Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

GG LeMere | Brand Consultant, Designer and Creative Principal of Smidge Design Studio

Work life balance is an interesting term. By definition balance is an even distribution of things that are equal or in similar proportions. But as a creative person, striving for (what I thought was) balance was a setup for failure. Early in my career, I was determined to find the balance that the internet said I needed to have. And at the time, that meant me looking for a literal balance in time – between work and home. Anyone who’s worked in the creative industry knows when you’re on a deadline, it’s the 11th hour, and the client wants revisions or to see all new options, time at work will end up very disproportionate to time at home. And whether you’re working on a deadline or not, creative work doesn’t come with a stop or start. The space in your brain devoted to work in the creative profession is something that never shuts off. Read more>>

Ash Kleczka | Illustrator & Fine Artist

I haven’t quite found a space where I can exist solely on my art for income unfortunately, so I currently have a full-time job outside of my creative work. If I’m not careful it totally throws the whole work/life balance thing out the window! It’s taken a lot of trial and error over the years, but for me, I’ve had to fine tune what I can handle in a traditional job setting and still have energy at home to be creative. Then, more fine tuning to spread out what I can do creatively in my free time to allow for life to happen. It’s a balance that’s different for everyone, and it absolutely changes over time. I got extremely lucky finding a job that’s not very mentally demanding, and with very regular schedules, so I’m at a point now where I can depend on my free hours being the same every week. Read more>>

Alicia VanNoy Call | Professional Artist

This question strikes me differently given how 2020 has affected my lifestyle and my business. Being someone who struggles with balancing creative output with mental health and wellness, this year has been particularly challenging. Supply shortages and shipping disruptions, closures of printing facilities, going out less frequently (or sometimes not at all) to accomplish business related tasks — these things have all affected my workflow. Not to mention my own concerns about illness, maintaining the safety of my family, the loss of sleep, financial instability, etc have taken a toll on my mental health. I’ve struggled to keep a good balance this year, and have had to remind myself that emotional labor can be taxing too. Read more>>