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.

Rachel Brooks | Muralist & Visual Artist

The key for me is presence, remaining present in whatever state I am in whether it be in work or in life. When you love what you do, your work IS your life in so many ways and it seeps through into every thought and moment of your day. I am built up of two very contrasting identities right now. One is of a woman who is lucky enough to be passionate about her job. That woman gets so caught up in a deadline or flow state that she has a hard time stopping for anything, including her personal life and physical well-being. Read more>>

Nicole Serrano | Therapist. Consultant. Speaker

Work life balance looks different for all of us. I try to look at it through a realistic lens as far as what is happening in my life right now, and what my overall goal is. For example, I know that my ultimate goal and dream is to have more afternoons and days where I can be present with my kids, and be able to attend to our health needs of appointments, and more quality time with play/fun. I also know that sometimes life is busy, or responsibilities are many during different seasons. Read more>>

Tyler Sage | Writer and Filmmaker

I feel incredibly fortunate in that I don’t think much about work/life balance. This isn’t to say that there aren’t moments when I get stressed out and need to take a break from the world, or moments when I find myself gnashing my teeth over the difficulty of writing (this is one of the horrible perks of the job). But it is to say that for the most part I’ve managed to create a situation in which my work and my life are wonderfully and smoothly connected. Read more>>

Yui Yamamoto | Musician

I am a musician and I am also human. My music work plays an important role in my life. I am grateful to be working in the music industry since it is what I want to do. But sometimes it is not easy to keep my work balance. Often, work takes precedence over everything else in our lives. Our desire to succeed professionally can push us to set aside our own well-being. For my situation, the three things that are the key to my own work life balance. They are money, time and health. Read more>>

Paris Page | Law Firm Founder and Lawyer

When I first started off as an attorney, I used to work for a billing hour firm. I had to work long hours usually 8:00 am- 8:00pm and work on the weekends as well. At this rate, it felt like all I did was work, eat and sleep. I missed out on seeing family and friends. I cut out my hobbies that I loved to do such as writing, traveling and having beach days. I started to replace my fun hobbies with food. Food became my comfort because I could at least have some enjoyment while working in the office. I started to realize I was not happy and I needed to make a change. Read more>>

Hector Meza | Label Operations / Project Manager / Content Producer

Work-life balance has become a central tenet of my every day. Working in music, it becomes really easy to allow your personal passions and your professional endeavors to become entangled and ultimately burn you out as a whole. I came into the music industry on a chance; I was a HUGE music fan, especially in Electronic. I had a chat with an agent representing an act I booked in college. One thing lead to another & I deferred my law school admission to take on an internship at a major agency. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Read more>>

Vimes Art | Illustrator

My work life balance has changed a lot over time. When I first started freelancing I would just work non stop. I felt I had a lot to prove and was dedicated to reaching my goals. I’m passionate about learning and love developing my art skills,so when I wasn’t working I’d be spending my free time studying and practicing my craft. This was how I spent my first few years freelancing, basically just work,study repeat. Read more>>

Shajarazade Rodriguez | Makeup and Hair Entrepreneurship

My balance has changed over time as I have created balance and boundaries. When I first started my career I had limited balance or structure as I was learning. Now having 14 years of experience with the addition of my beautiful four-year-old daughter, amazing fiance’ and launching my second business, balance is my first thought each morning. If I don’t allow myself pockets of time to rest and plan for the next day, my day is off. Even on the days that I don’t feel like I got anything done, balance was also present as rest is essential for building my brand. Read more>>

Amelia Cobb | Storyboard Artist

My work life balance has changed drastically over time, especially since the pandemic started. At the time I worked two jobs while doing school full time so there was no real work life balance. It was just work all the time, and it was exhausting. I got severely burnt out to the point where I stopped drawing for a few months once I graduated at the end of 2020. I decided that something needed to change and I needed to take more control over how I managed my life. I requested certain times off of work so that I could do things that made me happy. Read more>>