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.

John Mark Nelson | Producer and Songwriter

Typical of most creative people, I worked pretty voraciously in my teens and early twenties without ever really thinking about balance or having a life outside of making music. In a lot of ways, I suppose that is a necessary step in building your abilities and career. Now, as I am just around the corner from 30, balance feels like one of the things I pursue and crave the most. I absolutely love my work as a songwriter, producer, music maker, but if it isn’t offset by an equal and opposite force of being a whole person, I have a very short fuse until burnout sets in. Read more>>

Shelly Xu | Lifestyle Brand Photographer

When I first started working for myself, there was really no balance at all. I was hustling! I was working 24/7, which was not healthy or sustainable. I think everyone has that stage in their career as an entrepreneur. It’s extremely scary working for yourself full time and not knowing how much money you’re going to make in the first few months. As my business grew, I quickly learned that I didn’t want this hustle culture lifestyle. I wanted to be able to hang out with my friends and family whenever I wanted, take a vacation, sleep in on the weekends, and not have to worry about finances. Read more>>

Carly Waters | Jewelry Designer + Creative Director

I must say as a busy person, work life balance is huge. We all have things we are striving for- and work is necessary for progress. Yet too much work results in burnout, and that’s not productive at all. How does one find time for things they enjoy while staying on track otherwise? With all of my irons in the fire, work, businesses, trip planning, etc etc I pride myself on setting time to chill, and get a change of scenery. Regardless of the work needed for my business, I’m going to get that morning beach walk in. Regardless of the errands I need to do, if I’m tired I will take a nap. And because of this- maybe some things take a little longer, but I don’t think that really matters. Read more>>

Frankie Caraccioli | Tattoo Artist

My Work Life balance gets better with age and experience. I’ve been tattooing almost 20 years now and have finally built up a clientele that helps me feel more financially secure and allows me to afford more days off to spend time with family and friends. I think it’s very healthy to have other interests outside of work and to make time for them when you can. Read more>>

Jihae Lee | Visual Designer / Product Designer

When I was young I rarely cared about work and life balance. I was in a very competitive atmosphere during school days and students rarely slept. Most students kept pushing up the quality of their work and I was one of them. After a few terms, however, my body started to break. My skin from head to toe became so itchy and I kept dropping white tear drops from my left eye, and I had to take medicine. This lifestyle finally caught up to my immune system. I had to stop my studying and go back home. It took me 6 months to get better. I was frustrated at that time, but it gave me time to think about what my priorities were. Read more>>

Jarred Harper | Actor & Filmmaker

I used to separate my work life with my social life, but now I have found that I am at my best when those two worlds collide. I truly love what I do and now I find myself choosing to do social things that only revolve around my work with film and acting. Because the life experiences that I acquire always somehow end up back into the work, that’s why I love what I do. All life experiences, good or bad, are still golden raw material to use. Read more>>

Delilah Bisase | Plant based registered dietitian, master reiki energy healer, and medical intuitive

A major work-life boundary for me is not working on the weekends. I’ve worked so many weekend jobs and no matter how much I enjoyed the job itself, I always found myself unhappy having to minimize my weekend fun time due to work. There’s a certain icky internal feeling it stirs up and I’ve use that feeling as a guideline setting all of my other work-life boundaries. Such as no calls/emails after a certain hour and never ‘working through’ my lunch break. In true Aries fashion, I go pretty hard when it comes to work, which is great when you have a million things to cross off your to-do list. Read more>>

Lisa Tran | Dance Studio Owner

I’ve always liked a full schedule and as long as I have worked I have filled my hours with as much as possible because I was doing things I enjoyed, and I guess I like to have a task list to complete to feel accomplished. I’m now 7 years into running a dance studio and my daughter is 3 years old. Add to this the pandemic-fatigue everyone is feeling 2+ years into it, I’ve seen my goals and my idea of success shift significantly. I always envisioned opening a dance studio and slowly expanding into larger space, accommodating more students, and building the overall size of the business. Read more>>

Rawan Chaya | Singer-Songwriter

My work-life balance changed drastically in 2019 when I began to pursue music full-time in LA. I didn’t realize how much I would have to sacrifice to chase my dream of being an international artist. I had to learn to balance multiple jobs, while simultaneously making music full-time. I struggled with this new routine of being alone so often in order to be productive and achieve my goals. When friends/family would ask me to go out, the answer was more than often a “no”. Thankfully, they understood that I had to maintain a certain routine if I wanted to make an impact. Read more>>

Anique Ross | Brewery Owner & Operator

This is a constant struggle as a small business owner. You’re so much more involved, emotionally and otherwise, than as an employee working for someone else that it can be hard to not constantly check the phone or worry about what’s going on when you’re not there. My balance has definitely changed over time due to a few factors. One of those was having kids. I have 3 year old twins and they definitely need a lot from you at that age and you obviously want to do your best as a parent. The other thing that has had a major impact is having a team that I trust and can rely on. It makes it easier to step back a little when you have such an amazing crew in place! Read more>>