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.

Michelle Hess | Executive Director

I used to think of balance as something that was fixed, like a puzzle. Once you get all the pieces in, you just have to maintain it. As my responsibilities grew and so did my family, I realized that way of viewing balance wasn’t going to work. It is not a fixed thing, but something that is shifting and moving all the time. Envision or even try balancing a baseball bat in the palm of your hand. It will shift from one side to another, so if you want to keep it from falling, you need to be flexible and aware. For me, there are times and season of each year that are worse than others. For instance, our budget season is always from April – June, but so is baseball for my son. I have come to realize, no matter how hard I want to or think I can do it all, I simply can’t. I have learned to have honest conversations. Honest conversation with my loved ones as well as work. People will understand and value the authenticity. The other problem with balance is, if you tend to see it leaning too far for too long, it will fall. Read more>>

Kira Geddes | Owner, Designer at Casa Kira

I saw a meme once on Instagram that said “Do what you love and you’ll always love what you do” Except that “you will always love what you do” was crossed out and replaced with “you’ll kind of work all the time.” This spoke to me… When I became extremely motivated to pursue my art business full-time, I was just starting to accept the idea that I could pursue my passion in the long term, and not keep that part of my life as something on the side, or separate. Also, my kids were young, and I wanted a job with lots of flexibility in the hours and days that I worked. Now I know that this is mostly a blessing, but also can be a curse. When you have your own business and are self-employed, there is no such thing as ‘being done’. There is an endless list of things that need to be done, ways that the business can grow, ideas that you want to pursue etc. I almost never come home at 5 o’clock. Read more>>

Patrick Jones | Real Estate Brokerage Owner, Realtor, and Volunteer

For me there is no work/life balance. It is all life. Shortly after starting my Real Estate career 20+ years ago, I realized the balance of freedom and discipline I needed to achieve to be successful. Being successful to me meant enjoying my job, making money, and enjoying my life. The freedom I felt by not being tied to a 9-5 job opened up the world to me. Over time, most of my clients have become friends. I travel with them, attend their and their families weddings, got out the dinner with them, talk with them frequently, attend events with them, they are my friends on social media…..they are a part of my life So my work has become my life balance. I feel like I work and enjoy life 7 days a week. When a friend asks me to represent them in a real estate or get to know a new client, we always have a conversation about the boundries of “work” and “play”. This approach has worked extremely well and has allowed me to have a seemless melding of my work and my life….it all balances. Read more>>