By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Daisy Flowers | Model | Actress | Youtuber

My current work-life balance has been creeping more towards shaping a stronger modeling foundation. I never really had a predicable schedule, but it has become less predictable since I have made the official decision to become a model. What I think about the balance? I think that it is an adjustment and it can be really exciting at times to be ready at any moment for an opportunity. Other times it makes me want to roll my eyeballs in the back of my head because, it is so much to balance (with social activities, family, friends, my YouTube channel, and time to relax). I’m happy to say it is all coming together though! Read more>>

Armi Mehrsa | Electrical Engineer & Content Creator

I’ll start off with a sentence I recently heard at a women’s engineering conference that really struck a cord with me: “There is no work life balance, but rather a work life blend”. I think this pandemic really brought to light how important self care, mental health, and prioritization is and how much it affects our ability to perform at and be our best. When we say work life balance, it puts us under the impression that we need to truly balance the two on a scale. It’s hard to always give your all to ALL aspects of your life, hence the blend. My “balance” has been quite the rollercoaster in the past 2 years. I used to say yes to everything: every plan, every dinner, every hangout. Read more>>

Markeia Milam | CEO of ShopSadittyLux boutique

I’ll start off with a sentence I recently heard at a women’s engineering conference that really struck a cord with me: “There is no work life balance, but rather a work life blend”. I think this pandemic really brought to light how important self care, mental health, and prioritization is and how much it affects our ability to perform at and be our best. When we say work life balance, it puts us under the impression that we need to truly balance the two on a scale. It’s hard to always give your all to ALL aspects of your life, hence the blend. My “balance” has been quite the rollercoaster in the past 2 years. I used to say yes to everything: every plan, every dinner, every hangout. Read more>>

Jamey Kahl | Fitness Instructor & Co-Owner of Neat Freaks Residential

When I first started a business in 2014, I was single with no children. I was working part-time and other free time was spent making jewelry, marketing for local events, and opening my store at the Yellow Green Farmers Market. When I first started on the path of a small business owner and local maker, I dove into my creative pursuit head first. Over the last 7 years, life has changed a lot! Including having a child and shifting my business model. Now, work life balance includes running two businesses, quality time with the family, and a lot of self-care. I have found that I am my best as a business owner, teacher and creative when my downtime is spent recharging and taking care of myself. A lot of my work requires giving to others through teaching fitness and yoga classes, as well as being a mom. Work life balance means making myself a priority so I can continue to give to others. Sometimes, maintaining balance is challenging, but by setting intentions and creating priorities, it can be achieved and maximizes opportunities for success. Read more>>

Tiffany Gillespie | CEO, T3 Diversity Solutions LLC

Over the past 10 years I have learned the importance of integration. When I started my business, I would always talk about and strive for balance, but when I began to understand the definition of balance, I realized that it was impossible to achieve. Work-life integration was a better concept and goal. Balance means that everything in your life must have equal weight at the same time, all the time. And that is just unrealistic, especially as an entrepreneur in the beginning stages of business ownership. Integration is more about making the various parts of real-life work together, so that you have all that you need in any given moment. Read more>>

Tatiana Restrepo | Marketing Expert

Where should I start? Balance has always been one of my main life pillars. Since I was 15 I keep telling myself I want a balanced life, between work and personal life, friends, and family, pancakes, and chia pudding. When I started my first business, at 20 years old, the whole brand concept was: LIVE IN BALANCE. Our snack company’s purpose was that people eat in a more balanced, but non-guilty way. What I didn’t realize was that while I work harder and my business was thriving, my balance was on the edge. Read more>>