Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Melody Dao | Podcast Host & Student

There is an expectation– perhaps from family, media, or society in general– that an unbalanced life leads to a successful life. At school, high achieving students compare how little sleep they get, feeling “proud” for sleeping the least amount of hours compared to their peers. I’ve personally fallen victim to that as well, “bragging” about how packed my schedule is, working from 8 AM to midnight. Come on, a 16 hour day for a teenager? That is unhealthy. In this competitive world, I felt pressured to push myself to the extremes. Read more>>

Danielle Matthew | Owner of Made From Dirt & Sun + Moon

As a mother of two, I still struggle to balance work and life. I feel when I succeed in one half then the other half is neglected. But what I’m learning is that no matter how long you’ve been a parent, you will still struggle. I’m not sure if there is a perfect work life balance, especially when you have children. During the past couple years, I’ve held onto my family tighter than ever before. My children are still young and I do want to soak up every minute I have with them. This year I have started to make our lives more structured. Read more>>

Sarah Wang | Wedding Planner

Transitioning from working the 9 to 5 to running my own business full time, it has been a journey to figure out a healthy work life balance. For the first few years of starting my business, I would work from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. It’s not uncommon where I’d grab my phone the first thing after I opened my eyes and start checking emails and messages. Sometimes I’d stay in bed and just work on my phone for hours before even getting up to use the restroom, eating or drinking anything, and before I knew it, it’s 2pm or 3pm already. Read more>>

Chelsea Stark-Jones | Storyteller & Creative

My work life balance has transformed significantly from my early 20’s to where I am now newly in my 30’s, and rightfully so. I feel as someone that came up in the sports television industry – you learn quickly how desirable your job is. As a women in this industry you learn quickly how little opportunities are available to you. So the grind and the hustle are real. Read more>>

Russelynn Tubbs | Florist & small business owner

My work life balance has completely changed since starting my business, while it is true about giving up a “9 to 5” just to work 24/7 for yourself (lol) I feel like I have more flexibility with my schedule and time for my family. I have the ability to take the time I need to recharge after a super busy wedding season or the craziness of Valentine’s Day. Read more>>

Chloe Trujillo | Artist, Musician, Designer and Business owner

This question I get asked all the time! So I hope that my answer inspires others who have trouble with this work-life balance theme. As a mother of 2, owner of 2 businesses, an artist, a musician and a designer, and married to a touring musician, I had to find a solution, and to me the best sign of a good life balance is your level of happiness and fulfillment!! Read more>>