What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Johnny Nomad | Writer/Poet

I don’t believe in work life balance, when people use that term they tend to think of 50/50. I like the word harmony, so I try to find harmony between my work and my family. sometimes the family may take 80% of my time and sometimes work may take 70% of my time. Everyday its going to be different and I have to adjust. Being a creative I schedule my creative time, as well as my movie night with the kids, or my dinner date with my wife. As I’ve grown my mindset has changed about life and how I want to spend it with the people I love most and the people that interest me the most as well. So I removed the word balance from my life and now I live in harmony. Read more>>

Patrick Heagney | Photographer

As a small business owner / one man show I’ve found that as my business has grown and become more successful my work life balance has suffered a bit. When I started my business right after college I had lots of free time to work on personal projects, see friends, think about new ways to market myself, or just unplug and not do much of anything if that was the mood I was in. Now, almost 18 years later, my business is thriving, my calendar is full, and I’m finding that I can’t take personal time for granted anymore. Unlike before if I want personal time I have to schedule it, and I have to resist the urge to take on more work if I get offered a gig that would conflict with that personal time. Read more>>

Aziah Thompson | Lifestyle Publicist and Strategist

When first starting a business, constant thoughts are, “If I’m not busy every hour of the day, am I honestly producing anything? Am I being productive enough to be successful?”. The honesty in those thoughts are that they are invalid. I’ve grown to learn that the concept of working smarter and not harder, stems from the concept of balance. A person can be busy or working every hour of the day but is that labor producing actual income? Any supplements that helps you grow physically mentally? Its thought processes like so that helps me restore my personal definition of balance. Read more>>

Parker | Project Manager, Cosplayer & Digital Artist

I’m Parker, a Project Manager by day, Cosplayer and Digital Media Artist by night, magical girl always! I think I, like most people, found no real balance between work and life in the days prior to the pandemic. There was only “hustle”. “Rest is for the weak.” As the world came to a grinding halt, I found myself confronted with all this time and nothing with which to distract myself. I began to ask myself how that hustle mentality had truly served me. Read more>>

Charann Daniels | Creative & Brand Developer

Work | Life balance is probably one of the most important conversations I think entrepreneurs and creatives need to have. I have struggled back and forward finding the balance between running 2 businesses, taking on career development courses, spending time with my Husband, Family, Friends, Ministry and self-care ( Me Time). It is not easy and you can’t just expect all the chips to fall into place either. You have to be intentional about time management. I had to learn to say no or not at this time, to take on fewer clients for my mental health and know how much I can handle. There are so many variables that pull at our time especially if you are running a company where you wear a plethora of hats! Read more>>