The Coronavirus has given many us an opportunity to pause and think about life, our purpose, and even the right work life balance. What’s your perspective and has it changed over time?

Melle Hartley | Entrepreneur

When I first started out as an entrepreneur I didn’t realize that being self-employed wasn’t just a career, it was a lifestyle. As an entrepreneur, you are your brand, you wear all the hats and it doesn’t just stop because it’s the end of the week. It spills into your weekend, your vacations, your personal time. As I adjusted to this “new lifestyle” I thought that’s just how it is, not really anything I can do about it. If I wanted success I would have to hustle hard, sleep less, and work non-stop. It wasn’t until I was operating 5 businesses all at once when I completely burned out and almost had a nervous breakdown. Read more>>

Stephanie Rickenbaker | Owner of Sweet’s Elderberry

The work of an entrepreneur is never done. There is always something going through my head – marketing ideas, staying on top of finances, ways to improve, employee incentives, new products, etc. I have a very hard time turning off work and closing that door behind me at the end of the day. Balancing work with being a mom is a challenge and, to be perfectly honest, I have regrets. When my babies were little, I was very distracted because my plate was too full. Read more>>

Sharmine Park | Business owner, ESL Instructor, & Vocalist

Since I was a child, I’ve been keen on trying different things, hoping that gaining diverse experiences will eventually lead to something unique and interesting. With that attitude, I constantly find myself juggling heaps of activities ranging from teaching ESL, performing at band gigs, organizing events for family and friends, engaging in Buddhist studies, writing for my ESL textbook, and squeezing in workouts between everything else. I’ve sometimes wondered if an alternate lifestyle of having just one or two major focuses would make more sense to avoid wearing myself out. Read more>>

Trica aka “Teetothe” | Creativepreneur & Self Care Enthusiast

I will say around this time last year, I was feeling very overwhelmed and stressed trying to build and launch a couple businesses/brands while managing day to day life. It seemed like everything and everyone demanded my time and attention and I would feel so guilty if I focused too much on one and not the other. I felt like putting myself first wasn’t even an option and often struggled with balancing quality time with my family, friends and even my husband. I mean, I managed but many of those days, although I seemed to be functionally fine, I was checked out. Read more>>

Katrina Frye | CEO Indie Music Label, Lauretta Records

Work and life have always been intermingled for me. From the people I choose to work with to the vendors I hire, they are people I want to spend time around during work hours and after. For me being in the music industry I learned very early on that it’s 90% relational 10% business or work. Whether you tour, songwriter, produce or run a label all of these roles are contingent on the creation of Art. And for Art to be created and nurtured an artist must feel safe, seen, and inspired. Read more>>

Dion Tomasini | Fine art handling & Crating

The work life balance has been by far the hardest part so far. I have a 2.5 year old daughter and a wife who I love spending time with. It’s a struggle to make sure I am completing all the jobs that I have at the warehouse and also making sure I am home and present with my family. I may think that something I am doing for work is really important but really my family is the most important. Finding a balance between working hard and giving my girls my full attention was difficult but now I couldn’t be happier with the task! Read more>>

Candice Brokenshire Buchan | Designer, Maker, Artist

When we imagine something in balance, we can conjure up this idea of something weighted equally, and somewhere along our journey we might have been told that’s a state that we ought to pursue. I actually think it’s much more about prioritizing what’s important and cultivating the ability to keep checking in with yourself to see what’s working/not working. When you run your own business or have a creative pursuit, it’s easy to get into a flow and zone everything else out, and if you remain healthy and get the bills paid doing that, great. We do however need to check that our choices and behavior is working for the other people in our lives – especially those we live with. Read more>>

Sung Yoo | Creative Director & Founder

My efforts in managing a balanced life has changed a lot over the years. As responsibilities have increased over the years, I allocate time to make time. I enjoy planning because it allows me to be more intentional about how I spend it and to be able to feel in control of it. I consider balance as one of the most significant aspects in life that can determine ones level happiness and fulfillment. I have experienced that allocating the right amount of time for: work, health, family and rest may not feel easy to start but it really allows for freedom and certainty which I believe is well worthwhile. Read more>>

Brandy Lewis | Founder & CEO

I never even knew about the concept of work / life balance. It was just work and work more. It’s what it took to start a business. There were no 8 hour days or 7 day weeks. It was whatever needed to get done whenever it needed to get done. And then doing the next thing. I kind of forced my entire family into pitching in too, as a way to find time to spend with them. Outings where the kids thought I was finally giving them one on one time, but then “coincidentally” ended up on an excursion to source stuff for my business did not go over well… But since I spent those years piecing together the foundation, and putting together an incredible team that can see the vision and execute it, I finally understand this movement towards creating a work life balance. Read more>>

Steven Boyd Wallace | Artist & Podcaster

This is a really interesting and important question for me at this time in my life. When I started Hardly Tomorrow at the end of 2020 I wasn’t a dad, and now I am. Walt was born 12/3/21 and completely changed our life. Work/life balance was always something weird to my partner and I because we’ve been self-employed artists for years. For us, that can look like a quick day date to Century City to shop around, haha. We’re pretty good at taking a break here or there because there really aren’t weekdays and weekends in what we do, there’s just 7 days a week to work, rest and play. Read more>>

Spencer Phillips | Owner of Monster + Ghost

My work-life balance has completely shifted since starting my company, Monster + Ghost. Gone are the sleepless nights filled with partying only to lose the next few days recovering. Don’t get me wrong, I love my social life and the relationships I share with my family and friends, but I’m at a pivotal point where hard work and dedication are essential to the success of my business. Read more>>

Jazmin and Brandon Larracuente | Filmmakers

For the both of us, balance has changed over time because we are equally as passionate about our careers as we are our marriage. It comes with compromise and sometimes sacrifice, but it has become much easier after learning to navigate Los Angeles. A little backstory: we moved to LA after Brandon booked Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. We were young lovers who moved from a small town in Florida and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Shocked at the cost of living, I (Jazmin) immediately started a job as a server while Brandon was filming. When the show premiered, Brandon was immediately thrust into this fast-paced world and being his partner, so was I. Read more>>

Sarah Wallin Huff | Music Composer, Violinist, and Lecturer

I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve every musical job I was offered; I was told that you say “Yes” to everything or lose work. So I spent many years of my life driving obscene distances every day, to play for this or that, to teach there… Many of the jobs I said yes to filled my day but not my heart. Others were marginally fulfilling, but I did too many of them at once (for example, there was one period where I taught 50 students privately–all in different locations–on a weekly basis while going to school and holding down a day-job!). Read more>>

Pamela Vilchez | Boutique Owner for retail and Wholesale

Hi, Work life balance is very important specially when you have a family,work hard is very important,but balance is very healthy because you need a break sometimes,when you work to much Can be good and bad and have balance is good for your health ,before I just to don’t have days off for months after Covi li Read more>>

Sharon Uy | Art Therapist, Writer, Artist

I’ve long considered myself to be an expert at work-life balance, namely because life has, generally, always come before work. In fact, I’d say that work often landed at the bottom of the list! But now that I have a job which doesn’t particularly feel like work–serving others’ internal exploration through a mix of creative and spiritual practices is more of a joyous privilege–my current work-life balance feels, simply, built in. Read more>>

daviea davis | Glass Mosaic Artist

I began my career as a public artist while in the thick of having three children in under four years. It was all consuming. I saw someone selling tiny tiles, shoe boxes and boxes of them and bought some and began to teach myself how to make mosaics. At first, it was very rarely, but as my children grew and were able to play with each other, I could steal moments of gluing down tiles onto our dining room table. I also found joy in musing about the design and would daydream about what would happen next time I got some time to glue the tiles down. It began a whole world of possibility for me. Read more>>

Alexandra Ballensweig | Founder and CEO, humhum

I used to see these two as something to keep in balance because I felt out of control within the work I was doing, and didn’t have the personal insight to navigate my own energy, or the boundaries to protect it. Now I don’t see work and life as at odds. My work feels integrated into my purpose, my relationships, and my well-being. What I think this topic gets at is personal wellbeing, which I think is a byproduct of how well we are honoring ourselves and our energy, and how we allocate our energy daily and over time in alignment (or not) with our broader values. If we are giving energy successfully to the things we value, we feel energized, successful, and well. Read more>>