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.

Princess Puckerin | CEO of Royalty Ranked

In my opinion, these words “work life balance” shout oxymoron altogether. Over time, I have grown to improve shuffling my personal, school, and business life equally. However, that beginning stage is something else. I spent way too much time focusing on one position more than the other which left me with huge gaps to fill and delays if I had time limits. For example, if I invested too much time on content for the business, it would take away from my studying time for school and potentially interrupt my sleep schedule. Read more>>

Ebony Nicole Smith | Writing Coach + Publishing Engineer

My work life and personal life balance have changed since I set firm work hours. Determining that my workdays, as an entrepreneur, need to start and stop time, I only dedicate 9am to 6pm Monday – Thursday, Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday 9am to 12pm and I’m off on Sundays. This allows me to have time to enjoy my life outside of the business which includes my family, friends, and dating. If I don’t have anything going on, I can choose to do work or just relax with a glass of wine and watch a movie. It also gives my brain a rest, which is good because when I’m not thinking, random ideas come to mind. More importantly, I’ve written my “downtime” into my schedule so that when I become a wife and a mother, the time for them is already set. I’m prioritizing my time now, for later. Read more>>

Melissa & Manny | Photographers

To answer this question, I first have to examine what it means to live a balanced life. For many, balance can be as simple as 50% work, 50% play. For some it can be 25% work, 25% fitness, 25% family and so on. Balance tends to shift from person to person. What we have discovered is that balance is very difficult to achieve. When Manny and I decided to leave our jobs and embark on this new entrepreneurial journey, we knew that our so-called “work-life balance” would be interrupted. Read more>>

Carmen Palacios Camacho | Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Certified Gestalt Therapist

My work life balance has definitely changed with time. Before, when I used to work in community mental health, I could say I was constantly burned out… having to meet deadlines, making sure I reached productivity numbers, tedious and unecesary paperwork (which took a lot of time from clinical work which I love) kept me in a constant state of stress where it was hard to find work/life balance. Read more>>

Hannah Mayo | Family storytelling photographer

Needing to balance work and life well was always a significant goal in my mind, because I have been a mother almost as long as I’ve been a business owner. Balance has looked a lot of different ways for me over the years, but it’s always been a bit more like a dance than static balance. Now as a mom of four children ages 3-12 and an entrepreneur, I think perhaps the biggest lesson for me has been asking for help where I need it. Read more>>

Aaron Rudolph | Food Business Owner/ Social Media Influencer

My work life balance has changed tremendously.I use to be a dishwasher for a restaurant and March 23,2020 due to the covid19 pandemic.All of our employees were terminated.I went from working 40 hours per week, to not working at all.That’s when I started my food business Munchiemealz305 Read more>>

Jiji Loreston | Pro MUA & Esthetician

When I think of the word balance, I can honestly say the only other word I can connect it to in my mind would be “Perfection”. Unfortunately I have not mastered that into my life yet lol, so over time I would say as I am getting older and learning more.. finding the balance between work and life has gotten better. Although it is a rollercoaster and can be draining especially with having 2 daughters who desperately need all my time at all time … somehow with God on my side it works out and I’m thankful for that. Read more>>

Melissa Hemphill | Strength Coach + Physical Therapy Student

I used to believe that if I just worked hard enough and smart enough, I could arrive at this destination of balance. I imagined balance feeling like effortlessness and ease. Not only was this concept of balance pure fantasy, it drove me further from a truly sustainable lifestyle. Over time, my relationship to balance shifted substantially. I started to appreciate balance as a dynamic process like in the human body. Balance is achieved in the ability to shift, by sending energy and attention where needed in each moment. This new relationship to balance created space for more self-compassion and permission to be in the human experience. Instead of ruminating over the others life arenas I wasn’t doing “enough,” I became more present, showing up more fully as a mother at home, as a leader at work, and as an athlete in training. Read more>>

Sergio Calleja | CEO

I used to view balance as a daily activity where I tried to make everything work at same time. Now I view balance the same way a farmer views the agricultural cycle. He must first plant the seeds & water them before he can harvest. The same applies in business, you must invest a 5-10 years into different areas of your life to develop them , so you can later reap the rewards of having a successful business, relationships, health, and happiness. Read more>>