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.

Kathy Buccio | TV Host, Lifestyle Contributor, Style Expert, Writer, Producer, Wife, Mom

I think first and foremost, we need to strip the meaning of the word and realize, that the perfect balance that we all search for at some point is nonexistent! What I mean by that is, that balance means different things to different people and my balance is going to look a whole lot different than yours and we need to remember that. When we start comparing our lives to others and saying things like, “oh, they have it figured out” or “they look like they have it all together,” we set ourselves up for failure. Balancing work, life, motherhood- it’s all ever-changing. Sometimes, work may get more of your attention, other times, motherhood or life. The goal is to find a balance that works for YOU and that balance changes daily. Read more>>

Lauren Bender | Entrepreneur and Creative Director

Social Media is 24/7 and always evolving. Since I work from home, and my mood is influenced by my surroundings and environment, I specifically created an inspiring, calming and motivating workspace for myself. I am a perfectionist, so it has been challenging for me to prioritize the perfect work life balance. My advice: Be available for your clients, but don’t be afraid to give yourself time to step back and relax. Create a structured daily routine and set realistic expectations. Set weekly goals or write a to-do list. In this season of life, I have realized how important family, relationships and connections are with people. Read more>>

Alison Avayu | Health Coach

As a health coach and mama of two little boys (3 and 1 years old), my vision for “balance” has changed significantly. A few years ago I would have classified myself as a “workaholic” who rarely, if ever, took a break. When I was pregnant with my first son, I started the Self Discovery Life Mastery program and it was instrumental in helping to shift my mindset from constantly “doing” to “being”. This shift, while it has been a work in progress over the last 3 years, has helped me see “balance” in a whole new light. It isn’t about equal amounts of time for work and play, so much as it is about finding what works for you and simply being intentional every day. Read more>>

Yesi Laver | Fashion Photographer

This has been very challenging for me because when you make your own schedule, it’s challenging to “clock out”. Also, as a creative, sometimes you don’t know when the creativity will spark. At times it can happen late at night, and that’s when you feel the most inspired so you’ll work late. It’s definitely still a work in progress for me. I don’t think there will ever be a healthy balance, but my goal is to find a good rhythm that works for me. Make sure I have enough days to rest, make sure that I make time for myself, my health. A rhythm of work/life balance that makes me happy and works for me. Also, what works for me might not work for someone else. What works best for you and the lifestyle you want? Read more>>

Dr. Caroline Iscovitz | Female Entrepreneur Coach

Balance changes based on the phase of life were in and/or our circumstances. Personally, what I felt was balance has evolved and shifted throughout the years. What has changed for me is that I am able to really tune into what my priorities are, along with my values and beliefs. Balance in life can be challenging. However, I believe the root is to have healthy boundaries and how we communicate them. When we are clear and aligned with what balance looks like for us, it creates more space to have it. Read more>>

Alina Zerpa | Social Media Manager

Work-life balance can only be learned when you tip the scale too far to one side and realize you need the other half. At least for me, I get a lot of pleasure from my job. As a Social Media Manager here in South Florida, it’s a career that I happily get out of bed for and really feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I was in a job where, although I was having a blast, loved my co-workers, and really got to see how far my potential could go, the job was truly draining. I was handling about 15 clients at the same time and it came to a point where my anxiety would reflect in my sleep; either I wasn’t getting enough of it or I’d wake up with my hands hurting because they were in fists all night long. One client, in particular, didn’t understand the concept of boundaries, so I’d get requests in texts and emails on a Saturday night at 10 PM. Read more>>

Maureen O’Brien | Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, New World Symphony

Instead of the word balance, I now think about it more like work-life integration. Especially during this pandemic when most people are working from home, many of us for the first time, it forces us to re-think how to define the relationship between work and the rest of our lives. If you have the luxury to build flexibility into your days, I find that the more I tune into my body and mind and what I need in the moment, the more I can actually accomplish. Sometimes that means breaking for a little movement like yoga or pilates and sometimes it means turning off notifications and other devices so I can concentrate for an intense period of time on the task at hand. I also find that I do some of my best thinking and creative problem solving about work during off-hours. Read more>>

George Salis | Writer and Editor

Our society is definitely not designed with the artist’s life in mind. That’s why there are so many people scrambling for coveted university positions and why there are so many grant applications but precious few grants. The American government puts little stock in the arts and that’s reflected in the funding or lack thereof. America’s greatest living writer, Alexander Theroux, is solvent and can’t find a publisher for most of his work. That example alone should demonstrate the problem that exists. I make time for writing and reading as much as possible by working less. And while I have less money to my name, I’m able to get by and have a richer soul for it. Read more>>

Akeem Scott | DJ

Balance is important. Equilibrium is extremely essential. As much time as one make for work don’t forget to make time to relax as well. Not going to lie if you asked me this question a few years back I would say I don’t need to relax or a vacation. When in reality, you really do.i personally like to take 3-5 vacations a year if I can, if I can’t take full vacations I do small little getaways if I possible. After the vacation, you feel rejuvenated and fueled up different in time to go to work. Aside from vacationing, Wether I’m with friends, family or loved ones. That time you take to step away from work and give them more of yourself you actually receive more from yourself through others. Always set aside time for yourself in life away from. Reconnect with others or just reconnect with yourself. Read more>>