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.

Hannah Jones | Non Profit Director & Marketing Coordinator

Work life balance is probably one of the most important aspects of my life and mental health. I claim myself as an empath so it is easy to take work home. In college, I was taught what a “third space” was. Your third space could be your gym, a small group you meet with, a hobby etc etc. For me, I found that my third space is a handful of things and has changed over time through different seasons. In college I drove deep into youth ministry mentoring girls two to three times a week. Post college I found the importance of fueling and taking care of my body through outlets like hiking or taking workout classes and now, while I still engage in physical activity, I found it is so important to have a core group of people to share life with. Read more>>

Chris Parker | Co-Owner

When the business was new, it had to be nurtured and tended to 24/7. My brother’s and my lives and souls poured into it. As we worked our way out of debt and covered the expenses to survive, what little we had left, we put into savings. As years passed, the balance began to shift more midline; no more working weekends, taking off holidays, treating myself to a vacation, etc. Work/life balance not only is important to those in your inner circle in life for balancing and maintaining your relationships, but it’s really about keeping your mental health in check. Life and running a business is all about balance, and what good is a successful business if you aren’t enjoying your life outside of that business? Work to live, don’t live to work. Read more>>

Crystal Boymistruk & Krystel Sam | Owners & Interior Designers

“Physical presence does not mean productivity” C|K When we first started C|K stud.io we worked really hard to keep a “normal” business schedule. We learned that in order to be really productive and creatively productive, we needed to not limit our selves to a traditional work schedule. We found a lot a balance doing this because it allowed us to become very efficient with the time we allotted to produce and design. When COVID-19 hit, the system we had in place made the balance of working from home easier. The balance is very important to nurture your mind and body in order to be creative. Read more>>