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.

Renee Cuessy | Travel Agent

When my older children were babies I worked a ridiculous amount of hours. I was back to work immediately after they were born. I was a young mom paying the bills and wanted to make sure that even though it was a single parent household they knew they were safe and taken care of and didn’t feel like they had to miss out on things. I had the house, the car, all of it but I spent many extra hours in the office missing out. I am fortunate now that I have a very supportive partner and I work from home. This allows me to be home for my kids and my balance and priorities have switched. I would rather have less and spend more time with my family. Our priorities have changed especially over the last 2 years. I think we lose so much valuable time making less than what we are actually worth. My time is precious. Read more>>

Robert McNeal | Franchise owner, Maui Wowi Hawaiian

I am constantly trying to figure out the right work/life balance. Everyone’s situation is different, so finding the right mix that works for you is key. Being a father of four, with two daughters age 6 and 8, you can imagine how hectic life can sometime get. One thing that I have learned throughout this process is the importance of giving your family the best of you and not what’s left of you at the end of your day. Being a new business owner, I often found myself working long hours, and would be exhausted at the end of the day, which would result in my family getting the “scraps” of what I had left to give. I began to notice the resentment that it was starting to cause and I knew that I need to make a shift in my approach as it pertained to my work life balance. I try to make it a point to give my family the best part of my day. I’m naturally a morning person, I am at my peak performance during this time, so it’s important that I give my family my the attention they deserve when I am at my best. Read more>>

Vanessa Brack | Photographer

Generally, we all start small in business. We have limited budgets or time and we have to make that work. I owned one lens for the first couple years of my business and I did all my editing when the kids went to bed. Why? Because I wanted to do it and nothing was going to stop me. Once you make that decision in your head nothing can stop you. Over time, I found that the hustle was starting to get to me. It takes a lot of grit to get a business going but the extreme work mentality is not sustainable. Read more>>