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.

Shaneece Bogues-Hill | Graphic Designer & Social Media Strategist

My work life balance has changed significantly since I first began my business in 2016. When I began I was a full time IT Professional, Small Business Owner and Wife and as of April of this year I am also a new mother of a beautiful son so work life balance has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Becoming a new mom during a pandemic has been a beautiful whirlwind and has shown me even though there are deadlines and endless tasks my family comes first. I’ve learned that it is more about prioritization and less about balance because balance makes everything of equal importance which is simply not true. I have turned to prioritizing tasks for my business daily and learning to pivot as my husband and I both work in partnership to meet our newborns needs. Read more>>

Mark Zimmermann | Artist, Writer, Martial Artist

For me, the biggest change was becoming a Father. Suddenly, my priority wasn’t my work in the studio, it was my little girl. That said, with discipline, I’ve managed to handle the responsibilities & I actually believe it’s made me a better artist. Read more>>

Victoria Allen | Poet | Creative Director | Multimedia Artist | Event Planner

The further I get in my career, the more I learn the importance of a work-life balance. Majority of the time I’m working on multiple creative projects simultaneously along with working a full-time job. Thankfully since college I learned time management and carried that into my young adulthood. Currently I work on writing my poetry book early in the morning along with creating social media graphics. Then I usually like to unwind by painting or sketching at night after work. I also showcase some of my artwork to my colleagues so they respect my time when I’m working on outside projects during my lunchbreak or when it’s slow at work. I’m still learning how to take my personal projects to the next step while not burning myself out. Balance can be a daunting goal in most aspects of life but I give myself grace when I fall short of it. Read more>>