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.

Syahidah Osman | Artist + Mother

Balance for me, is about spending quality time with my family, fitness, art practice, work and self-care. Quality time for my family could be watching TV, chores, sitting by the fire, hiking or road trips but I look forward most to chauffeuring my sons and using that time to just share our day and communicate our frustrations, excitement and our oncoming projects or news we heard or read and sharing our perspectives. With my husband, I look forward most to our nightly chat before he puts his ear plugs to go to sleep. Read more>>

Lauren Little | Artist, Teacher & Independent Curator

When I first started pursuing my business idea, I became obsessed with working on it. It became a sort of creative outlet for me and I wanted to work on it all the time. That meant I spent hours and hours figuring out how to do things, researching and using a LOT of Google and Youtube. When something wasn’t working as I wanted it to, I needed to figure it out there and then. When an email came in, I needed to answer it right away. As the only person working on my business – if I didn’t do something, it wouldn’t get done. Read more>>

Julien Kochendorfer | Cake Lady & Dog Mom

When I first started, I ended up working till midnight, 2-3 AM on some nights. I hadn’t perfected my skills (still not perfect to this day), so there was a lot of studying, researching and experimenting. I was really learning on the go, and at the same time, I was also working full time. I didn’t really know when to start or where to start, or what was most efficient to do first. Because this business is for myself, no one was there to tell me what to work on or when to start on a project. I had no sense of organization or scheduling whatsoever. Read more>>

Courtney Allen | Studio Owner, Yoga Teacher, Barre Teacher

As a small business owner, it is very hard to find a balance between work and life. I live very close to my business so it is easy to be there all the time. However, our studio teaches our students how to care for themselves and I find it is best to teach things that you practice. I don’t have to deal with a commute time, I have found trustworthy people to delegate to, and I make sure I get out of town every now and then so I can have some real away time. Read more>>

Lucy Tobey | Model & Entertainer

Personally, I believe that success is achieved through discipline and dedication. Without using these two skills to develop a method of time-management, it is much harder for us to keep our lives in order and to pursue our goals. As a full-time nursing student and a full-time model, it can be challenging to balance the two worlds. My biggest challenge when it comes to time management is that I tend towards being overly ambitious, which leads to me filling my schedule to the brim, which leads to burnout. Read more>>

Darrell Joseph | Photographer

Work life balance can be very difficult. It’s certainly a lot more difficult than I imagined. I’m a family first kind of guy but I often catch myself just working throughout the day. However, I’ve created boundaries. My boundaries have allowed me to balance even more. I have a start time and a stop time. You need to have balance, not only is it good for you but it means so much to the people around you. The ones who encourage you the most. Read more>>