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.

Skip Wood | Strength & Conditioning Coach

When we opened AZFITCO, I was still a full-time school teacher so my hours were crazy. Over time, as the company grew I was able to leave teaching as planned as well as hire employees so my workload was lightened. I still like to be there a lot to stay on top of things, but have found balance especially with being able spend time with my family. The key was putting in the time to build the company in the mold we wanted and then hiring quality people so that nothing changes when we are away from the gym. Read more>>

Julian Wright | CEO & Founder, Fork & Dagger Hospitality

Work life balance is important but for me it doesn’t usually come on a daily, weekly or many times even a monthly basis. I tend to push really hard when it’s time to do so. For instances the three months leading up to a restaurant opening and the three to six months following an opening. Usually by then our teams have a firm grip on the reigns and I can back off, thus allowing me time to recuperate, wind down, and get some travel in. I don’t have an immediate family so my frantic work pace only really affects me but I love what I do (most of the time) so it doesn’t really feel like “work”. It’s somewhere between labor and art. I gravitate towards the creative side of the business which I really enjoy. This initially starts with the creation of a concept on a macro level but also includes putting together playlists and the lighting on a micro level. Read more>>

Amy Aranyosi |  Owner/Photographer of Golden Light Photography LLC

I am still struggling with work life balance, honestly. After 20 years of business it has ebbed and flowed. I get quite consumed with my projects. Read more>>

Ari Burboa | Digital Artist

I was always led to believe my entire life that if I wasn’t constantly working, trying to make a name for myself, essentially working myself to my grave, that I was using my time here poorly. It took me a long time to realize to enjoy life for the moments of peace, the feeling of serenity, laughing with friends and family, making art that makes me happy, companionship, these are the things that make my life feel fulfilled. I still struggle with letting myself enjoy the simplicity of loving life for all the things it can be, but I’m still learning. In contrast to before where I was revering labor and struggle, I can now take a look inside and realize what truly makes me feel realized is enjoying early morning air, a big old dog, and a sense of lightheartedness. Read more>>