What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Ann Chong | Filmmaker & Designer

When it comes to creative work, I am a passionate workaholic. My friends and family would tell you I am notoriously known as “Miss MIA (Missing in Action)” in my social life. High school was when I became absorbed in club activities – I thrive when I am tasked to design posters, logos, anything that requires creativity. I would take absence from science classes just so I can work on the school magazine – much to my teacher’s dismayed. And would miraculously reappear for art class. Read more>>

JUDY CHAIKIN | Writer, director, producer

When I was younger my family was the center of my life and my work was secondary. It was hard because I was constantly torn between what I wanted to do and what I needed to do. So I thought a lot about what was the most important thing at that particular time of my life and decided that I could have everything I wanted in life, but not all of it at the same time. As I grew older things shifted naturally, the “gestalt” changed. The background became foreground, the foreground became background. As long as I kept my eye on the goal and didn’t succumb to popular notions about ageism I knew that if I just kept putting one foot in front of the other I would be fine. And that is in fact how my life has worked out. Read more>>

Tré Borden | Art Consultant and Producer

My perspective on work life balance is more focused on making space for myself than delineating work time and personal time. I have also been deeply influenced by this recent chaotic period of the pandemic. As background: I realized very early on in my career that I would not succeed professionally, or personally, by showing up as different versions of myself to suit other people. I’ve worked very hard to become comfortable with being my Black, gay, nerdy, creative, irreverent-ass self, and I need to be me at all times. God please bless the code-switchers! It couldn’t be me. Read more>>

Adrian Ceja | Fitness and Nutrition Coach

This is so relevant to me today. I love working and I love tending to things that are supposed to grow, but that “all grind” mentality can backfire- as I had experienced. There was a time when I had feelings of fear and anxiety for no known reason. But eventually I learned that it was from agitation, stress, and burnout. Don’t get me wrong, I love working, especially on my business, as I had mentioned. But I had to learn the hard way that we must work when it is time to work, and rest when it is time to rest. Your future self is dependent on it. Read more>>