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.

Teresa Ann Shell | Principal, Bespoke Tutoring

When I first founded my company, there was not much of a balance. I worked any chance I got – late at night, on vacation, even taking calls in the car. But I knew that would only be temporary. As the company grew, I was able to take a step back and rely on the people I had hired to manage many of the things that had once been so time consuming. I was also able to concentrate on the parts of the business that I loved the most. I get so much joy from my job, but I also value my family and friendships. I’ve learned to set boundaries, turn off the phone, and accept that my leisure time rejuvenates me so that when I am at work, I can accomplish more. Read more>>

DJ Naturel | DJ

When I started my DJ career I felt the need to take all gigs that were presented to me, I felt the need to prove myself. However, I realized that I only need to take the gigs that enjoy and the gigs that are aligned with my overall DJ goals and purpose. Read more>>

Jen Pete’ | Owner & Partner of Zifty.com/Slingshop.com

In the start-up phase which was many years I definitely had the mind that that I lived to work. As the company grew, so did I personally with the biggest part of that growth being having my son Seven who is now 12. He’s the biggest contributor to why I made a change in that I work to live now. Read more>>

Pam Moxley | Mixed Media Artist

I have always found my work life balance to be intuitive. Inevitably, raising four children while trying to create art will teach you to juggle. I developed my process such that I can work in short intervals and can be easily interrupted. Thankfully, the best and most fascinating parts of my work are the imperfections. More importantly, however, when I check in with myself regularly, I seem to know where best to spend my time. My family has always understood that to be complete as a family we must first be complete as individuals. Read more>>