24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Julie C. Kent | Director of Placemaking

I definitely need more consistency with balancing work and life. I will say that working from home during COVID while my husband and kids did the same has taught me the value in slowing down a bit. Now that I’m back in the office more, I continue to make my kids breakfast and take a little time for myself instead of rushing off to work. I’m also fortunate in that the culture of our organization promotes a work-life balance. Read more>>

Jackie Binsfeld | Bar Cart Jacks

Bar Cart Jacks is my passion project. And with working on Bar Cart Jacks along with my full-time job, planning a wedding, exercising, church, and spending time with my family, friends, and fiancé, Zach, I am extremely busy. So finding that work-life balance is no simple feat. It’s something I must continuously work toward. For myself, I have found a better balance by incorporating Zach in my Bar Cart Jacks projects. He is my number one supporter and helps me to think of new cocktails, films and photographs my creations, and promotes my work. Having him by my side makes my work better and my life happier – and that makes work-life balance achievable. Read more>>

Jordan Lamb & Nan Evans | The Owners of Cake Pop and Company

Jordan: Between being a mom/wife, juggling my career as a nurse, and co-owning a business – there are A LOT of moving parts. My balance has shifted from just remembering everything to using 3 calendars to track everything, especially the details. The calendars are both digital and hard copy (I am old school) – they consist of orders for Cake Pop and Company, my work schedule and my husband’s work schedule with my family life sprinkled throughout. Considering we just started Cake Pop and Company at the very end of May – we are working to achieve that well oiled machine status. Read more>>