The Coronavirus has given many us an opportunity to pause and think about life, our purpose, and even the right work life balance.  What’s your perspective and has it changed over time?

Margo Crawford | Productivity Coach

When I started my business many years ago, I was living on the east coast and for fun, learning to surf. I used all the productivity techniques I was teaching clients to maximize my work and minimize working long hours. Leaving work early, I was able to head to the beach to catch waves. In the past, when I thought of work life balance, I thought of being off center on a surf board. If your not balanced, you wipe out. Having worked with clients who have struggled and searched for work life balance I have come to believe that work life balance is unobtainable. When looking at work life balance it means you focus on one while the other is amiss and shaky. Our lives are not defined by two categories. Read more>>

Aimee Piller | Occupational Therapist

Work life balance is very important and often hard to manage as a business owner. I always have the business at the forefront of my mind, which can make it hard to turn off and focus on personal care. It is important to know activities that you need to keep your own bucket full. For me it is working out. I always make sure to block off time each day for a workout. I have also learned that I need to schedule time for myself. If I an intentional about taking time for my own care, I am a happier person and better able to services my employees and customers. During my scheduled leisure time, I do not do any work and focus on refiling my own bucket. Read more>>

Bill Dambrova | Artist and Museum Exhibition Designer

I got a degree from ASU in Studio Art back in ’93 with no plan for what to do after. I had no real sense of how to be an artist making and selling paintings for a living in Phoenix and I was not in any way interested in the business of art. The galleries in Scottsdale were geared mostly towards Southwest art and the few contemporary galleries we had weren’t a fit for the work I was making. The obvious thing to do was to try and get a job in a gallery or museum to see how things really worked. I got a job as a guard at the Phoenix Art Museum and in 2 months I learned about other types of work I could do in museums and I moved from guard to preparator (art installer/ furniture builder). Being at a museum allowed me to meet professional and even famous artists giving me a glimpse into the bigger “Art World”. Read more>>

Emily LaRusch | CEO & Founder

For me, work-life balance is an energy exchange. Some days more energy flows to the business and others it flows to my personal life. The first three years were extremely stressful and required most all of my energy to be focused on the business. I had no experience starting or running a company and was learning everything on the fly. There were many times I felt like a failure and was frustrated that what I was envisioning was just not happening. I had many points over this timeframe where I could have cut my losses, but I refused to admit defeat. I did whatever it took including years without a steady paycheck, playing CEO by day and driving Uber by night, and working around the clock. Read more>>

Brent Bond | Artist, Master Printer, Print Publisher & Furniture Designer/Maker

When you’re a typical grad student in the arts (single, no kids), little balance exists. For the most part time revolves around making art. As life expands balance becomes more of a challenge. The things that define us other than profession hold many rewards, usually hard won. Marriage and parenthood done properly require time, effort and love. It’s great to have passion and dedication to one’s profession but a partner and kid(s) can feed those drivers and act as a balancing pole while on the tight rope of self-employment. Read more>>

Chris Ronzio | Founder & CEO

I used to think that investing time in my personal life was at the expense of the business. Early on, I was too focused on work and on my email 24/7. I defined my value by how much I could get done in a day. But over time, I’ve found that investing in my personal life amplifies my focus and productivity on the business side. My value isn’t tied to what I can get done in a day, it’s tied to what the company can get done. My job is to lead with focus and motivate others to do their job well – and that’s directly tied to how I’m doing in my personal life. The way I do this is by dedicating time each day to doing something active like going on a run or having a fun experience with my family and friends. Read more>>

Pita Juarez | Storyteller & Filmmaker

These days, it’s not great. Working from home has been hard for an extrovert like myself, but I have found time to collaborate and meet other artists online that are super rad and I’m happy life slowed down so I that we could collide somewhere on the internet with their greatness. Read more>>

Christine Gentry | Chef & Caterer

It has been 10 years now as a Chef and Caterer and my business has shifted. I became a Mom to Identical Twin Girls almost 4 years ago. Balancing being a Mother and a Business Owner has it’s rewards and challenges. I thankfully have a great Nanny Monday through Friday. I also have Sous Chefs that execute most of the actual on site dinners we conduct. Which in turn allows me for me to stay home and be with my daughters more often than not. Read more>>