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?

Ying Li | Digital Producer and Co-Owner of Pasimedia

I’ve been working in VFX and post production industry as a Producer for many years before I had my first child. My drive was to be part of top of the range productions in TV and film. Everything changed in 2016 when Kun was born and I had a chance to really slow down and think about my mental health. Read more>>

Jessica Broome | Founder and Head Southpaw, Southpaw Insights

For me, work/life integration is the goal, rather than trying to maintain that precarious balance. I used to think of “balance” as spending the same amount of waking hours working as I did not working, with a very clear divide between “work time” and “free time.” I’m a lot happier when I stop aiming for that perfect balance and accept that the lines are going to be blurry sometimes, but as long as I have time and energy to do everything, the integration is working. Read more>>

Jonathan Joiner | Creative Director & Crafter

Work-life balance has evolved for me over the past ten years. Early on, when I started working as a creative, it was hard to balance a life that was separate from work. I would constantly be working on projects, whether for a client or myself. I didn’t create any routine or boundaries. Over time I realized that having no structure eventually burned me out, and I got to a point when I stopped doing work for myself and was only able to complete client projects. I had wholly depleted myself and had no way to reset myself. Once my wife and I started a family and had our son, I re-evaluated how I spent my free time. Read more>>

Jordan Rondel | Founder of The Caker

In my first few years of owning The Caker, I struggled a lot with finding the work-life balance, which seemed to be ingrained in me as an entrepreneur to try and achieve. It wasn’t until year 5 that I actually gave up trying to find this elusive balance and all of a sudden I was much more content about not having it. I found myself at peace with the notion that if I wanted to work 90 hour weeks, I could and should. My friends and family would have to understand. Read more>>

Cecilia Kim | Actress & Writer

When I first started acting, I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere, and to fill that void, I kept myself busy with all kinds of different projects. I was writing and producing as much as possible on top of working two day jobs and taking acting and writing classes in my free time. It was as if by keeping myself busy, I believed I was working towards something. I’ve come to learn that less is more. I didn’t have a life when I was filling all my time. Now, I practice work life balance by allowing myself to take days off and to turn down work that isn’t acting related. I had to cut out all the noise to finally be able to focus on one thing, and it’s helped me take a step back and enjoy my life just as much as I enjoy my work. Read more>>

Eirini Nomikou | Singer Songwriter

Balance is so important for our wellbeing and happiness. Being a freelance/self employed musician it is very tricky finding the right balance. Over time I have seen my self changing and growing and with that my balancing in life and work has changed. As you understand your self you realize that some thing are more important than others, you find the things that make you happy and make you feel full. Prioritizing these parts of your life is balance. Read more>>

Amy Correia | Songwriter, Singer, Recording Artist

Artists are more than their art, of course but it can become all-consuming. In my earlier years I was overly identified with the idea of myself as an “artist” and sold myself short as a human being. What we create isn’t what makes us worthy. I’ve missed out on some things in life because in the beginning of my career I had my head down at the expense of developing a more well-rounded personal life. I wasn’t aware of my limitations or what I needed to keep myself well-tuned and healthy. Read more>>

Amanda Penna | Entertainment Publicist

I believe work-life balance is an extremely important aspect in maintaining a healthy relationship throughout your career. When I first started in the PR industry, I was excited and eager to succeed and knew that meant I had to make myself available to work at any given moment and time. PR is not a 9-5 job, things come up and it’s my responsibility to take care of my clients; however, I’ve learned it’s important to determine the urgency. I must maintain a healthy work-life balance to avoid burning myself out. Read more>>

Macarena Luzi | Self taught Textile Designer

My work life balance has definitely changed over the course of my career. At the beginning, I didn’t really have it in mind. I just focused on my work and didn’t value the importance of slowing down and having some time for myself too. I think I still struggle to stick to a strict schedule, now I’m trying to set myself daily objectives and rely heavily on my Google Calendar to make sure I get things done and also have some me-time. I’m exercising two times a week also, and organize my schedule in a way I don’t skip those hours that are as important as my studio time. Read more>>

Alina Ugas | Personal and Professional Success Coach

When I started my first business my first two daughters were 3 years and 6 months old. I was young and a risk-taker. Really ignorance is bliss. My business was started out of a passion for having fun and making other people happy. It was a party and balloon shop. How can that be stressful you may ask. As the business grew the demand for my time was more. Luckily I was able to have my daughters at the shop with me and at the time my mom was my business partner. I worked at the shop from 10 am-5 pm. Read more>>