The Coronavirus has given many us an opportunity to pause and think about life, our purpose, and even the right work life balance.  What’s your perspective and has it changed over time?

Amanda Pastrnak | Actress & Vlogger

The moment I stepped out of the plane in Los Angeles I hit the ground running. I didn’t have a work life balance at all. If I am being honest I still really struggle with it. Being in the TV/Film industry is not only hard but your entire career is not up to you. In most jobs if you work really hard you see the reward with some kind of promotion or bonus. In the TV/Film industry you could work your booty off but at the end of the day you weren’t the right look, or didn’t have the right voice or body movement. Read more>>

Rolan Pongpuntara | Owner of Side Kitch

The end of 2017 brought about some of the biggest changes in my life. These changes were an incredible blessing in disguise because it was through this experience that I began to love myself again. At the time, I was running a restaurant and working nonstop, seven days a week, with no time to invest in any other relationships – not even with myself. I finally began working on myself during the summer of 2017 when I realized I had completely lost sight of any sort of balance in my life. I left everything behind to pursue a lifestyle where I would be able to have a healthier work life balance. Read more>>

Ariel Cannon | Newborn Photographer

Every time I hear the words “work life balance” I want to run and hide behind something. I don’t think I’ve actually achieved a work life balance. I’m definitely not one of those women who get up at 5 am to exercise and respond to emails, then get the kids ready for school and then move on to some genius schedule that reduces distraction and increases productivity. I tried bullet journaling once… it didn’t work out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty organized…. but I still tend to work on a triage system. Whatever is most pressing is what I do first. Read more>>

Jay Bradley | Breathwork Healer & Teacher

I’ve always worked hard. Even when I was young, my dad had instilled a good work ethic. When I worked for others, it was actually much easier to find a work/life balance. I would do my job, put in my hours, work hard, and then enjoy my leisure time. Now that I am self-employed, those lines have become blurred. I often find myself working 7 days per week and what is so interesting is that my work has become my mission. It isn’t a job anymore. I find that I am living my purpose and passion which feels good. Read more>>

Kristy Degina | Interior Designer & Artist

Work life balance has always been so important to me, however when I started my own business alongside my full time job it seemed to disappear pretty quickly! It took about almost a year for me to realize that I needed to slow down and prioritize. I also needed to start taking a day off during the week and not just during planned vacations. I felt guilty at first, but taking time for yourself to relax, breathe, and enjoy life is the best thing that you can do for yourself! And if you have to schedule that in the beginning to make sure it happens then do it! Read more>>

JR Mariano | California Licensed General Contractor and Owner of Mariano Development & Jamie’s Kitchen and Bath

When we first opened Mariano Development/Jamie’s Kitchen and Bath over 10 years ago, the priority was to get back all the money we put in to get the businesses up and running. As most entrepreneurs know, you operate in the negative in the beginning until you can grow your client base, build a steady income of contracts, and luckily turn a profit sooner than later. So essentially, I was working from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week trying to get the business off the ground. It took a solid 4-5 years of long hours until I felt comfortable enough to start with taking weekends off. Read more>>

Alexander Chistov | Artist

Work life balance is not always easy but I try my best to balance my time accordingly. I work on this aspect of my life daily. Over time different life events have changed how I handle managing both aspects, work and life. For example, I recently welcomed my first born. The baby is priority and I spend time with him and try to balance spending time with my family and also having enough time to paint. I have a schedule that helps me visualize much time I have to complete a project. Having a schedule also helps me manage my family time.I think balance looks different for everyone. Read more>>

Adriana Caras | Designer and Founder LeSwim

I’ve been in fashion for a long time and built 2 companies during different life stages. I have to be honest, running a business depends what else is going on in your life. It is a very labor intensive endeavor and can be completely consuming. So when I started my first company, Adriana Caras, I was single and there was nothing limiting the time I devoted to work travel. I would completely submerge myself into development and production in Italy, for 3 weeks at a time, multiple times per year. At the height of that business I was married with a baby on the way. My toddler daughter would come with me to the atelier, and my work trips became shorter. Read more>>