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.
Sami Sue | Manager & Hair Artist
It took me a long time to figure out how to balance my work life and my personal life. I come from a background of very hard working women, and when I was growing up, it was ingrained in me to work for what I want in life. However, taking time for myself was never taught… Taking care of others and working hard was enough, and taking time for you was selfish. That was my great grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers generation. I lived in a small town in Iowa where went to school for Cosmetology and found my calling. I worked independently behind the chair 40+ hours a week and was on the board of a non-profit organization to help fund my artistic community focused Hair/Art/Runway Event, Rogue Collections. The show was a once a year event, with multiple mini showcases throughout the year to promote it. Read more>>
Amy Vander Linden | Business Owner & Physical Therapist
Work – life balance. I think the concept of balance is misguided and dangerous particularly when it comes to working moms. I’m a much bigger fan of rhythms. We have to stop believing that there’s some magical way to juggle all the different activities and tasks we have demanding our time and energy. I see it fueling so much “mom guilt” and is counter-productive! I recently heard a quote that there’s no such thing as time management; there is only choice management. I feel like that is a much healthier way to look at things. It gives us a chance to increase our awareness and get honest about our priorities. My life changed quite a bit when I had each of my two children, again when I started my own business and again more recently with opening a whole new space that added yoga and more! And now we are homeschooling! As they say, the only thing that is constant is change. So for me, I have to say I don’t give much thought to balance. Read more>>
Karen Cummings | CEO & Founder
What a journey this has been! Since I started my first agency in 2011 until now, I’ve completely transformed my ‘work life balance’ – and really, how I define ‘work life balance’ to begin with. I’ve always valued having a rich, fulfilling life outside of work – but was certainly what one may consider a ‘workaholic’ for the first four years as an agency owner. Once I started Radiant Marketing agency in 2015, I began to reevaluate my priorities and how I could accomplish my professional & agency goals – without sacrificing my happiness and life. It took my nearly four years to figure it out, but in 2019 I really was able to make some big shifts in my business that allowed me to reallocate resources and redefine our mission as an agency. As a result, I refocused my time and energy in the business so that I could reduce the hours I spent working (which was key considering I now have a toddler running around too!), increase the profitability of my agency, and elevate the satisfaction and joy I get from my work. Read more>>