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?

Ethan Pines | Photographer & Director

I think about this all the time. I’m now 51, I have an amazing toddler, and for all I know I could drop dead tomorrow. It happens to healthy people all the time. I’ve been a photographer since I was about 30. For the first 10 years of my career, I worked all the time. Nights, weekends, whatever it took. I had to simultaneously build my skills, build a portfolio, do business development and make a living assisting other photographers (along with the occasional absurdly low-paying editorial shoot). Read more>>

Akil McLeod | Co-Founder of Flipped Narrative & Father

It took me several years until I was able to grasp the concept of a work-life balance. I started my entrepreneurship journey back in 2017, and at the time all I did was work. I started my days early because I felt guilty for sleeping in, and I routinely stayed up late because I felt most creative between the hours of 12 AM and 3 AM. In fact, when I initially quit my job in higher education my plan was to eventually get another job in that same field. Therefore, I spent the first half of my day filling out job applications and researching prospective institutions. Read more>>

Emily Rickard | Chief Production Officer at BUCK

Becoming a mother was the best impetus to figuring out that balance. I’ve always been a workaholic and I’m not proud of that. I was often first in the office and last to leave. Once you have a child, there’s someone else vying for your time so you learn to prioritize and multitask like never before. We’ve all heard the saying that if you want to get something done, give it to a mom. There is a sense of truth in that. I like to have a clear separation from my work and family life so I can be truly present for my family and friends. Read more>>

Jewelle Daquin | Licensed Mental Health Therapist & Mompreneur

I have worked in the mental health field for over a decade. During this time I have worked in the community agency settings while working part time in private practice, started and grown my family, and launched my own business full time. As a wife, mother, mental health professional and entrepreneur my perspective of work life balance has changed drastically through the years. When I first began my career, I did not put a lot of value in this concept because I saw it as a season “to grind and get things done” in an effort to meet the timeline I had for my personal life. Read more>>