By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Johnathon Allen | J² Entertainment – Full Service DJ & Entertainment Company – Co-Owner

Although the goal is stay booked and busy, I’ve learned that work life balance is very important. During the early years of my DJ & Entertainment Company, I was desperate to fill my calendar with events, mainly weddings. As we got busier, and the fact that most weddings are on the weekends, my free weekends started to dwindle down. Although we were booked, which is the goal, I often missed out on events such as family reunions, family vacations, friend’s birthday celebrations, and most of all I didn’t prioritize dating my wife. Over time my wife brought this to my attention and I knew I had to make some changes. From there, we decided to commit to at least 2 vacations per year in which I’d blocked those dates off of my calendar. We also committed to going on at least 2-3 dates a month. Read more>>

Teddy Garguilo | Entrepreneur & Autoimmune Warrior

First of all, I’m a perfectionist and I had to get over that real quick. There is nothing perfect in owning your own business. It’s messy, complicated and nothing ever works out exactly how you planned or thought it would. I feel this exact same way about balance. Balance is a mythical unicorn and you will only make yourself crazy chasing after it. I have literally tried everything schedules, time slots for work, days off for family, but something always disrupts whatever I thought was working. Now, I work day to day, project to project. I know that when I’m working on something I am sacrificing something…me time, time with my family, time with friends…etc. That’s ok! The beauty of owning my own business is that after I’m done I can clear off a day, week or whatever to then focus on whatever I sacrificed. Read more>>

Aaron Adams | Consultant & Producer

There was a time when I allowed my value to be determined by what I did for others, professionally and otherwise. Because hospitality is a staple in the work that I do, over-serving was a thing I wrestled with a lot. The problem this created was that if I wasn’t doing anything for anyone, or if I wasn’t working, then I felt as though I had no value. This is one of the biggest deceptions I have faced in my life. Listening to a podcast, I believe it was Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, I heard something that changed my life and it has since become my mantra: “I exist, therefore I am valuable.” Today, following the energy behind this mantra and the example of one of my mentors in particular, I have established boundaries that act as a safeguard to keep me from returning to an unhealthy work-life balance as defined by the interpreted value I internalize from my work. Read more>>