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.

Dante Laughlin | Creative Consultant

The work-life balance in my life has changed due to my perspective changing over the years. I really don’t “work” per se. I do what I like to do and what I need to do to continue doing it. The maintenance of my privilege to continue doing what I love to do is my only “Work”. Like who actually wants to register all their receipts into the computer? Practically no one, but it’s essential for me to do to continue running my own business. That’s the work. The rest of what I do is just a challenge to my ability to create and learn, both of which I love to do already. My work-life balance is essentially an equation of finding enough value in the way I’m living to make it worth working for. That way I’m continuously fueled to keep going. Read more>>

Mark Valeriano | Actor Creator Collaborator

To achieve balance is the ultimate goal right. To find a nice even flow. But truthfully, like life itself, I believe this will be an ongoing challenge. At first when I found out I was going to be an actor the rest of my life, although so excited, ecstatic, I also felt I was so behind. I was nearly 25 years old. I thought about how people who I loved already doing this started when they were three even. How do you know at that age. Some people are blessed like that. But either way I felt I had to catch up. I grinded, every single day. Read books, took classes, submitted to absolutely everything I could. Ran around town, gigs for free right after another. Tried to do literally every single thing I could to gain as much as I could as fast as I can. Read more>>

Courtney Birk | Actress and Content Creator

I was a certifiable workaholic. I feel like we are all running around wondering where all of our time goes. When my best friend Ashleigh and I started making movies, there wasn’t a time when we weren’t working. I thought that in order to be successful you had to spend every waking hour chasing your dream. I worked regardless of health or burnout. I can’t say only negative things about that workflow because there were a lot of great things that came out of it. We were able to make many short films and learn the necessary skills to make more complicated projects. But after a while, it was definitely starting to take a toll on my body and mind. There was nothing I wouldn’t do for film. I knew that when I moved to California, I had to make a change. Read more>>

Myeisha Brooks | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In the last few years, I have been able to acknowledge and recognize how important it is to maintain true balance. In the past I used to work around 60 hours a week, 6 days a week. I had little to no balance and no time for it. I did not maintain my mental health in a way I felt would be ideal, my physical health and spiritual health was also not as optimal as I would have liked, and my relationships were not as enriching as I had hoped for. I was merely just getting by. After my two high risk pregnancies, I was able to realize and acknowledge the toll a lack of balance had in my life. Read more>>

YOSH Han | Perfumer & Clairvoyant

When I started my business, I definitely burned the candle at both ends, working across multiple time zones, wearing lots of hats. I was successful but burnt out. I was very ambitious and feel proud of my accomplishments. Now, I try to minimize my laptop hours by being more focused and efficient as well as outsource manufacturing, shipping and bookkeeping so I can spend more time being in creative flow. I’ve learned to schedule personal time including setting boundaries so my clients understand that I need time to be innovation mode. Read more>>

Kira Shelton | Designer & Design Consultant

My work life balance has definitely changed within the past year as soon as the I left my corporate job and the Pandemic followed shortly therefater. When the pandemic was at it’s peak, I realized how important my personal relationships with my family and friends were and started becoming more thankful for having them in my life. I spent so much of my career for the past 10 years working so much (on average of 50hours a week and sometimes 60hrs per week!) I rarely had down time or even took vacations. Now on reflection, I wish I had taken more time out for myself to relax and not dedicate so much of myself to any company that could view me as replaceable. Read more>>

Megan Broughton | Artist, educator, editor

This is something I’m still learning to navigate, although the pandemic has given me an alternate version of work/life balance and time management to figure out (as well as healthcare, but). I’ve been furloughed from my full-time teaching job since May 2020 – a job that, while very rewarding, is challenging in that it limits personal time or time for the studio. Things can get really exhausting, and the last thing you want to do is head to the studio after a full day of work to mentally and physically grapple with an idea. Read more>>

Michelle deMilt | Men’s Groomer & Makeup Artist

This balance has evolved so much over the years. I started working in a salon when I was 15. Since it wasn’t just an after school job, and it was something I was passionate about, I wanted to work as much as they let me. This meant skipping school events, and I even stopped playing school sports. As I got older, I worked on commision there, so I worked a lot. Plus, I wanted to grow and expand my clientele. I missed all kinds of life events that I look back on now and sometimes wish I had taken the time to do. In my 20’s I had moved to LA to pursue the film industry. As a freelance artist you never know when the next job will come, so you say yes to EVERYTHING that is offered. Read more>>

Ray Padilla | Attorney to good and deserving people.

Having a work life balance is extremely important. I do believe that one has to be open to fluctuations in that balance while at the same time having an overall goal or expectation of what that balance should be over a longer period of time. What I mean by that, is that we will all at some points in time be faced with an overwhelming amount of work or situations that arise which require much more time in order to get the job done, be successful or maintain the quality of your work product. When that happens, we need to be okay with putting in the time that is required. Once that time has passed though, it is imperative that we acknowledge that time commitment and reward ourselves with more time off work and not simply go back to putting in the normal hours again right away. Read more>>

Katherine Wehler | Activation + Ascension Guide

I come from a family of very hard working women. And while that is admirable and my own hard work ethic served me at the beginning of my career, ironically the more I grow in business, make more money, and embrace my authenticity and Soul Blueprint the less hard I am able to work to be able to hold the energy to impact the world the way I want to and see my clients doing. What’s fascinating is that leading this movement of creating more fun, joy, ease, and simplicity around work and life is literally my Highest Purpose and calling. I am here to create my own heaven on earth and help others do the same. Read more>>

JK Kim | Tattooer & Mom

Initially, my work life balance was immensely skewed. I worked so much and didn’t take much time for my personal life or health. However, that changed completely when I became pregnant with my first child. I learned to take care of both my mental and physical health and to turn off my work brain when I am with my family. I feel that I’ve achieved a pretty balanced system now and am happy with both aspects of my life. Read more>>

Ken Rogers | Fashion Photographer

MY work life balance has improved over time since I transform to the photography business. I used to work in the Corporate America in the management capacity. That took a lot of time away from the family. One of the reasons that I decided to get into my own business was a better time management. This proof to be a correct move on my part. I believe that it is quite essential to keep a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout. My mentality is that everyone has tasks that require him/her to finish within certain time frame. My business can afford me to work from home when I am not on set. This help improve the time with the family tremendously. Read more>>

Uno Mash | Rap Artist & Actor

For me it has to be a 50/50 split. If you spend too much time working, you can miss out on life and it can get stressful. On the other hand, too much partying and in the clubs all the time is also something I never been into. I guess I move a little different now that I’m older and been thru more in life. I just want money now minus all the negativity and hate. Read more>>

Amy Fohr | Sweater Hound Founder/CEO

When I started my company SweaterHound.com this was pre-pandemic, and like many people I was working and my kids were going to school. However, over the last year and a half both my work-life balance and my company has changed. My kids began home schooling, I stared working from home and sharing an office with my husband. I needed to adjust my work schedule to have more flexibility to be availalbe during the day and shift many of my working hours. As I think about how I plan to adjust my work schedule go forward, I plan to continue to work from home and to carve out more time during the day to be with my kids and allow myself the grace to create a more fluid work/life balance. Read more>>

Julie Ann | Accountant, Dog Mom & Event Planner

I’m an accountant during the week and entrepreneur on the weekends. In 2020, I worked 6 days a week, which was the equivalent to 65-70 hours a week during the busy season. I constantly felt burnt out and wondered if the next 30 years were going to be equally as exhausting. I had no energy or time, and I felt like life was passing me by. Fast forward to January 2021 and I decided that wasn’t the life I wanted. I put in a request for part time (30-35 hours a week) in order to launch The Picnic Style earlier this year. Most people think that’s pretty much full time but I can assure you this is fairly light in the accounting world. Read more>>

Chris Naoki Lee | Filmmaker, Actor, & Producer

I’m a workaholic. So the idea of work/life balance in my 20s was so foreign to me. I prided myself in being a night owl who enjoyed writing or editing into the wee hours of the morning. There was always a voice in my head that whispered, “as soon as your head hits the bed, there’s someone else on the other side of the world trying to take your spot.” Clearly, I found ways to keep the fuel burning. But after awhile, that fire can burn you out, and I realized as I got older, I had to understand the meaning of the simple yet profoundly-difficult-to-attain feeling of balance. Read more>>

steve e ross | Music Producer/Artist/Business Director of Exclusive Recordings.Org

2020 has really forced me to change my balance of work and life, time, health, and enjoyment of life. When I first started living my passion, my number one focus was work, Work, and more WORK. However due to covid of 2020 I work less, and am more productive. Yet my balance is now enjoying my time, family, friends and life more. I know that the balance change is best. Read more>>

Morgan Baker | Recipe developer, food stylist, photographer

Balance is the thing I am always striving for the most. More than working for a specific publication, more than a monetary goal, more than any single thing. This is so important because for a long time I had no sense of balance. I over-worked to the point of exhaustion and that was a really toxic headspace to be in constantly. I didn’t make the choice to find more balance in terms of work and life, that choice was kind of made for me when I stopped getting journalism assignments and my career began to shift more toward food media. Read more>>

Jay Cohen | Entrepreneur, Music Manager & Record Label Owner

This is such a great and refreshing question. My thought process on work life balance has definitely shifted over time. When I was in my 20s, I was hungry, didn’t care about that balance and was go, go, go. But the question that shifted that mindset a bit was: what is the purpose of life? Is it to just work endlessly and then die? Or is it to enjoy life, have fun, nurture strong relationships, travel and be more well-rounded? Especially as I entered my 30’s, I have leaned heavily to the later. Many people have the mindset that they will finally embrace that mindset next year or after their next career success. But the time is now or that moment will never come. This doesn’t mean that I don’t work long hours and incredibly hard. I do. But where I put my focus and how I view my weekends has shifted tremendously over the previous decade. Read more>>

Christopher Catalano | Musician

For me work and life balance is everything. As I’ve grown older and responsibilities have increased it’s become an important factor. When I was younger I had a lot less on my plate and it was easy to focus on work. However at this point in my life I have so much to do that i can’t do it all in a week or a day so I have to be organized. Over time I’ve become much more goal oriented. This includes making lists and following up with them. I make daily lists of what I need to do as well as weekly or yearly. Read more>>

Christopher Pawl | Actor

I believe It’s extremely important when trying to live a fulfilling life. I’ve been taught once to look at things as a triangle: you have your art/craft, social, and work. I’ve got to balance the three. I cant be working a job and going to acting class and not have any sort of social life or friends. On the other side, it would be unhealthy for me to have a girlfriend and just work and pay no attention to acting. When all three can be balanced, I believe it leads to a very happy dynamic. Read more>>

Alissa Haroush | Small business owner | evil eye obsessed

A subject not really talked about is being a mom. How do you balance work and being a mom if you DON”T have full-time help in the home? How do you balance that? Let me tell you, you struggle and you most likely won’t go up the ladder to success in the same pattern as others that hire out the help– you put your career on hold for the other career of raising your children. It’s a give and take, it’s not one that is better than the other, it is what it is. Read more>>

Jordi Nus | Composer & Violinist

Being a freelance composer working on the film industry, balance is probably one of the most challenging aspects of our job. Usually, you either have too much work or too little! Our schedule have to adapt around all the changes any production can have (which are many!) and, because of how unpredictable this industry is, we usually take as many projects as possible because you never now when the next one will be. Read more>>

corner club | Indie Pop Duo

Initially, it was difficult for us to figure out how to balance work, relationships, our social lives, and other hobbies with music. Over time, we decided that making music was a full-time passion for us and realized that we shouldn’t take this time for granted. Nowadays, we’ve built our lives around not compromising between pursuing our full-time careers and our commitment to music, whether by moving closer to each other or setting aside time to coordinate our calendars and travel. Read more>>

Diego Ornelas-Tapia | Author & Podcaster

When I first started writing, I put my book over every aspect of my life first. That means I didn’t dedicate time for my friends or family and I hardly even took care of myself, too. I followed the advice told to many other writers. Advice that told me to write a certain number of hours in a day. Advice that told me to meet a word count deadline in a week. Advice that pretty much followed the “hustle” culture that so many people preach these days. Read more>>

LVLD Mental | Artist / Founder & CEO of LVLD Entertainment

This is a very on theme question because with LVLD Mental and LVLD Entertainment, balance duality, and love are some of the most important things we emphasize and represent. American culture and more specifically, capitalist culture has normalized the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality, which in a lot of ways has caused the success of many Americans and American companies. Are you on your grind? However, it’s also left a hole in the spirit of our culture where the things that ground us like love, family, and spending time in nature have taken a back seat. Read more>>

Or Leo Shahar | Producer / Songwriter

The way I approach balancing work-life routines – is basically coming to terms with myself that there is no ‘correct’ method / one solution, being dynamic and adapting ultimately leads to good balance. Especially when thinking about artists/ creatives (as myself), many projects we work on involve hectic schedules , crazy timelines and require a lot of physical and mental resources. I also think that in different periods of life (younger, single /older, married) you can stretch your limits and tilt the bar either way. Read more>>

Noelle Fabian Dragon | Musician/Performer, Tech Innovator, Educator

Oh man, my answer to this question has changed about 14 times in the past two years alone. When I first started working on Monster Musician, I was single, childless and performing full-time at Disneyland. Now I’m married with two young babies and navigating what it means to be a performer and entrepreneur during a pandemic. Two years from now, who knows? Your balance will always look different. (As a sidebar, despite popular belief, there’s no such thing as “the perfect time” to have kids). Read more>>

Angie Myung | Co-Founder / Chief Creative at Poketo

Especially this past year with the pandemic, I realized the importance of self-care. I got to read so many books, and doing things that I enjoy, like cooking and traveling. Life is fragile and short so make the most of it. Read more>>

Kamali Minter | Tantra Yoga Teacher

Work Life Balance is a funny thing… like walking a tight rope I think its a day to day process that takes lots of awareness and the flexibility to make adjustments. The way I approach it has shifted as I have gotten to know myself and what’s really important to me. In my 20’s I said ‘yes’ to way too many things, I wanted to make money, wanted work experience, wanted to be at every great party and social gathering… it’s a good thing I had more energy back then, because I needed it. I was a slave to my work because I always felt behind or wanted to get ahead. Read more>>

Rif Raf Giraffe | Professional Artist and Mural Festival Organizer

I chose this question because I feel a lot of successful people I talk to struggle to find a healthy balance, and I have seen it cause health, relationship, and work problems in friends when their careers consume their lives. I am 41 now but when I was younger I was obsessed with the thought that working around the clock was going to be my path to success. I feel I tried to force doors open to try and get places I thought I wanted to be. It brought out the worst version of me. When I finally had the courage to remove myself from my situation life started moving in the direction I always dreamed it could. Read more>>

Meagan A. Culberson | Creator & Founder of SingleGirlClub.com

Since the pandemic my work life balance has changed drastically. I use to live with this mentality that I had to earn my relaxation, but now I’ve come to realize that I am entitled to rest whenever my body needs it. Having the right balance allows me to enjoy the fruits of my labor and because I’ve set up strategies that will help me to maintain a healthy work life balance I feel that life is much more enjoyable. Read more>>

Anzu Lawson | Actor/Screenwriter

HAPPINESS is an INSIDE job. I remember filming my first American movie “American Yakuza” opposite Viggo Mortensen (available free on Amazon Prime Video) & Viggo, being the poet that he is, was a man of very few words. One day after we wrapped, he leaned over and said “Don’t let acting… be everything” and slipped away until we filmed our love scene another day. I thought… what an odd thing to say. I was so “green” but I never forgot it. Having been raised by a tough Tiger mom, I ONLY focused on work, sacrificing relationships & vacations in order to “make it” to prove my existence. Read more>>

Noni Britton | Fine Artist + Drag Artist + Illustrator

In my experience, my “work life balance” is more like “work work balance.” I work my full-time day job on a set schedule everyday, but I plug along on my various art projects when I get home, which I consider to be work. My “life” is usually watching a movie with dinner on the weekend, but that’s pretty much it, I don’t really do a lot for fun because my art projects help me to release tension and stress from the workweek. Discipline and focus are necessary for creative success, so I try to limit access to distractions, such as streaming services and phone apps, because other than marketing on them, they really are wasting your time. Read more>>

Nia Smith | Environmental Activist & Community Organizer

I used to go really hard and take on a lot of the world’s problems. But that was sustainable then and it certainly isn’t now. These days, I spend a lot of time listening to what my body needs, and that’s usually sleep or water. It’s incredible how taking a nap every day or so can really improve your outlook on life. The important thing about work life balance is setting boundaries. So “no one can talk to me about work before 10 am and after 5 pm” or “hey, I’m gonna go take 30 minutes to an hour to decompress.” It’s a little easier now with the quarantine to just shut down when you need a break, but it’s definitely something I plan on continuing once everything starts to open back up. Read more>>

Patricia Fernandez | Artist

For me, a balance of work and life, inside and outside is always a challenge, yet it is key to being able to make a body of work that is compelling and relevant. There are times when I feel the need to be in the studio all the time, and other when it’s best to go for a walk outside. I like to spend my time thinking about what’s happening in the studio, and stepping away from the work for a while, anywhere from an hour to days. A lot of the work is labor intensive and the need to psychologically as well and physically recharge is important. Read more>>

Taidgh O’Neill | Furniture and textile designer

When I first started my business, I worked 12 hour days routinely. I didn’t have any financial backing so it just had to be that way. I’d regularly be eating dinner at 10pm and up and out at 7. My life and identity was wrapped up in my creative practice. Over the years, though, I got married and had two wild children, one of whom really needs a lot of extra attention and time. My priorities shifted, and fortunately that coincided with a growing reputation of a quality designer and builder. My identity is still largely based on my career…but not entirely. I take immense pride in putting my family first. Dropping kids off at school, cooking dinner nightly, being a present dad and husband. Read more>>

Joy McElveen | Actress, Model, Children Play Specialist

Balance one of the most important words in my life. When the pandemic hit last year. I made a decision that I would use the time to find true balance and intention. I changed the way I was doing things finding a routine that included more self care and love. Balance to me is doing what makes your feel your best and taking time out for yourself. Read more>>

Tina Gu | Film Director & Idea Bank

To balance between work and life is important to me, yet I am still experimenting for a good work-life balance. In my early twenties, once I wished I could exchange all the time of sleeping for hanging out with friends or working on more creative ideas. I didn’t have a 9 to 5 job so the days used to be flexible. It was totally determined by myself how to plan my everyday. Work seemed in a more prior position. Sleep appeared more a random event than a daily activity. I could stay up all night to edit a video, or skip meals to finish drawing the storyboard. Sometimes I only slept 6 hours for three days, which the 2021 me would consider as very unhealthy. Read more>>

Biz LaChance | Actor & Filmmaker

I believe everything in life has a balance. Everything from the location of the earth, to the temperature of the body. A balance is what keeps all things in check. My balance has been changed over time, based on certain experiences. At one time I very much didn’t balance things at all. Back in 2018, I pretty much neglected all my responsibilities and the people in my real life, for a 12 hour day, six day a week, seven week, film production gig. Read more>>