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.

Lorin Drexler | Teaching Artist & Writer/Musician

Balance is one aspect of my life I’ve been inadvertently forced to take more seriously because of the pandemic. Prior to the lockdowns, I’d been working almost every day, between teaching, being an artist, and all the other myriad activities my multi-disciplinary business had been performing. It was exhausting and I didn’t have much of a balance in my life. More recently, I’ve been limiting my work-time to make time for other vitalities, such as spirituality, socializing (mostly via social distance mediums), and volunteering. Read more>>

Janae Peterson | Vice President

I think one of the [many] biggest challenges to running a business is figuring out how to balance working 80 hour weeks and still being there for your family — and yourself. Businesses ebb and flow – so if you finally figured out how to juggle that extra ball that’s been thrown into the mix, another ball will either be thrown in or one has been eliminated which will mix up the rhythm you just found. The trick is to always run scared, because if you’re expecting it, it’s easy to adapt and respond. In the beginning, Ben and I never made time for ourselves. We always catered to our projects’ every beckon call. We never made time to go to the gym, to make a salad, or to cater to our well-being. Over time, we realized there is ALWAYS going to be more work to do, but if we aren’t in a good state-of-mind, then we won’t be at the top of our game for our clients or to even grow our business. Read more>>

Arianne Asunsolo | Travel Blogger

I believe creating a schedule that works for myself and sticking with it has been what has helped me the most. Understanding that sometimes even if we could multi-task, that isn’t always the best or even fastest way to get things done. I created special time with my daughter where all the focus is on her and no tasks, daily to make sure not to get that mom guilt, then I create allowed time for me to breath as well as focus work time no house distractions. Read more>>

Jordan Moreno | Vice President of Marketing & Development For Homeward Bound

The biggest contributing factor to “finding” my work life balance was the birth of my son. Along with everything else, having a child changes the way you prioritize time and it really forced me to be both mentally and physically present in my work when I am working and mentally and physically present in my home life when I am with my husband and son. I think the idea of having balance should come from a number of contributing layers– and the best part is that each morning we have an opportunity to strive for balance even if we missed the mark yesterday. The most critical piece of balance, which we moms often times bulldoze over, is doing something for yourself and by yourself to fill your soul. At the very least once a week. I won’t say that I have it all figured out. There are days that I feel like I have a great handle on my work and home life, and others where the laundry is piled up, dishes in the sink, chicken nuggets for dinner and I am on my laptop late into the night. As long as the people around me feel encouraged and uplifted by me at the end of the day, I’ve done by job. Read more>>