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.

Sybille Zimmermann | Interior Designer

Starting my own company was always a dream. To be “free” and make my own schedule sounded alluring to me. I always had a job, working for many kinds of companies, big corporations to smaller boutique type places. Not just in Interior Design. I started my career in banking back in Switzerland where I grew up. It was a typcial 9-5 job, clock in clock out kind of thing. Thinking back, it was nice to not have to think about my job once I clocked out. Read more>>

DYLN | Artist & Songwriter

My work-life balance has changed a lot over time. Especially through the pandemic. It forced everyone to slow down and turn inward. Our worlds got smaller and bigger at the same time and gave us time for some self-reflection. When I first started my career, music was my only focus. And while there are many great things about being focused, hardworking and determined, I’ve learned to not tie my self-worth to my job. There’s a lot more to who I am than what I do and taking the time to get to know yourself deeper is an act of self-love. I’ve realized that loving yourself means loving all parts of you. Balance to me is becoming aware of your needs in all aspects of who you are, and honoring those needs by making self-care a priority. Read more>>

Stijn Spaas | International Brand Strategist

That’s a fascinating question during this pandemic. Despite the fact that my perspective on working from home has changed, in a positive way, my perspective on the work-life balance hasn’t. I’ve always viewed it as something that can’t be measured on a day-to-day basis. Working 9 to 5 every day and taking time “to live” before or after is not necessarily a balanced life to me. Partly because I often feel most productive or creative at night, partly because I actually enjoy working on a lot of my projects. Read more>>

Jessica Garcia | Cookie Artist

My work and life balance has definitely changed a lot since starting my own business. My business creating custom decorated sugar cookies has the advantage of being home-based but that also has its challenges. When I started I had a 2-year old that of course, like any child, needed her mother’s attention and in the beginning, it was easy to balance both home and work. My first priority is being a wife and mother The second is my business. Read more>>

Nancy Serag | Owner & Founder, Honey & Hive Boards

One thing is for sure: life as small business owners often has us burning the candle at both ends. At Honey & Hive Boards, there is always more to do and we do it all! From sourcing ingredients, inventory, marketing, sales, and deliveries – there is a steady flow of important decisions we make on a daily basis. Despite the fact that we may feel the need to get it all done and never like saying “no” to a last-minute order, the simple truth is that there are only so many hours in a ​day. Read more>>

Eden Dozier | Portrait & Editorial Photographer and Artist

As a portrait and editorial photographer, I’m very passionate about my work; and when your passion is also your job, so to speak, I guess it can be easy to forget to “clock out” and close your laptop. I’m innately inclined to be more of a free spirit, and I’ve found that balance was something that needed to be incorporated into my life a bit more with some foundational tools to keep the work/life scale level. Read more>>

Heather Mingo | Says. Makes. Does.

Work/life balance was something I used to struggle with immensely. Especially when I was younger and less self-assured, I’d overextend myself to prove my worth. But over time I realized that my worth isn’t contingent on my productivity. That awareness combined with the magic of clear communication and boundaries keeps my brain happy. I strive to only work on projects and with people that honor those values, so that balance naturally follows. I’ve learned (too many times) that if I have to push for those values to be respected, I end up expending way more energy than I should and that balance goes out the window. Thankfully, with rigorous practice and frequent gut checks, I’ve found myself attracting collaborators and clients who also value mental health and life outside of productivity. Read more>>