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.

Devin McGurgan | Wedding Photographer

When I first started my business, I was willing to give up a significant amount of personal time, including holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, etc., to build my clientele and grow my business. This was necessary at the start when I was hustling to build my brand recognition and carve out my niche in the crowded wedding photography space. After three years, I had a full book of business booked 1+ years in advance. Then, COVID impacted the service industry in a way no one ever expected, which ultimately led to two years worth of weddings being packed into a few short months. Read more>>

Elizabeth Marinovich | Jewelry Artist

It’s been a challenging road managing my work life balance since the very start of Elizaberry. I started my business on a whim, not anticipating how motivated I would be to strive for its’ growth and success. It seems like a no brainer to run with that motivation, but I had an obstacle. I began this journey with another career to manage; A full-time teaching and assistant director position at a preschool. Read more>>

William Roger Cummings | Real Estate Broker

I have chosen to integrate my work into my lifestyle choices and vice versa. I love to go everywhere and enjoy everything all of the time. All of this involves people and especially meeting and getting to know people who enjoy like interests. These people can become referral sources for my real estate brokerage. This is a natural and organic development of a culture of individuals who sincerely enjoy spending time and grow into friends and mentors. Read more>>

Maryann Walsh, RD | Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Business Consultant

When I finally hit my stride with my career a few years ago I definitely held the mindset that there is no such thing as true work life balance and that I needed to take every opportunity that came my way even if it meant working all weekend and evenings on top of a normal 9-5 work schedule. Once I felt like I had more confidence in my abilities and a belief that there is an abundance of opportunities after laying the groundwork for so long, I decided it was OK to actually pursue more of a balance. Read more>>