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.

Dominique Davis | Model & Actress

My balance over time has changed a lot according to God’s plan. I have been balancing my modeling career and academics since I was 17 years old. Currently, I am balancing my modeling and acting career while attending Georgia State University. I believe my balance has always worked for me because I pray and work hard. I finished my junior year of college with a 3.7 GPA, I got signed to an agency this summer, I recently was on a BET show called “The Family Business” and kept the momentum for modeling. Read more>>

Andrew Phillips | Image Maker

Well work life balance is important because we were not given a chance at life just to eat, sleep, work, and die. You have to enjoy some of what this planet has to offer. I use to want to work as many hours as possible to get as much money as I could but now…..NO lol. I now aim for less time higher pay. I also have a new found love of travel so I try to do that as much as possible. When you get a change of scene you get a change of mind. SO I think the work life balance is very important. Read more>>

Natasha Jones | Yoga Instructor

My balance has shifted significantly over the last year. My husband and I welcomed our first child in August 2019, which has been a huge blessing and also a challenge we’ve learned to embrace. We are continuously learning how to be more flexible, open-minded, and patient as we lean into our new responsibilities. During the pandemic, we have learned how to work from home full time, actively parent our busy toddler, and make time for ourselves and our businesses. I have pivoted from teaching yoga classes in person to doing virtual classes for larger groups and private lessons for individual clients. Some days are more challenging than others, but the willingness to learn and adapt makes life easier and more enjoyable. Read more>>

William Downs | Working Artist and Drawing Instructor

Balance is so important when your life is crazy busy! It can be an Art form in its self! My life has several moving parts in which I balance gracefully and clumsy at times… I am a Co-Founder of a Artist run space called Day&Night Projects, I serve on Two boards of two important Art organizations The Hambidge Arts and Sciences and the Fulton County Edge Award. The work is constantly showing, I think 5 to six shows a year, I do drawing workshops at Anderson Ranch and Arrow Mont School of Arts and crafts, And I maintain a study relationship with my partner. So I am constantly Balancing everything in order to keep my life exciting and productive. Read more>>

Julie Goeddeke | Hairstylist

After I had my son I thought I would go back to work full time, but I quickly realized I didn’t want that. I went to part time and I don’t think I will ever go back to full time. I truly feel like Americans are raised to think they have to work to live instead of live to work. My hope with Covid is Americans learn to slow down. I feel like it’s amazing how families are spending so much quality time together! Read more>>

Dr. Kyla Lurry | Author, Trauma Coach, & Policy Expert

I have an interesting take on the word balance – I think that “balance” works to our disadvantage because I believe in creating harmony and flow in everyday life. Sometimes, we see balance as a making it all fit together when life doesn’t work that way. Each season is different and it’s important to NOT frame your worldview on making the pieces work. I stopped balancing long ago – I found myself just doing it all – whether I was exhausted or overwhelmed I had to make balance. Then I got a revelation that everything isn’t meant to be done at one time. You can’t build 100 things and find balance or success. That’s a myth, a fallacy that the world would have us subscribe to. Instead, I offer the solution and words of creating harmony in your world. Whatever is working in a healthy space – do that. Read more>>