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.

Isabella Latell | Illustrator & Designer

Finding a balance between work and life is a never-ending conversation when what you do for work is also your biggest passion in life. Like so many other creative people, I started out viewing creativity and art as an outlet, and something that made me feel special and unique. It was something I could pour myself into and with it, find reassurance and validation from others. The issue comes when your self identity and worth comes from that validation. Read more>>

Jahje Ives | Artist & Founder of Baby Jives Co

Work-life balance is a constant practice for me. There have been times where I have completely been off balance but in the past few years I have really started to question and envision what I truly want for my business. In the fall of 2019, I started to question a lot of things in my business. I created my company Baby Jives Co. as a small handmade biz in 2010, to support me while I stayed at home with my kids. Read more>>

Laura ODell | Founder/Creative Director at The ODells

My work/life balance definitely shifted once I started having kids and then it re-calibrated once again in 2020 when the world shut down and we learned how to work remotely. I think that when you’re a business owner you’ll always have life shifts and pivots throughout your career that need to be re-examined and prioritized. For me, my family comes first above anything else. The days are long but the years are short and I don’t want to miss any special moments with my 3 littles ones. You need an excellent team for that though and luckily we have it. You also need to let go of some control and let your team do their thing. I’m not a big fan of micromanaging. Read more>>

Courtney Paige | Professional Organizer

With a background in Visual Merchandise Management I was working a lot. Overnights, early mornings and over time we’re my regular routine. But at a certain point I found myself getting burnt out. Which made me no good to anyone. I now make my own schedule, which includes rest days. Not just days off to do errands, but really resting my body and mind from the constant go. Confident that myself and my clients benefit from a happier, rested Courtney. Read more>>

Philesha Stern | Curly Hair expert & Salon Owner

In college, a professor told us that we had to make a choice: career or family because you can’t have both! I was never the girl that dreamed of her wedding or how many kids I’d have, but I knew marriage and a family would happen naturally… & a I still wanted my career! Read more>>

Robbie Metcalf | Owner of HOF / Tiger

This is something we’ve only really started even thinking about. Maybe that’s part of being in our 30s now, cuz we there was no such thing as balance in our 20s LOL. We were fully in it trying to figure out how to make a bag from it however possible. Two of us owners have been sober 5+ years now, and with that has definitely come awareness of the importance of balance in our lives. We gotta have time for ourselves to rest, to adventure, to have fun and play while keeping our eye on the prize, grinding away on projects, chasing these dreams. Read more>>

Aisling Harbert-Phillips | Animator, Illustrator and Compositor

Animation and VFX are an area of film productions where you definitely have to HUSTLE. Depending on what movie, or show I’m on I can end up working a lot of hours which leaves very little time for myself. I have learned over the years to always make sure to take time for myself creatively because while it’s fun to work on big projects, I need to do something artistic otherwise I burn out. Excelling at what you do is important but you don’t have to sacrifice who you are. Read more>>

Leandra Terrazzano | Writer, Actor and Mother

I think balance is what you make of it. I used to get caught up in the expected perfection of it all (hello, virgo here) but ironically the “balance” came when I started to find peace in the imbalance. Doing the best I can with whatever hat I’m wearing at the moment, e.g. writer, mother, actor, friend, wife, etc. Balance is finding presence in what I’m focused on in the moment and being content with that and knowing it’s enough. Does that make sense? Honestly, forget balance. I’m entering a phase in my life where a little chaos and a lot of going with the flow is proving to be more fruitful, not to mention more fun too. Read more>>

Anna MacDonald | Founder of Stella’s Desk & Host of the To The Fullest Podcast

Sometimes it’s a run, sometimes it’s a sprint, but it’s always at least a jog. This is how I think about the pace of my life. I have a funny relationship with this concept of work/life balance because I love what I do and I’m a natural born hustler. I will find a way to do just about anything when I put my mind to it – sometimes to the detriment of this idea of balance, but always for the common good. But with three young kids and clients that need me at my best I’ve had to make a conscious effort to slow down, pace myself, and only sprint when necessary. Read more>>

Penny Casselman | MBA—Life Coach—Author—Speaker

I don’t believe in work-life balance—I prefer to call it work-life compromise. In 2017, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, there was no such thing as work-life balance—it immediately became 0% work and 100% self-care (life). Even if you’re currently experiencing a solid 50-50 split between the two, it can quickly teeter off-balance when an event exception comes along—think canceled flight, health crisis, urgent client deadline, kids on summer break; you get the idea. Read more>>

Kate Newham | Professional Dancer/ Dance Teacher/ Real Estate Agent

I think we can all agree that since 2020 life has changed. And for me, my work life balance absolutely has. I have gone from hustle mode and running all over town from one thing to the next, to only saying yes to the work and things in my life that I believe truly serve me and make me happy. In saying that balance of course is a tricky thing. Read more>>