. Read more>>

Laura McKellin | Somatic Counselor & Yoga Teacher

I am 35 years old and each chapter of my life has required a different alchemy for balance. That is one of the beauties of life, balance seems to always be ever changing and almost elusive. When I was younger balance was about learning, growing, and trying harder. Now, I live by the notion of listening to my body and trying to be softer in all aspects of my life. After two years of continuous uncertainty, ongoing stress, constant change, loss, and burnout for so many, it is such a gift to listen to my body and practice responding to her needs. Read more>>

Danae McDaniel | Consultant, Model & Realtor

The concept of “work life balance” is super nebulous in my opinion. I think it’s difficult to digest and even more complex to implement. I began my journey of marketing in college then later became inspired to establish my business, The Playbook, and even with a sturdy foundation nothing could have prepared me for the paradox of entrepreneurship. Juggling my business, my 9-5 consulting career and many other endeavors, burnout became very familiar to me and there’s nothing healthy or productive about burnout. Read more>>

Celleste | Recording artist, songwriter, dancer, videographer & creative activist

Balancing my work/passion and life has always been a challenge. My partner in crime and I work very well together, we are very creative people, and so we spend most of our time doing art and music, and of course taking care of business related to our art and music. We don’t go on vacation very often, because we’re always busy and excited about the next project… And when we do take a full day off….what do we talk about? Work! Of course lol Read more>>

Aeriell Armas | Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student & Academic Content Creator

I used to think that work life balance meant that everything about my life was balanced at all times. What I realized is that true work life balance is accepting that there are seasons for different things. There are times where my work will take precedence because of important deadlines or projects; there are times when my personal life will be priority because of what or who needs my attention. Allowing myself to realize that not every aspect of life can be perfectly proportioned all the time has given me so much peace as I navigate busy grad school life. Read more>>

Taylor Garcia | Entrepreneur

Maintaining a work life balance has been one of the more challenging parts of my career. I pursued my business first as a passion, which means I truly love what I’m doing. My love for my work and business makes me want to always be at work, and being at work can often feel like leisure time as well. And I know many other entrepreneurs can relate to that. Read more>>

Leah Pupkin | Bar Director & Consultant

I must admit, finding a work-life balance has never been my strong suit. As long as I can remember, work has always taken precedence. I could chalk it up to being a Capricorn, or to the fact that I work in such a male-dominated industry where I feel I have to work twice as hard to be taken as seriously as any man doing the same job. But really it’s just who I am. Ambitious, driven, and goal-oriented. I run a sustainability-driven cocktail program, and it helps that I’m passionate about the work. To feel like you are making even a small difference is gratifying. But it’s a slippery slope, and I think we need to acknowledge the toxicity of “hustle culture.” Read more>>

Kristina | Maker of things and Technical Designer

Over the years I’ve realized that work life balance is essential for my mental health and for my happiness. I’ve had jobs where I worked long hours, which led to a complete burn out. And even after hours my mind would be completely engulfed in work. Which in turn led to me losing my creative energy. Oftentimes all I could wish for would be some time behind my sewing machine, and when I had time I couldn’t create anything. My sewjo (sewing mojo) was gone. Sometimes I would think how nice it must be to be a trust fund baby. Read more>>