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.

Zachary Schmitz | Chef/Caterer

In the industry I have chosen being the restaurant and hospitality world, work-life and actual life can seem almost impossible to separate or enjoy each separately. When things seems impossible to me that means it looks and is perceived by you as a thought or dream always out of reach, thus is so for the personal life of a successful Chef. Read more>>

Netta-Ann Twito | South Florida Realtor & Relocation Specialist

Let’s just say, the real estate business is always evolving. The technology, the style of buyers, the market and the agent all evolve continuously. That being said, when I first got into this business I was non stop all day everyday. In real estate you need to be out there, meeting people, showing properties to get seen and hired. Once I became a seasoned agent, my follow up and diligence paid off and created a funnel of clientele that keep coming back and referring more people, thank Gd. Read more>>

Cortney V | Podcaster | Content Creator | Editor

The balance is a place where many creatives have trouble with, especially when urges come at the most random moment in your day. Its been times I put my energy into work where I am mentally exhausted with the idea of even starting, which is the hardest yet easiest factor with finding balance. I have learned to account for my time and hold expectations for myself, setting realistic goals for yourself and achieving them ! Thats key, and once it happens you then begin to find stability within the two. Although, we all live different lives and have different pace, we all have the choice to make a choice for ourselves because that is all you can control. Balance comes when there are boundaries , and expectations made by the expectee. Read more>>

Sherrell Riley | of Winiva Liability Resolutions

It has definitely been challenging. I went from basically working a 9 to 5 to working 24/7. I do still make time for activities with my children and friends, but I no longer have a set schedule due to my to do list changing from day to day. Read more>>

Stayc Simpson | Gymnastics teacher

I became a business owner with a partner in 1996. As a junior owner, I was required to do the in person running of our business and my partner handled the bookkeeping and payroll from home. Many weeks I would work as many as 80 hours a week. About 6 months into ownership, I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sept 11, 1996. I was told I would need to quit working. I told the dr that I had just bought into a business and couldn’t quit. My partner also told me that if I took time off i would need to pay anyone that filled in for me, so I kept working. Read more>>

Osiris Ramirez | Creative Ninja | Videographer | Director | Producer

I think work life balance is something that takes years to master. In the beginning, you are so excited to grow your company that it takes up all of your brain’s real estate. You feel there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish all you have set out to conquer. Eventually, you realize life is passing by and you must take your mind, body and family into account. You must make the time to take care of yourself and give attention to those you love. In the end of the day, the goal is to be happy, independent and spend more times with the ones you love. Read more>>