The Coronavirus has given many us an opportunity to pause and think about life, our purpose, and even the right work life balance. What’s your perspective and has it changed over time?

Cathy Williams | Jewelry Designer and Illustrator

When I first decided to work towards making Moon-Seed a sound, functioning business, I did not have a work-life balance. Nearly every spare moment was spent making jewelry and fulfilling orders. When momentum started to build in my business, I somehow tricked myself into believing if I slowed down or took a break, my business would collapse. I operated at 120% all day, every day, which resulted in major burnout. So much so, I had to shut down my shop for several weeks to recoup on two separate occasions. Read more>>

Rocio Becerra | Owner /Founder

“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life” Hillary Clinton.
Theoretically, work-life balance happens when one is able to minimize work-related stress by balancing career and personal life in a way that professional responsibilities and productivity go hand in hand with general health and well-being. In practice, this theory is the exception, not the rule. We often struggle with conflict between work and family. For me growing up in a big family was a blessing. We all got together every day after work or school for coffee and lemonade, for long conversations about whatever was going on locally or internationally, or just for a good family card game on my grandparents long dining table. That made me realize that no matter what I ended up doing in life, the family would have to be first. My resolve was strong and that idea was ingrained in every fiber of my being, so when I left my country to live in the USA permanently, I had to forget what I was back home and start from zero. Read more>>

John D Saunders | Web Designer and Founder

It’s changed a lot! When I started my agency, I worked 14+ hour days and it took a toll. So much so, I lacked sleep and burned out. I used to think the longer I worked, the more I would accomplish, but it’s what you DO with those hours, not how long you work. This all changed when my wife became pregnant. I really wanted to build a life with her and my son and I couldn’t do it working the entire day. That’s when everything changed. I started to document EVERYTHING I did in the business, building a knowledge base and standard operating procedures I could use to build a team. By documenting my process, I was able to begin hiring team members to help facilitate the workload. Read more>>

Brittany Shuford | Independent Travel Advisor

Is there such a thing?? Lol I think I’m just now realizing the importance of having a work life balance. In the past I never had business hours or anything of that nature. So my phone would ring anytime and any place. No matter what I was doing. I would even take my laptop with me LITERALLY everywhere! Recently I purchased a second phone dedicated for my business. Hopefully that helps me balance things a little better. Wish me luck 😉 Read more>>

Interstar Salaam | High Clientele Cleaning Service

My balance has changed tremendously over time. Instead of working a lot I’ve learned with time to pace myself and hire a team of like minded go getter employees. I’ve set healthy boundaries for myself. I now focus strictly on Sunday and Mondays are my self care day’s. I stay firm on my worth and never lower my cost. Read more>>

Shanteria Echols | Entreprenuer & Influencer

Over time my work life balance has changed drastically over time! As young entrepreneur juggling college, managing my e-commerce cosmetics business, working outside of my business and managing my social media platforms has been an abundance of work. With the hard work and promoting for myself and my brand has gained me exposure to more clientele and new connections with great businesses and awesome customers. As I continue to grow and make achievements each day, my work load also expands each day. In the beginning of starting my business I only had a few responsibilities and a lighter work-load since I was new to physically running a business. Read more>>

Meredith Gillespie | Medical Illustrator –> Fine Artist

There is no balance – it is a balancing act – or falling from one high wire onto the next. I have led two very separate artistic careers. For the first career, I was single and a successful medical illustrator. I was a Certified Medical Illustrator, a top producer in my firm, and an active member of our professional organization, The Association of Medical illustrators. I had always wanted to have children and my family life is a top priority to me. I had specifically chosen the field of medical illustration for its potential flexibility. However, once I was married and had my first son, I soon realized that while I had chosen the right career, I had not chosen the right firm. Read more>>

Lynell Williams | Mental Health Therapist

My balance is always having to change depending on the season that I am in. It is always a tiny bit of a struggle to readjust once those changes happen, so I have to intentionally create a loose schedule that works for me. I used to be more of a night owl and would get a significant amount of work done then sleep in the next morning and do it all over. Now that I am adulting, balancing being a full-time student, working, and maintaining a social life, I had to revamp some things. Time blocking and sticking to my schedule has probably been my best tool to get the optimal balance. When I say balance, I don’t just mean getting all my work done, but making sure I have designated time for play, like hanging out with my friends and family, scheduling wine nights, book reading time, spa dates, and essentially anything else that I need to recharge. Done are the days where I hyperfocus on one thing. I intentionally make sure I have true balance incorporating things that fill up my energy cup. Read more>>

Dorshawn Watson | Salon Owner/Hairstylist

Work Life balance is something that I struggled with in the beginning of my career. I felt like my clients had too much access to me and it became a bit overwhelming. I work 10-12 hours everyday so as I began to grow in my career I began to slowly start doing things for myself again. I have now set aside time in my schedule for self-care and vacations. I work my best when I am relaxed and healthy. I no longer feel guilty for turning my work phone off when I’m not working, not checking emails after a certain time, and making sure that eat during the day. I’ve also started working out 2-3 times a week which has been a great stress reliever for me. This business can take a toll on your health and body, so putting myself first is important. Read more>>