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.

Lillian Jacobs | Ayurvedic & Women’s Hormone Health Coach

Work life balance is a huge part of what I both practice and preach. Stress, overwork and exhaustion play a big role in our health and can be a root cause to many digestive and hormonal imbalances. Before I became an Ayurvedic Health Coach I had very little balance in my life, I would work multiple jobs often 7 days/week. I experienced firsthand the impact that overwork can have on our health and wellbeing. When I began my business health coaching I made it a priority to maintain work life balance because if I’m not practicing what I preach, I loose credibility with myself and my clients. Read more>>

LaShara Johnson | Entrepreneur, Coach & Creative

Balance is always changing and it looks different all the time. There may be a moment where I am able to work out 3-5 days a week in the mornings and be able to make time to read and cook dinner every night. Then business may get crazy busy all from a post someone shared and I may have to cut back on the gym and I may be too tired to read my favorite book. I think the most important aspect of balancing is really about what is more important to you. Balancing my businesses and my primary job is a challenge that I have seen many entrepreneurs face and hopefully in due time I wont have to worry about that anymore. Read more>>

Eran Thomson | The Joy Pusher

I used to work in New York City, in advertising. There, the work-life-ometer was all the way to the right – and in the red. We came into the office early and we stayed late. Dinner at 10 pm was the norm. Then I worked in Sydney, in advertising and almost none of my team got to the office before 10 am. If the surf was good, most of them were gone by 3 pm. Pub lunches that extended into dinner were the norm. The work-life-omerter was well and truly in the black. Read more>>

Briana Hansen | Writer, actress, speaker, comedian, teacher.

There’s so much pressure to “succeed” in our world, yet nobody can ever really hone in on what success actually looks or feels like. There are moments when you feel a sense of accomplishment, but those are fleeting. It’s the everyday grind that we have to change our perspective about and define, for ourselves, what success really means at this point in our lives. Read more>>

Natasha Wang | Pole Teacher

When you’re self-employed, the line between work and life becomes murky, especially when your career was once your hobby. I can’t go to a yoga class without taking mental notes about how the teacher breaks down a certain asana. Every mid-day walk is accompanied by a business podcast. And I’m physically unable to pry myself from my computer at 6pm like regular folks. There is no hard and fast stopping point, nor is there the concept of “weekend.” Read more>>

Kate Tumanova | Producer

Thankfully, production has time frames. I like to buckle up, push hard through prep, be 100% present during a project and deliver on time. But when I am done- I am done. I love to take long vacations, I love to take small solo breaks, I love to unplug and spend quality family time. I give my all to the “work me” and then I switch off and give my all to recharging. Read more>>

Kacie Lyn Martinez | Creative Facilitator & Multidisciplinary Artist

In a past life, I was driving to a conference with my colleagues and we went around answering the question: What’s your ideal job? Among the list were Executive Director, Head of Product, COO, and when my turn came, I gave the only answer I had words for: I want to make beautiful things. Read more>>

Kelly Hutt | Actor, ACE Trainer, HIVE Market CEO & Founder

The concept of “balance” has influenced my life significantly, especially within the past few years. Growing up, like many creative entrepreneurs, I felt the need to overachieve in every aspect of my life. This mental drive allowed me to accomplish a lot artistically, academically, and athletically, but I felt like I was always trying to outrun myself. For me, everything that I have done has served as a building block to get me to where I am today. I began acting at a very young age, and from there I found my love for many other pursuits such as fitness, crafting, sales & marketing, hiking, and even pole dancing. After I graduated from Emerson in 2018 (BFA, Acting), Read more>>

Sydney Sievers | Floral Designer

Work life/ balance is hard. Never did I think owning a business would be easy, but never did I ever think it would be this hard. When owning a business you are the owner, manager, social media content creator, for me delivery driver, lead designer and the list goes on. When I had my store front I would always work so hard at the store then come home and keep working on the computer behind the scenes and I could tell Dylan my other half would be so thrilled I am becoming so successful but, there was a part that we were missing. I am very good at putting PEACHES first rather than myself. Read more>>

Pamela Bautista | Photographer

Just recently, I truly realized the importance of having a healthy work-life balance. For majority of my life, I think I’ve been conditioned to think that if I constantly work hard I will achieve the success I want. Those days looked like booking shoots with any free time I had, long nights of editing, and consistently thinking of ideas to market myself. I realized I had no separation from work and gave no time to care for myself. Because of that I felt the effects of that physically and especially mentally. As a creative, I think it’s inevitable to attach your work to your identity. I started to attach my worthiness to how much my work was being noticed. Read more>>

Bonnie Wallace | Ayurvedic Medicine Counselor, Tantric Hatha Yoga Therapy, Holistic Chef

I used to be a workaholic- working 75+ hours a week. I know now that that was a trauma response and was tightly wound around my beliefs around my self worth. I had a belief that if I didn’t work myself (into sickness), then I was not worthy of being loved or recognized as a valuable person. Read more>>

Clancy | Musician

Work-life balance is something I didn’t know was crucial until I hit, what I’d consider, my lowest point. I wasn’t super popular in school, wasn’t an academic genius, my attention wasn’t demanded by anyone, I just loved to sing and perform. From age 12 that’s all I focused on… didn’t even finish high school in Texas. Lived in the attic of my studio in London for a year. Starting my career was my life, and my life was starting my career. Until I was locked in a San Fernando valley rented room with no windows and my abusive relationship… for six months… doing zoom sessions and fearing for my life. Covid changed everything. Read more>>

Calvin Chin | Editor & Filmmaker

“Calvin, go touch some freakin grass”. That’s how one of my friends teased me last year…and he’s not wrong. My work life balance was honestly nonexistent. I think I only recently understood the value of taking care of myself outside of the entertainment industry because for many years…I just didn’t. Career ‘hustle culture’ was my obsession and source of fulfillment for the past half decade. Read more>>