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.

Jenn Carter | Woodworker & Small Business Owner

When the pandemic hit in 2020, my career in Lighting for TV, Film, and Live Event Production was put on hold. I needed to find some way to pay the bills and keep my mind occupied. I did not want to go back into the restaurant service industry so I used the skills I had garnered from woodworking with my grandpa as a kid and my degree in Theatrical Production to start creating pieces to sell. Once I got into the groove of my new temporary career, everything just started to feel right. I enjoyed woodworking and looked forward to getting up every day to create new, one of a kind works of art. Read more>>

Nicole West | Mom & Interior Designer

I always tell my clients – I am a mom first. That is the truth. I am a mom of two boys, one of which has special needs. When he was born I had to stop working to care for him for several years. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to work while both my boys are in school…but I am there for carline pickups, baseball games and all the therapy appointments. My role as a mom is my most important one. Read more>>

India Jonassaint | The Millennial Motherhood Podcast Host & Non-profit Professional

As a wife and mother of two young children, I have a lot to manage all of the time. I struggled for the longest because I was always in search of balance for my life. My life changed when I ditched balance and started focusing more on my priorities. I realized that balance is bogus and that it was impossible for me to give equal parts of myself and time to the various responsibilities and desires I had. Read more>>

Karen Spencer Welanetz | co-owner, CEO dtox juice, LLC

The work/ life balance is a common challenge and a frequent topic of conversation with my friends and my co-workers. The consensus typically is that no area of our lives gets our full attention and that we are spread thin doing EVERYTHING, but none of it well. It wasn’t until later in life that I figured out the importance of priorities and boundaries in achieving a more harmonious work/life balance. At one point, when it seemed life was spiraling out of control, I reorganized by writing out my priorities. Read more>>

Lauryn James | Chandlor & Motivator

Balance is everything but in my eyes starting a business requires more work than ever! Since it requires so much work I am happy I love what I do. Luckie Starr Candles really taught me the importance of time management and self-discipline. In 2021 I just started marketing and selling my candles, I honestly had no clue how much work and dedication is required to reach the status I am aiming for. For one, I learned quickly I couldn’t only be my own boss I had to go out and get a job. Read more>>

Ashleigh Adesanya | Accountant & Realtor

Work life balance has changed with every life changing event for me. Being a mother of two and wife, I had to learn quickly the art of a working mother and wife. The key to success in each role while working and maintaining a business was prioritizing myself. Work balance was never an issue for me, but intertwining that into my roles as a mother and wife was extremely difficult for me. Read more>>

Teria Branch | Your Business Strategist

Work-life balance is a concept that is often discussed. It has been a topic of interest for many years and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Work-life balance can be defined as “how an individual manages the various aspects of their life (work, family, leisure time)”. Work-life balance is not limited to one’s personal life, it also encompasses how an individual manages their work responsibilities. The balance between work and other areas of one’s life varies from person to person. I enjoy a healthy work-life balance as opposed to always having to juggle everything and never having enough time for myself and the life that I am building. Read more>>

Nkosana “Danger VybZ Nkomo | DJ, Sometimes Audio Engineer, Aspiring Software Engineer

I’ve tried to lessen my late late night activity as of recent so that I can wake up at a decent time and enjoy the day lol. Working as an assistant engineer at a recording studio previously and DJing after parties you almost don’t get to see the sun and it’s depressing, atleast for me. When I was younger I could handle it but now, nah. Read more>>