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.

Dyan Edwards | Visionary Entreprenuer, Creative Strategist, Educator

I’d like to think I’ve fully rejected the concept of balance and embraced synergy instead. Balance implies that all things should be equal, and for me, that is never the case. I spent years trying to balance, family, ambitions, friendships, etc and the reality is that something always tipped the scales in one direction or the other. Read more>>

Peace Pressley | Music School Owner & Teacher

A lot of times people strive for “work/life” balance. Yet, the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t really exist! I know it makes no sense, but let me explain. Some days, the scale tips in favor of work, where I’ve had to work while I was out of town, or work most of a Sunday (my day “off”) to meet a deadline or prep for the week. However, there are some days where, I have no classes to teach, no meetings, and I don’t feel like posting online, On these days, I have nothing standing in my way of relaxing and hanging out with my family and friends. It’s rarely equal or balanced. Read more>>

Genese Gonzalez | Event Decorator

I made the decision to jump right in with Balloon Decor! It was fun, I make my own schedule, yadda, yadda, yadda! But I had no idea there’d be sleepless nights & NO MORE weekend anything because I was booked & busy! While it felt great to be able to be a contributor in my household again, it also meant time away from my kids, family, friends, more time with my husband (because I just roped him in) & trying to navigate my day as a new business owner. And you know what that means, IM DOING IT ALL BY MYSELF!!! Read more>>

Maria “Mica” Istre | Professional Counselor & Latina Business Owner

As a counselor and boss, I value the responsibility of modeling a healthy work-life balance for my clients and employees. Setting boundaries for ourselves can be hard for profession in any caregiving role because we value helping others to a fault. I believe that we must first give to ourselves to be a strong support to others in our personal and professional lives. Schedules tend to help me stay accountable to myself and carve out time to exercise, spend time with loved ones, practice self-care, and eat healthy. Read more>>