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.

Naketa Ren Thigpen: Balance and Relationship Advisor for Power Couples

I went from working 16+ hour days, across 3 jobs, while working on my doctorate degree and raising a family to jumping into entrepreneurship that had me initially working three times harder, before I really re-evaluated what balance meant to me. Read more>>

Channel McClain-Smart: Owner, Educator, & mixologist

Prior to starting Nel’s Tropical Tea I had already had a previous career as a educator so finding the balance between going back to work everyday was a challenge. Therefore I had to put some systems in place, get more organized, and rely on my team. Read more>>

James Vickers: DJ & Educator

My work life balance has changed tremendously over the years. While I was in college when my career started (2011), I was able to work any and every gig that was offered to me. Since then, I have taught for 5 years, became a husband and a father and you can only imaging what I have to do for time. Read more>>

Ryan M. Abrams: Art Director & Designer

Balance gives me the ability and freedom to do what I love at high levels. When you look at your personal life, professional life, and everything in between, its balance that ties everything together. Keeps life functional Over time, balance has taken different forms. Read more>>

Jazzy Elise: Fine Artist and Owner of Jazzymade®

When I think of the work life balance, I refer to the definition, mental steadiness. I live a life dedicated to working hard but playing harder. I only have one life to live and therefore, I want to enjoy it. Because of this understanding, I know it is important for me to divide my time wisely. Read more>>

Dom Sharpe: Artist & Designer

Selling my art and taking on commissions means I spend a lot of time at home. I often find myself working longer than what I’m actually getting paid for. It’s so easy to get lost in the work when there is no clocking in or out. I had to start making alarms to remind myself to take breaks and to stop working. Read more>>