Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Shalyce Tyson | Lifestyle Content Creator & Event Planner

Over the past few years, my thoughts on balance have evolved just as I have. I’ll be the first to say, a perfect 24/7 balance is a myth to me. However, I do wholeheartedly believe that working to maintain a good rhythm with the priorities in our lives is essential. The critical part is effectively determining what our priorities are and then safeguarding them. For example, some of my top priorities are my overall well-being, my family, doing things I enjoy, working towards my goals and adding value in my business, circles, and more. While the priorities of each day may look different, overall my key priorities shouldn’t be comprised, otherwise my balance is way off. I recognize that there will be days when everything is running like a well-oiled machine, and others where I might be stressed. Read more>>

Elizabeth Lang | Artist

I used to think if I planned well enough and thoroughly enough, I would achieve balance and my life would be so much easier! I would sit down with a calendar and write in all the wonderful things I would achieve each week. I have learned in my journey as an artist, my personal journey, and the journey that we call “2020” that I do not have control over everything and plans mean nothing when you are faced with circumstances that change the way you have to do nearly everything in your life and work. I am a trained counselor and used to work with individuals in recovery from addiction. Honestly they taught me every tool I am using to get by right now. I am literally reminding myself to take it one day at a time every day this year, and I have learned to used this principle as I have gone through every stage of growing my art into a full-time business. Read more>>

Steven Lafferty | Entrepreneur

The most pronounced change has been the life I have gained though self-employment. My life is not scheduled around my work, but work is now arranged around my life. I take the time I need; I coached my daughter’s soccer teams over the last several years, take care of personal matters, and attend out of State family events all on my time without disruption to work. In fact, it is a much healthier lifestyle that allows me to focus in a productive and efficient manner when I do work. This translates into very satisfied customers who value the job we do for them. Read more>>

Kylie Luke | Hairstylist, Makeup Artist & Co-Owner

Work life balance has honestly been one of the biggest challenges in my career thus far. When I first started doing hair and makeup, I was working in a well established salon. There were set hours, so there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room to work extra. I was also expected to be at the salon during my scheduled hours, whether I had clients or not, just in case there was a walk-in. In this type of salon environment everything was about more clients, more services, more products- stay as busy as possible and make as much money as possible. After working there for a couple of years, I was able to make the transition into my family’s salon, the King and Queen at 8, alongside my husband and his parents. It was terrifying walking away from a clientele two years in the making having no idea when I’d get back to making that money again. Read more>>

Meghan Klein Toups | Licensed Professional Counselor & Holistic Health Coach

As much as we all might aim for balance, I’m not sure the concept can truly exist for the modern woman. As women, and mothers in particular, we hold space for many different people, places, schedules, ideas in our life. It can create enormous expansion, and also lends itself to enormous overwhelm. The phrase, work-life balance feels like two entities to be managed, which feels stressful – one more thing to “do”. And in the past, I think I used to try to do it all focused on compartmentalizing facets of my life to fit into the work spot or the personal spot. Rather, I propose that women can reclaim the notion of work-life balance to one that promotes a sense of inner balance, a fluid movement between the external and our the internal world. If I work on maintaining a more regular practice of inner balance, it will positively shift my relationships, work and hobbies. Read more>>

Cassandra Buckalew | Interior Designer

I’m adamant about work life balance. For many years I worked non-stop until I completely ran out of gas or was totally burned out. I went at such a hard pace building several businesses, sitting on community boards and committees, chairing events, attending weekly networking events and volunteering my time. I worked days, nights, and weekends and loved it for quite a while. Running several business that operated at all hours of the day, night and weekends with numerous employees, equipment responsibilities, and the behind the scenes demands of owning a business, meant I was getting calls, texts and emails at all hours. I felt like I was never away from it. Now that I’m only focusing on my design business, I don’t answer email on the weekends and guard my weeknights and weekends vehemently. Read more>>

Sarah Cowan White | Artist & Art Educator

Work-life balance is definitely something I struggle with. Since I am a full-time educator and my art business currently exists in the margins of my days, I often find myself feeling like I am waiting for a spinning plate to fall. Some years I have had the bandwidth to put a lot of energy and time and effort in to my business, and I’ve been able to see growth, but there have been other years where my business sits further on the edges of my attention. For instance, this August I accepted a position at a new school after 5 years of teaching at the same school. So in this particular season of life I have had to divert more of my energy to learning a new school environment, and my art business has had to slow down some. I am slowly learning to accept those ebbs and flows that come with work-life balance, and have had to engage with my limitations as a human. Read more>>

Shonda White | Author, Host, Content Producer & Contributor

I used to think that I had to go hard 24/7 due to fear of missing out on something or because that’s what I thought I had to do to be successful. However, more recently I have learned that you rest is a part of success. At one point in my life, not too long ago, I was doing the most; so much so, that it started to have a negative affect on me mentally, spiritually, and physically. There were times when I was grinding so hard that I wasn’t as focused on the things that I cared about most. It got so bad that I couldn’t even remember what I enjoyed doing besides grinding and hustling. Now, I’m more cognizant of not only how I manage and balance my time but I’m more intentional about doing things that I enjoy that aren’t necessarily tied to the hustle. Read more>>

Ish Laos | Web Developer & Founder

As my website design business started picking up over the years, I found that I slowly let my work take over my life. I was answering text messages, returning emails and answering phone calls well past 5pm and even on weekends. The work eventually caught up to me and I found myself having deep anxiety and stress, but at the time, I didn’t put the two together. I always had it in my head that if I didn’t answer that one email, or return that one missed call within the first 30 seconds (a bit of an exaggeration), that it would irritate the client. and make me appear irresponsible somehow. It was my wife Bonnie that made me aware that work was taking over my life and that I needed to put the phone down and shut down the laptop at 5pm. Read more>>

Lorna Love McCullors | Creator

Achieving work-life balance has always been a struggle for me. Even though I still struggle a bit today, I approach things much differently than I did a few years back. When I was younger, my balance skewed more towards my career. Working late nights, early mornings, weekends, even while on vacation. I used to believe that working all the time meant you were dedicated to your career. However, as my family continues to grow, my priorities have shifted. I got married in 2015 and we welcomed our first son in August 2018 and our second son came just 17 months later in January 2020. Now, add in two big dogs, a full-time career, a new business and COVID-19… I’m tired just thinking about it. I think the single most important thing for me is to set boundaries and be flexible. Read more>>

Mario Brown | Personal Mindset Transformation Coach

My perspective on “work-life balance has changed drastically. In fact, I no longer believe in “work-life balance.” I have concluded that struggling to achieve work-life balance is the pathway to more stress, strain, and aggravation. Life happens, and due to the uncertainties, it seems impossible ever to perform or at best maintain an authentic, sustainable work-life balance. We should strive for greater self-awareness and intentional guilt-free integration of self-prioritization. Read more>>

Lanada Chanel | Principal Stylist & Owner

Helping others and working hard has never really been a problem for me. Knowing how to achieve harmony and balance, however, has. It was only a few years ago when the hustle mindset became a growing phenomenon and everything you heard and read said, “hustle hard,” “get it done,” “never stop,” “Go get it,” – all the time. And while that’s not necessarily bad, the charge is missing an important ending – “hustle hard but take breaks too. I sort of adopted that “go, go, go” mindset most of my adult life until some personal health problems helped me see that I needed to make a change. Now I get it. As a business owner, I believe you should be diligent and focused on setting and achieving your goals. You have to push towards greater levels in your industry, but self-care has to be first. If you don’t put it first, you might lack the good health and positive energy to enjoy life when you get to that pinnacle point in your career. Read more>>