A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Karly Ryan | Wholistic Intimacy Coach + Reiki Healer

I think the biggest shift around balance for me is that it is a fluid entity. There are times where I am able to be more committed to my work-play-rest balance, and there are other moments where more work, or more rest, or more play is required. By not becoming stuck or frustrated by these ebbs and flows, I am able to balance being unbalanced, when the moment calls for it. This allows for more acceptance, more flow, and less leakage of energy. Read more>>

Daniel Jerez | Photographer and Videographer

When I started as a photographer and freelancer I was able to put a lot of my time into it. Any time I was not working or with my wife was dedicated to bettering myself and seeking the opportunity to use my talents at a professional level. Now, as a father of one beautiful little girl and with another one the way, with some time I have finally found the way that works for me. Without a doubt it comes with compromise and guilt. You have to be able to tell yourself how you are bettering your skills not just for the sake of getting better but for them as well. Read more>>

SYHR | Pop Artist & Songwriter

My work life balance setlist is very unique compared to my fellow artists in the industry but its something that I love doing! I am a Pop R&B artist because I can’t live without constantly writing, singing, and making music day & night but at the same time I am in Pre-med and shadow a Cardiologist who supports my music career to the moon and back, so much that he tells everyone in the office and his interns about my music every day which I couldn’t appreciate more. Read more>>

Vince Dixon | Writer-Director

I like to think I’ve gotten better at balancing things over time but to be honest, it’s a constant struggle. Having a full-time job while working on personal projects on the side can be exhausting at times, and you can only say “no” to hangouts, dinners, or other plans so many times before people stop asking you. A lot of the time in the heat of a project, it feels like everything I do comes at the cost of something else. If I want to dig into an editing session, that comes at the cost of me working out that evening or spending time with friends. Or maybe I can’t cook my own food that week, and instead have to turn to my good ol’ pal Trader Joe’s and his myriad microwave meals. Read more>>

Toban Nichols | Digital Creative/Filmmaker/Textile Artist

When I started developing my art career and decided to give art making all of my attention, being in my early 30’s I had a lot of energy to send out packets, research galleries and opportunities, while making the weekly rounds to art openings glad-handing as many people as possible. I didn’t feel tired or worn down by the world back then. I was rarin’ to go. My work/life balance was almost nil, I would try to fit social, fun things like drinks into the context of advancing my career. I tried to adapt everything to service my career goals. Read more>>

Rosie Tran | Comedian and Podcaster

My work life balance has changed dramatically in the last year. My dad passed away at the beginning of the year, and it really changed my perspective. I have always cared about family and personal time as a very strong value, but my career was always first. Now the order of things is God first, family, and career. I understand that life is short and the only thing that really matters is those souls around us. My dad was very career oriented, and I think that was one of his biggest regrets was not making more time for personal. I hope I can learn from his mistakes and live a life with a strong balance. Read more>>

Michelle Johnson | The Cheesecake Lady

When I first started my business, I was taking every order that I could get. My thought process was I just wanted as many people to try my cheesecakes as possible and get my name out there. I also wasn’t keeping my family updated on the orders and events I had to complete. In doing this, I was neglecting my family and I soon learned that I had to find a healthy balance and communicate more with my family. I put a limit on how many orders I took each week and I made sure that the events I attended didn’t interfere with family time. Read more>>

Danielle | Brand & Social Strategist | Digital Creator

My work life balance has changed immensely since the start of my career. I used to believe you work as hard as you can for the same company for 40 years and then you retire so when I got my first job, I worked as hard I could. I stayed late at the office and offered help where ever it was needed. I worked myself to the bone and I got burnt out. I was maybe a year in a half into my first real job after college and I was already burnt out. From there, I quit my job and changed cities. Now, that is something I don’t recommend, but it actually helped me. I was able to work for a new company where I saw both sides. I saw many people overworking themselves and many people working smarter. Read more>>

Victoria Omson | Founder/Creator

Work-life balance has always been a challenge for me. I identify as a multi-passionate individual, but as I’ve grown, I’ve realized that not all of my passion need to be put to use at once. I would beat myself up all the time, feeling guilty for not doing what I really wanted to do. Ultimately this would paralyze me and cause me not to work at all. I knew this feeling wasn’t right. my daytime career fulfilled me but not to the maximum level that I longed for. I would put in 50+ hours weekly on my daytime career, I missed holidays, weekends, and important events because of it, My life was stressed and I experienced burnout and resentment for my daytime career. Read more>>

Charlene Ketchum | Founder, SheConfidential

My definition of “balance” has evolved. We only have one hundred percent of ourselves to give to all things and rarely, if ever, do we get to allocate that hundred percent so that half of it is going towards our personal wellness, purpose, and joy. This would represent balance. The reality is that my time allocation is imbalanced but I have learned how to manage it in a way that ensures harmony. I define harmony as structuring my time and efforts in a way that the majority of them are furthering my primary purpose and goals. This means that even though sometimes my work life balance may not be balanced, the majority of my efforts are designed to fuel the ultimate goal. Read more>>

Tori Leppert | Music Teacher and Singer/Songwriter

I first started performing my music while in college and I really had to hammer down on timing. I had to time how long it would take to drive to and from work, how long I was in class, how long it would take me to get to a show and unpack, how long my homework would take, etc. College was much easier with balancing my time because I had a set schedule and I was able to plan everything down to the hour. With now being a music teacher in a much bigger city (not my college campus/hometown), I’ve noticed it’s about overall balance. I have to make sure I balance my time between lesson planning, grading, after school lessons, practicing my own music, going to my friends shows, and playing my own shows. Read more>>

Niki Ostin | Founder of PR Lab Marketing Agency

Work has always been important in my life, so finding time to completely disconnect sometimes feels more stressful. When I first started my own business in 2008, I would work 24/7 at my desk to prove that I was capable of handling multiple clients and tight deadlines. Over a decade ago, I realized that if I was working all the time, at least I could travel to a new country and enjoy touring and a different environment. I had a blast while working too! Once my daughter was born 3 years ago, it was no longer possible to keep up with my intense work schedule and constant travel. Work life balance took on a different meaning. It’s now focused on working efficiently and then spending time with my family. I’m still always available for my clients, but I’ve expanded my team of marketing professionals so that my colleagues can collaborate with me. The COVID-19 pandemic has made work life balance very challenging with a child, but I still try to take some “me” time. Read more>>

Olivia Bowser | CEO & Founder of Liberate

I think balance can have a unique meaning for everyone. When I was working in the start-up world, I had no balance with my time, my energy, or my emotions. I was giving 100% of me to my job which ultimately led to burn-out. With my company, Liberate, balance is achieved through energy and focus. I spend most of my time working, but the time that I’m not working is given fully to whatever hobby or social activity I’m a part of in that moment. Working as a meditation and mindfulness expert has helped me realize that I can achieve balance through my mindset. Every morning is dedicated to myself through physical exercise and meditation. Read more>>

Yasmin Maria | Owner of Cookie Crumb Cookies

It’s definitely changed a whole lot. When i first started i was having difficulty with balancing my home life and my business, at the end of the day I’m still a mom and a wife but my business was becoming a major part of my life. When it comes to having a successful business it does take sacrifice and time away from your family. I’m a firm believer on having FaceTime with your customers and connecting with them, i think that’s what’s made cookie Crumb cookies so successful. We do pop up shops every weekend and it takes me about 3 days to prep, making the doughs, baking and packaging. I do it all while my husband is at work and my son is at school. Once they’re home my time is dedicated to being a mom and a wife. At the end of the day, balance is very important, all the sacrifices that I’m making are for my family. Read more>>

Wendy Bissett Beaver | Artist, Author & Illustrator

My work-life balance has been changing over time. Working all the time was something I used to do … all the while missing out on some of the smaller joys in life. The need to paint and make money was greater than the need to socialize … whether with my family or with my friends. As I have gotten older, I’ve come to realize that … like my dear friend is always telling me … I need to do me. Taking time for myself, learning how to relax, and spending some quality time with my grandchildren and the rest of my family. The other things don’t matter. What’s the point of filling your life with stress? Recently a personal family diagnosis has brought this way of thinking to the forefront … life is way too short!! I love painting and love helping people smile and if I am inspired or asked to do a custom piece … because, you know, I still have to make money – I will definitely put work first. My happiness is what’s most important. Read more>>

Susie Yoon | Founder of Skinesque

Work life balance is constantly evolving for me as an entrepreneur, wife, and mom of two depending on the stage of my business and age of my kids. Scheduling and planning beforehand has always been key for me, and it is the only way I can allocate enough time for work and still have quality time with my growing children and family. I cannot survive without my calendar! I had to figure out what was truly important for me at each stage of my business and learn to sacrifice certain things. Read more>>

Elizabeth Yarwood | Filmmaker

In my search for balance, it’s been important for me to work with people I enjoy spending time with, on projects that I really believe in. As a mom of a young daughter, I have to make sure I’m prioritizing the work I really care about and am using my time wisely. When I was starting out and getting as much experience as possible, I said yes to almost everything. For me, that was a necessary part of the learning process. It helped me figure out what I wanted to focus on. Read more>>

Emily Trujillo | Actor

I used to be all about work. Everything revolved around acting and anything acting related would take priority over everything else. I was so laser focused on advancing in my acting career that I felt I needed to sacrifice everything to make it happen! I’d miss dinner with friends because I got an audition last minute. I’d miss out on trips because it was during a “busy season.”However, I realized that it was going to make me hate my career because it was robbing me of life experiences I would never be able to get back. Read more>>

Cymica Shegog | Mom trying to balance it all.

Since the COVID pandemic, I’ve had to change my work life balance traumatically. In 2020 I welcomed a healthy baby boy to my family. I assumed I could continue the balance of being a mom, working a full time job, doing lash extensions part time, and working on my online lash boutique Lash Bodega. But as COVID started to become real thing that literally changed the world overnight. My life changed as well. Its a different feeling being cleared by your doctor after just having a baby to being on strict lockdown. So that meant no visits from close family and friends to help with baby. That meant Homeschooling. That also meant no lashing my clients and No sales from my boutique. This drove me into a feeling I never felt before. You can say I was naïve to the fact that Postpartum Depression was on me bad. Having moments where I wanted to cry but I couldn’t because I didn’t want to feel weak made my disease worse. Read more>>

Dominique Ranieri | Jewelry Designer & Metalsmith

There is this perception that you should make a career out of doing what you love, your one true “passion”. I disagree. I think that you should like what you do, but I don’t think it necessarily has to be an all-consuming, singular, enveloping passion that you can’t live without. I love jewelry and everything that goes along with it: garnering inspiration, design, fabrication, acquiring new skills, engaging with customers. But this is only one manifestation of my many passions. I love it, but could I be fulfilled without it? Probably. I am a maker, and my passions lie within making. I could be fulfilled making a wide array of things. Read more>>

Jasmine Ward | Realtor, Cultivator, & Writer

Work-life balance was a foreign concept to me for years. Coming from a military background where you’re essentially always “on call,” I carried that same mindset into my work after. Real Estate is also a work around-the-clock job – deals happen at all hours and there’s an expectation to always be available. It’s important to know your productivity levels. I’ve learned I work best early in the morning up until about 3 pm. I give myself at least one day off a week where I don’t check emails or anything – lately, it’s been 2 days off. Taking a vacation 2x a year saves me from getting too stir crazy and I’ve recently implemented not working at all on these vacations. Read more>>

Lindsay Preston Zappas | Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla)

Work life balance: how has your balance changed over time? How do you think about the balance? Work-life balance almost becomes laughable when you start your own business. Like, it’s just not a thing for a while. The boundaries become very porous, and I’ve realized over the six years of running Carla that unclear boundaries around work can be really bad on my mental health. So, I try to keep regular hours and work loosely around a 9-5 schedule with weekends off as much as possible. This goal has actually become much easier to attain in the pandemic with less art openings or gallery hopping on evenings and weekends (although I definitely miss seeing our community on a regular basis). Read more>>

Randy Mason | Husband, dad, artist, educator, pastor.

When it comes to work life balance I try to work from the inside out. Beginning with the inner work. Faith and spiritually first, followed by mental, emotional and physical self care. Then I look outward, to love and nurture relationship with those closest to me- my wife, children, family and friends. Finally, I reach out even further via my vocation and ministry. Sometimes I get it all mixed up and that’s usually when I end up burning out and consequently hurting myself and others. It is a constant discipline to prioritize well. Work life balance is about priorities. It’s also about recognizing the interconnectedness of it all. Read more>>

Patrick Nehoda | Artist/Songwriter/Band Leader

This is a great question… When I was younger, my work ideology was as follows… Work to live, don’t live to work. I believed that I wanted a career that I could leave at the office at the end of the day. One that would make the most money with the least effort and retire early! It all made sense at that point. But…. As I got older and started following my instincts and passion for my art, that changed dramatically. In doing so, it opened so many doors of opportunity and windows of inspiration along the way. I was quick to see that in the world of music and entertainment, where you are your own boss, that you cannot ever walk away from the office. Read more>>

Camille Calvin | Actress & Producer

This question brings up so many triggers for me… I can remember, my mom standing over me, in all of her self-made glory of being a successful business woman and first woman in our family to Graduate from college; scolding 10 year old me with “You have to work harder than everyone else”. And another one of her famous sayings “If you don’t do it right, there’s no point in doing it at all”. It didn’t matter if I was cleaning my room, doing the dishes, or having problems at work. This was always her advise/warning. The result of this was an embedded belief that nothing comes easy. Read more>>

Shawn Antonio | Powerhouse Life Coach & Mindset Shifter

My work life balance has shifted immensely. I realized, after my time living in Australia in 2015 to 16, that balance was key. I made immediate changes to prioritize what truly matters to me. PLAY! FUN! And all of the other delicious things life has for us. I started putting those things in flow with my daily life. Life rocks as a result. Read more>>

Ross Baum | Singer Songwriter, Music Producer & Theatre Composer

When I live more fully, I create more fully. It’s taken most of my twenties and some major instances of this to realize that my greatest moments of inspiration have stemmed not from the act of “working” but from actually living life. Just last week an impromptu night out with a friend unlocked the lyrical key to a song I’ve been stuck on for months, and I promptly shacked up for 4 days finishing the songwriting and production. I was thankful that a casual conversation had fed me such a strong artistic impulse that kept me in the zone for all that time. Read more>>

Agustina Vidal | Healing Justice Worker

When I was young my elders consistently told me that ‘life was somewhere else’ and to not try to find my life in my job. As a young organizer and activist I found in my work what I wanted in life: move towards justice, friendship, love, community, mutual aid, FUN! But as a Neurodivergent person with chronic pain, that often meant pushing myself being my bodymind boundaries and progressively it became very hard to keep that kind of work. This brought an existential crisis and I finally understood what my elders meant. I also became a parent and I have created a life where my life is ‘somewhere else’ that is not attached to a job. Read more>>

Patricia Friberg MPS NBC-HWC | Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Therapist, Fitness Expert, Author and Podcaster

Where the hustle started. ( This is a story I wrote regarding the shift in my work like balance).. When I was 15 in the late 80s there is nothing I loved more than trying to keep up with the ever evolving fashion trends from strirrup pants, oversize sweaters, acid washed jeans, everything matched with pops of color and let’s not forget crimpers, banana clips, aquanet, bonnie bell lip gloss and electric blue eye liner. As a middle class family, we were lucky that we had all the basics, but if wanted anything more, we needed to work for it. Babysitting was inconsistent and it paid about 2.50 and hour. Read more>>

Arielle Turner | Destination Portrait & Wedding Photographer

First of all, burnout is real. I used to be somewhat of a workaholic. It was always work, work, work; Grind, grind, grind.I missed out on so much looking too far ahead and not relishing in the process and patting myself on the back along the way. As I got older, I started to value rest more because no matter how hard you work, if you don’t rest you may miss out on the reward in the end. These days, I’m very mindful of how much I work and make sure I schedule in rest days to focus on my being. Read more>>

David Zheng | Doctor/Resident & Professional Pianist/Keyboardist/Composer/Producer

I’ve found that balancing my time between being a doctor (Neurology/Psychiatry) and professional musician can often be very difficult and very taxing (especially now in residency). But I also think that one shouldn’t view work and life/hobbies as completely separate things. Regardless of what one does, I feel that one should always find value in it (easier said than done) and that part of your purpose in life is your work (along with all the important things such as family, love, faith, etc.). Read more>>

Diane Luby Lane | Founder & Executive Director of Get Lit – Words Ignite

Balance, ha! Just bring your family with you – everywhere you go! Everything you do! Read more>>

Liz Galvao | Writer

Work/life balance has always been a priority for me for the simple reason that at the very start of my career, I fell in love with one of my best friends. Because he was already someone I cared deeply about, I always knew that I wanted to prioritize that relationship and not fuck it up by being a workaholic. I heard a lot of advice when I was starting out about not dating and just focusing on your career for a few years, and I always thought that was bullshit. If you’re not developing healthy work/life habits when you’re starting out, how do you think you’re suddenly going to develop them when you’re successful and busier than ever? Read more>>

Erica Bream | Casting Director

Figuring out work-life balance has taken me a lot of trial and error. (Mostly error.) In my 20s, I put work ahead of everything else, including the funeral of a loved one. By 25 yrs old, I was burned out and wracked with guilt over all of the things that I had defined as being a lower priority than work. I knew I wanted to stay in Casting but I also knew that I couldn’t keep up the pace at which I was burning that candle. I started by scheduling one non-holiday vacation a year and immediately I started feeling renewed and re-energized. Playtime clearly needed to be reincorporated into my life so I began to take baby steps toward finding more time for it. Read more>>

Tateanna Hinds | Creative Strategist and Content Director

When I first started my creative career, I was a full time student working a full time job wondering how I’d possibly find the time to pursue something that would require just as much attention. Naturally, my mind shifted to making space in my schedule, what could I sacrifice? I was all work no play for a long time, which was productive but not completely satisfying. After the inevitable burnout, I was determined to find balance with work and leisure. In my studies, I came across the philosophy of 888. Read more>>