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?

Autumn Eckman | Dance Choreographer & Educator

My thoughts on work-life balance are directly related to how life has been altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to it, it wasn’t out of the question to work nonstop and never stop to question whether or not what I was doing was entirely productive. I love my work and am blessed to be able to engage with what I am passionate about. Fortunately, my work is my passion, so as long as I was ‘doing’, I felt ‘complete’, if that makes sense. But what was all this busyness leaving out? Lately, I have been paying attention to my relationship with downtime. Read more>>

Jamie Garner | Cookie Artist

Starting this business as a new mom, I feel that my work life balance constantly shifts. When I first started, I was only able to work while my son was napping or asleep for the night. Now that my son is 4, he is able to entertain himself for extended periods of time and I can accomplish some work (mom-guilt free). Pre-pandemic he was attending preschool three days per week which made having a consistent work life balance much easier to manage. When I get overwhelmed with my workload, I step away and recharge with some family time, and it all works out in the end. I am proud to say though, time management has always been a strength of mine. Read more>>

Amber Carfield | Design Director for Kitchens by Good Guys

Since I was young I have always been a very routine person. Wake up at the same time, eat at the same time, and overall keep to a schedule. I really think that my routine is what keeps me balanced with work and life. But being flexible is also key to keeping the my sanity. Some days you have to work extra hours to meet a deadline so I use that as an opportunity to balance that with a sneak away when I can. I feel like work will give back what you put in so I have a dedication to serve my clients to the best of my abilities everyday and I take rest as a reward. Read more>>

Sara Mayer | Consultant

In my opinion, achieving work-life balance all the time is not an achievable goal. A teeter-totter is a way I like to describe it. Sometimes work is at the top and it takes effort to adjust that to be more level. Staying level takes effort on both sides. We can manage how much we work and enjoy life by having a goal to get as close to balance as possible while staying true to our values. The effort it takes to achieve balance depends on how wildly we let the teeter-totter get to the top and bottom. The key to achieving a balance we are comfortable with lies in self-management. Read more>>

Jessica Arrowsmith | Mortgage Loan Consultant

Like many working mothers, I search daily for the perfect work life balance. It is easy to find myself floundering. You know, like the duck analogy. Ducks seem calm above water but below they are frantically paddling their feet to keep from drowning. I feel that one to the core. The best advice I received from a mentor was to truly prioritize. Not in the broad sense of (#1) family, (#2) friends, (#3) work. But a day-by-day, hour-by-hour prioritization. If I create a plan before I leave the office each night, it makes for a clear plan the next day. Most mornings that looks like, only taking that first hour to make follow-up calls to my business partners. Read more>>

Sam Mehlhorn | couples + wedding photographer

The work life balance has definitely been something I had to learn- and still am. I have a full-time “day” job, and have my photography business on the side, plus a husband and a dog child. During the busy season of my photography business, it was especially difficult to balance everything and I was definitely spread a little too thin trying to fit in all the sessions I could while working 40 hours a week, and finding time to spend with family and friends. I was literally getting up early everyday to edit before work, go to work, go to Starbucks on my lunch breaks to edit more, go back to work, go home and edit, go to bed late and do it all over again the next day. Read more>>

Deb Floros | Jewelry Designer

I work full time as well as running my own business. Work life balance seems impossible at times, but I always make sure that I take time for my family, volunteering, and some “me time” on a regular basis. Because my business (Jewelry Design) is my passion, I sometimes classify my creative sessions as “me time”! Balance is key! It’s not always easy, but planning and keeping a schedule helps! Read more>>

Elizabeth Montgomery: Journalist & Writer

I’m the Arts & Culture reporter for the Arizona Republic, I started on this beat about a month ago. Jumping into Arizona’s arts and culture news head first has been an exciting challenge. There are so many stories that need to be told and have yet to be written. News never sleeps, it never takes a day off, so having a work-life balance is extremely important to me as a journalist. I didn’t know how important until I found myself burnt out and exhausted. We work eight hours a day, five days a week, and sleep for eight hours (on a good night). That gives us only a few hours a day to tend to ourselves, not to mention spending time caring for others in our lives. Read more>>

Jillian Bennett | Fine artist and Creative Lifestyle Enthusiast

I have experienced a range of fluctuations in my work/life balance. Most of my career I have worked from home and sometimes that made it difficult to pull myself away from projects and sometimes it made it difficult to create boundaries with other people who figured that since I was home, it meant I was available. For a short time, I worked in a shared studio that helped me separate work more from my daily life… however, after a while, I found it hard to not be able to work when I felt inspired because it was closed and I couldn’t get to my supplies. Read more>>

Jodi Ghelli | Health Coach- Health Coach Trainer- Licensed Mental Health Therapist

Life- Work balance has ALWAYS been a huge priority to me! Spending time with those I love, raising my children and doing what I enjoy in this short life  have been non-negotiable and a major factor in my career decisions over the years.  As a result of wanting to always build my life around what I value most – I started a private therapy practice and a wellness center while my children were young so I could always make my own hours and be available to them. Read more>>

Erica Diloreto | Small Business Owner & Master Lash Artist

Work life balance, I feel any entrepreneur would agree with me when I say, there really is no balance, I’ve just learned how to manage my time better over the years. Entrepreneurship I’ve learned is round the clock work, from the physical part of the job, to the marketing, advertising, social media, business development you name it, I catch myself working all hours of the day, even on days off. I have learned to at least take one day a week for myself, self care is very important, if you’re not feeling your best how can you do your best work? Read more>>

Kathy DeCocq | Small Business Coach & Realtor

Coming from a global corporate company, my life didn’t have balance, and I paid the price for that by becoming very physically ill and falling into a deep depression. I justified my crazy hours and the unhealthy priority I put on work by telling myself things like “They can’t survive without me, not even for a day,” “I need to be there to help my team,” “If I don’t do it, no one else will,” “Long hours are ok, it’s only temporary.” My body forced the issue and all these statements were invalidated overnight. After taking extensive time off to heal, I vowed that I would NEVER let myself get that extreme again, that I would pay more attention to work-life balance. Read more>>