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 think as work-life balance. We reached out to community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Angela O | Founder

I learned about work life balance the hard way. When I started my business, I worked non-stop. I was either designing products, making products, or selling products. It got to a point where my mental and physical health suffered. I was always exhausted, stressed, anxious, and felt out of shape. I became fed up with feeling crappy all the time so I decided to make a change. A friend of mine recommended yoga, so tried it out and was hooked! I soon became part of the conscious community and found more ways to practice self care. Read more>>

Jen De Simone Swiss | Founder & Editor

My work-life balance today looks significantly different than it did when I was in my 20’s. When you’re just starting out in your career, you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. You are trying to prove yourself and work your way up as fast as possible. You work extra hard to get that raise so you can feel a little less broke. When job searching, you choose companies with the most prestige to build your resume rather than focusing on what makes you happy. Read more>>

Jillian Ferry | Actor

I work a decent amount from home. Having a designated work space and hours to clock in and out of are essential and how I maintain work/life balance. Doing this and keeping to a schedule helps me to not “take my work home with me” when I need to relax or focus on other things. With the quarantine there are days when this wonderful plan goes completely out the window. As an actor, creating content is something I’d be doing even if I wasn’t couped up in my house. Some days I find myself “working” late at night but for me it’s just what I love to do. Read more>>

Rofyah Le | Special Events Hair and Makeup Artist

Work life balance can be daunting but because I love to organize and prioritize, I make it work. Before I had my two sons, I was able to put all my time and energy into building my business and working hard to be where I am. I worked long days and gave time to many events/social networking in order to make myself known. I was able to do that with the emotional and financial support of my husband. Before giving birth to my first son, we had decided that I would slow down and really be there to raise him and so I did. Read more>>

Catie Rippin | Calligrapher, Ink & Nod Designs

When I first graduated college, I started working in production on films and TV. I was working 6-7 day weeks, 14 hours a day with little to no time off. At the time, I was young and will to do what I needed to for my career. After 6 years of working like this, I realized that I couldn’t continue to live like this if I wanted a family some day. I also wasn’t creatively fulfilled. That’s when I made the decision to leave the production world and focus on building my calligraphy business. Now I have a one year old little girl and can’t imagine life any other way! Read more>>

Anthony Aguilar | Handy man

That’s a great question, balancing my regular day job, then coming home to work on 2 businesses was no easy task, I’d stay up till 2am making products, pouring and labeling, then waking up at 5am for my day job, I got to the point where I made my work life my priority, family and work was my main priority, everything else was just a blur at that time, I gave up my social life to make sure my businesses were doing they’re best, 4 years into my business and I was still going full force, stressed beyond my mind. Read more>>