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?

Veronica Cisneros | Therapist, Coach, Podcast Host & Motivational Speaker

I used to be under the impression that I had to have it all together. You know, clean home, well dressed kids, and hubby with a full belly. Well at least that’s what I was taught. It wasn’t until I realized I just couldn’t keep up. Every day I would miss something. The house was clean but I forgot to put away the laundry, or the kids were groomed and well-dressed, but Mommy looked like she had been beat up by the world – with the mom bun intact of course. I remember being in grad school and literally crying while washing dishes. Not only was my house a mess, but I still had a 15 page paper to write, kids to bathe and books to read. I literally felt like a failure. This perfect life that I was so desperately after was falling apart and I was failing. Read more>>

Kristin Burke | Goal Achievement Coach

In graduate school, I authored my thesis on the topic of women and work-life balance. Through my research, I concluded that the way we talk about balance communicates an unrealistic reality for many working women. At the time, I purposed we shift the discussion away from balance and instead strive for work-life management. Now, as a mom and a business woman I think in terms of work-life integration. I am integrating my two worlds as I think through my response to this question while waiting for my daughter at the dentist. As a goal achievement coach, I serve ambitious women who want to accelerate the growth of their businesses or advance their careers while living a fulfilling life outside of work. Read more>>

Cristina McKeever | Dancer, Choreographer & Teacher

I love this question. I used to think work life balance was something attainable, until I started reading Matthew Kelly’s book, “Off Balance”.(he is one of my favorite writers). The book discusses how the term “work life balance” can often set us up for failure because we only have one life and to compartmentalize our personal and professional paths is nearly impossible. If something in our personal life occurs that lifts our spirits, it usually shows in our working lives; this I know to be true as an artist. Don’t get me wrong, I used to journal about finding my work life balance almost every day for a year…however, with this new perception of wanting to gain lasting satisfaction from my life as a whole, rather than balance, I’ve been much more relaxed and at peace with where I am in my life. Read more>>

Vincent Hunt | Founder & CEO

Work-life balance is a HUGE thing for me. When I was younger, and we are not even talking about THAT long ago, I am talking about just like 5 years ago, I was super obsessed with time and performance in the most unhealthy way. I like many people equated working long hours, at ALL hours, with being productive or worse, “successful”. With that came answering the phone at all hours, always checking email, Slack, text messages, and never REALLY “turning off”. About two years ago I had a conversation with myself and really checked in as it pertains to how I was navigating time, my health, my social life, and how all of these vectors intersected with my work. After getting real with myself, AND truly thinking about what’s important to me, I implemented a way of going about my days that has truly revolutionized my sense of work-life balance AND has impacted my creativity in a profound way. Read more>>

Carrie Cramer | Costume & Jewelry Designer

Work life balance seemed like an easier question to answer before Covid 19! We had the luxury of leaving our homes to venture to a work space and now, we must figure out ideal ways to work from home. Configuring what that looked like took a bit of time and a little creativity, but I now really enjoy working from home. I can see my husband and dog and take breaks in the garden or go on walks. I spent my entire 30’s really focused on my career and my personal life did suffer for it, it was not balanced. I am proud of what I accomplished and bought my own home in Los Angeles and cultivated many work opportunities, but realized that was not enough. My heart was not full. In my 40’s I did change some habits and took on less work to gain more happiness. Read more>>

Lori Leib | Creative Director & Brand Owner

I have been the creative director and partial owner of Bodyography for 10 years now, my schedule has always been demanding with long hours, 70% international travel and the pressure of being a part of a family business which never ‘shuts off’. My work-life balance has certainly developed over the years, admittedly sometimes it is much better than others! In the first few years of my career (and life I spent all day and night working, I had no personal boundaries and when I was done working I went out late and over socialized, not leaving much time to focus on my self. After many years, I have finally found time for ME, it has not been easy, but focusing on my physical and mental health has helped me become more focused at work, increased my energy levels and changed my overall ‘mood’ and temperament in and out of the office. Read more>>

Natalie Arribeno | Designer & Founder

I strongly believe that work life balance is extremely essential to everyones life. ( regardless if you are an entrepreneur or not). In my case i understand that the the more successful I become the more self care and balance is necessary for me to continue the success of my brand. Success is the reflection of your self and can only be obtained by balancing hard work and play. My self care “balance” has evolved along with myself. There has been a need of a lot of inner work, such as knowing what makes me smile, what grounds me and what can I really handle and where do I need to set boundaries. The more I check in with myself the more I am able to give more to Nubia Natalie and myself. Read more>>

Sarah Oreck | Board-Certified Reproductive Psychiatrist

As a female physician dedicated to working with primarily women in my private practice, “work life balance” might be one of the most discussed themes in my therapy sessions with patients. My psychiatric practice focuses on navigating matrescence or the transformation to motherhood, especially for women with mental health challenges including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. For many, especially in the world of new mothers trying to juggle careers and now COVID-19, work life balance has become an even more elusive notion. Work life balance has drastically changed for me personally throughout the years. While training in medical school and residency, I felt like I had no choice but to focus exclusively on work. I was under the misapprehension that sacrificing my personal life was an unspoken rule or rite of passage in training to become a physician. Read more>>