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.

Brian Kaspr | Artist and Designer

Early in my career I certainly drank the hustle culture kool-aid. I threw just about everything I had at my work and freelance. Simply put that approach is not sustainable. It was great to go after everything but eventually something had to give. A solid balance is a good thing. Living a creative life is incredible, but the lines between work and non-work are blurry. Work can easily spill into life, and one might never notice. Knowing when to turn off work was paramount to my overall happiness and in turn my success as an artist. It was also important to know when to turn off work when I’m working, know what I mean? True creative work, the real WORK happens when I can create an environment to just get down to it. The balance has changed simply by recognizing that it needed to have better attention paid to it. Read more>>

Nyema Igwe | Founder of Pop of Culture | Co-Founder of HighTable Africa

The golden question–how do you establish work life balance? The simple answer is you don’t ever establish balance. Balance means that the scales of work and life are on the same level and as an entrepreneur, that doesn’t happen. My take is that the scales are constantly changing, and you learn how to become a better “juggler”. My whole life structure has drastically changed since the beginning of 2021 because this was the first year that Pop of Culture had real momentum and impact. In addition to running Pop of Culture, I also have a Nigerian-based tech startup I co-founded. I went from having a worry-filled and minimally eventful 2020 to having a purpose-filled and fast-paced 2021. Read more>>

Corinne Stypulkoski | Board-Certified Music Therapist

I entered my career in music therapy filled with ambition and determination to take on new opportunities and achieve higher education, and consistently researched what else I could do to further my career quickly. Living in New York City, I matched my pace and expectation in scheduling to those around me. I started grad school part-time while working full-time as a music therapist, taught piano lessons on the side, and was still researching what educational programs I would apply for next. During this time, I was not considering my own well-being and taking the time to appreciate the present moment. Read more>>

Aaron Pines | DJ/Music Selector

In the beginning it was just about the fun of DJing and making music, so I would put time in when it was convenient. As gigs became more frequent and the crowds became larger, I realized I needed to make time everyday for music to not only become a better DJ but also give the people a better show. I’m reminded of a quote, One labors for that which one loves, and one loves that for which one labors. I love playing, mixing, and creating music, but now I know my love comes with the labor of nurturing that love. Labor comes with getting up early, staying up late, and sacrificing for the love of music. Read more>>

Emily MacDonald | CEO & Marketing Consultant

Since I was very young, I’ve always loved working. I’m one of those people who find huge gratification in my job. In my 20’s, being in a creative space and completing projects in my role made me feel accomplished and successful, and I admittedly had a difficult time putting my work away at the end of the day. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I have redefined my definition of success. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE my job, but fulfillment looks different to me now. Read more>>

Jada White | Branding & Self-Love Junkie

My balance has shifted from being a workaholic to prioritizing rest over everything. I think every creative goes through this struggle when they first start out. In the beginning, working on your projects are fresh and new. In this phase it’s really easy to get sucked into your work and eventually get burned out. After you go through that, you feel like you can’t let burnout happen again no matter what, which causes you to hold yourself back from your full potential. Read more>>

Lillian Arrigoni | Toxicologist & Stationery Shop Owner

Work life balance has been difficult to maintain if I’m being honest. I have a full-time job outside of my business and trying to juggle the two together does become overwhelming at times. When you first start a business, it’s slow going enough that having a full-time job isn’t as taxing, but of course with success you become more spread thin. This is something I think everyone who wants to start a business should keep in mind – you will have to basically work two jobs for a while. This is my current position and it’s not easy, but I remind myself that the hard work I put in will come to fruition and I just need to keep going! Read more>>