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.

Teo Martinez | CEO & Partner

For most of my career I tried to strike the so-called work/life balance, hoping there would come a time when my workday ended and my personal time began. I finally realized that it’s all one life. When you own your own business it is tough to set fixed working hours–stuff happens that often you can’t put off to the next day. It’s very similar when you are advancing your career because you want to be seen as someone that can be counted on. Nevertheless, spiritual, mental and emotional health is everything. Without it, you’re just a mouse in a wheel. So, I realized that the tradeoff for having to take a client call at an off hour, for instance, was that by the time I finish a regular work day I have already done everything I want to do with my day. Ironically, COVID has made this so much easier since I don’t have to report to an office anymore. Read more>>

Michelle Chiang | Designer & Creative

Raised by first generation immigrant parents, there was no concept of work life balance in our household. I was taught to study and work hard, as my parents had no choice but to work multiple, tireless jobs to support our family. I’m grateful to have developed a strong work ethic with anything that I do, though over the years I’m also learning that a balance is much needed to rejuvenate the mind and body. As someone often drawn to creative expression, periodic reflection and self-care encourages inspiration. I find joy and motivation when I’m able to decompress by spending more time with loved ones and in nature. Read more>>

Nick Adams | Touring & Recording Drummer

Balance has become more and more important in my life/career as time has gone on. When your creative expression and career are one in the same, its easy to let that balance slip. I’ve had a few experiences that have forced me to ask myself some difficult questions, and examine how I was prioritizing the important things in my life. Since then I’ve been very conscious of that balance, and it’s helped every aspect of my life in so many ways. Read more>>

Lauren Ikeda | Yoga Teacher & Creator

From a young age I aspired to be a business owner like my father. He has owned several businesses and always instilled the value of hard work and dedication. Even though he ran a very successful business he never missed the important moments in life. He was always in the crowd at my basketball games, home in time to make our family dinner, and took us camping on the weekends. To me that is the definition of balance and what I aspire to create in my life. As I transitioned from working in the fast-paced fashion industry to teaching yoga and creating my business I knew I had to work from the ground up. So naturally, I took every opportunity that was placed in front of me and always said “yes” even though I didn’t want to. I did this for the first couple of years until I hit a wall. Read more>>

Dr. Regine Muradian | Clinical Psychologist, Speaker, Mental Health Advocate & Children’s Author

As I moved through my career, there were many changes and experiences that I am grateful for. Many of these career experiences have made me the entrepreneur I am today. In the last 14 years, I have worked for nonprofit community mental health centers, have taught and trained graduate level students, while maintaining my private practice. It was important for me to develop well rounded clinical skills and work with other professionals in my field. As the years went by and my children got older, I realized that it was time for me to solely focus on my private practice and this was a healthy balance I am so grateful for at the moment. Each person works at a different pace, and you need to find the balance that works for you best. My practice has grown once I turned the focus on building my brand and focusing on the various services I offer from clinician, speaker, mental advocate, and becoming a children’s author. Read more>>

Shayna Hiller | Yoga Instructor & Coach

This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Sadhguru: ‘There is no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. The balance has to be within you.’ This stuck with me and has radically shifted they way I perceive ‘work’. First of all, work is work… I do what I love which I am beyond grateful for, but it’s still work! And in order for me to be able to serve at my highest capacity, it is crucial to balance it out with self-care. I literally would NOT be able to do what I do without my nourishing myself first. So I guess you could call me a ‘self-care junkie’ ;-)… meditation, nature walks, journaling, sauna, yoga and eating healthy are staples in my life. They are not luxuries. I have learned to create gentle boundaries, such as turning the computer off at a certain time and reading in the evening, having at least one entire day ‘off’ per week, saying ‘no’ to opportunities that don’t feel aligned with my flow. Read more>>

Amy Bartlam | Interior Photographer

This has been one of the biggest challenges for me. When I first started getting really busy I would say yes to every shoot which meant I ended up working late nights and weekends just to keep on top of all the editing and admin – I had pretty much no work life balance at all! I was burning out frequently and the only way to address it was to figure out strict boundaries – learning how often I realistically could shoot, restricting when I checked emails, scheduling regular time off, these were all key components in getting my work life balance on track. I think there’s a tendency with creative industries to just expect your work to consume every corner of your life but that isn’t an ethic I personally subscribe to. My work itself is much better when I am well rested and have spent plenty of time nurturing myself and other parts of my life! Read more>>

Olga Guseva | Chef Creator & Brand Ambassador Specialized in Italian Food

I think that in the Life should be balance in any circumstances. Being a professional and a Mom at the same moment sometime can be tricky but it changes completely the game when you can actually do something that your son loves and you can do with him as well sometimes. I managed to transfer my passion of food, design, art to him and he is the inspiration of any new dish I create. Every time I am in front of people/guests and I should make something live, I always have his surprised and happy face in front of me when we experiment something together! I manage to create a perfect balance between the work aspect and the joy from my work as a food creatore and food designer. Sometime I receive a question how I am always with the smile and I look never tired. My answer is always the same. Read more>>

Christina Lopez | Owner, Principal Planner & Creative

For many entrepreneur’s and business owners, finding a balance between our work life and our personal life can be extremely difficult because unlike others, we have no such thing as a ‘Day Off’ which can be dangerous to your mental, emotional and physical health. For me, this was a virtue that took me awhile to understand and put into action. In the beginning of my career as Owner and Principal Planner at EventsBytheCea, every single moment was about work. I lived and breathed its essence. Email was my best friend and talking with clients all hours of the day and night was my normal. Yet, the moment I began to make a shift was when I started to lose focus on other areas of my life. The moment when you cannot sit in the room with your best friend without having to check your phone or respond to an email OR when you get so anxious that you are unable to be present with your loved ones. Read more>>

Jill Carter | Travel Blogger & Attorney

Here’s the thing: I don’t believe in work life balance. I think it’s a dangerous concept that sets us up to fail. Balance implies things must be evenly proportioned. As it relates to work and home life, that is rarely the case. Having spent the majority of my adult life as my own boss, it’s rare that I’ve ever had a cut off time that meant the remainder of my day was for my home life. As a wife and mother of two, it’s rare that the start of the work day signifies a hard stop on my home life until 5 p.m. The two areas are usually interchangeable. I often find my work life spilling into my evenings and weekends and then carving out space to handle home issues during the work day. Often as women, we especially struggle with creating this ever elusive “balance” between our both lives. Read more>>

Britney Gale | Professional Dancer & Fitness Instructor

I believe balance is the key to happiness. It can seem like the simplest thing when in all actuality maintaining balance in all areas of life can be quite challenging. I find that in order to be successful in my work which requires me to give to others, I can’t pour from an empty cup. In order to be at my best for my clients, I need to prioritize and do what’s necessary to keep myself filled, a continuous cycle of feeding myself while feeding others. Read more>>

Kathryn Perlin | Owner

My Work life balance is definitely off kilter these days. As the Pandemic rages on I find myself letting go a lot more than I ever thought possible. Having all four Children at home has forced me to see our day to day lives in a different perspective. My work has definitely been pushed to the back burner as we navigate this new world and our new roles. It’s really hard not being able to please everyone, I used to get flustered when the shelves in my store weren’t perfect, or when we didn’t have something a customer needed. These days I’m just happy to still be open limited hours and I appreciate what we do have. I know someday we will all get back to our pre-covid selves but I hope to take with me the lessons I’ve learned about balance and how maybe it’s ok the not do it all. Read more>>

Alissa Stevens | Ecopreneur & Sustainability Podcaster

At its root (sorry, had to), environmental sustainability is about creating and nurturing an environment in balance. It’s key for the Earth and all species to not only survive but thrive and get the most we can out of this one magnificent life. I’ve been combatting Mother Nature’s stress, fatigue and burnout for almost 15 years, and starting my own business shined a light on some of the gaps in my living a truly sustainable life. “Get Real” is a startup and became my second full-time job … two weeks before COVID lockdown, no less. It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends when your commitment to a cause is so fiery it could light an entire country—who has time to Netflix, sleep, (fill in the blank) when you’re working to transform this planet for future generations?! What are you to do when your vision literally wakes you up in the middle of the night? You keep going until you sink into survival mode and/or hit a wall. Read more>>

Heather Dorak | Owner Pilates Platinum & Pilates Instructor

Balance has always been an integral component of my daily life. When I started Pilates Platinum, It was just me, and was able to put all of my energy into building my business and making it into what it is today. Starting with only one location, and growing to 6 has certainly shifted how I balance my life and my time (don’t we all wish there was more)! In addition to work balance is balancing mom life, being a wife, and everything else in between. The last 3 years have certainly changed in terms of balance with two little boys (1.5 and 3), but has brought so much joy and purpose to my life. Over the course of the last 14 years I have always been consistent on making sure to make time for myself, and practice self-care and self-love. That may be a pilates class in the morning, or a long walk with a friend, a facial or a massage. I just try to make sure I give myself attention everyday. Read more>>

Yael Nov | Photographer & Visual Artist

Work life balance can be challenging especially with working a full-time job in addition to my freelance and fine art practice (and personal life!). This year (though extremely difficult in countless ways), has given me the opportunity to reprioritize and refresh my perspective when approaching the notion of balance. Covid has forced many of us to slow down and reflect on what is most immediate and most important and I am grateful that I have had good health and a support system that has allowed me to experience this silver lining. In the past, I would say yes to every opportunity, gig, favor, or exhibition in order to grow and build my career. I spread myself way too thin. These past months of “slowing down” has helped me learn to say yes only to the projects that I feel will contribute in a meaningful way and help me reconnect with the people that I want to be working with. Read more>>

Mark Posey | Painter

For many years I lived in my studio. I was constantly surrounded by my work, and would work on paintings whenever I felt inspired. Eventually I decided that I needed some distance and it would be healthy to separate myself from my work a little more. I was able to find a studio about 10 minutes away from my apartment and am really happy I made the switch. Read more>>

Selena Vidya | Entrepreneur, Content Producer & Coach to Agency Owners and Creatives

My balance has changed dramatically over the years. I think about work life balance in this way: If I’m properly planning my priorities for the day and staying on track, I can use the remaining time to do whatever fulfills me and practice self care. But I *have* to prioritize self care and make it a non-negotiable calendar item otherwise I won’t do it. My past self? ‘lol @ work life balance, what even is that?’ I always joke and say that I’m a recovering workaholic when someone asks me this question, but there’s a thread of truth to it. When I first started building my career, something drove me to work, and work, and work, and overachieve, pick up all the slack, and stress myself out until I was physically sick. I had no work life boundaries or balance. It wasn’t unheard of for me to be working until 3 am, only to wake up at 6 and head early to the office. Read more>>

Ashley Moon | Decluttering Empowerment Coach

Pretty much everything is all about balance. Not too much, not too little. We get to find what works for us and honor it, consistently. That is, until we change- and how we balance changes. So we find our rhythm and flow again. (For example, we might not need as much sleep when we get older) Balancing work, play, and rest is essential. We need all three. Sometimes they overlap. I love when my work feels like play. And when my rest feels like play. I’m basically a big kid in a lot of ways! I used to work a 9am to 6pm job all week; then rest and play on the evenings and weekends. I left my last full-time job ten years ago to start my own business and really struggled in the beginning because it felt like I was working all the time, wearing all the hats. I was having panic attacks, worried about money and was I going to have to get a job again? What helped me balance financially was having part time and temporary gigs for the first couple years, until my business had grown enough to be full time. Read more>>

David Sofro | Entrepreneur

When I started my first clothing line called Speed up in 1998 at the age of 24 with my good friend Grant Berentsen, I had no idea what I was getting into. There are so many tasks involved in my 5 fundamentals of business which include 1. Finance, 2. Design, 3. Sales/Marketing, 4. Production, 5. Logistics. I was working with limited funds and had no idea where to start. We had very little success and I went back to school at FIDM to get my masters in Apparel Manufacturing Management to gain the knowledge that is so necessary to be successful. After graduating in 2003 my ex wife and business partner Mirj Gschwind started DM13. We purchased all the equipment to a run an apparel screen printing shop, which is extremely labor intensive. We did everything from creating artwork, making screens, and production. In the beginning we would work between 12-15 hours a day. Read more>>

Heidi Basch-Harod | Executive Director

The concept of work life balance is one that I understand exists as a concept, but I don’t find it applicable to all of us, nor that there is one definition of how this is supposed to look and feel, nor that it actually exists. What do I mean by this? As a non-profit leader, the work that I do is not a day job, it is more a lifestyle. There are few moments where something in my environment doesn’t remind of the importance of the work that I do, or that there is more to be done. This work for me is very personal and always happens to feel very urgent. I serve as the Executive Director of Women’s Voices Now, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization using film to advance social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally. In Women’s Voices Now our aim is to bring attention to the fact that the roles women and girls play on a screen, or the lack of roles they play, perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes keeping women and girls from equality throughout the world. Read more>>