A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Caitlyn Weathers | Wedding Photographer

My work-life balance has had some real and significant changes over my career as a wedding photographer. The most impactful adjustment that I have made to my balance is learning how much to say ‘yes’ to and when to say ‘no.’ I have learned to set my workload based on what I know I can accomplish, not what I think other professionals in my field are accomplishing. I have learned that I can handle a certain threshold and have worked hard to stay within the boundaries that I have set up for myself. Read more>>

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Work-life balance is essential when running a small business, especially if you are also working full-time. When we began our podcast, we would record whenever we could, and we were also doing all the editing ourselves, so it would take us a while to edit and publish a new episode. At this time, we had a cadence of 1 episode per month. The more we grew and learned about podcasting, the more we found that we needed to be putting almost 40 hours of work into it and publishing an episode a week. So we got into this habit of working non-stop. If we weren’t sleeping or at our day jobs, we were working on the podcast, and it left little to no room for self-care or a work-life balance.  Read more>>

Shanelle Smith | Therapist and Care Coordinator

In the past, I had a terrible time separating my personal life from work. I would work longer hours than mentally capable and stretch myself too thin. As I began to experience extreme burnout, I realized that I was not able to be fully present if I was exhausted all of the time. I also began to re-evaluate my job’s expectations as well. I was in a workplace that preached self-care while simultaneously setting goals and expectations that proved otherwise. Once transitioning to a new position that advocated for self-care and balance. I have been able to “leave work at work” without feeling as if my performance was being negatively viewed for setting those boundaries. Read more>>

Dannie Niu | Freelance Illustrator & artist

In fact, and this is not to brag, but I would really say that I am probably busier than most of my peers. This busyness is not just physical, but sometimes mental. I don’t like to put things off until the deadline to get it all done because I think that is not good. If you always procrastinate and then muddle through when you’re almost at the deadline, it does look like it’s done, but what about the quality and results? This probably stems from my own perfectionism and high expectations. So I usually plan early, prepare in advance or start working on it ahead of time. Read more>>

Carshina Washington | Owner Divine Purpose Fine Arts Center

It’s important to create a balance in daily life and work. Being a mom, wife, artist and business owner has taught that schedules are vital. I have continued to be disciplined in being consistent which has helped me over the course of business. Read more>>

Marthame Sanders | Artist & Advocate

The bulk of my professional experience and training has been as a congregational pastor. In that line of work, we are taught to think of our employment as a “vocation” or a “calling”. I spent many years shaping my life around that assumption: my work came first (after all, it came straight from God), and everything else came after it. Not surprisingly, this thinking led to an unbalanced life, one which needed – and received – serious realignment. Read more>>

Anna Patterson | Business Owner & Entrepreneur

We all have more than one thing going on in our lives besides our business. I don’t believe there is such a thing as complete balance where you spend an equal amount of time in each area of your life – but rather being intentional with the time you have in each area – being fully present when you’re with your family, and not checking emails at the same time. Being deeply focused during work time and not distracted by the laundry or other personal responsibilities. Each area has a time and place. It might not be balanced if you were to put it on a scale – but it ends up feeling like harmony. Read more>>

Kasino Barnes | Young influencer , Creative Director

I don’t sleep like how I used to , Ima always up early in the morning and up during the whole day , I have to be up too make sure I’m not missing out on anything I would call the balance a winning balance cause I can be up earlier than anyone getting things done , getting money , buisness done , etc while everyone else hasn’t even started their day yet Read more>>

Akirra Hill | Fashion Designer

My work life balance have definitely changed over time. I decided to go part-time at my job to focus more on my business. It’s working out so far for me, thank God. Cause I was nervous lol. But I’ve learned so many new skills since putting more time towards sewing. I think balancing your regular work life and a small business can be a little challenging at times when first starting out. But you’ll eventually find your flow. Read more>>

Bruce Pulver | Husband, Father, Author, Professional and TEDx Speaker, Sales/Client Relationship Executive

I don’t believe in Work/Life Balance. I do believe its pursuit is futile and has left many casualties in its wake. My experience has proven to me that trying to reach Work/Life Balance leads to an attempt a keeping all the plates (family, faith, fitness, finances, etc.) spinning at the same time while still performing at a high level in each area. I have found that when I personally try to do this, everything suffers and I get frustrated and can grow resentful, especially if there is one area that really needed more attention than the others in the moment. Read more>>