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.

Gabriel Borda | Singer Songwriter / The Sound Lizards

The truth is that we’ve been doing music for many years and in one of my previous projects things took off pretty quick to the point that I lost control of life. Kind of burnt me out. After a few years of staying away from doing anything formal artistically, I found a way to get my priorities straight. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I could be artistically creative and still have a functioning life. Read more>>

Tina DeJesus | Private Chef

Balance is something I strive for daily, which doesn’t come easy for an entrepreneur. In the beginning years of starting my business balance came in the form of balancing out all different aspects of my business, with little to no thought of my own self care + social life. Those first four years I spent every moment I had either cooking, promoting, learning, or planning my next stage. I missed out on a lot of big social event for my family and friends. Read more>>

Deniz Kilic | Holistic REALTOR & Astrologer

I appreciate balance a lot more now in my 30’s. When I was younger, I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion, thinking that it was the only way to be successful or good at my profession. All it did was wear me down to the point of mental and physical exhaustion. I realized that working a 9-5 job was not for me, and that I needed to work smarter, not harder. That’s when I started my Astrology business and dove into all things Real Estate related with a Holistic twist! Read more>>

Kimberly Beltrame | Artist

Balance can be precarious at best. What was once good for me became not so good for raising a family when I started one. I made the decision early on (and the feminist in me struggled a bit) to give up working full time to raise a family. That became one of the most deeply satisfying periods of my life. I gave all of myself to raising two children and taking care of a household. Childcare, cooking, cleaning and financials became my full time job. Read more>>

Kevin Sapp | Owner & Master Barber at Sapp’s Barbershop

My work life balance was once nonexistent, it was only work. Once I graduated high school up until the moment I prepared to open my own business which was about a 5 year time span, it was grind time. I was so goal driven that I didn’t give too much time to leisure/pleasure and any extra money I had was either saved or reinvested in assets. That immediately changed in 2017 when I opened my barbershop. I took a short trip to southern Georgia to visit my cousin, and never looked back! Read more>>

Tiago Magro | Muralist/ Mixed Media Artist/Live Performance Artist

Balance…this is I believe one of the most important things you can have through the growth of your business and personal life. It really does change over the different coarse of your business. As an artist I find myself having work projects at all times of the month but I make it a point to make time for me and my family. We all go through different seasons and what’s important is prioritizing through those seasons. Your metal health is also effected by this and for me what I place on the cavass is a lot of what I am feeling. If I don’t feel real good, my work will usually feel the same. Money will come and go but the importance of making space and time for the people you love actually make an impact on the success of my business. Read more>>

Oriana Mullai | Software Engineer & AirBnb Host

I have always worked hard, but rarely chose to play hard as the saying goes. By the time I was 21, I had purchased my own apartment and was living with my sister. I was going to school full time, while working part time to pay our bills. As time has passed, I have learned that work is not everything, that balance, health, and happiness is more important than anything else. Read more>>