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.
Jet Houston | Copper Jewelry Designer
The balance between work and life has become extremely important the deeper I dive into my craft. In the earlier years of creating, I felt it was super important to work, work, work with very few breaks. This lead to the ultimate burnout to the point of not wanting to create at all. It is very important to get GoodVibeWraps to our amazing customers, but they too have to realize that artist need breaks to further grow. As full time creators, ideas and thoughts constantly consume our minds and we have to remember to take care of ourselves so that we can be charged up to create freely to the tribe we attract. Taking days off is one of the most important aspects of my career as a jewelry designer. Time with myself, family, and nature allows my thoughts to slow down so that I can come back down to earth, and back to my creative safe space. Self care is the best care! Read more>>
Raquel Ravenell | Artist & Creative Entrepreneur
Balance is key and helps me maintain my sanity. Over the years, I’ve made progress but I am still learning how to balance life. It’s important to me to balance my work and home life; even within those parts there needs to be balance. I may not always get it right but my intentions are to MAKE time for myself, family, friends, my work, creativity, or making time to just be. There’s an emphasis on “make” because I used to make excuses and tell myself, I didn’t have time or I was fearful and didn’t make time. Sometimes, that would result in anxiety, depression and procrastination. In reality, we have the power to make time for the things that are important to us. Read more>>
Charlese Watson | Social Media Manager & Event Videographer
When I initially started my business, I didn’t have much of a work life balance at all. I was figuring out the best way to run my business while also working full time. Eventually, I ended up being completely burnt out and knew that I wouldn’t be able to sustain this way of operating long term so I started setting boundaries for myself. I have built in weeks where I spend quality time with my children and step away from everything. I’m phasing out working on Sundays and I rarely respond to emails on the weekends unless I’m actively prepping for a shoot. I also make sure I work out at least three times a week and I pace myself. I don’t try to take on more than 4-5 shoots per month. Implementing these boundaries and figuring out what works best for me has been key to a successful work life balance. Read more>>