24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Savanna Sinden | Freelance Illustrator and Photographer

We all know the rules that society built for us- get an education, go to university then settle into your 9-5 job (and hopefully retire at age 50). But when the pandemic hit, we were all forced to live more and work less which gave me time to think about what a work-life balance looks like now? Read more>>

Shyann Brinson | Photographer & Graphic Designer

This is one of the most important things of me when it comes to any job. I think even job I’ve ever left has bee because I felt as if it either wasn’t healthy for my life or taking up to much of my life. Read more>>

Joanne Bolt | Founder of Real Boss Women, Podcast Host, Top Producing Real Estate Agent

When I first entered into the world of Real Estate, I played the hustle game quite well. I was always working, always making deals, always answering my phone. Then I realized that would result in me getting burned out and I made a decision to set boundaries with my clients and team. Read more>>

Andi René Christensen | Film & Television Actor

I have never been more focused on my career. I love it deeply, more than I ever have before — every, single, minuscule aspect of it. This is the chapter of my life in which very little else matters to me. Read more>>

Julie Olivia | Romance Author

Work life balance has been an interesting journey for me. When I started writing and “authoring” I had a corporate 8-5 job as well, so balance didn’t really exist. For about three years, it felt like I was working two jobs with my day job during the week and writing on nights and weekends. Read more>>

Tamika Burks | Licensed Esthetician & CMA

My balanced has changed over time by actually creating balance. Initially I did not have balance, and would work 7 days a week, did not pray/meditate (as I usually do), spent less time with my family/friends, stopped working out, decreased hours of sleep. Read more>>

Chris DeRepentigny | Husband, Father, English Instructor, and Potter

Well, for me, pottery is a secondary income, so I have a work, work, life balance that I need to achieve. I picked up pottery at the start of the pandemic, and during the first year and half, the majority of my English instructor job was being done remotely, Read more>>

Rachel Le | Beautician & Content Creator

I believe that work-life balance can be a subjective topic. To some, I focus too much on my work. To others, I am not working hard enough. The truth is, the time we allocate to work and our personal lives will change as we go through different chapters of our life. Read more>>

Tuan Tydree | Creative Director, Style Curator, Visual Storyteller

When I first began my medium, I started as a photographer for my HBCU Virginia State University. Working within such a structured system provided its own kind of automatic work life balance. If I wasn’t shooting an event or with a client I would go back to my regular collegiate life. It was easier to keep both sides of the spectrum level then. Read more>>

Tamika Michelle Johnson | Attorney, CEO & Magazine Publisher

With the discussion of mental health increasingly being addressed in all areas of our lives, finding a work life balance that serves you is vital. To achieve it, you must be aware enough to make those necessary changes to find balance in order to live and work at an optimal level. Read more>>

Sasha V. | Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Vocal Actress, Entrepreneur, Artist.

Haha! Oh so much. and it is the question i ask myself everyday. I’d like to say i found balance over the time since making the decision to be fully invested in my Art , but i would be lying. Read more>>

Abigail Frank | Visual Artist

It’s difficult to find balance in life. When I first graduated from my BFA program, I would feel so much guilt if I went home from work and didn’t go right into studio mode. Read more>>

Anthony Nibbs | Photographer, Creative, Producer, Musician, Manager, Educator

To be honest, my work like balance sucks. *lol* There have been moments in my life where I have managed to achieve some semblance of order; spurs of time where I’ve been super motivated and effective in my time-management skills that enabled me to increase both productivity and creativity. Read more>>

Ashlei White | Corporate Mom, Podcaster & Speaker

As a working mother my work/life balance has changed a lot over the last year. I strive to not over work myself to the point I have no energy for life and family. I have created structure in my life to where I’ve set up boundaries such as logging off from work at 5pm instead of late in the evening. Read more>>

Kevin / Ronnie Carder / Distler | Auto Detailer

Our work like balance has changed drastically. We are active duty army still, so we have to make time for this business. Read more>>

KDR Media & Entertainment | Media & Entertainment

We had to put more of our work Life into our personal life so we can have more results into our business. Thinking about the balance is more about sacrifices and commitment. We have to reach our goals so we can have a balance work life. Read more>>

Alania Cater | co-founder, Completing the Puzzle

Work life balance is so difficult, especially as technology has blurred the lines between work and life and allowed for us to be always on and always available. In my late twenties and early 30s, I was of the mindset that in order to be successful, Read more>>