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.

Greg Batten | Comic Book Artist & Character Concept Designer

Balance sways like a pendulum. My balance has definitely changed based on what I’ve learned, the sacrifices I may need to take, and how much time I have had to step away from my work. Because my art career is currently not my main source of income I definitely have to divide up time day by day to create while still having some level of financial stability. As of now I’m trying to shift the balance in my favor, more creating rather than clocking in somewhere. Read more>>

Benjamin Ang | Founder & Director

Work-life balance has been a topic that has always been in the back of our minds, and only recently through the pandemic, has become more apparent and urgent to us. My company, Genesis Motion Design, is bootstrapped from my savings growing up without any assistance from investors. With everything on the line, work-life balance and mental wellness was something that stayed at the back of my mind throughout the first 3 years of running the business. Read more>>

Jennifer (Jen) Tolley | Realtor & Associate Broker

Work life balance…is there really such a thing?!?! 13 years ago – it was all work and little balance. I put everything I had into getting my career started straight out of college. Real Estate is a tough business to break into and stay into (contrary to what you see on reality TV) and most agents fail between 2-5 years in the industry because they never get up and running successfully. I also took a position working at the family business (at the time it was my boyfriend’s family – now he’s my husband) as the Property Manager for the Brokerage. Both of those positions – property manager and real estate went side by side. I worked overtime all the time, I wanted to grow, learn, network and really make something of myself. I wanted to help the business grow and create my way for my future. Read more>>

Brandon Morrison | Painter, Artist

I have been married for nearly eleven years. My wife are both artists and well matched for each other. We have an eight year old daughter, a twelve year old dog and a home in Grant Park. For the past three years I have leased a small, forward facing studio/gallery space at the Beacon, 1039 Grant St. Atlanta, GA. 30315. In that time I have been fortunate to sell enough paintings to quit my previous job and to pursue painting as a career full time. My studio is walking distance from my home and from my daughters school. Read more>>

Albert Florvil | Mobile video game truck owner & Air bnb Host,

When it comes to work-life balance, I can say without question that my balance has definitely shifted over time. It really came into view when I launched three separate businesses at the same time. Along with that, I worked a full 40-hour workweek that dealt with a lot of physical and emotional stress. It was taxing and made me see that I was lacking balance. It wasn’t until I realized that I needed more time that I understood how truly important balance was. If I had more time, then balancing all of my business ventures and my career would be easier. Read more>>