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.

Gigi Paris | Model, Fashion Designer, Yoga Enthusiast

I’ve always been a strong believer that everything should be done in moderation. Yes, we should always push ourselves to our best capabilities, but do we ever allow ourselves to enjoy the process? Read more>>

Bianca Beers | Artist, Designer, Creator

I’ve been working for myself for the past 4 years; luckily I’ve had the space for an at-home studio which has made it super easy, but on the flip side also means there’s less of a definition between work life and personal life. Read more>>

Glenn Yarnell | Photographer

During the pandemic shutdown my art took a nosedive. I’m also a teacher, so when we all went home, I was zoom teaching for 6 – 7 hours a day. I had no desire to create digital art, no desire to be on the computer for another second once the school day had ended. Read more>>

Atavia Bishop | Brand Designer, Entrepreneur, Art Direction

Work-life balance is big for me. The problem is when you’re running a business and it’s only you or only you leading a team you can feel like you can never give enough. Everyone and everything is depending on how quickly you can complete a project and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Read more>>

Hue Hinton | Musical Artist & Student

I would say that my balancing skills have greatly improved over time. From being able to go to school while also seriously pursuing a career in music, I have to make sure that I can balance work and personal life, so I don’t burn myself out. Read more>>

Seth Kallen | Artist Manager, Music Publisher, Record Label Owner

In my early days as a manager, the job was all consuming. It was addictive. Every little victory was thrilling. When I started managing my first artist, it was all I could think about, sometimes to my detriment. Read more>>

Laura Neubauer | CEO & Passionate Disrupter

Work life balance??? That is something that is not even real. I beleive that’s where people struggle as they continue to search for something that doesn’t exist. Read more>>

Lauren Justice | Editorial and commercial photographer

I am so happy to have reached a place in my life and career where I feel like I can comfortably choose to say no. In the beginning, and still sometimes in slow cycles, it feels like there is a constant need to say yes and a fear that clients won’t call you again. Read more>>

Shanae & Shakiera | Swimwear Designers

Work life balance has been a struggle since the beginning of EgoSwim, considering my partner and I currently work full-time jobs in addition to running this business. I would like to stress the importance of planning as this is how we were able to find some kind of balance. Read more>>

Michela Degiorgio | Graphic Designer and Potter

Recognising my priorities in life has definitely been the key here. In the past I measured success by my output, whereas now I measure success against my quality of life and the quality of people I surround myself with. Read more>>

Charleson Agustin | Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, & small business owner

I have always been the type of person to not stop moving. It started with coaching my own pole vault team during my junior year of high school while I was an athlete. Read more>>

Ruth Christina | Film & Concert Music Composer

I’m still figuring out and trying out different work life balance, since I just graduated and will enter the work environment in a few months. However, I tend to plan my work life balance based on my current priorities. Read more>>

Fernanda Rocha | Business Owner / Entrepreneur

In the beginning, I spent many years putting all my focus and energy into the process of building up my gym. I had to make some sacrifices and didn’t have much time to enjoy other areas of my life. Read more>>

Candace Harding | Doctor of Physical Therapy & Yoga Instructor

I think about work life balance as making sure that I have the capacity to produce. Without the “life” portion of “work life” balance, people end up burnt out because all they do is work. No matter how much you enjoy your work, if you don’t ever do anything for yourself, eventually, your body or mind will begin to operate less effectively. Read more>>

Rachel Dukes | Cartoonist & Cat Enthusiast

I’ve been self-employed for 15 years, working solely as a freelance cartoonist for the last nine years. Most of that time I prioritized work above all else: accepting every project that crossed my desk and overextending myself to get everything done. Read more>>

Dan Schnelle | Drummer, composer, bandleader

Work life balance is an interesting subject… The balance of life is something that is shifting constantly. As a musician, no week is ever the same with work, and I wouldn’t ever want to change that! I like having new and different things to work on every week… Read more>>

Dawn Stillo | Yoga Teacher & Mom, Wife, Writer, International Retreat Leader, Yoga Therapist, Studio Owner, Yoga Student, Buddhist Leader, Gardener.

From my Buddhist practice, It has been engrained in me to give 100% in whatever I am doing. So over a 37 year span of practicing Buddhism, my focus has been keenly focused on the most important, passionate aspect of my life as it naturally shifts over the years. Read more>>

Mothyna James-Brightful | Storytelling & Public Speaking Coach

I believe the definition of balance, which I lived in for years, is not how balance actually operates. I understood it to mean equal measurement- things that are balanced carry the same weight. Read more>>

Trina Lykes | Singer Songwriter & Producer

My Work life balance changed because of the pandemic and retirement. Working in the Legal Industry for over 30 years created the discipline and infrastructure for the lifestyle l can live now, but l had to neglect the creative side. Read more>>

Amanda Abelita | Entertainment Publicist

When I first opened ABPR I said YES to every opportunity. I learned very quickly that you will burn yourself out if you don’t learn to say NO. Quality over quantity became my motto. It’s important to leave yourself some time to put your phone down and enjoy life! Read more>>

Jordan Michelle | Recording artist & owner of cosmetic brand By Jordan Michelle

Balance for me changes constantly. I think the most important thing, as a blanket statement is, that you wake up every single day and check in with yourself; no matter what your profession but especially when you’re pursuing a passion because you can have a hard time separating yourself from it. Read more>> 

Hamid J | Artist

I used to think of work/life balance as this very specific and concrete separation between the time you spend at work and the rest of your time. Pre-COVID, when most folks went into an office, it was maybe easier to visualize this concept of “balance” as this clear separation. Read more>>

Julia D’Angelo | Florist

Balance is a tricky term that I find always in flux and constantly pulling you in each direction. I find the concept of time famine and time abundance super interesting and in a way, kind of up to each person to frame in their own light. Read more>>

Joseph (Jonie) Barrios | Producer and Musician

When I first started doing music professionally in my early twenties I was working a lot of late nights doing sessions and playing live shows. That lifestyle can be very fun and exciting, and in a way, I think I glorified the lack of sleep that often associates itself with a career in music. Read more>>

Kristie Kennedy | Image Confidence Expert

Recently, I read a quote that captures my position on work life balance by Jana Kingsford, “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” If we unveil the pure definition of balance, it means an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and put something in a steady position so that it does not fall. Read more>>

Mikayla Gierut | Artist & founder of Kaylarae Resin Designs

I have always been either being self-employed or working remote since graduating college, so you could say I’ve had my fair share of battles with finding the elusive “Goldilocks zone” of a work-life balance. Especially as a creative, I would say that this is no easy task. Read more>>

Taryn Smith | Illustrator/ Animator

My work life balance was very heavy on the work side for a while. I think living in a capitalistic society, we have a tendency to reject rest. It’s hard to go against those habits, but when you do good things can happen! Rest has become my friend since the pandemic started. Read more>>

Clay Coleman | Bartender and Beverage Consultant

Over time, I’ve really had to learn how to draw a hard line between where “Clay the Bartender” ends and Clay the person begins. When I first started, I thought I had to say yes to every client and opportunity that came my way because I conflated my business with my self worth as a person and I didn’t want to disappoint anyone . Read more>>

Michelle Lazarus | Movement Instructor & Mother

For most of my adult life balance was the goal and yet, I couldn’t find it! I started my career in entertainment before shifting to fitness, and as a result, had very few boundaries or limits. Read more>>