By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Joshua Pinkston | Lead Pastor – Desert Valley Church

There is a certain mentality that is associated with starting a new endeavor. A mindset that can lead to an unhealthy work environment, which in turns leaks into one’s personal life. This mentality is: I have to get it done myself. At first, as with any new endeavor, this is true, but if this thought isn’t laid aside after the initial season it will lead to burn out. I have had to learn this the hard way and over a number of years. Read more>>

Becca Booker | Owner & CEO, Homemade Social

Having work/life balance when working in social media can seem impossible! Over the years, I’ve gotten better at the balance, and just a few of the ways I “unplug” from work include deleting the email app from my phone (I haven’t had it for years!) and setting clear communication boundaries with clients in our contracts. I also took advantage of Instagram’s new option to remove likes from your Instagram feed (game changer!) and turn all my social media on “do not disturb mode” from 10 pm to 7am. I think you have to be really intentional with your boundaries in the social media industry, or else you’ll never feel like you’re not working. Read more>>

Ken Kilday | Executive Coach | Business Strategist | LinkedIn Expert

Having been raised by a father that described working 6am to 6pm as “just a half day”, I thought I was hard wired to place work as the first, second, and third priorities. Absolutely everything else came after work was “done”. Naturally, we all eventually learn that work will expand or contract based on the hours we allot to the effort. The real shift in my thinking, behavior, and ultimately life-satisfaction happened from 2011-2013. Read more>>

Cara Morrison | Wedding Planner & Coordinator

I think that your work life balance is a constantly changing thing. It flows with different stages in your life as your priorities shift and change. When I became the owner of A Day to Cherish, work was a huge priority. I wanted nothing more than to make this business successful and for that I took on EVERY wedding that came my way. I would do multiple in a weekend very commonly and work until late at night to reply to every client and every email as quickly as I could. Once I had kids, obviously my priorities changed and it took me awhile to figure out I could no longer handle the quantity of events I was once taking while still being a good Mom as well. Read more>>