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.

Book Karnjanakit | Cartoonist, Illustrator and Capybara Lover

I was younger and enrolled in an architecture school, I did not do well. Everyone was very devoted to the work. The lack of sleep was considered a norm, and if you have time to play around, you are being irresponsible. I tried to be the same way, but I ended up feeling miserable and I was unable to create anything good. Even worse, I always feel guilty that I was not as competent as others. But as I changed my career path to becoming a cartoonist and an illustrator who works with my own schedule, I discovered that everything I have learned was wrong. Whenever I try to cram myself with work, I do not create good work. Read more>>

Lorraine House Gonzalez | Floral Designer

My work life balance has changed tremendously after having a baby. I am fortunate to have a lot of time to spend with my son and see the special moments that come along with raising a child. That also means that the moments for me to take care of myself can be slim some days. So I am all about the micro moments of self care now. Read More>>

Richelle D. Stannard | Owner and Principal/Designer and Stager at “Staged to sell by Richelle”.

I started my home staging and design business in 2010, at that time I already had a family which came with a lot of responsibilities. As well as having a very demanding real estate career. It was overwhelming, to say the least. It was always my desire to work in the designing world. knew I needed a career that I thoroughly enjoy that would allow me to be a great mother to my children as well improving our lifestyle. When I founded Staged to sell by Richelle, I quickly learned that I had the ability to arrange appointments, and projects around my family and social life. Read more>>

Robert Maurice | Watercolor Painter & Actor/Comedian

My work/life balance is always a work in progress. I am an actor and a comedian and have been pursuing this line of work for over 15 years now. Suddenly, the pandemic hit and I discovered a passion and knack for watercolor painting which seamlessly and beautifully became an incredible side hustle in my life. Lucky for me, the last year and a half has gifted me with a lot of time to practice and play and learn more about painting; time I wouldn’t have had pre-Covid19. For that I’m very grateful. I am now left really working towards the perfect balance between time at home, to paint and continue to create visual artworks, and time for my performing/acting career – taking classes, writing comedy and just making sure to have some “me” time in the midst of it all as well. Read more>>

Melinda Trembly | Interior Designer

Like everything else in life, there are seasons. I view work-life balance the same. I have a plan for an ideal week, but I have learned to remain flexible. There are periods where family has to take priority over business, and other times where I need to ask for help on the family front to be able to make a big push on the business end. It’s an ebb and flow. Time is fleeting, and the little in-between moments with our loved ones at home are the moments we’ll one day miss the most. When I find myself caught in the busier side of life, I remind myself of two things: Rincon Road’s origin story, and the most important thing I bring to my client’s design. Read more>>

Tracy Pendergast | Digital Creator and Founder of Daisy Made

About a year into motherhood I read an article where a dietician told parents not to judge their toddlers diet on a meal-to-meal basis, but instead, look at what they eat over the course of the week. To me this is the ultimate example of balance. Since becoming a mother I’ve found that I can’t always tend to work, personal life, household duties and the million other things on my to-do list every day- but I can get through a substantial amount by the end of the week. Read more>>

Jeff Marchelletta | Actor, Producer & VP

Interesting question as the word “balance” is truly a key one for me. I think living a fulfilling happy and successful life is all about balance. Even in relationships you need a healthy balance. I used to become very overwhelmed when I had a lot going on at the same time. Honestly I still do, just not as much as I’ve learned to keep up on things as best I can. You have to have the talent for your talent as one of my acting teachers used to say. Meaning you’ve got to have the discipline, savvy and business sense for the creative artist in you. You can apply that to everything in life really. Read more>>

Katie Kypuros | Marketing Professional & Entrepreneur

Balance has a few meanings, let’s look at them. 1. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. 2. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. 3. keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
4. offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another. Maybe a few resonate with you, maybe they don’t. The point. is, it’s different for everyone. Read more>>

Karen Kuo | Assistant AD in Animation

Work life balance is so important to me, when I first started working, I definitely just worked every hour of the day and totally disregarded any need to rest or hang out with friends. Living this way was fairly short lived. While I was producing a large amount of work, I don’t think it was necessarily of that great quality. I was also more stressed out than I had ever been. In addition to that, I felt like I had placed my entire worth as a human being within my work, and I think that’s just going to lead to a lot of pain down the line. Read more>>

Liza Domingo | Boutique owner

“Work hard… Play hard” is a motto I live by and what my hubby and I pass along to our kids. I have 3 passions in life – family, work, and my side boutique business. My family consists of myself, hubby, and 3 boys. Having 3 boys keeps my life happy and busy. My two older ones are just in the beginning of their college years and my youngest will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. Spending quality time together is very important to us. We enjoy traveling, going out to eat, watching movies, etc… I work as a Registered Nurse in a Peri-operative department in Southbay. Read more>>

Sean Addo | Writer-Director

I used to always say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Boy, is that a terrible philosophy. I was so consumed with achieving a goal or finishing a project that I could be completely absent even if I were only a few feet away. It’s a great way to ruin every relationship and miss out on some of life’s greatest moments. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the hustle but as I get older I’ve realized that although your mind may say yes, your body will eventually say no. Read more>>

Benjamin Lillibridge | Founder & Funguy (Mycologist)

The balance is always changing and life is like standing on a gigantic teeter totter by yourself, running from one end “work” to the other end of “life” trying to keep them both up and make sure neither hits the ground. In the beginning of my business, I had quit my salaried job and committed fully. The balance was weighed disproportionately on the work side. I gave up a lot of hobbies, extracurricular activities, family trips, relationships, etc. Read more>>

Enid Portuguez | Writer, Editor, and Director, Communications & Events at the Writers Guild Foundation

In the first decade of my career, the concept of “work life balance” wasn’t something I thought I needed to achieve. It was all about the hustle: “work hard, play hard” was definitely a motto that I heard a lot while coming up in media and entertainment at the time. As work and my social life intertwined for me, I didn’t notice how much my career consumed my life until I left media in 2010 to go to grad school. Read more>>

Carin Skowronsky | Wine Educator and Pairing Extraordinaire

Small business ownership is extremely gratifying, but the demands to “do it all” can be high. It’s easy to feel the constant pull to be doing something business related in order to drive sales and results and be visible in the community. When your business grows, it’s nothing short of an amazing feeling and one of pride, usually driving the team to want to do more. Read more>>

Roberto Maiocchi | Web Designer and Developer

One of the main reasons for starting to work as an independent contractor was to regain ownership of time. The regular schedule of the office was conflicting with the freedom of diving into a project during moments of creative inspiration or taking a pause to reflect and contemplate before jumping into action. I don’t have a clear separation between work and personal life. The balance shifts depending on priorities. In this way I am more concentrated and productive when I work because I feel I have taken care of other personal and family needs. Read more>>

Penelope Valencia | Hand Written and Hand Stenciled T-shirt Designer

I think like most business owners starting out, my work life balance tipped towards “work life”. I take pride that I’m a one woman operation which means I do everything myself: print shirts, heat set, prepare packages for shipping, answer emails, take pictures, set up Etsy listings, bookkeeping (ugh my least favorite!)….. the list goes on. I opened up my Etsy shop, Neena Creates, in 2008 so I can definitely say that my work life balance has changed a lot since then. Read more>>

Erica Liu Williams | Founder @ gr8nola

I think “work life balance” is subjective to every unique individual. I’m a person who likes to stay busy and productive, and if I’m not constantly doing things that make me feel like I’m progressing, I feel dissatisfied and bored. Therefore, I’ve always been a busy person (from high school to college to corporate to entrepreneurial life), but it’s a lifestyle I thrive in, even though others on the outside may look at it is “not balanced” or “obsessive” at times. Read more>>

Amy Jasinski | Artist & Graphic Designer

The concept of work life balance is one that I’ve been reflecting on a lot in my career, and my feelings on it have solidified substantially through experiencing a pandemic. My belief – how I’m aiming to live my life – is that there is no such thing as ‘work life balance’. We live one life, and we have the power to choose how we spend it. Work is a component of my day; a piece of the 24-hour pie. Read more>>

Morgan Balavage | Healer & Business Coach For Healers

“I’ve been working hard my whole life,” a client said to me recently. “I’m tired. I hired you so I could stop working so hard.” I nodded and agreed, “It’s time to work easy.” That’s been the easiest way for me to find balance as an entrepreneur and a Masters student who splits her time between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The trick is to only schedule things during your day that you look forward to. This gets a little tricky if you’re attached to the idea that money should be traded for time. Read more>>

bianca de la garza | media personality & founder

I’m a naturally driven person who has worked since the age of 13, before official working papers at 14 let me do more! So I tend to always be in the ‘on’ mode. This is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s been a huge asset as I have energy to work long hours. I have the capacity to handle a lot of information, synthesize it quickly and usually, without much error. I would never trade that passion for hard work instilled in me. What I would do and frankly what I did do was tailor it to my life. Read more>>

Matt Marcy | Comedy-Magician

When I was first starting out as a magician, I would spend nearly every waking moment thinking about my material and working on my craft. I took every show offered, many of which required me to travel and be away. Now that I’m older — and married with a young daughter — I’m no longer willing to spend so much time on the road. These days I carefully consider each gig I’m offered, not just in terms of the pay, but also in how it will affect my time with my family. I’m fortunate enough to be at a point in my career where I can be a bit more choosy about which shows I say “yes” to so that I’m able to try to strike a balance between performing and being at home. It’s still a struggle to get the exact right balance all the time, but it’s always my first consideration. Read more>>

Kearra Amaya Gopee | Artist & Cultural Worker

My work-life balance has been impacted by a number of factors over time. There is a direct correlation between my growing love for self and the time I spend working–at least on administrative tasks. When I was younger and found it hard to think of anything but survival, I simply did not have the time to consider myself or my health and well-being. Now, I find that I can often get far more work done when I tend to my own spiritual/mental/physical health first. Another major change came from understanding that as an artist, I do not have to subscribe to the 8 hour work day. Understanding that it is the quality of the work that matters as opposed to time spent behind my laptop has been critical. I’m not perfect at maintaining this, but I try my best. Read more>>

Zia Bossenmeyer | Shamanic Energy Healer, Tarot Reader & Herbalist

Balance is the most important indicator of health, I feel. When one area of your life is preoccupying your time, energy and focus you can feel either invigorated or depleted. In the past two years, my views on work-life balance have changed drastically. In 2019, I was working full time for someone else. Living in constant fear of not having a job from day-to-day, in an unhealthy toxic workplace. I was working 11-hour days and not having any kind of a life outside of work. Read more>>

Christina Faulkner | Character Designer & Visual Development Artist

When I first started working there was absolutely no balance. In college, I became conditioned to working 12-16 hours days to complete my thesis. I really internalized that “work around the clock” culture and tied my value as a person to it. It was me and I was very proud of how long and how hard I could work. That had a really profound impact on my life and mental health. Read more>>

Lisa Goetz | Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

It’s funny because the mythology of being self-employed is that you get to set your own schedule. But I’ve worked so much more as a business owner than I have for any other job, usually without being able to plan days off since I don’t have employees to cover me. I also try to be available for client emergencies, one of my favorites is taking care of the pets at home while a client welcomes a (human) baby into the world. Read more>>

Roshaun Stephenson | Balance

I don’t believe in breaking down work, life, and balance into sub categories. I found that when I just focus on balance in general, it automatically takes care of everything else. I came to this conclusion after many failed attempts of work life balance and decided to try a simplified approach of just focusing on balance. Read more>>

Kumei Norwood | Entrepreneur/ young activist

My work life balance has changed a lot, especially over the past few months. Before I had opened my shop I was used to popping up at The Market In the Ally at Ferguson’s Downtown once or twice a month. And then I would make my tees and accessories at home. But now with my store opened I am working Wendsday-Sunday every week so, it was a huge change, but it is very enjoyable to be able to meet people everyday. Right now I am on summer break but before I was in school doing virtual learning. I would bring my computer to my shop and do it there. It was pretty easy for the most part. Read more>>

Etisha Wilbon | Mental Health Therapist & Advocate

In the beginning of course we all ideally want to have a work life balance. Who wouldn’t? It is a great concept but as I have delved deeper into work, I have learned that it has to be more than that. It has to become an intention that I work towards daily. I am very passionate about my work as many others are and it is easy to become engulfed in work and forget to take care of yourself in the process. Work, work, work. Read more>>

Shannon Vonderach | Email Marketing Manager & Launch Strategist

In my mind, work life balance doesn’t exist. It’s especially hard to find when you love and are obsessed with what you do. When I first started my photography business I set myself up for burnout. I worked around the clock. I worked weekends. I missed friend and family gatherings. I’d bring my laptop everywhere. I didn’t sleep. I ate when I remembered. I struggled to pay my bills. I was miserable. The mistake: I thought I had to do everything in my business myself. The solution: Outsourcing. When I finally embraced outsourcing what I disliked or wasn’t my strength, I found myself again. Read more>>

Bo Nawacharee | Film writer & director

personally, i think balance is one of the most important elements in life, in all aspects. to stay productive and motivated but at the same time not forgetting about life and whatever is around it. if we not allowing ourselves some rooms for other things, work tips us off from going far, i feel like. its all risky of burning yourself out i think. and balance plays such a huge part in creative works because most of the time we are our own judges. art is so subjective Read more>>

Bre Mueck | Actress & Producer

Creating a work/life balance, for me, is the key to cultivating a fulfilling and joyful life. I think with any creative career, it’s easy for it to become all consuming. Especially when you do what you love. Therefore, creating balance can be challenging, but it’s something that’s become more important to me over time. I think that in a competitive industry, especially when you’re starting out, you feel like you have to dedicate all of your time and energy to anything work related or you’ll fall behind. I have certainly felt the pressure of that. Read more>>

Frances Baker | Singer / Producer

In high school I had ample time to work on music. I am the youngest so all my siblings had moved out by thee time I was in high school. I would come home, do my homework then work on music till I fell asleep. Going to college was a tough change, I shared a room and had a hard time with not being able to be alone. After that I have had to make a lot of adjustments to how I intentionally use my time and make time for myself. The pandemic has been a good opportunity to really focus on my classes and music. Read more>>

Grant Hao-Wei Lin | Visual Artist, Experience Designer & Photographer

I always have been the type of person who loves filling up my plate to the extent where it feels kind of overwhelming and taking on interesting opportunities or gigs that came my way. My artistic focus hasn’t always been the same but one thing that I got better at over time is managing my own mental health when going through lot. Before committed to the photographic medium and videography, I was working as a User Interface and User Experience designer at Silicon Valley in California. Read more>>

Shania Banton | Filmmaker

At first, I had a good grip on work life balance because the only projects I was working on were ones that I would create. Overtime when I started finding in participating in my community which is filmmaking, I lost that work life balance because I was working on other peoples projects so the work was it one that I could schedule myself because I was dedicating my time to others. The live portion of it was me dedicating my life time to my own projects so it still felt like work. Read more>>

Rickye Henderson | Photographer

At first it was rough because I didn’t understand time management. But as I’ve grown into my business and started utilizing my calendars and schedules. It allowed me to actually see where my time was going. Now I can balance time with my kids, family, friends, and most importantly time for me to rest. I love my balance now cause I can do multiple shoots in a day and still have time to do other things. Instead of feeling like I never have time to anything, I can run a business and enjoy life. Read more>>

Aurelia Michael | Life Coach / Voice Over Artist / Actor

My work life balance changed in the last few months when I finally realized that the term, nor the experience, exist. Everything is life. Work is a part of life. When I realized this, I began to see where in my life I was trying to compartmentalize something that was much more like spaghetti than waffles. Usually when people say they want work life balance, it is because they work too much and don’t spend enough time with family, friends, significant others, pets, and personal self-care. I am one of those people. Read more>>

Joe Delano | Dad and Actor

In terms of work life balance, this past year has been an especially introspective, challenging, and exciting time. One month into the official pandemic lockdown my wife gave birth to our second child, and I lost my main source of income. But I looked at this as a blessing to of course be able to spend more time with my family, while also rewriting the ways that I can make the time to focus on my career. Read more>>

Sher Kirti | Oracle, Poet & Creative

I basked in experience after experience. I valued having fun, discovering new hobbies and finding my bliss in all the ways that I could. Whether it was attending a live concert, taking dance lessons, joining art classes or learning how to knit! I’d see something new and special and I’d think to myself “I want to try that.” I’d buy the ticket or sign up the next day. I’d get all the tools I needed to get started. And I’m glad I did because it helped me get clear with what I did or didn’t want. Read more>>

Kadeem Fletcher Samantha Sales | Co-Founders

This is an intriguing one for us because we both have 9-5 jobs (working remotely at the moment) but balance isn’t a hard task for us. Normally we try to plan ahead and work proactively whether it’s me facilitating upcoming releases with our manufacturers/suppliers and then Samantha taking the product shots when they come in. Once we formulate an idea, I try to make sure that all the logistics behind properly releasing that idea are all in order. This helps to alleviate any pressure we may feel when juggling our day jobs with The Blooming Union. Read more>>

Erica Burgess | (st. eris) Visual Artist

I used to be so hyper focused on getting paid creative work so I could fund the next project/idea. I was constantly moving from project to project and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. I had almost zero life outside of my job because I loved what I do for a living and worked with friends in a fun environment. The line between work and personal life became blurred. This led to some burnout. The loss of the live music industry due to the pandemic forced me to really stop and focus on what was left. Read more>>

Andy Nguyen | Serial Restauranteur

I used to be work, work, work, all the time. As I became a father two years ago. My life changed. As much I want to be a provider for my children. I also wanted to be present in their lives. I have rules set in place with family time and work time. I believe it’s pushed me to work smarter. I believe at some points of your life the extremes are important. It shows how much you’re willing to sacrifice in order to reach your goals. Read more>>

Andres Quigüa | Photographer, Writer & Creative

Balance is like happiness; no one really knows how to define it, but we all want it. When I was starting my freelance branding/photography business I worked two part-time jobs, and I was going to college full time. I was constantly running around, trying to meet deadlines. I was underslept, and spread too thin. My life revolved around completing tasks and switching hats from one gig to the next. I prided myself in being able to multitask, plan ahead and be resourceful. I thought I was hustling, but in reality, I was just trying to make ends meet. Read more>>

Cervena Fox | Model, tattoo artist, burlesque and fire performer

Through my 20s I definitely believed that you should always push yourself and work as hard as you can, as much as u can to achieve your goals. Which has definitely placed me where I am today. But now that I am starting my 30s I definitely realise that mental health is seriously an important thing in life! I now believe that you should definitely work towards your dreams but allow yourself to have days with friends and family as well as time for yourself to deflate from any stress and any thing that’s upsetting you so you don’t burst. I still to this day find myself being really busy and sometimes don’t get a day off for a couple of weeks but then I definitely make sure to give myself a few days off to have a home-cation. Read more>>

Tyrone Webster | Songwriter/Composer & Restaurant Manager

I have been playing in bands and writing music since junior high. At the beginning I never really expected to make any money from playing, I rarely thought about it and at the time it wasn’t important. My first job was a dishwashing gig in a family restaurant in my home town, I was 15 years old. Ever since then Ive been working my way up in the restaurant industry just trying to make rent and continue my passion for music whether it be buying gear or funding a tour. Read more>>

Sarah Komers | Wife, Mother & Founder of Mom Culture®

To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with the word balance and, I try and use the word harmony to replace it as often as I can. Balance is hard, especially for moms trying to juggle working and chasing dreams while raising their children. Of course, you have good days and bad days in the harmony department. My balance of the two worlds always seems a little unbalanced, truthfully, but what I’ve learned is to make peace with it. Some days work needs a little more of me, so I shift my energy there, and other days motherhood needs me to shift my focus there. Read more>>

Ken Camellia | Illustrator & Visual Development Artist

Throughout my life, there have been times where I enjoyed the more lax side of life than working on my craft, and times where the latter happens. My friend taught me a life-changing term in my first year of college when he noticed me spending too much time working in the computer labs and not sleeping. This term ‘temperance’ changed the way I viewed output and input balances. From that point on, I always believed in this idea of a middle ground. Read more>>

Morgan Goulet | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I have always been very driven and somewhat of a perfectionist which translated to me working long hours and at times feeling consumed by my work. Early in my career I justified this by telling myself I was helping others, so the harder I worked the better it would be for them! After a few years working full time as a therapist I began to recognize that this was not at all the case. In order to be fully present for my clients I needed to be fully present with myself and my loved ones outside of work. Read more>>

Jessica Santana | Cake Designer & Owner

My work life balance has changed tremendously throughout the years. When I first started my business baking cakes I had all the energy in the world and could pull all-nighters with ease. I dove into running my business full-force and left very little time for my personal life. Back then I considered sleepless nights a necessity for balance instead of realizing that choosing my business over my self was slowly tipping the scales of work and life balance into “all work, no play”. Read more>>

Steve Cederquist | Contractor/Designer

I use to work 16 to 18 hours a day, did that for over 15 yrs. I guess starting at the age of 32 “1994” just getting out of Prison I felt I needed to make up for lost time. I was a single dad now with three kids trying to make it on $12 bucks an hour. I worked a full-time job. I would work 8-4 then go home make dinner help my kids with homework, get them in bed and then do a side job, making a piece of furniture or building cabinets or help a neighbor fix plumbing or an electrical issue Read more>>

Richard Chiu | Family Man/SGI Buddhist/Actor/Producer/Podcast Host

I believe balance is crucial in any area and stage of your life. To me, family is always number one. Everything else is secondary. It sounds cliche but it very true. I used to think my career was me but after having my son it dawned on me that if I wasn’t going to have a well balanced life then what kind of example would I be for him. Balance is an on on going acrobatic act. Everyday day is different but if I have my values and morals in place then that acts as my compass with everything that I do and am involved in. Read more>>

Lee Triffon | Musician, producer, composer, visual artist

Work life balance: how has your balance changed over time? How do you think about the balance? Since a pretty young age I was drawn to artistic and creative activities, it was clear to me that this would become my life’s path since childhood. I started out as a visual artist and then my focus shifted to music and it became my profession. There was never a doubt for me, I was drawn to it in a way that almost felt like I had no choice in the matter. Read more>>

Abby Mahler | Photographer & Activist

There’s no way for me to answer this question without sharing that I have a chronic illness. I’ve had lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease, likely since I was about twelve years old, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was twenty-two. It may be difficult to imagine if you’ve never had a chronic illness, but this meant that much of my life I felt disproportionately exhausted, in pain, or otherwise experiencing signs of illness, but with no explanation. All this to say, my ability to judge “normal” balance was rather skewed. Read more>>

Margaret Shigeko Starbuck | Artistic Associate at Boston Court Pasadena, Freelance theatre director

Such a good question. I think about this all the time. I work in the theatre industry, which historically has been a field notorious for encouraging terrible work-life balance. There has been and still is a culture coupled with a system of practices and rules in the theatre world that pushes past artist boundaries, demands a 6-day work week, demands 12 hour or longer work days, and expects that everyone submit to these conditions because we love theatre and our career is our passion. Read more>>

VALLERIE COLEMAN | Owner of Stand InBalance – Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Growth and Learning.

I was naturally drawn to this question because the name of my company is Stand InBalance. The idea of standing in balance is actually a paradox – finding balance in our lives isn’t about achieving a static state. As sentient beings, balance is a fluid, ever-changing experience. It’s actually through the work of trying to attain some balance that we grow, change and have moments of serenity. Read more>>

Tammy Nguyen | Storyboard Artist & Comic Artist

When I first started to pursue Storyboarding as a career, my idea of “work life balance”, was just all work. There are so many talented artists out there, and I wanted to be able to create work of equal caliber. I thought that the more time I spent drawing, the better I would get. The better I got, the more work I would receive. If I wasn’t drawing, then I wasn’t being productive. If I am not productive, I’ll never make it into the industry. Read more>>

Jessica Cruz | Actress & Filmmaker

Over time I have realized that it is immensely important for people to have a work-life balance. I spent so much of my time around acting and film: taking classes, watching webinars, looking for auditions, and anything else that needed to be done to the point where my work blended into my personal life. There was no longer a distinction between the two. I was burnt out and acting felt like work, I didn’t feel any joy from it anymore. I realized I needed a break, and that’s not a bad thing! A lots of times people tend to forget that they are humans, not robots, that need to rest and recharge. I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll rest when I’m old or dead” or “I’ll rest when I make this much money or when I retire.” Read more>>

Erica Parham | Founder of Sugar & Grace Co.

Balance is so so important! As entrepreneurs we feel that we have to work literally 24/7 to make our dreams happen, but in reality burnout is really right around the corner. I was a strong believer of working all the time, I was working on my business from home, whether it was making candles in my garage, designing labels, taking photos of my work, or answering emails it never ended. Read more>>

Cori Poon | Bakery Business Owner

Balance is something that will never be fully reached. For me in the beginning I tried so hard to get balance and I felt I was always coming up short and was always striving for something that was impossible to reach. Now I accept that some days I will be focused more on kids and less on work, and the other day it might be vice versa. Accepting that I will not have full balance EVER and being okay with it I find I have more peace. Read more>>

Carmen Salazar and Caleb Siemon | Owners of Siemon&Salazar

In the beginning there was no balance. We just worked all the time. We were in our early 20’s and conveniently lived in a trailer in the parking lot of our shop. We were lucky that our studio was close to the ocean where we could quickly reboot and that a group of great friends were living and working with us. Everything was in one place. Taking time to commune with nature, especially in our local waters, mountains, and deserts took on more importance as the studio grew. Read more>>

Lani Yamanaka | Dancer, Creative, Educator

Throughout training and early on in my dance career I wanted more challenges, more performing, more and multiple opportunities, just more. My life was 99% work, and the 1% I gave to myself was shadowed by the stress of not doing enough. With each achievement, I craved the next prominent moment and constantly compared myself to where I wanted to be. It was exhausting. As I’ve grown in age and experience, my health has come center stage. I’ve previously subsisted in environments that took a toll on my mental health, which took an even bigger toll on my physical health. Read more>>

Tyler Anthony | Musician & Marketer

Balance is crucial for the creative, the entrepreneur, and the human. It’s the most important, least glamorous part of anyone’s life. But, because balance is so inherently “middle” it’s hard to talk about and hard to spotlight. The digital mainstream rejoices in the extremes, rags to riches, 80-work weeks, hustle culture, the big failures. These are the stories of our timelines and our podcasts. The big wins and the big flops. Read more>>