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.

Molly W. Schenck |  Movement Artist & Educator

It’s wild to think about balance in such a time of uncertainty. I’m not sure if my actual work life balance has changed much over the years, as it is not something that comes easy to me, but my mindset around what work life balance needs to looks like has evolved. Work life balance was always something that I saw as this elusive and somewhat fixed thing – as in, do your 9-5, five days a week and on the weekends you can have you time. And this didn’t really work for me. I found it difficult to concentrate in the middle of the day which resulted in having to do work in the evenings or weekends. I now see work life balance as much more fluid which allows me to shift my schedule as needed to adjust to whatever demands might be happening in my life. Read more>>

Yaniza | Pop Singer-Songwriter & Teaching Artist

Work life balance is something that I have always struggled to master, but I’m getting better every day! When I started pursuing music, I was also pursuing a career in teaching. I do love children and being in the classroom, but society definitely scared me into putting stability over artistic creativity. So in the begging, I would teach for 40 hours a week and spend my weekends recording YouTube covers or original songs weekly and playing live shows monthly. This left very little room for self-care, time with friends and family, and basic needs like sleeping and eating! I was only this sort of dual career path until this summer of 2020. Read more>>

Joye DeGoede | Artist and creator of the JoyEful Party Animals and Joye’s Fine Art

My motto is work hard and play hard. If you are lucky, your “work” is play. Truthfully, I strive to be well rounded. It can be a struggle at times. Working to stay on top of the business side of art and painting can be all consuming if you let it. My paintings reflect my adventures in life. I don’t want them to become predictable or redundant. Stretching to discover new experiences and learn about others and their homes keep the adventures rolling. I try something new and out of my comfort zone each day. Every day I try to hike and keep up to date on current events. Read more>>

Sherrie Posternak | Artist and Designer

My perception of how the question is worded is that it is assumed that work and life are separate entities. In my case, My work is a subset of my life. I have passion about all aspects of my life, including my work. If I didn’t have passion, I wouldn’t do the work. Over time, different aspects of my work have given me more or less fulfillment. When that happens, I change the balance. For example, my work has morphed from art center program director, to jewelry designer, to crafts shop/gallery owner, to artist of collage and mosaic, to accessories designer and artist of encaustic and mixed media. Read more>>

Ryan Williams | Wedding and Portrait Photographer

I think most small business owners struggle to find a work/life balance that works. I’m no different! Over the years, my work/life balance has changed dramatically. When I first started photographing weddings, couples, families and portraits, I did it part time. I was the editor of three small, community newspapers. At the same time, my family was growing. My wife and I have three boys ages 5, 8 and eleven. But they were really little at the time. Toddlers and babies! Suffice it to say, life was busy. After a day at the papers, I made it home by dinner, which was followed by baths, stories and bedtime. Then my wife and I needed time together. Read more>>

Taylor Wellman | Video Marketer

My business partner is my husband however we started as co-workers. Then we progressed to co-owners, then boyfriend and girlfriend and then husband and wife. Most people do this the other way around however this has been my dream come true. I get to work side by side with my best friend and it’s true that opposites attract. His weaknesses are my strengths and vice versa. We started our business in 2014 a when we did we worked what seemed like 24/7. Staying up till 3am or later/earlier was not uncommon. Now flash forward to 2020, we have a year and a half year old son. We choose dates in the calendar to take off so we can spend time with him. Read more>>

Jasmin Smith | Baker

I’m not sure there is a real balance for me at the moment. Work and business are the deciding factors in practically everything I do. I think balance is the goal, for me that is success. Being able to have full control of how you want to spend your day and having the freedom to implement that. That’s part of what inspired me to take part in this crazy journey, in the first place. Most recently I’ve found that the closest thing to balance at the moment is not resisting the work, the to-do list. It’s the dread that builds up while procrastinating that makes me feel out of balance. If I get a full 7 hours of sleep and get an 1 or 2 hours of productive self care in my day, then I feel great. Read more>>

Beth Surdut | Wildlife Illustrator, Writer, Environmental Educator

I believe that creativity, like curiosity, can be explored in all of life’s actions. I describe my practice as well as my current series as The Art of Paying Attention. Balance, for me, is being so charmed, so curious about the wild life around me, that my so-called “work” and play are intertwined. I spend much of my day observing neighborhood animals. Going for a walk is both pleasure and research. I go to sleep wondering what crepuscular creatures are doing out in the dark—owls and bats hunting for food, nighthawks flying—and what am I missing by not making my bed under glorious star-filled skies! Exploration is an essential element to maintaining my balance. Read more>>

Sophie McTear | Illustrator & Graphic Designer

I’m constantly having to remind myself to slow down. That’s always been a theme in my life. It might be that I’m an Aries, or maybe because I’m the first born, but I have the tendency to think that I need to be doing everything, all at once, and be the best at it. But sometimes that’s just not realistic. So lately I’ve been focused on giving myself intentional breaks to focus on letting my brain and body rest and heal from the inevitability of working myself hard during the week. It turns out that working seven days a week every day is not sustainable! This is the first time I’ve ever been 100% a freelancer, with no other source of income, and I was sort of forced into it because of the pandemic. Read more>>