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.

Lauren Dair | Singer/Songwriter/Actress

My balance has changed a lot in the last few years. I used to have the go go go mentality and never took time to rest. My motto used to be “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” and I lived by that. However, I learned that when you run at 110% consistently, you’re more likely to burnout. While 2020 was a ridiculously hard year, I learned a lot about real self-care and taking care of myself. As 2021 starts to ramp up and my schedule is busier, I’m making it a priority to have work/life balance. When you’re an artist, work can sometimes follow you around, so it’s really important to let yourself breathe and have a break every once and a while. I think it’s necessary, not only for mental health but also so that you can perform your best. Read more>>

Whitney West | Success Strategist, Speaker, & Coach

For me, work like balance is a continuous flow. It’s kind of my secret weapon and my kryptonite at the same time. I have the ability to do multiple things at once and be very good at them all. So, sometimes, when I have to sit one on the back burner temporarily it feels like I’m not doing well. However, I’ve begun to switch my thinking and know that all things can’t cook well on high heat. You sometimes have to let things rest or simmer. They’ll be put on high in their time. So I’m comfortable flexing through my priorities. However, when it’s time for something to be on high heat, I go full force so that when I put it down, there’s enough residual to keep it going until I can pick it back up. Read more>>

Anna Stavaridis, CCWS | CEO | Speaker | Educator | Wellness Expert

Balance means having an equilibrium. For many years, I worked and studied very hard to get to where I thought I wanted to be with my career. Once I reached this achievement, I looked around and realized I did not have the fulfillment I was looking for and knew I needed to make a change. I needed a better equilibrium. By changing my career from years in corporate wealth management and starting my own business in wellness, I have been able to shift my balance to be in a better place for myself, family, friends, and community. Aside from taking care of yourself, being of service to others is one of the most fulfilling purposes I find in life. My work is now a part of my daily journey of gaining a more healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same. My priorities are more in line with what is most important in living my best life and making a difference in the lives of others. I believe this new-found balance is one I will enjoy for quite some time. Read more>>

Kamaljeet & Jas Ahluwalia | Musicians

Our brains are constantly churning. If we’re listening to music, we’re enjoying it, we’re feeling it, but our analytical mind is working too. If we’re watching tv or even talking to someone, I may be reciting a composition in my head. I tap rhythms on tables, chairs, pots, and pans. I’m in bed and I’m trying to work out some musical mathematical puzzle. Kamaljeet: I sing while I wash the dishes. Then there is all the other work like social media management, video and audio editing, contracts, tax forms, and podcasting. Of course, there is the time we physically spend playing our instruments. Jas: But this all can quickly lead to burnout, and make the music suffer. Kamaljeet: What made us draw clear lines of separation between work and life was our young children. You have to give them your undivided attention, and so our work-time became more scheduled and goal-oriented. Jas: This led us to be hyper-focused. Read more>>

Prince Daniels Jr. | High Performance Mentor, Author

Over time the work life balance inevitably changes, just like all living things in the world, everything evolves. So my balance has changed based upon needs and necessities, and also where I need to deposit my energy. I think about balance in the way of maintaining order in my life, which is to master the balance between my power and peace. A concept I described in my book I wrote, Mindfulness for the Ultimate Athlete. Read more>>

Emily Moll | Owner & Stylist at Cedar Hair Studio

When I first started doing hair, I was working two jobs. I would work my shift at the salon from 9am-4pm, and I’d immediately head to my second job serving and bartending at the restaurant I’d been working at since I was 16. I’d finish that shift around 11pm and I’d wake up the next day and do it all over again. If I wasn’t at the salon, I was at the restaurant, and vise-versa. I did this for about a year and a half before I decided it was time to fully leap into my hair career. From the time I started working at age 16, I’ve become somewhat addicted to work- always picking up shifts, forming my friend groups around my coworkers, putting my all into work even if it meant missing college classes or family outings. I believe that’s what lead me to opening my own salon- my addiction to my career could be more meaningful in this role, and I could create something bigger than I’d ever done before. It wasn’t until the pandemic hit and I was forced to slow down that I realized I was living an unhealthy lifestyle, completely based around work. Read more>>