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.

Colleen Mauer: jewelry designer

It’s funny to look at my early years and remember when I was putting in ALL the time in the world working “in my business” rather than “on my business”. I would spend so much time completely focussed on the minutiae rather than the bigger picture. My perfectionism would keep me obsessed with things that I believed would move me forward. Read more>>

Bridget Sampson: Executive Coach, TEDx Speaker, & Retired Professor

As a business owner, retired professor, spouse and mom of two adult kids, I’m finding more balance in my life now. I took the entire morning off today to do a 3 hour hike with my husband. When I was in the thick of growing a business and raising young kids, I didn’t prioritize myself and my needs as much. Read more>>

Gabbi Coenen: Singer, songwriter, vocal coach

The work/life balance has been a huge challenge for me to figure out recently, especially since my work and life are so blurred together as a freelance musician and artist. Sometimes my “work” doesn’t feel like work at all! Other times, especially with teaching private lessons, it can quickly become exhausting both mentally and vocally. Read more>>

Ruby Barrios: Actor, Advocate and Writer

I used to wear my burnout as a personal badge of honor. Both my parents sacrificed their own well-being for the sake of my sister and I. There was no break and any spare time would be selling chips at the park. This being said, working hard has always been second nature. The thing about being burned out is that society glorifies it. Read more>>