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?

Misty Matisons | Real Estate Broker

Success is truly a measure within yourself. My husband asked me on a milestone birthday, how do you feel about turning this specific age in life? I am completely pleased and proud of my accomplishments. I am overjoyed at the unconditional commitment I have created with my spouse, the love and devotion for our child and creating his growth and prosperity. I am appreciative of the long standing and beautiful relationships I have curated with family and dear friends. I am incredibly gratified of my professional achievements and the woman I have become. Success is a level of fulfillment. Read more>>

Kristi Taylor | Fitness Instructor & Creator of FeeltheBeat Fitness, LLC

It’s been my experience that if I put my faith and family first, everything else usually works itself out. I’m also a big believer in the idea that there are “seasons” to a person’s life: Before our children were born I worked full time, as did my husband. When our children came along, I left the workforce to stay home and meet our children’s emotional and developmental needs. Work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements weren’t as common then as they are now. It was only when our youngest started pre-school that I decided to re-enter the workforce and I specifically chose the fitness industry because of the scheduling flexibility and childcare options it offered. Read more>>

Lisa Soroko | Photographer

Balancing work and life had been something I had struggled with during the early years of my business. I was so eager to photograph clients and events that I would book events back to back and stretch myself too thin. I was taking on any client that would reach out, rather then taking my time to get to know them and make sure we had great chemistry. I learned as the years went on that if there was not a kinship between myself and my client the photos suffered and as did I because I could see that there was no true connection in my image. During the early years of my business my children were very small, 4 & 7 years old. Read more>>

Ethan Sees | Lifestyle & Brand Photographer

This is a beautiful life we get to live. I believe there is more good than bad in this world, and that is heavily influenced by the beauty I see around me on a daily basis. The philosophy behind my photographic work has always been about capturing a feeling or personality rather than a landscape or a face. This means in each photo, I have the unique opportunity to capture beauty, and in turn, help others see the world the way I do. Money is important. It’s the tool by which we operate our lives. But to me, true success is helping others see optimistic beauty in life, remember the moments where they knew it best, and live more joyfully as a result. Read more>>

Rubaiyet Abedin | Hiker & adventure enthusiasts

Success is being in the happy zone. I don’t define success as having a bank balance or having a house, or a car. In fact, after having all the luxury items, people may not be happy. To me success is happiness. How happy you are in your day-to-day life with whatever you have and being able to say ‘thank you for everything’- can define your true happiness. At the end of every day, if you feel good about yourself and your life then that is a huge success. Read more>>

Ryan N | Craftsman

The work life balance is an interesting concept. I’ve recently listened to an interview that threw the concept on its head. Instead of looking at it as something we have to achieve and then keep that balance, it’s more dynamic than that. Think about a tightrope walker, they don’t just find their balance and go. They have to work for it the entire time. The balance in the middle of the rope will not be the same as it will be near the ends. Read more>>

Catherine Kay | Director & Illustrator at Katnipp Studios Ltd. UK

I think at the beginning of my journey I worked extremely long days, and never took the weekends off. I felt like that beginning grind really gave me momentum, and at the time I even had a Fulltime job and a part time job. Once I began to see traction, and my store started making steady sales and became my fulltime income, I realised I was still working extremely long hours. But rather than be productive, it was actually doing the opposite, I found myself tired, lacking creativity and burnt out. In 2022 I decided to take a step back and find some balance within my life. Read more>>

Chiara Magni | Professional painter

It is interesting to see how nowadays we tend to define “success” with “financial success” I belive that success is more of a state of mind then a number in your account. For sure money do play a very important role in that, but I see it from a wider view point. Is what I am doing making me happy? Do I have time to spend with my loved ones without being thinking all day about my job? Do I see myself doing this for the rest of my life without feeling overwhelmed? And most important, do I feel that I am leaving a mark for people after me to be inspired to peruse their dreams? If I can 100% say yes to all of the above, then I feel successful! Read more>>

Thrift Creeper | Artist

Success and happiness are two sides of the same coin. You don’t receive that coin by achieving something. You have always carried it with you; you just have to acknowledged it and appreciate where you are now. Read more>>

Dee Vashti | Social Dee. Digital Creator!

I started my 1st company at 17 so I would say in regards to balance the shifts have been dramatic from 17-25 all The major learning curves, 25-30 dialing all the mistakes in and creating better methods,. We will jump to the current decade to the now! 30-38 “HOW TO WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER”!
I gave up so much time, energy and effort to shit companies, business owners and unnecessary “work” thinking I was grinding, hustling work as many hours a week 60-80 & taking and looking at every business as a new client. I did as much as I could to be honest. Read more>>

Kris & Shari (akaTheGirls) | Full-time vanlifers, digital content creators, dog moms

Growing up, we’re all told to get good grades in school, go to college, get a good job and work hard so you can retire and enjoy the “golden years”. Well that’s crazy advice! Who wants to wait an entire lifetime to start enjoying it? We have gone from following the rules to living a life that most people say “I wish I could do that!” Going to college was never on the radar for either of us, but working hard and having a strong work ethic has always been part of who we are. From holding down regular 9 to 5 jobs to staring and running successful smalll businesses, we have always given 110% of ourselves. Read more>>

Alexandra Talty | Writer and Multi-Media Journalist

When I started my career I didn’t think too much about work life balance and thought that I could do it all. Now I know how important things like exercise and down time are to my writing process, so I try to incorporate that into my daily schedule. Read more>>

Dr. Tanya Carroccio, DNP | CEO/Founder/Nurse Practitioner

This question is so meaningful to me in so many ways. I am a Gen X-er and I have been a registered nurse since I was 20 years old. I was also a single teen mom at the age of 17. In my mind, at that time, I had to be so successful that I could somehow make up for the fact that my son was born a statistic. No stable father, teen mom, rural America. This drive to ensure my son had what a stable family could offer pushed me to work too much, climb the corporate ladder and eventually lose my health. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the experiences, knowledge, and financial stability I gained along the way. Read more>>