Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Ombretta Agro’ Andruff | Executive Director of ARTSail and Ocean Warrior

If you ask my husband, I am a workaholic; if you ask many of our friends, we live a dream life, with the perfect balance of work and play…how is it possible? It is because I absolutely love what I do and, while I might work long days, it rarely feels like a ‘job’. And that is the key, at least for me, to achieve this almost-perfect equilibrium. I chose long ago, at the very beginning of my career as a contemporary art curator, to work independently. I knew right away that I wasn’t made to trade my time for someone else’s money: that I needed the liberty to chose my own schedule, to select the partners and collaborators I wanted to work with, and, the kind of projects I was interested in pursuing. While it has not been always an easy ride, with many exhilarating ups and as many extremely deep downs, I would not change a minute of the past 25 years I spent on this thrilling ride. Read more>>

DeChelle Tisdale | Business Owner & Radio Executive

account executive in media, and to add to that managing the day to day operations of LashBox By D’ar. It is certainly not ideal for someone who is not organized. You must be organized and have a healthy balance between work and home life. My advice is to balance your time and follow the SPPP formula I came up with while working from home during Covid last year. Strategize, Plan, Pivot, Period. Following those 4 steps, guarantees that you will see movement in the right direction. Read more>>

Magdalena Pire Schmidt | Entrepreneur & OKR Coach

People have this fantastic idea that work life balance is a state of equilibrium. I see it more as an actual exercise that requires effort. When we see a trapeze walking on a rope, we see someone that’s sweating, engaging core and leg muscles, staying focused, sometimes swinging wildly, sometimes getting help with balance tools. My balance tool is the KIWIs. This is not the fruit (though, the fruit is healthy too). These are the Key Wellness Indicators. The idea is simple. The KIWIs are activities or behaviors we follow when we are in balance. These are things that we are already doing, that don’t require additional effort. I track my KIWIs as an early warning system. The challenging part about balance is becoming aware when we are about to fall off, so we can auto-correct on time. For example, for me sleep is the last part I will give up on to meet a work deadline. Read more>>