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?

Claire Kuhn | Rock Climber, Photographer, and Marketer

I grew up in a family that has a very strong work ethic. Because my parents owned a large cattle ranch, life was synonymous with work. From sun up to sun down, we were always busy. In my adult years living away from the ranch, I have had to evaluate what my own definition of work/life balance is. I definitely feel the pull towards working constantly, however without hungry animal mouths to feed, I have a different lifestyle to get used to. When my husband and I married, we talked about what goals we want to have in our life together. Read more>>

Alexandra Wuyke | Travel Artist

business. I currently work a full time job and work on my art on the side. Although it’s on the side, it’s a very BIG side. When I’m not working my day job, I’m either painting, doing administrative tasks such as updating my website and listings, checking inventory, or I’m working on art business development. It’s a balancing act of all these components that quite frankly need to be done. Read more>> 

Kelli Newsome | Co-owner

Self care and balance is just as important as everything else. If you never take a day off or invest in your physical and mental health, your business won’t be sustainable and you’ll burn out. It’s your business, you make the rules and you identify values to what’s important to you, you can’t wait for someone to tell you what to do or how to run your business. Hiring employees to help with day to day responsibilities allows more time for us as owners to step back and create a balance so we can trust the process and make time for ourselves and each other. Read more>>

Lauren Topor | Sustainable Fashion Retailer

My approach to work like balance has certainly evolved over the eight or so years that I have been working independently. In addition to running my e-commerce fashion-based business @nearlynewbylo, I also work independently as a freelance writer and photographer. At the beginning of my freelance career I was always on. And that’s something most small business owners, entrepreneurs, gig workers, and freelancers can probably relate to. Read more>>

Sarah Johnston | Health and Fitness Coach

My views on work/life balance have drastically changed over the past 5 years. As a society, I think many of us are obsessed with “hustle culture”. It is looked at as a badge of honor to take no time off, give no time back to yourself, and be on 24/7. This is leading to such burnout within our society and leaving many (including myself at times) so depleted. I LOVE what I do, and I love working. I also love giving myself space to rest and recharge. I try to focus on filling up my own cup where I can so I can have the energy to keep pouring. Read more>>

Ashley Yazzie-Ward | Hair Designer at Hainsworth & Company Salon

At my core, I am a work horse. It feels both natural and gratifying to expend all my energy, and squeeze every opportunity to live vibrantly on the daily. There’s something to be said about the fulfillment I gain from a hard day’s work. Whether that is behind the chair as a hair designer at Hainsworth & Co. Salon, creating beautiful hair with my awesome clients. Or the impact I make at home being a wife and mother to my three free-ranged children. Read more>>

Ryan Murray | Owner, Designer and Fabricator Six Seven Studios

Before having a child I worked everyday from the time I woke to dinner. I even had a hard time doing this like brunch on the weekend because that was valuable day light time to work. Now, that I have a daughter I am still out the door before 5 am but I make an effort to be there when she is home from school and spend loads of my time with her on the weekends. She enjoys coming to the shop and checking out all the tools and things I’m working on. In particular, she loves driving the fork lift around. Read more>>