A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Josh Pettigrew | Entrepreneur and Performance Coach

In the entrepreneur space most people will tell you that balance does not exist. I believe to some degree that is true because when you become dedicated to a goal or focus on your passion there is not much time to waste on things or people that are not getting you closer to the end goal. At first when I was building my business and striving to reach financial freedom there were many things that took a backseat including my family, which is why I hustle so hard in the first place. There was a time early on I had to make a choice on what my main priorities are and never waiver from them because there will always be distractions. Read more>>

Kate Durand | Owner and Director

Work-life balance is truly one of my favorite topics because it is something I’m always working to improve. I opened YO BK in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2015. At the time, I was single and living alone, with all the time I needed to devote to a new business. I financed my first location on a shoestring budget, with small loans from friends and family, as well as money I had saved from bartending. I taught up to 18 classes a week and managed the studio. I was also a handywoman, accountant, marketer and so much more. With the exception of a couple of nights a week out with friends, I lived at the studio and gave it everything I had. Read more>>

Yashodhara Suri | Digital Producer | Content Creator

Work/life balance is always a tough thing to achieve. I think I only really started having a good balance in my life with everything on my plate when I REALLY prioritized. I used to have too many things I deemed “a priority” but that defeats the purpose! I have a full time job that I love, a side hustle (my Instagram/content creation), a partner, doggie daughters and a great friendship circle. As someone who likes to really put my all into everything I do and into every relationship I have, it was hard to find that balance. Read more>>

Kassandra | Pediatric Critical Care Registered Nurse & Earth-Based Skincare Designer

I won’t even try to lie. When I first started this business, my work-life balance was chaotic as all heck. It was my first time ever experiencing what managing a business was like, so I was doing and learning at the same time. Because I was so concerned about making a good first impression on new clientele and because of my intrinsic perfectionistic nature, the business essentially consumed the majority of my life that wasn’t spent working in the hospital at my nursing job. Read more>>